Dentistry and Oral Surgery Residency Program 2010-2013
Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Thank you for requesting information on the Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery Residency Program at the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (MJR-VHUP). We will appoint a first-year resident, commencing July 14, 2010. Application instructions are included below. Application deadline is December 7, 2009. In addition, a rank order list must be submitted to VIRMP by January 15, 2010. Applicants will be notified of the results of the matching process on February 8, 2010. Further details are given below.
The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine is the second oldest veterinary school in the United States, founded in 1884. The School has two campuses with two hospitals and is one of the nation’s largest and most diversified clinical veterinary teaching facilities. The Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service at MJR-VHUP provides a full range of orofacial diagnostic and treatment options for clients from a wide area. There is an extensive teaching program in place for veterinary students and students of veterinary nursing. In addition to these clinical service and teaching components, there is an active research program. Funded research projects on several aspects of feline tooth resorption and on the relationship between periodontal disease and systemic disease are underway.
Penn’s involvement with veterinary dentistry began about 38 years ago as an informal case-based collaboration between MJR-VHUP staff and staff from the University of Pennsylvania Dental School, which is one block from MJR-VHUP. For many years, dentistry was part of the Soft Tissue Surgery Service, and was spun off as a separate clinical service, with its own residents, about 19 years ago. MJR-VHUP has had a dental hygienist on staff since the early 1980s. Academic links with the Dental School have continued, and veterinary dental residents are welcome to attend lectures and seminars at the Dental School and to collaborate with Dental School staff on projects.
Current Personnel in the VHUP Dental Service
The Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service currently consists of three AVDC-certified faculty members, three residents, one dental hygienist, one dental hygienist that is also a veterinary technician, and two veterinary technicians:
Alexander Reiter, Dipl. Tzt., Dr. med. vet., Dipl. AVDC, EVDC, Assistant Professor of Dentistry, Head of the Dentistry Service
John Lewis, VMD, FAVD, Dipl. AVDC, Assistant Professor of Dentistry, Director of the Dental Residency Program
Bonnie Miller, RDH, BS, Staff Dental Hygienist
Jeanette Hernandez, RDH, CVT, Dental Hygienist and Veterinary Technician
Jodi Stern, CVT, VTS (Dentistry), Certified Veterinary Dental Technician
Pat March, AHT,CVT, VTS (Dentistry) Certified Veterinary Dental Technician
Kristin Walker, DVM, Resident in Dentistry (July 2007 – July 2010)
Sarah Bonner, DVM, Resident in Dentistry (July 2008-July 2011)
Robert Menzies, BVSc, Resident in Dentistry (July 2009-July 2012)
Colin Harvey, BVSc, FRCVS, Dipl. ACVS, ECVS, AVDC, EVDC, Professor of Surgery and Dentistry and Head of the Dental Service, founder of MJR-VHUP Dentistry Service; Dr. Harvey’s role is restricted to case discussions with students and residents, involvement in resident rounds, and supervision of research projects.
Supervisors of Required Blocks or Intermittent Time in Related Disciplines
Dr. Wilfried Mai, Assistant Professor of Radiology and Chief, Section of Radiology, MJR-VHUP
Dr. Paula Larenza, Assistant Professor, Anesthesia Service, MJR-VHUP
Michael Goldschmidt, BVSc, MSc, MRCVS, Professor of Pathology and Head, Surgical Biopsy Service, School of Veterinary Medicine
Dorothy Cimino Brown, Associate Professor of Surgery, Chief of Surgery, MJR-VHUP
Past Veterinary Dental Residents, VHUP
(in order of completion of program)
Jamie Anderson, DVM, MS, RDH, Dipl. AVDC, ACVIM
Philippe Hennet, DVM, Dipl. AVDC, EVDC
Paul Orsini, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, AVDC
Eva Sarkiala, DVM, PhD, Dipl. AVDC
Marco Gioso, DVM, PhD, DDS, Dipl. AVDC
William Rosenblad, DVM
Margherita Gracis, DVM, Dipl. AVDC, EVDC
Alexander Reiter, Dipl. Tzt., Dr. med. vet., Dipl. AVDC, EVDC
Simone Ostermeier, MRCVS, Dipl. EVDC
John Lewis, VMD, FAVD, Dipl. AVDC
Jennifer Rawlinson, DVM, Dipl. AVDC
Curtis Stiles, DVM
Stanley Blazejewski, VMD
Viacheslav Eroshin, DVM
Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery Residency
The training program will commence with a general orientation for all new MJR-VHUP residents on July 14th. The residency is designed to provide training and increase knowledge and experience in the discipline of dentistry through exposure to clinical dentistry and oral/maxillofacial surgery, research related to these disciplines, and teaching. The training program at MJR-VHUP is approved by the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC), and residents entering the program will register with the AVDC and are expected to submit the reports required by the AVDC to maintain their AVDC eligibility. The program is three years, full-time. The third year includes time for preparation of the AVDC examination, time for completion of research projects, and clinical time as a Chief Resident. Progress to the second and third year of the program is dependent on satisfactory completion of the first and second year, respectively. The resident’s performance will be evaluated twice annually by his/her supervisors. There is normally a first, second and third year resident in place at any one time.
The major responsibilities of the resident are to receive patients, diagnose their problems, perform dental and oral/maxillofacial surgical procedures on and carry out the post-surgical management of the patients that are admitted to the hospital. The resident receives guided instruction on client communication and patient care and performs clinical procedures under supervision. The extent of instruction and supervision is matched to the experience and abilities of the resident. Residents also instruct veterinary students and interns and share responsibilities for dental emergencies and weekend and holiday coverage with staff members. The resident’s responsibility for patient care and teaching increases as training progresses and is dependent upon a demonstrated level of proficiency. The residency also provides opportunities for practice of procedures on cadavers, reading of relevant literature, and discussion of residency-related topics. The resident is expected to participate in at least one research project that can be completed during the three-year residency period. Residents generally have one day every week for laboratory sessions, professional development, and research.
The annual VHUP dental, oral/maxillofacial surgery, and oral medicine caseload is approximately 500-550 animals anesthetized for treatment, and another 150-200 seen as consultations only. This caseload produces about 750 AVDC case procedures each year. The caseload consists predominantly of dogs and cats with periodontal disease, tooth fractures, chronic oral inflammation or tooth resorption. Extensive oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures (trauma, congenital defects, neoplasia) and advanced endodontic and restorative procedures are well represented. Though malocclusion consultations are common, few active orthodontic movement procedures are performed.
Additional experience in clinical dental disciplines may be obtained during cadaver practice and extramural visits by the resident to other Diplomates of the AVDC, and by occasional visits to the Philadelphia Zoo and other regional exotic animal collections including the New Jersey State Aquarium and the Lehigh Zoo. The Special Species Section at VHUP provides opportunities for diagnosis and treatment of oral conditions in small mammals, birds and reptiles. The University Laboratory Animal Resources Service uses the VHUP Dental Service for consultations, which results in opportunity for clinical experience with monkeys and occasionally other species. When practical, residents may visit New Bolton Center (the School’s Large Animal Hospital, 35 miles southwest of VHUP) when equine oral and dental cases are treated.
Facilities and Equipment Available for the Veterinary Dental Residency Program, VHUP
MJR-VHUP is part of the main University of Pennsylvania campus in West Philadelphia. It specializes in treatment of companion animals and is adjacent to the basic science classrooms and research laboratories of the School of Veterinary Medicine. VHUP is a full-service, tertiary care companion animal veterinary hospital. The clinical staff consists of about 120 veterinarians and 90 veterinary nurses, plus many other technical, business and administrative support staff. VHUP has a very active 24/7/365 Emergency Service and Intensive Care Unit. A comprehensive range of diagnostic and treatment facilities is available. More than 30,000 patient visits to VHUP are typically recorded each year. Teaching, patient care and research are enhanced by opportunities for interaction with the medical and dental schools at the University of Pennsylvania and the five other medical schools and one other dental school in Philadelphia.
Dental equipment and supplies available for the residency program include three high-speed dental units, four ultrasonic scalers, two wall-mounted and one mobile dental radiographic units (all of which are compatible with our computed dental radiography system), a dental electro-surgical unit, amalgamator, cement vibrator, light curing guns, and an extensive collection of periodontic, endodontic, restorative and orthodontic hand instruments and supplies, as well as a full range of orthopedic, general surgery and oral surgical instruments. CO2 and diode lasers are shared by the services in the Surgery Section.
Proposed Resident Program Schedule
Year One 42 weeks MJR-VHUP Dental Service rotations*
4 weeks Anesthesia, soft tissue/orthopedic surgery, and radiology rotations
4 weeks External rotations or project work**
2 weeks Vacation
Year Two 44 weeks MJR-VHUP Dental Service rotations*
6 weeks External rotations or project work**
2 weeks Vacation
Year Three 44 weeks MJR-VHUP Dental Service rotations*
6 weeks External rotations or project work**
2 weeks Vacation
* MJR-VHUP Dental Service rotation
Monday: Clinic appointments, rounds, laboratory session for students
Tuesday: Clinical/surgical procedures under anesthesia, rounds
Wednesday: Clinic appointments, rounds, laboratory session for students
Thursday: Clinical/surgical procedures under anesthesia, rounds
Friday: Emergency or over-booked dental and oral/maxillofacial surgical procedures, reading/project day, laboratory session or extramural visit**
Follow-up care of hospitalized cases on weekends is required occasionally. Weekend and holiday coverage of current cases or emergencies is split between the residents, and clinician back up is provided.
** To be determined by the resident’s supervisors
The program includes one-week rotations through the services of anesthesia, soft tissue surgery, orthopedic surgery, and radiology to fulfill the AVDC requirements. Laboratory sessions are times for instruction in and practice of clinical procedures on cadaver material.
The resident will have access to a computerized veterinary dental bibliographic database, various other electronic databases of the university’s libraries, and an extensive collection of veterinary dental books, journals and videotapes. Both the Dental School Library and the Biomedical Library are close to MJR-VHUP (one block away). Although the program specializes in treatment of small animals (dogs, cats, plus other species patients seen through MJR-VHUP’s Special Species Service), occasional visits to the Philadelphia Zoo, other regional exotic animal collections, New Bolton Center and to university research animal facilities are included. Time for visits to other veterinary dental practices and to human dentists is provided each year. Teaching, patient care, and research are enhanced by interaction with the medical and dental schools at the University of Pennsylvania. Funds will be provided to enable the resident to attend the Annual Veterinary Dental Forum (the nation’s largest veterinary dental meeting).
The resident will be encouraged to present clinical case reports at veterinary dental meetings and to participate in ongoing research or to develop an individual research project that will be presented at MJR-VHUP Grand Rounds.
The salary for a first year resident will be $27,000 per year. Health insurance, professional liability insurance, and other personal benefits are provided or significantly discounted. On-site parking is provided free of charge for residents.
Application Requirements and Process
The University of Pennsylvania participates in the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians (AAVC) Veterinary Intern and Resident Matching Program (VIRMP). This requires that applicants submit a rank order form to VIRMP (due on January 15, 2010) in addition to submitting application materials described below to the University of Pennsylvania (due on December 7, 2009)
. Please visit the VIRMP web site at www.virmp.org
for information on the VIRMP application process and an application package. Applicants will be notified of the results of the matching process on February 8, 2010
There are no citizenship or licensure requirements for residents at MJR-VHUP, except that applicants must be graduate veterinarians who have completed (by the date of commencement of the residency) a one-year internship; employment in a multi-veterinarian companion animal or mixed veterinary practice for one year or more may be acceptable as equivalent to an internship – please provide details of the practice experience. The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
The deadline for receipt of the complete application is December 7, 2009. To apply, submit a letter indicating your reasons for wanting to participate in a veterinary dental residency program, and include your curriculum vitae and veterinary school transcript sent from your school of graduation directly to the VIRMP website. Also include a list of three to six standardized letters of reference, preferably from veterinarians and individuals familiar with the applicant's training, clinical experience, and speciality interest. All items should be submitted electronically via the VIRMP by the December 7, 2009 deadline.
Foreign veterinarians do not require the US and/or State veterinary medicine license in order to practice veterinary medicine at MJR-VHUP. However, foreign nationals should be prepared to pay US $1,000 to the Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) for expedited H-1B visa processing, in addition to the standard visa fee.
Visits by prospective residency applicants are encouraged. Please contact Dr. John Lewis for further information:
Phone: (215) 746-0135
Fax: (215) 898-9937