Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

12 points, SCA Band 3, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine


Dr Arvinder Grover, Dr Enjarn Lin, Dr Jamie Smart

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).


Alfred Hospital


Students will gain knowledge of the pathogenesis and perioperative management of patients with endocrine, renal, hepatic, gastrointestinal and coagulation dysfunction. In addition, students will learn to apply basic analgesic principles to the management of patients with perioperative pain problems.


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

  1. Describe the pathogenesis and pathophysiology of endocrine disorders including diabetes, obesity and sleep apnoea, and their impact on the perioperative patient.
  2. Explain the impact of renal, hepatic and gastrointestinal dysfunction on the patient during the perioperative period.
  3. Formulate an effective/appropriate/suitable/feasible perioperative management plan for patients with endocrine disorders and/or dysfunction.
  4. Recognise commonly used anticoagulant and antiplatelet agents, and justify their use in the perioperative period.
  5. Recognise the patient with acute, complex acute and chronic pain and correlate their condition to the underlying pathophysiology.
  6. Evaluate the use of commonly used analgesics and apply these to a management plan.


2 x Essays (2,000 words each) (35% total)
4 x Short essays (1,000 words each) (35% total)
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).

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