North Carolina State University Anatomic Program Overview
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ACVP Training Program Overview

Name of Institution: North Carolina State University
Address: NC State University
College of Veterinary Medicine
1060 William Moore Drive
Raleigh, NC 27607

Program Coordinators and Emails:
Dr. Keith Linder, Keith_Linder@ncsu.edu

Resident Representatives and Emails:
Dr. Megan Schreeg, medowney@ncsu.edu
Dr. Samantha Sommer, slthoma8@ncsu.edu

Prerequisites Beyond DVM:
None

 

Program Information:
Program  CP AP Combined MS/PhD
Program Options

Traditional Anatomic (4 slots)
Combined poultry medicine and anatomic pathology (1 slot)
Comparative Pathology (3 slots)

*NIH Comparative Molecular Pathology Combined Program Partner
Full Time Residents
5-7 5-7
Typical # of years for completion
3 - Traditional Program route
4 - Combined poultry medicine and anatomic pathology
3 - Comparative pathology program
2 for residency training and 3-4 for the PhD portion
Money to go to one (1) meeting/year
$2000 provided for presentation at meetings ($1000 per meeting) Provided for presentation at meetings
Money for books and supplies
Books are provided for diagnostic work and board preparation Books are provided for diagnostic work and board preparation
Independent research/publication required for program completion?
Publication of independent projects is required Yes

Comments:
*NCSU is a Partnership institution with the Comparative Molecular Pathology Research Training Program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The initial two years of training occur at NCSU in the Dept. of Population Health and Pathobiology where trainees will participate in necropsy, surgical pathology, teaching, and required PhD coursework. The following three to four years occur at NIH in Bethesda, Maryland, where trainees complete their graduate research at the NIH.

 

Case Load:

 Small Animals Large Animals Exotic/Zoo Animals Lab Animals
Anatomic Pathology dogs, cats, exotics, pets, etc. horses, fewer food animals aquarium, zoo, lemur center Yes, and many at partner institutions
Clinical Pathology



Comments:
The post mortem case load is diverse and approximately 1000 autopsies per year and and there are 2500 to 3000 surgical biopsies per year. Small animals, equids, exotics are more than food animals. Partnership with Rollins State Lab (next door) offers more food animal pathology experience and case diversity. We have good diversity of zoo, aquarium, and lab animal cases. Our Comparative Pathology Program focuses on lab animal. Local medical schools (UNC, Duke) and NIEHS nearby offer great biomedical and toxicology lab animal pathology experiences.

 

Required Coursework for Specific Programs:
 MS Standard MS 9 credit hours of course work required per semester
 PhD Standard PhD 9 credit hours of course work required per semester
 AP Graduate courses possible
Autopsy Rounds
Histopath Slide Seminar
Board Prep Rounds
Specialty Path Rounds
House Officer Seminar
Pathology Seminar Series
State Diagnostic Lab Rotations
Duke or UNC medical school
 CP

Comments:
The NCSU Anatomic Pathology Training Program provides advanced training in anatomical pathology and a foundation to become a competent pathologist. This program prepares residents for diverse career opportunities with or without a MS/PhD. We have several specialty pathology rounds and board prep rounds that include gross image rounds, histopathology conference, poultry pathology, neuropathology, liver pathology, skin pathology, ocular pathology, pathology seminar series, etc. We have specialists in liver pathology, neuropathology, lab animal pathology, poultry pathology, skin pathology, cancer biology, infectious disease, zoo pathology, environmental toxicology, fish pathology.

Other Opportunities:
We are fortunate to have many excellent institutions close to our program that offer residents access to diverse experiences in pathology and many excellent veterinary pathologists. Near us is the Rollins State Diagnostic Laboratory, the central diagnostic laboratory for the State of North Carolina. We have branches of Antech Diagnostics Inc. close by. Access to the Research Triangle Park, University of North Carolina Medical Center, Duke University School of Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine and National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) provide laboratory animal pathology opportunities. Toxicological pathology opportunities are available through local contract research laboratories, pharmaceutical companies and NIEHS. The Comparative Pathology Core in the Center for Human Heath and the Environment at NCSU is run by pathologists in our program and offers more diverse case exposure and opportunities for research projects. The Comparative Pathology Program is a partnership between NCSU and UNC School of Medicine and focuses training on both domestic animals for board preparation and a solid foundation in anatomic pathology and on laboratory animal pathology.

 

Percentage of Time Spent in Activities - Anatomic Pathology:
Service Teaching Seminar/Courses Research Other
Year 1 50 - traditional
40 - comparative
50 - poultry
10 - traditional
5 - comparative
10 - poultry
10 - traditional
10 - comparative
10 - poultry
10 - traditional
25 - comparative
10 - poultry
20 - traditional (independent study)
20 - comparative (independent study)
5-10 - poultry (externships)
Year 2 50 - traditional
40 - comparative
50 - poultry
10 - traditional
5 - comparative
10 - poultry 
10 - traditional
10 - comparative
10 - poultry 
10 - traditional
25 - comparative
10 - poultry 
20 - traditional (independent study)
20 - comparative (independent study)
5-10 - poultry (externships)
Year 3 45 - traditional
40 - comparative
50 - poultry
10 - traditional
5 - comparative
10 - poultry

10 - traditional
10 - comparative
10 - poultry

10 - traditional
25 - comparative
10 - poultry 
30 - traditional (independent study)
30 - comparative (independent study)
5-10 - poultry (externships
Year 4 10 - poultry 10 - poultry 10 - poultry 50 - poultry

10 - poultry (independent study)

50 - poultry (externships)

Comments:
Residents participate in autopsy and surgical biopsy services. Residents that complete their case requirements have time every semester to complete projects, prepare required meeting presentations and publications and study for boards. Residents gain presentation experience through presentation at College, regional and national meetings.

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