Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Preoperative Assessment and Optimisation MED5555

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course will provide the student with a detailed insight into preoperative assessment and optimisation of patients scheduled for surgery. This will include the critical interpretation of pre-operative investigation of cardiac function, respiratory function, exercise tolerance tests and other imaging such a cervical spine XR for instability. The evidence of the advantages of a perioperative medicine programme and the improvements in patient outcome that can be obtained will be critically appraised.


A variety of teaching methods in the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) will be scheduled for students to complete over 12 weeks including: recorded lectures, live tutorials, webinars, and interactive patient cases. Throughout the course students will also be expected to engage in monitored discussion forums in the VLE to promote peer assisted learning.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





1. Written assignment 1000 words approx. (70%)


2. Oral presentation (30%)

Course Aims

The course aims to provide students with state of the art knowledge of the evidence supporting preoperative assessment and optimisation. This will include critical interpretation of cardiac respiratory and exercise tolerance testing in relation of patient outcomes after surgery and the applicability in the students' own setting. They will also critically appraise the published literature around perioperative medicine programmes.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Critically assess complex issues related to preoperative assessment with reference to up to date published literature and use independent sophisticated judgments in relation to the post-operative outcome for patients

■ Apply critical thinking and exert their judgment to consider preoperative interventions in order to improve patients outcome

■ Apply critical evaluation, analysis and synthesis literature related to issues which are at the forefront of perioperative medicine

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.