ANZCA’s Diploma of Perioperative Medicine

Date published:
02 Feb 2023

The Australian and New Zealand College of Anesthetists (ANZCA) is leading the development of a formal diploma of perioperative medicine (DipPOM), as part of a major multi-disciplinary collaboration among the Colleges of intensive care, surgeons, physicians and general practitioners.

The course is a one-year, flexible, competency-based program delivered in a hybrid model of online learning, workshops and clinical experience. Underpinning the diploma curriculum is the Perioperative Care Framework, which encompasses the patient journey from contemplation of surgery through to the optimal outcome.

Each topic area will be delivered separately over a 10-week period. The first two topic areas of the diploma will be piloted in the final quarter of 2023, with the full rollout expected in January 2024.

The recognition pathway

In late 2022, ANZCA opened a recognition pathway to allow eligible practitioners to apply for legacy transition to the DipPOM. This 'grandparenting' process is open to medical specialists who have been engaged in the field of perioperative medicine through education, teaching, research and clinical practice. ANZCA will support those who received the diploma through this process through clinical supervision and education. 

Applications for the recognition process can be submitted until 1 December 2023. For more information, please visit the ANZCA website.

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