POM5103 - Perioperative Medicine and Co-existing Conditions


12 points, SCA Band 3, 0.250 EFTSL

Level Postgraduate
Faculty Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Offered Semester 1
Coordinator(s) Dr Arvinder Grover, Dr Maryanne Balkin


Students will gain knowledge of the pathogenesis and perioperative management of patients with endocrine, hepatic, neurological, psychiatric and musculoskeletal dysfunction. They will explore the perioperative implications of cancer, infectious diseases, obesity and obstructive sleep apnoea and gain a greater understanding of the management of obstetric patients and the elderly. The role of Advance Care Planning in the perioperative period will be highlighted.



  1.  Describe the pathogenesis and pathophysiology of endocrine disorders including diabetes, obesity and sleep apnoea, and their impact on the perioperative patient.
  2.  Formulate an appropriate/effective/suitable/feasible perioperative management plan for patients with endocrine disorders and/or dysfunction.
  3.  Explain the impact of renal, hepatic and gastrointestinal dysfunction on the patient during the perioperative period.
  4.  Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of infectious diseases on the perioperative management of patients.
  5.  Develop a perioperative management plan which addresses the changes of ageing and geriatric care on patient physiology.
  6.  Identify the key issues associated with Advance Care Planning and discussing end of life care with patients and their families.
  7.  Evaluate the processes required for optimum patient outcome of mother and child in highrisk pregnancies.
  8.  Summarise a management plan for the perioperative care of patients with cancer and with neurological and neuromuscular disorders.
  9.  Formulate a perioperative management plan that is appropriate for a patient with psychiatric disorders.

Format of unit

  1.  Online course content.
  2.  Online assessments.


  1.  Short Essay (1500 words) = 20%
  2.  Individual iSAP Case based assessment (1500 words) = 20%
  3.  Group iSAP Case based assessment (2000 words) = 30%
  4.  Long Essay (3000 words) = 30%


Time commitment

20-24 hours per week of time commitment (on average)


Chief examiner(s)

Professor Paul Myles


Unit Co-ordinators

Dr. Arvinder Grover

Dr. Maryanne Balkin


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