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.

Gastrointestinal Emergencies MED5565

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

Short Description

This course will examine the emergencies related to the gastrointestinal system including acute hepatic failure, acute severe pancreatitis, and abdominal surgical emergencies. The course will also explore the evidence underpinning best practice in diagnosing and managing patients with these conditions.


A variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical classes/workshops and work based learning will be scheduled throughout semester 2.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





1. 1000 word approx written assignment (80%)


2. Portfolio (20%): this will take the form of an eportfolio. Students are required to upload a minimum of 2 clinical cases with reflection. Reassessment will be available  

Course Aims

The course aims to give participants the opportunity to develop a critical knowledge of gastrointestinal emergencies, how they develop and the ways in which patients with these conditions are managed. The course will provide students with the ability to confidently discuss the support provided in Critical Care for patients with these conditions gaining the ability to apply these principles to their everyday practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. Apply critical analysis of the evidence surrounding the causality of GI emergencies

2. Identify and critically appraisethe  published literature in relation to the diagnosis and management of GI emergencies

3. Be able to identify complex issues and make informed judgments in relation to the management of critically ill patients with GI emergencies

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.