POM5003 - Organ Dysfunction I


12 points, SCA Band 3, 0.250 EFTSL

Level Postgraduate
Faculty Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Offered Semester 2, 2019 (29 July 2019 - 25 October 2019) and Semester 2, 2020 ONLY
Coordinator(s) Dr Arvinder Grover, Dr Maryanne Balkin


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.



  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.

Format of unit

  1.  Online course content.


  1.  Long Essay (3000 words) = 28%
  2.  Short Essay (1000 words) = 12%
  3.  Group Case Assignments (2500 words per group) = 10%%
  4.  Two iSAP Case based assessments (2 x 20%) = 40%%
  5.  Online MCQ exam (30 questions, 1 hour) = 10%


Time commitment

Approximately 20 hours per week


Chief examiner(s)

Professor Paul Myles


Unit Co-ordinators

Dr. Arvinder Grover

Dr. Jamie Smart


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