Midwestern University Program Overview
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ACVP Training Program Overview

Name of Institution: Midwestern University
Address: Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine
Department of Pathology and Population Medicine
5725 West Utopia Road
Glendale, Arizona 85308

Program Coordinators and Emails:
Director of the Diagnostic Pathology Center: Dr. Alexandra Brower, abrowe@midwestern.edu

Resident Representatives and Emails:
Anatomic: Dr. Abigail Finley, afine@midwestern.edu
Anatomic: Dr. Stephanie Ruppert, sruppe@midwestern.edu

Prerequisites Beyond DVM:
Qualification for admission requires a DVM from an AVMA accredited veterinary school. One year of clinical practice or internship experience is desired.


Program Information:
Program  CP AP Combined MS/PhD
Program Options
Full Time Residents
Typical # of years for completion
Money to go to one (1) meeting/year
Money for books and supplies
Independent research/publication required for program completion?
Yes: Numerous opportunities for independent or collaborative projects; expectation of abstract submission and at least one publication


Case Load:

 Small Animals Large Animals Exotic/Zoo Animals Lab Animals
Anatomic Pathology 900 85 80 (includes avian/poultry) 10
Clinical Pathology


Required Coursework for Specific Programs:
 AP - Faculty provided gross review sessions
- Journal Club
- Gross pathology Rounds
- Histopathology Rounds
- 1 External descriptive or other board prep. course
- Faculty reviewed slide set descriptions
- Gross and histopathology mock exams


Other Opportunities:
New Facilities: The recently developed Anatomic Pathology Residency Program at Midwestern University's College of Veterinary Medicine is housed in a new, purpose-built, state of the art pathology facility on the Glendale, AZ campus. The Diagnostic Pathology Center (DPC) has a 5,300 sq-ft, full-service necropsy floor, a gross pathology teaching theatre, a dedicated histopathology laboratory, downdraft and ventilated trim and tissue storage areas, an 800 sq-ft BSL3-capable necropsy suite, and 1200 sq-ft of classroom/teaching space. The facility is adjacent to the Companion Animal Clinic, which is an 111,000 sq-ft small animal teaching hospital, and the Equine Bovine Center, a large animal teaching facility that includes indoor equine and bovine teaching areas and housing for university-owned cattle and horses.

Excellent Teaching Opportunities: The pathology program provides a 2-quarter, second-year veterinary student pathology course, more specialized third-year veterinary student electives, and a continuous 4-week, fourth-year veterinary student clinical rotation. The pathology team presents weekly histopathology and gross pathology rounds that are open to the entire campus, and is very involved in collaborative campus and wider community projects.

Innovative Case Load: The DPC operates as an academic/diagnostic hybrid, receiving roughly equivalent caseload from outside submissions and Midwestern clinics. Strong relationships with area law enforcement, an excellent shelter medicine program, and dedicated faculty and staff have created opportunities to develop new approaches in forensic investigations. A rapidly growing faculty with expertise in zoo and wildlife medicine, pathology, and microbiology provide opportunities for collaborative research and diagnostic projects with zoo and wildlife organizations throughout the Phoenix Valley.

Excellent Faculty, Staff, and Working Environment: The residency program includes 5 anatomic pathology faculty, 2 clinical pathology faculty, managers and technicians for the histopathology and necropsy laboratories, and currently 2 anatomic pathology resident. Three fully funded resident positions for the new program will be filled by 2020 and maintained thereafter. The DPC prides itself on maintaining a close, team atmosphere in which all of its members contribute to veterinary pathology education and training. Midwestern University is an open and inclusive institution dedicated to the support and success of all of its students and employees. The Glendale campus is located on the edge of a major metropolitan area while being within a short drive of excellent outdoor recreational opportunities and incredible geographic and cultural variety.


Percentage of Time Spent in Activities - Anatomic Pathology:
Service Teaching Seminar/Courses Research Other
Year 1 60 (Necropsy emphasis) 10 (Lab emphasis) 10 20 (project)
Year 2 60 (Necropsy emphasis) 10 (Lab emphasis) 10 20 (project)
Year 3 60 (Biopsy emphasis) 20 (Classroom emphasis) 10 10 (writing and submission)
Year 4

Residents work directly with board-certified and board-eligible anatomic pathologists. A clinical pathology service will begin in the fall of 2017, and board-certified and board eligible clinical pathologists will also be available for additional training.

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