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Postgraduate Course: Paediatric Critical Care 1 (PECM11009)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will build on prior learning, and introduce the student to Paediatric Critical Care in its widest sense. Students will study the physiological basis of disease and pathology after initial resuscitation, and relate this to current treatment and practice.
Course description The course will develop an understanding of physiological imbalance in relation to all the major body systems, including following trauma, illness and surgery. Students will understand the continuum of resuscitation practice from management in the emergency setting through to rehabilitation, and the role that the critical care practitioner plays in this continuum. There will be an emphasis on restoring homeostasis based on an understanding of the current medical literature in as far as it exists, and will develop critical analysis of current practice, where such scientific evidence is lacking. The content will include critical care management of emergency situations such as neurology; trauma; thermal injury; respiratory failure; circulatory failure; renal failure and sepsis.

Students will learn by group discussion (on the discussion fora), by completion of exercises/assignments, and by developing critical appraisal skills. This work will be guided by tutors who are experienced critical care practitioners.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Fundamentals in Paediatric Emergency Medicine 1 (PECM11001) AND Fundamentals in Paediatric Emergency Medicine 2 (PECM11002) AND Fundamentals in Paediatric Emergency Medicine 3 (PECM11003) AND Paediatric Medical Emergencies (PECM11004) AND
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Blocks 1-3 (Sem 1-2)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Online assessment [60%]«br /»
Assignments [40%]
Feedback Students will receive regular feedback on their weekly contributions from their online tutor.
Feedback for exercises and assignments will depend on their nature e.g. an MCQ will have immediate feedback via LEARN, together with pointers for further reading; written assignments will be marked by tutors who will provide constructive feedback within the University guidelines on turnaround time wherever possible.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. understand the theoretical framework underpinning current practice in paediatric critical care medicine (knowledge and understanding)
  2. analyse the literature to enable developments in knowledge to be implemented in the clinical setting (apply knowledge)
  3. understand the pathophysiological basis of critical illness and injury, and apply the therapies available to help restore homeostasis (making judgement)
  4. present cogent arguements for a chosen line of treatment based on analysis of the available evidence (communication skills)
  5. identify learning needs and how to address these, to facilitate their own personal professional development (learning skills)
Reading List
A weekly reading list will be provided based on the current available literature - this will ensure that the Course is kept up to date and relevant to current practice.
It will be available through the resource list facility based at the University of Edinburgh library.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Medical graduate who has ongoing commitments to the care of ill and/or injured children on a regular basis. Students must have complete the Certificate Year of the Cert/Dip/MSc in Paediatric Emergency Medicine, and the Paediatric Medical Emergencies Course GMED11097. It is desirable that the student has a future commitment to paediatric critical care medicine.
KeywordsResuscitation; physiology; homeostasis; pathology; critical care
Course organiserDr Tom Beattie
Tel: (0131) 536 0803
Course secretaryMiss Lisa Horsburgh
Tel: (0131) 536 0803
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