Open Access
J Extra Corpor Technol
Volume 56, Number 2, June 2024
Page(s) 34 - 36
Published online 18 June 2024

Its graduation season for many US perfusion schools as I am writing this, a time of celebration for the graduates and their families! For me, as a perfusion program director, I am always brimming with pride as I hood my graduates (Figure 1).

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University of Arizona Perfusion Sciences Class of 2024. L-R: Michelle Tigrero, Tylyn Simpson, Madison (Sonny) Lynch and program director, Dr. Raymond K. Wong.

They and all other perfusion graduates have overcome many escalating challenges that faculty and preceptors have thrown their way during our training programs in order to shape our trainees to be the best possible new perfusionists they can be. In addition to their didactic and clinical coursework, many motivated and driven students often complete impressive capstone/thesis projects during their time in school. This spring, I was fortunate to attend three major perfusion meetings in the US, the American Academy of Cardiovascular Perfusionists, the American Society of ExtraCorporeal Technology and the Sanibel Symposium. Students presented their work at each of these meetings. Under the guidance of their mentors, some of this work were impressive and definitely worthy of publication! Unfortunately, sometimes this final act of scholarly activity to permanently document one’s work in the literature can fall by the wayside for any number of reasons. These include burnout from school, excitement to start their new careers, challenges of a new steep learning curve as independent clinicians, workload at their new places of employment, focus on national board exam preparations, etc. I get it!

However, graduating seniors should know that having worked so hard to generate data or scour the literature for new insights, adding your work to the perfusion knowledge base can have unexpected, lasting impacts. At a couple of the conferences I attended this year, I presented updates on how JECT has been faring and one of my slides contained two examples of review articles written by former perfusion graduates (Table 1).

Table 1

Top 10 most downloaded JECT articles archived on PubMed Central as of March 2024. Source: PubMed Central.

Cory Alwardt wrote a review article on anesthesia drugs and practices in cardiac surgery in 2005 [1], and Samira Najmaii wrote one on intraoperative management of glucose to treat the hyperglycemic effects of cardiopulmonary bypass in 2006 [2]. These University of Arizona graduates mentored by my predecessor, Dr Doug Larson, could not have realized that almost 20 years later, their work would be the number 1 and 9th most downloaded JECT papers amongst all JECT articles archived at PubMed Central (PMC)! Other most sought after JECT articles from PMC, not surprisingly, are two articles on del Nido cardioplegia, one of which was by Dr del Nido himself with his chief perfusionist, Greg Matte; [3, 4] and two other articles by our Kiwi anesthesiologist and intensivist colleague, Dr Sidebotham, on troubleshooting ECMO and Hyperlactatemia [5, 6]. Also just breaking into the top 10 despite being more recently published is the blood management clinical practice guideline update authored by some of our leading perfusionist colleagues in collaboration with surgeons and anesthesiologists [7]. In actuality, all ten of these articles are on topics that truly remain pertinent to this day.

Back to student authored manuscripts, if students choose to submit review articles, these do need to be extensive and well cited (e.g. >40 references). Research articles will require meticulous work. However, I do want to encourage students to consider putting in just such exhaustive efforts in your work as they can yield meaningful and lasting contributions to our profession as demonstrated above. In conclusion, if you are reading this as a new graduate with publishable work, do consider reengaging with your mentors and submitting your work as soon as you can. JECT and our peer reviewers are standing by to help you ready your work for publication.


Vijala Kiruvanayagam, Ph.D, Publishing Editor and Aliénor Decours-Perez, Journal Manager, both of EDP Sciences for assistance in acquiring JECT publication metrics.


  1. Alwardt CM, Redford D, Larson DF. General Anesthesia in Cardiac Surgery: A Review of Drugs and Practices. J Extra Corpor Technol. 2005;37(2):227–235. [CrossRef] [EDP Sciences] [PubMed] [Google Scholar]
  2. Najmaii S, Redford D, Larson DF. Hyperglycemia as an Effect of Cardiopulmonary Bypass: Intra-operative Glucose Management. J Extra Corpor Technol 2006;38(2):168–173. [CrossRef] [EDP Sciences] [PubMed] [Google Scholar]
  3. Matte GS, del Nido PJ. History and Use of del Nido Cardioplegia Solution at Boston Children’s Hospital. J Extra Corpor Technol 2012;44(3):98–103. [PubMed] [Google Scholar]
  4. Kim K, Ball C, Grady P, Mick S. Use of del Nido Cardioplegia for Adult Cardiac Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic: Perfusion Implications. J Extra Corpor Technol 2014;46(4):317–323. [PubMed] [Google Scholar]
  5. Sidebotham D. Troubleshooting Adult ECMO. J Extra Corpor Technol. 2011;43(1):27–32. [CrossRef] [EDP Sciences] [PubMed] [Google Scholar]
  6. Minton J, Sidebotham DA. Hyperlactatemia and Cardiac Surgery. J Extra Corpor Technol 2017;49(1):7–15. [CrossRef] [EDP Sciences] [PubMed] [Google Scholar]
  7. Tibi P, McClure RS, Huang J, et al. STS/SCA/AmSECT/SABM Update to the Clinical Practice Guidelines on Patient Blood Management. J Extra Corpor Technol 2021;53(2):97–124. [PubMed] [Google Scholar]

Cite this article as: Wong RK. New Graduates Encouraged to Submit their Work for Publication. J Extra Corpor Technol 2024, 56, 34–36

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Table 1

Top 10 most downloaded JECT articles archived on PubMed Central as of March 2024. Source: PubMed Central.

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University of Arizona Perfusion Sciences Class of 2024. L-R: Michelle Tigrero, Tylyn Simpson, Madison (Sonny) Lynch and program director, Dr. Raymond K. Wong.

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