Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please 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 or area of study.

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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 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jamie Smart and Dr Enjarn Lin


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit for POM5001 for those who have completed the Monash University/ Alfred Short Course in Perioperative Medicine will no longer apply for those undertaking the short course from 2014. It will still apply to those who have completed the short course prior to this date.

Quota applies

This unit is quota restricted. Selection is on a first-in, first enrolled basis. For more information please contact Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine (http://www.med.monash.edu.au/cecs/anaesthesia-board/contactus.html).


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.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  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.


1 x Essay (2,000 words) (16%)
4 x Short answer questions (1,000 words each) (9% each) (27%)
2 x Group case discussions (1,500 words per group) (27%)
Block day (8 hours) (30%)

Results will be reported to students and faculty as a Pass / Non-Pass result.

Workload requirements

20-24 hours per week of time commitment (on average) and 8 hours per semester of direct contact time (weekend block day).

See also Unit timetable information

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