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Unit information: Paediatric Heart Disease in 2020/21

Unit name Paediatric Heart Disease
Unit code SOCSM0006
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Ghorbel
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description

This unit will introduce the clinical problem of paediatric congenital heart disease. It will provide an overview of the genomics and epidemiology of congenital heart disease and describe the pathology of congenital heart defects and their complications. The catheter and surgical interventions currently used to correct heart defects will be outlined, including possible post-intervention complications. Additionally, strategies used for heart protection (during and after corrective surgery) will be described. Finally, emerging stem cell approaches for graft tissue engineering will be discussed.

Intended learning outcomes

Students successfully completing this module will be able to:

  • Discuss the clinical problem of congenital paediatric heart disease.
  • Understand the genomics and epidemiology of congenital heart defects.
  • Provide an overview of the pathology of congenital heart defects and their resulting complications.
  • Have a good understanding of the clinical methods currently used to correct heart defects.
  • Recognize cardio-protection strategies and emerging stem cell approaches for graft tissue engineering.

Teaching details

  • Synchronous and asynchronous lectures; tutorials
  • Online discussion forum(s)
  • Self-directed study
  • Practical workshops which will take place in Bristol if possible or will be taught in an alternative online format

Assessment Details

Coursework (contributing a total of 60% to the unit) consisting of:

  • 5 sets of multiple choice questions (MCQs) of a simple format (select the best answer from 4 or 5 options), contributing 10% to the unit.
  • 1 essay (1500 words), contributing 25% to the unit.
  • 1 short answer (750 words), contributing 12.5% to the unit.
  • Lay and graphical abstracts of a unit relevant journal paper, contributing 12.5% to the unit.

Please note that students will be given formative feedback on all coursework assessment.

Written exam (contributing a total of 40% to the unit) consisting of:

  • Essay paper, contributing 40% to the unit.

Reading and References

  1. Weismann CG, Gelb BD. The genetics of congenital heart disease: a review of recent developments. Curr Opin Cardiol. 2007 May;22(3):200-6.
  2. Cordina RL and Celermajer DS. Chronic cyanosis and vascular function: implications for patients with cyanotic congenital heart disease. Cardiology in the Young (2010), 20: 242-253.
  3. Albers EL, Bichell DP, McLaughlin B. New Approaches to Neuroprotection in Infant Heart Surgery. Pediatr Res. 2010 Jul;68(1):1-9.
  4. Crystal MA, Ing FF. Pediatric interventional cardiology: 2009. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2010 Oct;22(5):567-72.

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