Core Surgery - Applied Physiology of Shock

Category: Training - Core Training - Anatomy/Physiology

Date: November 16th 2021 2:00pm until 5:00pm

Location: Blackboard Collaborate online - sign in details to be sent via email




The sessions are designed to improve understanding of physiological and pathophysiological concepts as detailed below. They will consist of seminars, case study discussions, hands-on physiology demonstration and interactive Human Patient Simulator (HPS) demonstrations. The balance of activities in each of the four sessions will vary according to the topic being considered.  Delivered by the University of Bristol’s Blackboard Collaborate system, 2-5pm.


Topics covered:

  • Starling's law of the heart
  • Cardiac cycle
  • Baroreceptor reflex and short term control of blood pressure
  • Types of shock
  • Haemorrhage simulation
  • ECG and BP changes in response to postural challenge and Valsalva manoeuvre   
  • Applied Physiology of Shock

General Information



Self registration via University of Bristol Blackboard.  It is essential you do this so we can record who has attended.


Compulsory for all CT1s and CT2's (unless you attended last year).  

 Each module for physiology is run twice to allow choice for attendance. Please only book one option for each module.


Physiology teaching is to support learning for ISCP curriculum and for MRCS examinations. Emphasis is given to continuing professional education rather than ‘coaching’ for the MRCS examinations.

Attendance outcomes

A record of attendance will be kept by the Deanery. Attendance details are provided to your Programme Directors and will be assessed at the yearly ARCPs. Certificates will be provided for each module to trainees, who attend, for their portfolio.

Trainee feedback

Trainees will be asked to provide anonymised feedback on each module. This is important for the School of Surgery to ensure that the standards of delivery and content of the teaching is maximized for Severn School of Surgery core trainees in the future.


Failure to attend a module requires a trainee to complete an explanation form which is available on-line at the School website and is returnable to