Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine, Clinical and Research Track
THERE WILL BE NO RESIDENCY PROGRAM FOR 2010-2013
The residency in small animal medicine offers a four-year training program in clinical medicine (years 1, 2 and 4) plus a dedicated year (year 3) to be trained in basic or translational research that is centered around an established program conducted by an investigator in the candidate's chosen laboratory. The candidate may choose to perform his/her research year in participating laboratories at the University of Pennsylvania 's School of Veterinary Medicine or School of Medicine . There will be no clinical duties assigned to the candidate during this research year. During this year, the resident is expected to fully integrate into their research laboratory, attend and participate in research journal clubs, laboratory meetings, seminar series and conferences held at the School of Veterinary Medicine and School of Medicine and present their data at local and regional scientific meetings. The resident will be guided in applying for funding from national granting agencies, with the expectation that such funding will support the continuation of their scientific research at the end of the four year program. It is the aim of this clinical and research track residency to prepare individuals for successful applications to tenure track positions at academic institutions. Please note that this clinical and research track residency does NOT award an advanced degree (MS or PhD).
The 3 years of clinical training are identical to the training in the 3 year clinical residency program and involve training in all core medicine disciplines, including endocrinology, gastroenterology, hematology, infectious disease, nephrology, nutrition, oncology, respiratory medicine, and critical care. The program places heavy emphasis on problem solving, understanding, of pathophysiology, and clinical research. Residents manage their own patients in consultation with faculty, including many board certified specialists, and assist with supervision and teaching of interns and veterinary students. Residents are given approximately 25% of the clinical training time for independent academic pursuits and specialty board preparation. During this time the candidate will be expected to identify the laboratory and research program they will join during their third year. One of the objectives of this part of the residency program is to qualify candidates for the ACVIM examination and certification.
First and second year residents spend 7 and 6 months respectively on the internal medicine clinical service. The residents spend 3.5 months in the first year and 2 months in the second year rotating amongst specialties such as cardiology, clinical pathology, dermatology, emergency service, intensive care, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, pediatrics/genetics, and radiology. Specialty rotations may be expanded to include other areas, depending on the resident’s interest. There is 1 month devoted to research in the first year and 2 months in the second year. In addition, second year residents have 1.5 months allotted for study preparation for the ACVIM general examination. During the fourth year of the residency, residents spend 7 months on the internal medicine clinical service. Fourth year residents will help run an internal medicine service alongside a board certified internist. They will continue to receive internal medicine referral appointments and will supervise first and second year medicine resident cases, in consultation with the board certified internist on service with them. During the fourth year residents have 1.5 months for specialty rotations, 1 month for research, and 2 months to study for the ACVIM certifying examination. Residents interact with approximately 21 board certified faculty and staff who are ACVIM diplomates (14 internists, 3 oncologists, 2 cardiologists, and 2 neurologists).
Residents attend regular case rounds, grand rounds, resident seminars, medicine journal club, board review sessions, and, occasionally, rounds and lectures at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The section supports the attendance of first year residents at an intermediate level endoscopy course, and funds are provided for travel to the ACVIM forum during the second, third, and fourth years.
The University of Pennsylvania is an "EOE". Minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.