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Students who commenced study in 2016 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.

Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2016 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.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

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Credit points


Abbreviated title


Managing faculty

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences


Dr Joel Symons and Professor Paul Myles

Contact details

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

Admission and fees

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Course type

Single degree
Master's by coursework

Standard duration

1.5 years FT, 3 years PT

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.

Mode and location

Multi-modal (Alfred Hospital)

Students are required to attend a number of compulsory on-site study days.


Master of Medicine


  • This course is not available to international students.


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 (Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine and Department of Epidemiology and Preventive 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 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 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.


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


  • MAP5000 Research in advanced health professional practice*
  • MAP5010 Advanced health practice research project
  • 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 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 4511 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.