Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 3, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedNot offered in 2012
Coordinator(s)Dr Rishi Mehra, Dr Enjarn Lin


Please note that regognition of prior learning for POM5001 (Perioperative Management of the Cardiac Patient), will apply to all students who have previously completed the Short Course in Perioperaive Medicine.


Cardiac disease is increasing in prevalence and creates a number of perioperative diagnostic and management dilemmas. This unit aims to consolidate and extend the student's knowledge of the pathophysiology of cardiac disease, and review the perioperative interventions that can be applied to improve patient outcome


  1. Correlate the pathogenesis of coronary artery disease, cardiac failure, hypertension, valvular lesions and pulmonary hypertension with patient history and clinical examination.
  2. Critically appraise the perioperative management plan for a patient with pre-existing cardiovascular disease who is undergoing non-cardiac surgery
  3. Use the findings from perioperative cardiac investigations to stratify a patient's perioperative cardiovascular risk
  4. Perform a thorough examination of the cardiac patient and formulate a suitable/
appropriate/feasible management plan
  1. Organize an appropriate perioperative plan to maximize the patient's perioperative outcome
  2. Work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary Perioperative Medicine team


2 essays (2000 words each = 4 points)
Online case discussions (10x 400 words) = 4 points
Participation in block day case discussions and simulations = 4 points

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Paul Myles

Contact hours

24 hours per week