Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleMMed
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationMulti-modal (ALFRED)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Central and Eastern Clinical School: telephone: +61 3 9903 0958 or email

Course coordinator

Dr Joel Symons, Dr Rishi Mehra and Professor Paul Myles


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.
  • This course must be completed in a minimum of 1.5 years and a maximum of 5 years. The course duration is inclusive of any periods of intermission.
  • Students are required to attend a number of compulsory on-site study days.


This course is designed to meet the needs of registered medical and health practitioners by equipping its candidates to work competently and effectively in the ever-changing medical environment.

Surgical patients are getting older and sicker. Many clinicians caring for surgical patients are challenged by the growing complexity of these patients, particularly their perioperative management. Pre-admission clinics are responding, and perioperative medicine is becoming an emerging field. This course addresses deficiencies in this area.

The course is conducted by Monash University (Academic Board of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine and Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine), in conjunction with the Alfred Hospital's Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Key objectives of the perioperative medicine component are:

  • provide clinicians with information to care for the growing complexity of surgical patients
  • provide a greater understanding of the importance and functioning of the pre-admission clinic
  • equip the perioperative physician to risk stratify and optimize care of the patient in the perioperative period
  • collaboratively manage the patient in the perioperative period, in particular the perioperative management of patients with acute medical, cardiac, and other organ dysfunction
  • equip the perioperative physician with the managerial skills to lead a multidisciplinary perioperative management team
  • equip the perioperative physician with basic research skills to further perioperative medicine research.

Credit for prior studies

Credit for the unit POM5001 (Perioperative management of the cardiac patient) will apply to all students who have previously completed the Perioperative Medicine Short Course from 2009 to 2013 only. There is no credit for completing the Short Course from 2014 onwards.


Assessment of the core units will be through a combination of online essays and case studies as well as assessments activities during the weekend block components.


This course consists of four compulsory core units and four elective units.

Areas of study


Students must complete the following four core units:

Semester one

  • POM5001 Perioperative medicine for the cardiac patient
  • POM5004 Organ dysfunction 2
  • 12 points of elective units from the list below

Semester two

  • POM5002 Acute perioperative medicine
  • POM5003 Organ dysfunction 1
  • 12 points of elective units from the list below


  • MPH5040 Introductory epidemiology
  • MPH5041 Introductory biostatistics
  • MPH5213 Research methods
  • MPH5266 Clinical leadership and management
  • MPH5267 Principles of healthcare quality improvement
  • MPH5285 Human factors for patient safety

Alternative exit(s)

Students who complete 48 credit points after completing POM5001, POM5002, POM5003 and POM5004 and do not wish to, or are unable to continue with the master's program will be offered the opportunity to exit with a Graduate Diploma of Medicine, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award. Students choosing this option will have a perioperative specialisation noted on their transcript.


Master of Medicine