ANZCA Diploma of Perioperative Medicine (DipPOM)

One of the key ways we're helping to provide patients in Australia and New Zealand with perioperative care is by creating a new qualification – the ANZCA Diploma of Perioperative Medicine (DipPOM) - that will enable specialist doctors such as anaesthetists, surgeons, physicians, intensivists, as well as general practitioners, to enhance their skills and knowledge in perioperative medicine.

Anaesthetists all over the world are driving the development of perioperative medicine as both a healthcare model and a clinical specialty. Collaborative efforts have developed an innovative approach to perioperative medicine education.

Although doctors from many specialities are starting to identify as "perioperative physicians", anaesthetists are by far the best placed practitioners to lead the development of this exciting new clinical field, due to their "ideal combination of training, skills, and experience." (Grocott and Pearse 2012)

As one of the largest specialist medical colleges in Australia and New Zealand, and the foremost authority on anaesthesia and pain medicine in each country, ANZCA is the logical leader of perioperative medicine. In 2018 we established a Perioperative Medicine Steering Committee (POMSC) comprising representatives from ANZCA, FPM, and other specialist medical colleges to reflect the diverse nature of the perioperative space.

In February 2018, ANZCA Council approved a vision for the perioperative medicine program which, with our strategic plan, will guide and inform our approach. 

Structure of the diploma

We're developing a one-year, flexible and competency-based diploma that will be delivered in a hybrid model of online learning, workshops and clinical experience. 

The diploma curriculum and learning resources will be based on the graduate outcome statement, our literature review, and the Perioperative Care Framework

Our diploma will be made up of six topic areas:

  1. Preoperative assessment. 
  1. Preoperative planning. 
  1. Optimisation. 
  1. Intraoperative impacts on patient outcomes. 
  1. Postoperative assessment and management. 
  1. Discharge planning and rehabilitation. 

The diploma enrolment eligibility and prerequisites have been determined. The diploma assessments and experiential learning in the clinical environment are still in development.

Our diploma’s course design is aligned with the learning outcomes with the ANZCA roles of practice – medical expert, communicator, collaborator, leader and manager, health advocate, scholar and professional.

We will deliver each topic area separately over a ten-week period, with each topic area divided into five key themes. We are currently building resources and developing content that will support this delivery.

The clinical experience component of each topic area will be supervised by holders of the diploma. The cross-specialty nature of the diploma requires a varying cohort of supervisors to coordinate participants learning experience in the clinical setting.

Recognition pathways

We've opened a recognition pathway to allow eligible practitioners to apply for legacy transition to the ANZCA Diploma of Perioperative Medicine.

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DipPOM supervisor information

Experienced perioperative medicine practitioners will plan and supervise the participant learning experience in the clinical setting.

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Last updated 14:51 30.09.2022