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Postgraduate Course: Introduction to Clinical Practice 2 (PAMA11020)

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 second introductory course that introduces the student to basic anatomy, physiology and pathology. It describes the classes of drugs used in anaesthesia, emphasises the importance of underlying medical conditions and builds on the theme of safe practice begun in Course 1. As in Course 1, the style is broad rather than deep, and all the subjects will be returned to in later parts of the course. During this course, trainees should develop the appropriate level of knowledge, skills and attitudes in relation to the following:
1) The physical layout of the body, the positions and pathways of the major organ systems and their core functions
2) Common pathological conditions that are treated surgically
3) Common medical conditions found in surgical patients and the implications of these for anaesthesia
4) The basic examination of patients, monitoring of their physiological status and interpretation of simple investigations
5) The major classes of drugs encountered in anaesthetic practice, the routes they are administered and the concept of balanced anaesthesia
6) The principles of preventing cross-infection
7) Different types of surgery and the way in which they require anaesthesia to be conducted
8) The principles, and importance, of good inter-professional working

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 PBL (problem based learning)
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Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
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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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