Congratulations Class of 2020,
On behalf of the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP), I would like to congratulate you on successfully completing your educational entry requirements to sit for the ABCP examination. As we all know, this first step in your perfusion journey didn’t exactly finish according to plans because of the COVID-19 pandemic. You will find throughout your perfusion journey that you can be very well prepared for a clinical case, have all of your equipment and supplies ready, have luxuriant venous drainage, great MAP’s, perfect blood gases and ACT’s throughout the case and then something unexpected happens. This is when you rely on your educational training to adapt to the situation and use the skills and knowledge that you have mastered during your education to successfully complete the case.
As you know, the ABCP also had to adapt to the current crisis that has gripped our world. As previously stated, the ABCP will accept your clinical cases “as is” as of March 16th. How many cases you have as of this date will be accepted to fulfill your 75 CPB/10 pediatric case requirement. As you begin your careers, the ABCP also realizes that the COVID-19 crisis might set you back in attaining your 40 independent clinical cases to sit for the CAPE exam. The ABCP will handle any shortfalls in clinical cases to sit for the Clinical Applications in Perfusion Examination (CAPE) on a case-by-case basis. This can be done by contacting our friendly and very helpful office staff at abcp.org.
The fall 2020 examinations are still on schedule with Prometric testing centers for October 14-17, 2020 (Please see abcp.org for all application information and requirements). We have been in close contact with Prometric and at this moment we do not anticipate any changes to these exam dates. However, due to the uncertainty of the continuing COVID -19 crisis, a postponement in examination may still be a possibility. The ABCP will work diligently with Prometric and the examinee in the event of a fall exam postponement to secure another examination date.
The ABCP sympathizes with disappointments that you may have encountered with graduation ceremonies and celebrations being canceled or postponed; however, we all will celebrate your achievements when the ABCP sends you a letter stating that you have achieved the highest standard of our profession and you can call yourself a Certified Clinical Perfusionist (CCP).
Most importantly, the ABCP is looking forward to you becoming a CCP. You will have the opportunity to make a difference in our profession and to change people’s lives by providing the best care for the patients that we serve. Yes, life is full of disappointments and uncertainty right now. But when you are in your careers, we would like you to think back at this moment of uncertainty and strife. Learn from this experience of uncertainty to never take life or your daily routines for granted and always strive to be the best. You are the future of perfusion.
Rest assured the ABCP will always be here for you throughout your perfusion journey. We will continuously support and assist you in certification and licensing issues. Please always feel free to contact the ABCP with any concerns.
Congratulations and start studying for your exams!
Bradley Kulat CCP
President, American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion