Postgraduate Course: The Brain and the Nervous System (PAMA11027)
|School||School of Clinical Sciences and Community Health
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
||Availability||Available to all students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Home subject area||Pain Management
||Other subject area||None
||Taught in Gaelic?||No
|Course description||This is the main course that addresses the knowledge of the nervous system and neuromuscular junction. It addresses the effects of anaesthesia on both, and reviews the pharmacological mechanisms that result in anaesthesia and relaxation. It also considers pain pathways, analgesics and the provision of an acute pain service. During this course, trainees should develop the appropriate level of knowledge, skills and attitudes in relation to the following:
1) Anatomy of the central nervous system: major ascending and descending pathways
2) Blood flow to the brain and spinal cord: formation and circulation of CSF (cerebrospinal fluid)
3) Anatomy of the peripheral nervous system
4) Pain pathways and reflexes
5) Synapses and the neuromuscular junction
6) Pharmacology and mechanisms of neuromuscular blockade
7) Pharmacology and mechanisms of general anaesthesia
8) Uptake and distribution of general anaesthetics: depth of anaesthesia and sedation
9) The acute pain service and administration of analgesics
10) Classes of analgesic, their pharmacology and uses
11) The principles of local anaesthetic action and managing patients with regional and axial blocks.
In meeting the above outcomes, students will be required to demonstrate clinical insight, critical thinking and evaluation. Students are expected to demonstrate these qualities in all assessments, but there is a particular focus on these higher level cognitive skills in vignette-based Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) and in Problem Based Learning (PBL).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| n/a
Information for Visiting Students
|Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?||Yes
Course Delivery Information
|Delivery period: 2011/12 Flexible, Available to all students (SV1)
||WebCT enabled: No
|No Classes have been defined for this Course|
||First class information not currently available|
|No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
|The learning outcomes for this programme are designed to encompass the knowledge, skills and attitude that practitioners must achieve to become anaesthesia practitioners. On completion of this 12 course programme the student/learner must:
A. Be able to elicit a full history from the patient which identifies potential problems, before, during and post anaesthesia and to communicate this information to all members of the team.
B. Demonstrate a good working knowledge of anaesthetic pharmacology and be able to articulate in theory and practice the physiological action of these drugs and their interaction with prescribed drugs that patients may be taking.
C. Demonstrate a clear knowledge of the physiological changes which occur in all of the systems of the body during and after anaesthesia and be able to use the information to access the patient's wellbeing during and post anaesthesia.
D. Be able to use their knowledge of physiology to identify the needs of a patient who may be an anaesthetic risk due to a pre-existing medical condition.
E. Have achieved a clear working knowledge of anatomy of the respiratory, cardiovascular system and the spinal cord and brain in order to induce anaesthesia and undertake emergency resuscitative procedures.
F. Be able to demonstrate a clear working knowledge of the physics relevant to anaesthesia and to use that knowledge to monitor and measure patients' wellbeing during and after anaesthesia.
G. Have developed the skills to reflect in and on their practice and to use the outcomes of the reflection for personal development and development, innovation and change in practice.
H. Have developed the ability to support the learning of colleagues entering practice
|To gain the credits for this course, students must have achieved a pass in each of the following individual components: Record of In-Training Experience (RITE); Clinical Skills Workbook (CSW); Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE); and in the combined Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) + Problem Based Learning (PBL)+ OSCE. RITE are CSW are pass / fail components only, although students will receive qualitative feedback on their performance.|
The course score is based solely on the following components, weighted as shown: MCQ 40% PBL 40% OSCE 20%
|Course organiser||Prof Ian Power
|Course secretary||Dr Sarah Henderson
Tel: (0131) 242 6399
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