Monash/UCL Perioperative Medicine Short Course

Monash University, Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine.
UCL Centre for Perioperative Medicine

Perioperative medicine is an emerging field of medicine that has developed in response to the increasing age and complexity of patients and in the number of surgical procedures being performed.

This course, run jointly by Monash University and University College London who are leaders in perioperative medicine education, aims to give a general overview of what this new field of medicine entails.

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  • Course Structure

    Six weeks online course. Each topic contains

    • Reading packages
    • Journal articles
    • Short videos
    • Interactive assessments
    • Certificate of completion will be provided

    Course Convenors

    • Professor David Walker (University College London)
    • Dr Joel Symons (Monash University)
    • Dr Jonathan Nicholson (Monash University)

    Course dates

    21 September 2020 - 30 October 2020

    Course flyer

    • Anaesthetists
    • Intensivists
    • Physicians
    • Surgeons
    • Pain Specialists
    • Emergency Physicians
    • General Practitioners
    • Nurses
    • And any professionals interested in perioperative care
  • Week 1 - Introduction to Perioperative Medicine

    Professor David Walker
    • The Volume of Global Surgery
    • A surgical epidemic
    • Healthcare fit for purpose
    • A New Way

    Week 2 - Clinical Risk Assessment

    Professor David Walker
    • Biomarkers and organ specific.
    • Physical fitness, activity and surgical outcomes.
    • CPX, functional capacity.

    Week 3 - Perioperative Medication Management

    Dr Joel Symons
    • Preoperative medication management.
    • Postoperative medication management.

    Week 4 - Common Early Postoperative Challenges

    Dr Jonathan Nicholson
    • The burden of post-operative complications.
    • The common complications that occur in the early post-operative course and evidence based strategies to best detect and manage these.
    • Post-operative models of care to manage the high risk patients.
    • Future direction in reducing post-operative complications.

    Week 5 - Designing Clinical Pathways

    Professor David Walker
    • Enhanced recovery after surgery pathways.

    Week 6 - Ethics and Advanced Care Directives

    Dr Deborah Leung
    • Including the very young and the very old.
    • POPS
    • Ethics of informed consent.
  • 2020 Course

    WeekDateTopic NameLecturer
      Friday 18 September Registration closes 12 PM AEST  
      14 September Website opens - 1 week prior to course starting  
    1 21 September Introduction to Perioperative Medicine Professor David Walker
    2 5 October Clinical Risk Assessment Professor David Walker
    3 28 September Perioperative Medication Management Dr Joel Symons
    4 12 October Common Early Postoperative Challenges Dr Jonathan Nicholson
    5 19 October Designing Clinical Pathways Professor David Walker
    6 26 October Ethics and Advanced Care Directives Dr Deborah Leung
      30 October Final survey and the certificates  
      30 November Course completion and website access disabled  
  • 2020 Registrations closed.


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