Letters To ‘Surfers: From South Africa: An Experienced Response

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Editor’s Note:

I got this response to my earlier  “Age and Perfusion” post.

It’s from South Africa, and from an experienced perfusionist.  He made some very salient points.  🙂


To Circuit Surfers :

Hi. I am a practicing perfusionist in South Africa. And have been doing so since 1981.

I am 52 years old and have a very stable and busy private practice. However, the surgeons I work with are on average 10 or 12 years older than me, so they will stop operating long before I want to stop.

The younger surgeons tend to work with perfusionists they trained with. So, I would like to do more but will eventually do less, and am therefore considering doing other related things like education or consulting.

My view is that the older more experienced perfusionists definitely have a huge role to play in the future of perfusion. We were exposed to things our students will probably never see.

Thanks for the blog

Noel Gibson

Thank you for the well written response Noel.

It would be really cool if you would consider writing about what it has been like to work over the past 3 decades in South Africa, how the science has (or hasn’t) been kept up to date due to geographic issues.  The obvious social issues, and how they affect medical staffing, and patient selection-