POM5104 - Key topics in 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
Associate Professor Christine Ball

Unit guides


Alfred Hospital

  • Second semester 2019 (Online)


Completion or concurrent enrollment in unit/s POM5101Not offered in 2019, POM5102 and POM5103Not offered in 2019

OR completion of POM5001, POM5002, POM5003 and POM5004.


POM5101Not offered in 2019, POM5102 and POM5103Not offered in 2019.

Must be enrolled in M6027,M6033.


The development of a successful and efficient perioperative approach to patient care requires knowledge and skills in a variety of key areas.

These include consideration of human factors and leadership, health economics, perioperative outcomes and the use of protocols and pathways.

This unit will equip students in these areas and enable them to complete a major (capstone) project relating to their own practice in Perioperative Medicine.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will;

  1. Evaluate the different models of perioperative care that exist globally.
  2. Recognise the key role that human factors play in the leadership and development of a highly functional perioperative team.
  3. Incorporate emerging and standard protocols and pathways in complex patient management.
  4. Analyse the economic implications of efficient perioperative practice.
  5. Define best practices in measuring patient outcomes and its implications
  6. Develop a major (capstone) project addressing a key and relevant area of Perioperative Medicine.
  7. Synthesise critical arguments in relation to the available relevant literature about the topic
  8. Apply knowledge gained throughout the course to the chosen area of interest
  9. Recommend a clear plan to address the aims and outcomes of the selected project
  10. Demonstrate writing skills that the academic standards associated with a research informed project


  • Short Essay (1500 words) (20%)
  • Individual iSAP (20%)
  • Capstone project (6000 words) (60%) (hurdle)

Workload requirements

This unit will be on-line only. The workload requirement will be 20-24 hours per week (on average).

Weekly workload consists of reading the course content notes for each module, watching associated videos or listening to podcasts, reading a selection of extended reading articles provided with each module, and preparation of assignment tasks.

For the capstone project, workload will involve developing a plan for a project, researching relevant current evidence and formulating a comprehensive response.

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