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SURG5032: Physiology for Surgeons

This unit of study covers most of the basic and advanced physiology and some pathophysiology that training surgeons need to have at their fingertips. With a focus on the cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal and urinary systems, the systems and concepts studied confer a deep understanding of those at play during surgery. It provides students with a solid basis for preparation for the GSSE exam of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons.

Code SURG5032
Academic unit Surgery
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate a thorough understanding of cardiac physiology at an organ, tissue and cellular level, and alterations by pathological processes
  • LO2. explain how the ECG is generated in healthy and diseased states
  • LO3. explain the control of the cardiovascular system, including cardiac function, blood pressure, regional circulation, and alteration during surgery or pathological processes, particularly hypertension and shock
  • LO4. explain current methods used in the measurement of blood flow and other cardiovascular parameters
  • LO5. explain what parameters influence decision making in blood transfusion management
  • LO6. explain respiratory physiology from a structural, mechanical, and chemical point of view, including the relationship to blood flow and gas exchange through the respiratory membrane, and the alterations due to pathological processes, surgery, or mechanical ventilation
  • LO7. describe normal physiology of the urinary system, including renal circulation and blood filtration, and recognise functional changes due to renal diseases, kidney failure, obstruction, diuretics, or surgical intervention
  • LO8. using your knowledge of the cardiovascular, respiratory and urinary systems, explain the regulation of acid-base balance in the human body, alterations by diseases of these systems, and compensatory mechanisms to restore acid-base homeostasis
  • LO9. describe the role of each section of the gastrointestinal tract and its accessory organs on gastrointestinal function (digestion, absorption, secretion and excretion), and demonstrate a working knowledge of gastrointestinal motility and its regulation
  • LO10. describe basic nutritional requirements for normal daily life, including the control of food intake, the impact on surgery, and alterations due to under-nutrition or over-nutrition.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.