Comprehensive care and anatomy


Course Objective

1. To make students aware of the multidisciplinary approach to
perioperative patient care and the complexity and interactions of
physiological processes to surgical trauma
2. To deepen integrated clinical and anatomical knowledge by means of
surgical anatomical landmarks and dissection room experience and the
appreciation of human anatomy as seen through various imaging
3. To understand and be able to describe insights into clinical practice
of treatment decisions from the perspective of the doctor and the
4. To understand and be able to describe the concepts of shared decision
making, advance care planning, and palliative care
5. Understand the most common physical, psychosocial and spiritual
symptoms / problems encountered in palliative care, how to assess them
and how to treat them.

Course Content

More than 1.2 million patients undergo anesthesia and surgery in the
Netherlands. This minor offers students an integrated perspective on the
multidisciplinary perioperative care and management of surgical
On the one hand there will be a an emphasis in this minor on the
technical side, in which:
- Students will learn how to integrate their knowledge of human anatomy
with surgical anatomy in the theatre and radiological anatomy through a
number of imaging modalities.
-Training is done in a high tech simulation facility with specific
perioperative procedures.
-The anatomy of the human body will be studied on cadavers.
On the other hand there will be an emphasis on the care for patients in
light of their phase in the illness trajectory. How are decisions made
on whether to perform surgery or not? This decision might be
straightforward for a healthy young adult who had an accident, but less
straightforward for a frail older person who broke a hip. Do the
advantages of surgery weigh up to the disadvantages? And might advance
care planning, timely talking about wishes for care and treatment in the
last phase of life, have helped in the decision-making? And when after a
surgery it turns out that the disease remains life-limiting, palliative
care is important in order to treat symptoms, maintain a good quality of
life and provide appropriate care according to the wishes of the
Main goal of this unique comprehensive minor is to introduce the
bachelor students in the multidisciplinary field of perioperative

Teaching Methods

Interactive lectures, practicals, working groups

Method of Assessment

Writing assignment, research proposal writing, oral presentation,
debate, two central exams.

Target Audience

Bachelor’s students of VUmc School of Medical Sciences and external (and
international) students with a (bio)medical background.

Explanation Canvas

This minor is supported by a corresponding CANVAS course, which contains
all of the required information of this minor including an overview of
the required articles and assignments. The CANVAS course will also be
used to post announcements relevant to the minor. You will automatically
have access to the CANVAS course.

Recommended background knowledge

Knowledge of basic medical science comparable to the end level of the
second year of the Bachelor’s program is recommended.

General Information

Course Code M_BCCA19
Credits 24 EC
Period Semester 1
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty VUmc School of Medical Sciences
Course Coordinator dr. F.W. Bloemers
Examiner dr. F.W. Bloemers
Teaching Staff prof. dr. B.D. Philipsen
dr. F.W. Bloemers

Practical Information

You cannot register for this course yourself; your faculty's education office carries out registration

Teaching Methods Study-group, Seminar, Practical