Master of Medicine - 2019

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 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.

Course code


Credit points


Abbreviated title


Managing faculty

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Admission and fees


Course progression map

M6033 (pdf)

Course type

Master by coursework

Standard duration

1 year FT, 2 years PT

You have a maximum of 4 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.

Mode and location

Off-campus (Alfred Hospital)


Master of Medicine


The course is designed to facilitate the delivery of collaborative and optimal perioperative care to patients presenting with complex, chronic and acute medical conditions requiring surgical intervention by physicians working in the emerging field of perioperative medicine. The course adopts an evidence base and risk-informed approach to the justification of perioperative medical interventions within the modern surgical setting. Additionally, the course aims to develop skills in research and clinical leadership within this emerging medical discipline.

The course is conducted by Monash University's 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. The course is recognised by the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA).


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that you will be able to:

  1. integrate and apply best practice perioperative medical principles across the complexity of patients presenting for surgery
  2. work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary perioperative medicine team
  3. correlate the pathogenesis and pathophysiology of acute and chronic medical conditions and disorders with patient history and clinical examination to risk-stratify and optimise care of these patients in the perioperative period
  4. create and implement evidence-informed perioperative management plans for patients across the disease spectrum, in particular those with acute medical, cardiac, and other organ dysfunction
  5. justify and defend a range of clinical interventions within the perioperative setting
  6. effectively communicate to the wider clinical community the function and importance of the pre-admission clinic
  7. provide leadership within a multidisciplinary perioperative management team
  8. communicate and implement principles underpinning quality research in the discipline of perioperative medicine.


The course comprises 48 points of Perioperative medicine core studies. You will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the challenges associated with the delivery of optimal perioperative care to a wide range of patients (e.g. patients with cardiac conditions, patients with chronic medical condition and those who present following acute trauma). These studies will provide you with the foundations to initiate and implement evidence-informed perioperative management plans taking into account the aging process.

You will develop specialised knowledge in respect to the perioperative management of patients with a range of organ dysfunction, neurological and neuromuscular disorders, high-risk obstetrics, psychiatric disorders and infectious diseases. These studies will provide you with the foundations to initiate and implement evidence-informed perioperative management plans to patients exhibiting organ dysfunction.


The course comprises 48 points of perioperative medicine core studies.

The course progression mapcourse progression map ( provides guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Units are 12 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Part A. Perioperative medicine studies core (48 points)

You must complete:

  • POM5101Not offered in 2019 Perioperative medicine and cardiorespiratory disease
  • POM5102 Acute perioperative care
  • POM5103Not offered in 2019 Perioperative medicine and co-existing conditions
  • POM5104 Key topics in perioperative medicine