Residents are expected to spend the majority of their time at the Clinical Pathology Laboratory
during weeks when they are on duty. Exceptions include attendance of scheduled classes or seminars, with the permission of the faculty person on duty, and research-related responsibilities that cannot be rescheduled.
Average daily case exposure includes;
- approximately 25 cytology cases (tissue aspirate, tissue imprint, and fluid analyses)
- approximately 50 hematology cases (of which 10-20% may have hematologic abnormalities requiring pathologist review)
- about 50 chemistry panels
Cytology and hemopathology reports are written in conjunction with the faculty clinical pathologist on duty.
Multiple Learning Opportunities
Depending on individual trainees' interests, opportunities exist to;
- acquire skills in operating automated laboratory equipment
- learn special analytical and quality control procedures
- use special teaching funds for more intensive laboratory evaluation of clinical cases
Interesting or controversial case materials are reviewed with the entire group of clinical pathologists once weekly in our section rounds, which also serves as a seminar course for credit for pathology, medicine, and oncology residents.
A weekly seminar course for clinical pathology residents includes journal article critique, new textbook reviews, case discussions, and laboratory technology updates.
A weekly microscopy seminar provides cross training opportunities for anatomic and clinical pathology trainees
Attended by faculty of the entire Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology Department, during which both anatomic and clinical pathology cases are presented and critiqued by the residents in preparation for the ACVP
Additional anatomic pathology training for clinical pathology residents is available through elective rotations in;
- necropsy services
- participation in the weekly VTH necropsy rounds for veterinary students
- a weekly seminar course for review of archived AFIP cases
- a weekly course with directed comparisons of histological and cytological findings from the same lesion in a single clinical case
Several VTH Medicine Service Seminars and Rounds are open for Clinical Pathology Residents to participate:
- Small Animal Medicine Grand Rounds
- Large Animal Medicine Grand Rounds
- Small Animal Medicine Resident Case Rounds
- Journal Clubs
- VTH Resident Research Seminar
Elective Courses offered at the VTH:
Opportunities to teach both Veterinary Students and Graduate Students
- Junior and Senior Veterinary Student Practicums
- Second Year Students in the foundation Bioanalytical Pathology Course (VM724)
Clinical Pathology residents have the opportunity to choose areas of research for their graduate programs from any discipline represented at the University.
Research opportunities include, but are not limited to;
In addition to their successful research pursuits, graduates from our program have demonstrated a consistently high rate of passing the ACVP
examination. As a result of this interdisciplinary training philosophy, graduates from our Clinical Pathology training program have been successfully employed in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, commercial reference laboratories, and government.