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Undergraduate Course: Fundamentals of Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine (ACCP10002)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis module will build on previously developed knowledge of basic sciences developed in pre-clinical medicine to establish a firm practical foundation in anaesthesia, critical care and pain medicine as a basis for further exploration during the advanced elective modules offered in semester 2.
Course description Fundamentals in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine is a core module required for completion of the B.Med.Sci intercalated honours programme in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine. It is designed to be a practical and clinical introduction to the specialty and an opportunity to deeply explore some of the controversies that exist in the modern practice of anaesthesia. It will introduce students to the theatre environment and the basic sciences that underpin anaesthesia. This will be supported by clinical learning experiences during which students will be able to observe the concepts learned in real patients.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is available to 3rd Year Intercalated MBChB students only
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 32, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 142 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) A single examination comprising single best answer questions and short essay questions to evaluate controversies in anaesthesia at Level 10 SQA (100%)
Feedback Students will receive individual feedback from tutors, reflecting performance in tutorials, engagement with course materials, and completion of assignments. Informal and formal feedback from supervising clinicians will also be expected.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Obtain a critical understanding of the clinical sciences underpinning practice in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine
  2. Develop the skills required to critically appraise the clinical literature in order to discuss current controversies in anaesthesia, critical care and pain medicine
  3. Understand the role of teams in the operating theatre, critical care, and pain medicine environments and have an introduction to the non-technical skills and human factors training in the clinical environment.
  4. Understand the principles of patient monitoring during anaesthesia and critical care with practical experience of its implementation and interpretation of data to ensure patient safety.
Learning Resources
e-SAFE (Safer Anaesthesia From Education)

Resource provided for all students from freely available DVD.

The e-SAFE DVD contains interactive e-learning sessions from the RCoA's e-Learning Anaesthesia project, AAGBI training material and additional video tutorials. The project is grateful for the support of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists and Oxford University Press, who have granted permission to include back copies of Update in Anaesthesia, Anaesthesia Tutorial of the Week and Continuing Education in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain on this DVD.

When using this resource it must be noted that this was specifically developed for working in resource limited areas. A number of the photographs and a few of the videos contained therein might not appear to be consistent with practice in the United Kingdom. However, the vast majority of the information provided is current and applicable.

It should be noted that this resource provides a full introduction and summaries to many aspects of the practice of anaesthesia. However, the material contained therein is not provided as an alternative to the teaching provided within the course. It also does not provide a syllabus for this course nor represent the material on which any final examination will be directly based.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills SCQF level 10 course
Category 1: Knowledge and understanding
- Graduates will develop an in-depth understanding (including up-to-date clinical perspectives) of three key, clinical conditions, and the context of the specialised knowledge that contributes to our current understanding of these conditions. Students will also become familiar with the terminology and conventions used in everyday clinical practice.
- Graduates will be expected to critically appraise the evidence used to guide an aspect of current (or future) management of these conditions.

Category 2: Practice - Applied knowledge, skills & understanding
- By focussing on a small number of key clinical controversies, graduates should demonstrate an understanding of how advanced specialist skills are applied in clinical settings.
- Knowledge and experience gained from the clinical setting should prepare students for professional practice in this setting.

Category 3: Generic cognitive skills
- Graduates will have demonstrated an ability to critically identify, define, conceptualise and analyse complex clinical problems. Case-based PBL scenarios will encourage students to demonstrate these skills.
- Graduates will be expected to critically review their knowledge, skills and thinking on the material covered, and apply this to evidence from the literature.

Category 4: Communication, ICT & numeracy skills
- Students will be expected to communicate professionally with peers, senior colleagues and specialists.
- Students may be asked to present (formally or informally) information about specialised topics to informed audiences, using appropriate ICT applications for this purpose.
- Graduates will demonstrate an ability to interpret, use and evaluate numerical and graphical data in their appraisal of the clinical environment and evidence from the literature.

Category 5: Autonomy, accountability & working with others
Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate autonomy and initiative by planning their Clinical Learning Experiences to ensure appropriate clinical exposure.
- Students will need to practice in a manner that shows awareness of their own & others' roles and responsibilities in the clinical environment.
- Students will need to work in a peer relationship with specialist practitioners in the clinical environment.
- Graduates will manage complex ethical & professional issues in accordance with current professional and/or ethical codes of practice. This module has ample scope for students to explore ethical dilemmas associated with the key clinical conditions.
Students may come to recognise the limits of professional and/or ethical codes, and will need to seek appropriate guidance.
KeywordsAnesthesia,Critical Care,Pain Medicine
Course organiserDr Charles Leeson-Payne
Course secretaryMs Kimberley Bruce
Tel: (0131 6)51 4075
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