The main goals of our 3-year program are to enable the resident to build the credentials, knowledge, skills and aptitudes necessary to achieve ACVIM board certification (www.acvim.org) and to start work as an internist. We are very proud of this program and our recent graduates who have gone on to have successful careers in both private specialty practice and academia.
There are 6 small animal internal medicine diplomates in direct support of our residency program: Drs. Audrey Cook, Johanna Heseltine, Jonathan Lidbury, Katee Creevy, Jörg Steiner, and Mike Willard. Our internists have a wide variety of clinical expertise and interests including infectious diseases, gastroenterology, hepatology, urology, nephrology, interventional radiology, endoscopy, and biomarker discovery. We pride ourselves on collegiality, strong mentorship, and having a team-orientated approach to patient care.
Our program provides residents with a relatively busy but balanced caseload. This means they become well-rounded internists but also allows them to become proficient in a wide variety of procedures including flexible and rigid endoscopy, laparoscopic liver biopsy, bone marrow aspirate/biopsy, arthocentesis, and feeding tube placement. The internal medicine section also has an increasing caseload of patients requiring interventional radiology/endoscopy procedures, such as urethral/ureteral stenting, laser lithotripsy, and laser ablation of intramural ectopic ureters.
We are fortunate to have 3 cardiologists, 3 oncologists, 3 neurologists, 3 criticalists, 1 radiation-oncologist, and 2 dermatologists in direct support of the program. This ensures that our residents receive broad and complete training. As part of the 3-year program, each resident will also spend time with our 4 radiologists and 4 clinical pathologists to gain important skills in imaging and laboratory diagnostics.
Residents are provided with many opportunities to receive didactic training including weekly board examination preparation seminars, journal club, book club, as well as the option to attend rounds run by other specialty sections within the department and college. Multidisciplinary grand rounds take place every month. Residents are also required to present 3 seminars over the course of their training program, which is very valuable for the development of their presentation skills.
Residents are allowed a generous amount of time free from clinical responsibilities to prepare for the ACVIM board examinations. In the past 10 years, all of our residents have passed the ACVIM general and specialty examinations on their first attempts and achieved board certification! Faculty guidance, time off clinics, and funding are provided to support resident research projects.
Enrollment in a postgraduate degree is not a requirement of our program but combined residency/post-graduate degree programs are a possibility. Candidates who are interested in such a program should contact Dr. Jonathan Lidbury (Residency Program Director: email@example.com).
All applications for this program should be made through the Veterinary Residency and Internship Match Program. Further details of our residency are available on the website (https://www.virmp.org).
“The medicine services are busy, but we have great support from our senior clinicians and perform a lot of diagnostic procedures. It’s a great program.” Joseph Cyrus Parambeth, BVSc & AH, MVSc (Vet Med), PhD candidate, Medicine Resident 2015-2018
“We see a wide range of cases and every day is different. The faculty is very hands-on, and I am always learning.” Melanie Puchot DVM, Medicine Resident 2014-2017