Louisiana State University Program Overview
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ACVP Training Program Overview

Name of Institution: Louisiana State University
Address: Departments of Pathobiological Sciences (AP) and Veterinary Clinical Sciences (CP)
School of Veterinary Medicine
Skip Bertman Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Program Coordinators and Emails:
Anatomic: Dr. Ingeborg Langohr, ilangohr@lsu.edu
Clinical: Dr. Courtney Nelson, cnelson1@lsu.edu

Resident Representatives and Emails:
Anatomic: Dr. Jacqueline Elliott, elliott1@lsu.edu
Clinical: Dr. Annie Bauman, abauma2@lsu.edu

Prerequisites Beyond DVM:
None

 

Program Information:
Program  CP AP Combined MS/PhD
Program Options Yes Yes Yes
Full Time Residents 2 5 2 (CP&MS)
3 (AP&PhD)
Typical # of years for completion 3 3 3 (MS)
5-6 (PhD)
Money to go to one (1) meeting/year Yes Yes Yes
Money for books and supplies Yes Yes Yes
Independent research/publication required for program completion? Yes Yes Yes

Comments:
Combined/Post-residency MS/PhD opportunities available: Residents are strongly encouraged to enter the PhD program on completion of the residency training. The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine has a strong research program in infectious disease and cancer biology. Additional research opportunities are available through the Pennington Biomedical Research Center as well as through the Tulane National Primate Research Center (TNPRC). LSU holds a joint NIH training grant with the TNPRC that provides a unique opportunity for students interested in developing expertise working with non-human primates. Residents who pursue their PhD at the TNPRC are offered competitive salaries during training.

 

Case Load:

 Small Animals Large Animals Exotic/Zoo Animals Lab Animals
Anatomic Pathology 45% 35% 25% Minimal (1-2%)
Clinical Pathology 80% 15% 5% Minimal (1-2%)

Comments:
For the anatomic pathology caseload, the large animal component is slightly weighted towards equine and the exotic component is slightly weighted toward avian species. For cytology and hematology specimens, the large animal caseload is heavily weighted towards equine samples, while the small animal caseload is moderately weighted towards canine samples. The exotic animal caseload is highly variable, with representation of many different species.

 

Required Coursework for Specific Programs:
 MS Introduction to Research
Immunology
Molecular Regulation of Cell Function
Concepts of Epidemiology
Host Response to Infectious Agents
Current Literature
 PhD Introduction to Research
Immunology
Molecular Regulation of Cell Function
Concepts of Epidemiology
Host Response to Infectious Agents
Current Literature
PBS Seminar Series
 AP Advanced Cell Pathology
Advanced Systemic Pathology
Histopathology Slide Conference
Gross Pathology Conference
Pathology Journal Club
Immunology of Infectious and Parasitic Disease
 CP Advanced Cell Pathology
Advanced Systemic Pathology
Histopathology Slide Conference
Pathology Journal Club
Immunology of Infectious and Parasitic Disease

Comments:
Various graduate-level courses are offered through other departments on campus, should they be necessary to further the student’s individual career goals. They are available with approval of the student’s graduate committee.

 

Percentage of Time Spent in Activities - Clinical Pathology:

Service  Teaching  Seminar/Courses  Research  Other 
Year 1 50 10 20 0 20 (self-guided study, research, rounds preparation time)
Year 2 50 10 10 10 20 (self-guided study, research, rounds, preparation time)
Year 3  40 0 10 10 40 (boards preparation, research)
Year 4 0 0 10 (combined PhD) 90 (combined PhD)  

Comments:
The clinical pathology training program provides generous structured and unstructured time throughout for the board exam preparation, research projects, and general studies, tailored to best suit each individual. During their second year, residents are given 3 weeks to study full time for the Phase I of the ACVP exam in March. At the end of the residency, they are therefore given 2.5 months to study full time, with pay, for the Phase II of the ACVP board exam in August.

Specialty Round Opportunities: Bone Marrow, Chemistry, Cytology, Dermatopathology, Oncopathology, Ocular Pathology, Histopathology; Journal Club.

 

Percentage of Time Spent in Activities - Anatomic Pathology:
Service Teaching Seminar/Courses Research Other
Year 1 60 10 20 0 10 (self-guided study, research, rounds preparation time)
Year 2 60 10 15 0 15 (self-guided study, research, rounds preparation time)
Year 3 50 10 10 0 30 (boards preparation, research)
Year 4 0 0 10 (combined PhD) 90 (combined PhD)

Comments:
The anatomic pathology program allows students to concentrate on residency training for the first 3 years, with the final year of the residency heavily weighted towards board exam preparation. During their second year, residents are given 3 weeks to study full time for the Phase I of the ACVP exam in March. Residents are encouraged to take the Phase II of the ACVP exam at the end of their 3rd year of the residency, before starting their PhD program. At the end of the residency, they are therefore given 2.5 months to study full time, with pay, for the Phase II of the ACVP board exam in August.

Specialty Round Opportunities: Bone Marrow, Chemistry, Cytology, Dermatopathology, Ocular Pathology, Oncopathology, Gross Pathology, Histopathology, Lab Animal Pathology; Journal Club.

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