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.

Trauma in the Elderly MED5584

  • 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: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course will evaluate the impact an aging population has on the cohort of patients with serious injury. In addition it will analyse the differences in injury patterns in the elderly.


A variety of teaching methods will be scheduled during the week including lectures, tutorials and seminars.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Summative assessment will be carried out using 2 methods: 

1. Written assignment: 1500-2000 word essay reviewing the impact of aging on injury pattern and physiological response (70%). 

2. Leaflet/poster (20%)

3. Forum posts on case-based discussions (10%)

Course Aims

This course aims to introduce students to the concept of trauma in the elderly and how an aging population will change clinical practice and the organisation of the health system for managing serious injury.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the evolution and impact of an aging population on trauma care 

2. Demonstrate extensive critical knowledge and understanding of the effects of frailty and comorbidities on the assessment and care of the injured patient.

3. Identify key considerations in developing a trauma system that cares for elderly trauma in relation to patient assessment and ongoing care requirements.

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.