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Postgraduate Course: Introduction to Clinical Practice 1 (PAMA11019)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis is the first introductory course which is wide in scope and which approaches a range of common issues at a basic level. All of these will be re-visited as the course proceeds: the objective of this and the next course is to provide an overview of clinical practice. During this course, trainees should develop the appropriate level of knowledge, skills and attitudes in relation to the following:
1)The layout and basic function of the typical anaesthetic room and operating theatre
2)Good practice that ensures personal safety at work
3)The importance of clear and timely communication with patients and staff
4)The principles of patient care, before, during and after surgical procedures
5)The basic equipment used in anaesthesia
6)The importance of oxygenation and the basic management of the upper airway
7)The basic ethical and legal issues surrounding surgery and anaesthesia and the importance of anaesthetic records
8)The range of surgical procedures undertaken and their impact on the conduct of anaesthesia.

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 PBQs (problem based questions)

Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
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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.

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Course organiserProf Ian Power
Course secretaryDr Sarah Henderson
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