POM5004 - Organ Dysfunction II


12 points, SCA Band 3, 0.250 EFTSL

Level Postgraduate
Faculty Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Offered Semester 1, 2019 (4 March 2019 - 21 May 2019) and Semester 1, 2020 ONLY
Coordinator(s) Dr Christine Ball, Dr Jamie Smart


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.



  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 Correlate these with the patient's clinical signs and symptoms.

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

20 hours per week


Chief examiner(s)

Professor Paul Myles


Unit Co-ordinators

Dr. Stuart Marshall

Dr. Maggie Wong


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