Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 3, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine
OfferedAlfred Hospital First semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Rishi Mehra, Dr Enjarn Lin


Please note that recognition of prior learning for POM5001 (Perioperative Management of the Cardiac Patient), will apply to all students who have previously completed the Short Course in Perioperaive Medicine.


Cardiac disease is increasing in prevalence and creates a number of perioperative diagnostic and management dilemmas. This unit aims to consolidate and extend the student's knowledge of the pathophysiology of cardiac disease, and review the perioperative interventions that can be applied to improve patient outcome


  1. Correlate the pathogenesis of coronary artery disease, cardiac failure, hypertension, valvular lesions and pulmonary hypertension with patient history and clinical examination.
  2. Critically appraise the perioperative management plan for a patient with pre-existing cardiovascular disease who is undergoing non-cardiac surgery
  3. Use the findings from perioperative cardiac investigations to stratify a patient's perioperative cardiovascular risk
  4. Perform a thorough examination of the cardiac patient and formulate a suitable/appropriate/feasible management plan
  5. Organize an appropriate perioperative plan to maximize the patient's perioperative outcome
  6. Work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary perioperative medicine team


2 essays (2000 words each) 33.3%
4 group case discussion assignments (4x1000 words) 33.3%
Weekend block days (simulation, face to face case discussions, 5 hours each day)33.3%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

24 hours per week