Centre for Anaesthesia Critical Care & Pain Medicine


Perioperative Medicine

This page is for all students and trainees interested in the ideas of Perioperative Medicine.

"The care of patients from the time they contemplate surgery through the operative period to full recovery at home."

This brief definition does not include elements that many 'perioperative physicians' feel to be important such as:

  • interacting with GP colleagues
  • preoperative risk assessment 
  • shared decision making with patients, surgeons and anaesthetists
  • techniques to reduce perioperative risk 
  • enhancing recovery
  • training and standards in perioperative medicine

 The Royal College of Anaesthetists is examining the ideas of perioperative medicine and considering how best to incorporate its principals into the current training programme.

We have started our MSc in Perioperative Medicine.

For senior anaesthetic trainees on the North Central School rotation, a pilot Perioperative Medicine module is being developed by Drs Gautam Kumar, Abigail Whiteman and Rob Stephens.

Trainee's module in Perioperative Medicine

Rob Stephens and Abi Whiteman have put together an exiting pilot optional higher training module in Preoperative Medicine. We want to generate a cohort of anaesthetists who will take an interest in, question and advance the ideas of Perioperative Medicine.

The module will include:

  • attending surgical clinics to understand the barriers to prehabilitation
  • CPEx clinics and an introduction to CPEX interpretation
  • preassessment
  • visiting cardiac and respiratory medicine clinics with the aim of finding out how they contribute to preoperative optimisation of co-morbidities
  • major case anaesthesia for selected lower GI lists
  • targeted postoperative ward rounds with a care of the elderly physician. 
  • knowledge of the key studies in perioperative medicine
  • an introduction to statistics and meta-analysis
  • using clinical trials in perioperative medicine  to illustrate points (RCT: paper 1 & 2)

At each stage a unique e-learning module will be used to allow reflective learning and assessment.

The module-  3 weeks - consists of a mixture of clinical and e-learning, fully supported by us. It's an amazing opportunity  to do something different. We're recorded a brief introductory video.

For further details please contact Abigail Whiteman (abigail.whiteman@doctors.org.uk)