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Unit information: Paediatric Heart Disease in 2018/19

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Unit name Paediatric Heart Disease
Unit code SOCSM0006
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
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

  • Web-based lectures, tutorials and practical demonstrations (in powerpoint-with-audio format)
  • Online discussion forum(s)
  • Self-directed study
  • Hands-on practical workshops held in Bristol.

Assessment Details

  1. Coursework (contributing a total of 60% to the unit) consisting of:
- 5 sets of multiple choice questions (MCQs) of a simple format (e.g. select an answer from a short number of options, true/false), each contributing 5% to the unit, giving a total of 25%. - 1 short essay contributing 20% to the unit. - 2 short answer questions or extended MCQs, each contributing 7.5% to the unit, giving a total of 15%

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

  1. Written exam (contributing a total of 40% to the unit and taken in Bristol) consisting of:
- 1 essay paper contributing 20% to the unit.

1 sets of MCQs contributing 20% 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.
  5. Apitz C, Webb GD, Redington AN. Tetralogy of Fallot. Lancet. 2009 Oct 24;374(9699):1462-71.

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