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Unit information: Pathology, Perioperative Medicine and Critical Care in 2015/16

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Unit name Pathology, Perioperative Medicine and Critical Care
Unit code MEDI30013
Credit points 0
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Maggiani
Open unit status Not open

Must have progressed from previous year of the MB ChB Programme.



School/department Health Sciences Faculty Office
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


Open to MB ChB students only.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Develop an understanding of the pathological basis of disease.
  • Develop an understanding of the care of patients in the perioperative period and of critical care medicine.
  • Learn the biochemical principles and practices important in the understanding and management of various disease states.
  • Learn how biochemical abnormalities can be revealed by analysis of body fluid
  • Understand the use and limitations of the results produced by the diagnostic chemical pathology laboratory service.
  • Learn how to make the best use of the diagnostic chemical laboratory services in order to provide information useful or essential for the diagnosis and management of disease.
  • Have an overview of principles underlying the main haematological disorders.
  • Been introduced to the principles underlying a modern blood transfusion service
  • Understand the use and limitations of the results produced by the diagnostic haematology laboratory services.
  • Learn how to make the best use of the diagnostic haematology laboratory services to provide relevant information in the diagnosis and management of human disease.
  • Gain clinical experience of patients with haematological disorders and their clinical management.
  • Understand the pathological basis of a range of diseases of all systems.
  • Understand how pathological terms are used in clinical practice.
  • Seen the macroscopic effect of diseases of the various systems of the body through illustrations, preserved specimens.
  • Understand the terminology used to describe pathological processes at the microscopic level.
  • Appreciate the importance of clinico-pathological correlation.
  • Understand the use and limitations of the histopathology and cytopathology diagnostic services.
  • Appreciate how best to use the histological and cytological diagnostic services for the benefit of patients.
  • Appreciate previous knowledge of microbiological agents in relation to human infectious diseases.
  • Knowledge of the effect and mechanisms of infectious disease and the role of host defences.
  • Appreciate the role of doctors in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases.
  • Knowledge of antimicrobial therapy and its use.
  • Understand how to make the best use of the diagnostic microbiology laboratory services.
  • Understand the role of anaesthesia, intensive care medicine and pain, in the contexts of elective and emergency surgery, and critical care medicine, in adults and in children.
  • Understand how basic sciences learnt in years 1 and 2 fit a framework of clinical practice.
  • Appreciate the application of skills of clinical observation and documentation within different clinical environments. Use physiological and biochemical monitors to enhance normal clinical observations as a means of recognising and treating acute clinical changes in the operating theatre, recovery ward, and intensive care unit.
  • Have a holistic view of the critically ill patient, recognise the departure from expected clinical progressions, and practice of communication across traditional specialist boundaries, and with the relatives of critically ill patients.
  • Develop skills and clinical competence in the management of emergency and lifesaving (resuscitation) techniques.
  • Understand the causation of acute and chronic pain, and how to treat it.
  • Appreciate what it might be like to be an anaesthetist oneself.
  • Understand pre-operative evaluation and preparation of patients for anaesthesia.
  • Understand perioperative management of patients with common and uncommon medical conditions.
  • Be competent at venous cannulation.
  • Understand fluid therapy.
  • Be able to assist in the management of the unconscious patient.
  • Be able to perform airway manipulations.
  • Undertake manual and mechanical ventilation of the lungs.
  • Undertake oxygen therapy.
  • Understand and manage post-operative pain relief.

Teaching details

3 week Introductory lecture/tutorial block in Pathology followed by 6 weeks rotating clinical attachments in both elements delivered in Academy with SSC examination is in the final week in South Bristol.

Assessment Details

  • EMQs
  • Oral Presentation
  • Procedure card

Reading and References

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