Week 1 of 2013 Perioperative Medicine Short Course
The 2013 Perioperative Medicine Short Course has formally commenced on May 20, 2013 for those participants who have enrolled.
Please use this opportunity to test the audiovisual presentations are working on your PC or tablet device, and that you are familiar with the course layout. The introductory video will feature a rundown on the format of the course. Please spend a few minutes familiarising yourself with the weekly requirements.
Thank you for your interest.
The Perioperative Medicine Short Course dates for 2013 are as follows:
Short Course Commences - Monday May 20th, 2013
Short Course Weekend Sessions - Saturday & Sunday August 17 & 18, 2013
The Diploma and Masters in Perioperative Medicine for 2013/2014 has been finalised.
We are proud to announce that in conjunction with Monash University and the Academic Board of Anaesthesia & Perioperative Medicine, a formal masters in medicine programme, with specialisation in perioperative medicine for 2013 will commence soon.
Click below for more information:
If you are interested in receiving further information about the 2013 short course or masters programme, click here to email Ms Aushra Saldukas (Course Organiser)
Best wishes and thank you for your interest,
Perioperative Medicine Short Course Organisers
Monash Partners Academic Health Science Centre
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