Residency Program

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RESIDENCY EXPECTATIONS

Objectives of the program:
A four-year residency program in diagnostic radiology is offered in the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital under the direction of faculty from the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis. Completion of the training program fulfills the requirements of the American College of Veterinary Radiology and the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging, and makes the candidate eligible for Diplomate status in both colleges if desired. The program prepares the resident for a career in private or academic practice in the broad field of diagnostic radiology. Approximately 80% of the resident's time is spent on hospital assignments.

The need for specific training:
Radiologists are in demand in clinical practice and in academic practice. The specialty contributes to many aspects of patient care, and is integral to a high proportion of research activities that use imaging as outcome measures. The residency program prepares residents to perform to a high standard in both academic and private practice settings.

Courses of activities:
The training program consists of clinical experience with diagnostic case work-ups of small and large animals, daily rounds, interpretation seminars, journal clubs and formal lectures given at the School of Veterinary Medicine and the School of Medicine, University of California, Davis. Residents are assigned to a service area for clinical duty daily, with supervision of faculty. Residents are responsible for overseeing imaging studies and generating reports, as well as interacting with referring service clinicians on the findings and recommendations for further testing. On-call duty is shared among the residents, with support from senior residents and faculty.

Oral report skills are developed weekly at Known Case Conference rounds, in preparation for the oral board exam. Teaching assignments are included to provide residents with the opportunity to gain instructional experience. Participation in hospital rounds and other residency training activities provide the opportunity to gain additional insight into medicine, surgery, and other specialty areas to enrich their professional advancement.

Residents are expected to conduct their own research project(s) under the supervision of a faculty member. Residents are required to make a formal presentation of their research project(s) at the Annual House Officer Seminar Days during their residency. During the fourth year, an opportunity exists for the resident to concentrate in one specialty area.

Structure and organization: Describe the structure and organization of the program activities and the time and faculty involvement for each.  Describe how the program will be organized within and among service units.  Provide a timeline model for activities of a typical resident for the duration of the residency.  Describe the resources, such as office space, equipment, etc., that are required for the resident education, indicating what resources are available now and what resources would be needed before the program could begin.

1st year: An initial orientation period including the technical aspects of both large and small animal radiography (2 weeks each) and basic ultrasonography (4 weeks). The remainder of the year will consist of rotations through small animal radiology and ultrasound, and an initial exposure to large animal radiology and CT.

2nd year: Focus is divided between large animal radiology and VMII (CT/MRI/Nuclear Medicine). An introduction to the technical aspects of VMII (2 weeks) will also be provided.

3rd year: responsibilities in all service areas including a 2-week rotation in large animal ultrasound.

4th year: responsibilities in all service areas.

Faculty participating in the program: For each faculty member participating in the program, describe his/her contribution in achieving the stated program objectives, the time committed, and the extent and nature of supervision and mentoring anticipated.

Table 1: Faculty/Areas of Interest

Primary Resident Training Responsibility

Approximate Time Commitment

Clinical Training

Daily Rounds

Resident Lectures, Courses/Rds

Clinical Services

Formal Teaching

Research Supervision

Admin

Rachel E. Pollard, DVM, PhD, DACVR

SAR, LAR, US, NM CT, MRI

SAR, US, NM CT, MRI

SAR, US, NM CT, MRI

25%

5%

10%

10%

Erik R. Wisner, DVM, DACVR

SAR, LAR, US, NM CT, MRI

SAR, LAR, US, NM CT, MRI

SAR, LAR, US, NM CT, MRI

25%

5%

20%

50%

Derek D. Cissell, VMD, PhD, DACVR

SAR, LAR, US, NM CT, MRI

LAR, NM CT, MRI

LAR, NM CT, MRI

25%

5%

10%

10%

Allison Zwingenberger, DVM, DACVR, DipECVDI

SAR, LAR, US, NM CT, MRI

SAR, US, NM CT, MRI

SAR, US, NM CT, MRI

50%

5%

10%

10%

Eric G. Johnson DVM, DACVR

SAR, LAR, US, NM CT, MRI

SAR, US, NM CT, MRI

SAR, US, NM CT, MRI

70%

5%

Mathieu Spriet, DVM, DACVR, DipECVDI

SAR, LAR, US, NM CT, MRI

SAR, LAR, US, NM CT, MRI

SAR, LAR, US, NM CT, MRI

50%

5%

10% 10%

Katie Phillips, DVM, DACVR

SAR, LAR, US, NM CT, MRI

70%

5%

Alain P. Theon, Dr. Med Vet, MS, DACVR.

Radiation Oncology

Radiation Oncology.

50%

5%

10%

Michael S. Kent, DVM, DACVIM, DACVR, MAS

Radiation Oncology

Radiation Oncology.

50%

5%

10%

Mary-Beth Whitcomb, DVM

LAUS

LAUS

LAUS

70%

5%

Betsy Vaughn, DVM

LAUS

LAUS

LAUS

90%

5%

SAR = Small Animal Radiology, LAR = Large animal Radiology, US = Small Animal Ultrasound, NM = Nuclear Medicine, CT = Computed Tomography, MR = Magnetic Resonance Imaging, LAUS = Large Animal ultrasound

  • Process of evaluation: Describe the specific process by which the academic progress of residents will be evaluated, and the VMTH policy that will be followed in dismissing a resident.

Residents are formally reviewed every year throughout the residency training program. All faculty provide an analysis of the resident's ability, capabilities, and productivity. Input is sought from our staff, faculty, and house officers from other services. The review is discussed with the resident in a formal meeting with the Residency Program Director. A comprehensive evaluation form is used to document aspects of performance that require improvement as well as those in which the resident excels. In addition, the residency program director and other faculty meet informally with residents on an as needed basis to provide additional guidance.

  • Certification: Describe the specific requirements that must be met before a residency certificate can be awarded.

Residents must make satisfactory progress at each evaluation, and present their research findings at the House Officer Seminar Day as well as at an ACVR or other meeting.

  • State Licensure:

Not required.

  • Advanced degree during residency: Residents are usually not permitted to work toward an advanced degree during their residency training program.  Exceptions are Dairy Production Medicine, and Livestock Reproduction/Herd Health.  These programs provide an opportunity for the resident to obtain a Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine degree.

Not permitted.

  • California Driver’s License: Programs in which the resident/intern is required to drive university owned vehicles are required to obtain a California drivers license, and participate in the DMV pull notice program.

Not required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Graduated from a college or school of veterinary medicine accredited by the AVMA; or possess a certificate issued by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG); or are legally qualified to practice veterinary medicine in some state, province, territory, or possession of the United States, Canada, or other country.

    Residents are required to have graduated from a veterinary college, and to be licensed to practice in their state or country.

  • Have demonstrated unquestionable moral character and professional behavior.

    Applications and reference letters are evaluated for exhibiting high moral character and professional behavior.

Requirements for foreign applicants:

In addition to the minimum qualifications above, foreign graduates must also meet the following requirement.

Must be eligible for a TN (Mexico and Canada) or J-1 visa with no bars or home country requirement.

Service/Board requirements:

Certifications: TOEFL   Yes
  NAVLE   No
  PAVE   No
  ECFVG   No
  OTHER   No

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • One year internship / equivalent experience required?  Yes
  • California Drivers License Required?  No

Residency Requirements

The applicant must have graduated from a School of Veterinary Medicine and must have at least one year of clinical experience after graduation (private practice or internship). The selection of residents is based on academic achievement, career objectives, letters of evaluation, interpersonal skills, clinical skills, and pertinent experience. Please provide a contact email address that will be valid through the end of December, 2016.

Foreign applicants must be eligible for a J1 visa for 4 years with no bars or home country requirement.

Application Process and Deadlines for 2016

Two resident positions in diagnostic imaging will be available for the 2016 application cycle, beginning the residency in August 2017. Selected candidates will be invited to UC Davis for a tour, interview, and to meet the faculty, residents, and staff, on December 9. Applicants should tentatively hold the interview date free to be able to attend if selected for an interview.

Schedule

October 28th Applications due
November 11th Candidates for interview selected and notified
December 9th Interview day
December 16th Resident selected and notified

SELECTION WILL NOT UTILIZE THE VETERINARY INTERNSHIP/RESIDENCY MATCHING PROGRAM (VIRMP). For application procedures, salary and benefits, and other information about the residency program, please see General Information on the VMTH web site

Application Materials

  1. A completed UCD-VMTH application form that includes a letter of intent.
  2. Transcripts from veterinary school(s) (an official English translation must be included if not in English).
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. Curriculum vitae

Send materials electronically to the VMTH Resident Affairs Coordinator with the program you are applying to in the subject line . You may email the Resident Affairs Coordinator to check that your application has been received.

The University of California, Davis and the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital are interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity.