POM5104 – Capstone Project

Key Topics in Perioperative Medicine



With the transition to the new 48 point Masters, there will be an increased emphasis on a progression through the units, culminating in Unit POM5104 which will aim to consolidate all prior learning and pull together all learning objectives. Unit POM5104 will be offered to all students enrolled in Course M6033, and to those students enrolled in Course M6027 who have chosen the course variation to complete the course via this pathway. Unit POM5104 is the final 12 credit point unit of the course and can only be attempted after all other units have been completed.

To recap, the learning objectives for the overall Master course are:

  • Provide clinicians with information to care for the growing complexity of surgical patients.
  • Provide a greater understanding of the importance and functioning of the pre-admission clinic.
  • Equip the perioperative physician to risk stratify and optimise care of the patient in the perioperative period.
  • Collaboratively manage the patient in the perioperative period, in particular the perioperative management of patients with chronic medical illnesses and other organ dysfunction.
  • Equip the perioperative physician with the managerial skills to lead a multidisciplinary perioperative management team.
  • Equip the perioperative physician with basic research skills to further perioperative medicine research.

This project provides the opportunity for individual creativity as per Monash Graduate Attributes and the Australian Qualifications Framework (level 9).

Unit POM5104 comprises six new modules and a capstone project.

New modules

  • Perioperative Medicine - Models of care
  • Measuring postoperative outcomes
  • Health economics
  • Protocols and pathways
  • Human Factors and Perioperative Care
  • Changing Perioperative Models

There will be at least two assessment tasks associated with these modules – which will tie in to the capstone project. Overall, the assessment tasks across the units should build a solid foundation for the capstone project.


Capstone project

The final capstone project will be a 6000 word report, or equivalent. Students will be encouraged to plan their capstone as they progress through the course. The initial proposal submission will be part of the assessment (5%) and will need to be completed by week 2 of Unit POM5104.
It will be possible for it to be submitted earlier, even before enrolling in Unit POM5104, with the credits for assessment saved for the unit.

The capstone must relate to the candidate’s own practice e.g. plans for implementing change at their local hospital or in their practice.

Submit Project Proposal


Capstone Unit Framework

There will possibly be the option to work in pairs or groups subject to the appropriate approval of a suitable proposal.

This will be a much more challenging area than any of our current assessments but there will be comprehensive guidelines and suggestions. Suggestions for appropriate projects will include (but are not limited to):

  • Audit – meeting SQUIRE 2.0 criteria
  • Design of iSAP – with full story board preparation and maybe preliminary materials. (examples will be provided from other courses)
  • Design, construction and proposed implementation of educational material or information for patients/staff, etc. – possible areas to address - communication around race, gender, indigenous patients, refugees, developing world, mental illness.
  • A proposal for change at the candidate’s institution – including evidence, presentation to management, costings and initial implementation plan, e.g. change relating to patient blood management, cervical spine trauma, etc.
  • Proposal for introduction of a perioperative medicine service at the candidate’s institution – with similar criteria to above.
Note: Videos and other visual material may be acceptable as part of the submission with word count adjusted accordingly – with prior approval.

Ask a question

For more information, or to discuss potential project ideas, please contact Course Convenor Dr. Jamie Smart