POM5004 - Organ dysfunction 2 - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 3, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Anaesthesia Teaching and Research


Dr Stuart Marshall

Dr Maggie Wong

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).

Unit guides


Alfred Hospital

  • First semester 2017 (Online)


Students will gain knowledge of the pathogenesis and perioperative management of patients with infectious diseases, neurological and neuromuscular disorders, high risk obstetrics and psychiatric disorders. In addition, students will learn to identify the impact of ageing and geriatric care and optimize the management of these patients in the perioperative period.


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

  1. Describe the impact of infectious diseases on the perioperative management of patients and formulate a perioperative management plan for these patients.
  2. Recognise the causes of high risk pregnancies and evaluate the rationale for optimum patient outcome for mother and child in these conditions.
  3. Explain the pathophysiology of neurological and neuromuscular disorders and formulate a management plan for the perioperative care of these patients
  4. Describe the changes of ageing and geriatric care on physiology and apply this knowledge to formulate a perioperative management plan which addresses these changes.
  5. Formulate a perioperative management plan that is appropriate for a patient with psychiatric disorders.


  • 1 Essay (3,000 words) 26%
  • 1 MCQ exam (1 hour) 10%
  • 4 x Short clinical reflections (1,000 words each) 12% each (48% total) (hurdle)
  • 2 x Group Case Discussions (2,500 words per group) 8% each (16% total)

Workload requirements

20-24 hours per week of time commitment (on average).

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Medicine and surgery

Perioperative medicine