POM5002 - Acute perioperative medicine - 2019

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

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Paul Myles


Dr Jamie Smart
Dr Simon Hendel

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

  • Second semester 2019 (Online)


Must be enrolled in one of the following course codes: 3896, M6027


The focus of this unit is for the participant to obtain the necessary knowledge and skills in managing the trauma patient in the acute setting, as well as the chronic patient with an acute exacerbation of their disease. It will focus on strategies to improve the outcome for these patients. Participants will gain practical knowledge of ventilation strategies and circulatory support strategies.


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

  1. Diagnose and treat patients with a range of chronic medical diseases, with a focus on the perioperative period.
  2. Explain various ventilation strategies that assist in improving respiratory outcomes in the acute trauma patient, as well as the patient with chronic lung disease.
  3. Justify the rationale for using various fluids (including blood products) to maintain circulatory and nutritional support.
  4. Explain the pathophysiological processes that occur in a patient in the setting of acute trauma.
  5. Correlate the pathophysiological mechanisms in acute trauma with the patient's clinical signs and symptoms.
  6. Formulate a perioperative management plan for patients with complex respiratory conditions
  7. Critically review issues relating to retrieval of the acutely ill patient.
  8. With appropriate collaboration formulate a defensible/appropriate management plan for an acutely unwell perioperative patient.


  • Long Essay (3,000 words) (28%)
  • Short Essay (1,000 words) (12%)
  • Group Case discussion (2,500 words per group) (10%)
  • 2 x iSAP Cases (1,500 words each) (20% each) (40% total)
  • MCQ Exam (1 hour) (10%)

Workload requirements

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

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