Oklahoma State University Program Overview
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ACVP Training Program Overview

Name of Institution: Oklahoma State University
Address: Department of Veterinary Pathobiology
250 McElroy Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078

Program Coordinators and Emails:
Anatomic: Dr. Valerie McElliott, vmcelli@okstate.edu
Clinical: Dr. James H. Meinkoth, james.meinkoth@okstate.edu

Resident Representatives and Emails:
 
Clinical:  Anatomic:
Dr. Ryan Kalish, rkalish@okstate.edu
Dr. Stacey Woods, stacy.woods@okstate.edu
Dr. Erin Stayton, erin.m.roberts@okstate.edu
Dr. Sierra Salopek, sierra.salopek@okstate.edu
Dr. Dah-Jiun Fu, dj.fu@okstate.edu

Prerequisites Beyond DVM:
None

 

Program Information:
Program  CP AP Combined MS/PhD
Program Options Residency Program Residency Program N/A
Full Time Residents 2 3
Typical # of years for completion 3 3
Money to go to one (1) meeting/year $1500/year $1500/year
Money for books and supplies $2000/year for resident's office
$500/year for personal books
$1600/year for travel to spend time at Antech Labs, Irvine, CA
$2000/year for resident office library enhancement fund
Independent research/publication required for program completion? Case reports
Collaborative research
Strongly encouraged
Case Reports
Collaborative research
Strongly encouraged

Comments:
The primary goals of our residency training programs are to provide broad exposure to case and training materials in preparation from a life-long career in pathology and successful certification by the ACVP. Oklahoma State boasts pathologists with diverse, broad areas of interest.

 

Case Load:

 Small Animals Large Animals Exotic/Zoo Animals Lab Animals
Anatomic Pathology ~400 canine & feline nxs/yr ~500 bovine, equine, caprine, etc. nxs/yr ~100 avian, exotic, zoo nxs/yr ~30 lab animal nxs/yr
Clinical Pathology
     

Comments:
AP: Nx caseload estimates based on recent data; biopsy caseload is majority canine and feline with fewer large animal specimens and a variable number of zoo animal histopathology submissions.

CP: The clinical pathology case load comes from the Antech lab run in the teaching hospital which draws cases from teaching hospital and state veterinarians.  The case load is moderate enough to allow time for background study/research of cases. Residents spend 2 months a year at an Antech reference lab with a high volume of cases.

 

Required Coursework for Specific Programs:
 MS N/A
 PhD N/A
 AP No required courses
Active weekly rounds in gross pathology, biopsy rounds, histopathology slide conference
Biweekly ocular pathology and dermatopathology rounds
Biweekly journal club
 CP No required courses
Active weekly cytology rounds, chemistry case round, and journal club

 

Percentage of Time Spent in Activities - Clinical Pathology:

Service  Teaching  Seminar/Courses  Research  Other 
Year 1 Clinic duty every other week;
reading with pathologist on duty
 Yr 4 CP rotation
Yr 2 CP Lab course
1-2 didactic lectures (cytology elective). Present in-house officer seminar with other residents/interns
Weekly rounds:
cytology case review,
journal club,
slide seminar
No formal research
Encouraged to publish case reports 
Experience at Antech Labs
Year 2 Clinic duty every other week; reading with pathologist on duty Same Same Same Same
Year 3  Independent duty every 2-3 weeks with pathologist back-up as needed Same Same Same Same
Year 4
       

Comments:
OSU clinical pathology residents spend 2 months per year (more by mutual consent) at one of the Antech Labs.

OSU participates in a yearly, multi-institutional mock board exam. Clin path residents may participate in biopsy service as well.

 

Percentage of Time Spent in Activities - Anatomic Pathology:
Service Teaching Seminar/Courses Research Other
Year 1 12-14 wks Nx duty/yr
12-14 wks Bx duty/yr
(capped at 40 bx/wk)
Minimal didactic teaching;
case-based necropsy instruction
Weekly rounds (details in previous section)
No required courses
 
Year 2 12-14 wks Nx duty/yr
12-14 wks Bx duty/yr
(capped at 50 bx/wk)
Minimal didactic teaching;
case-based necropsy instruction 
Weekly rounds (details in previous section)
No required courses 
 
Year 3 12-14 wks Nx duty/yr
12-14 wks Bx duty/yr
(capped at 50 bx/wk)
Minimal didactic teaching;
case-based necropsy instruction 
Weekly rounds (details in previous section)
No required courses 
 
Year 4
     

Comments:
Other training activities include: weekly gross quizzes; twice-a-year board-style mock exams for all residents; weekly surgical pathology rounds; weekly clinical pathology rounds, biweekly ocular pathology and dermatopathology rounds; biweekly journal club.

The department generously provides funding for published manuscripts in refereed journals.
Year 3 residents may be granted 'Senior Resident' status with independent service duty and case-signing privileges, with demonstration of top-notch progress in diagnostic competence.

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