University of Georgia Program Overview
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ACVP Training Program Overview

Name of Institution: University of Georgia
Address: Department of Pathology College of Veterinary Medicine
501 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, GA 30605
https://vet.uga.edu/pathology/graduate-program

Program Coordinators and Emails:
Anatomic: Dr. Elizabeth Howerth, howerth@uga.edu
Anatomic: Dr. James Stanton, jbs@uga.edu
Clinical: Dr. Bridget Garner, garnerb@uga.edu

Resident Representatives and Emails:
 
Clinical:  Anatomic:
Dr. Alyssa Brooker, abrooker@uga.edu
Dr. Carisa Fraser, Carisa.Fraser@uga.edu
Dr. Danielle Lieske, Danielle.Lieske@uga.edu
Dr. Jessica Elbert, Jessica.Elbert@uga.edu

Prerequisites Beyond DVM:
Clinical pathology: one year internship or private practice experience highly desirable, but not required
Anatomic pathology: None

 

Program Information:
Program  CP AP Combined MS/PhD
Program Options Yes Yes possible, but not mandatory
Full Time Residents 3 8 (including 2 of the combined/PhD) 1 (clin path);
3 (anatomic, all PhD)
Typical # of years for completion 3 3 MS 3 PhD 5
Money to go to one (1) meeting/year Yes Yes Yes
Money for books and supplies No No Yes (depending on position)
Independent research/publication required for program completion? Yes Yes Yes

Comments:
We also have “specialty” anatomic pathology residencies in aquatic animal, wildlife, and poultry pathology. There are post-residency MS/PhD opportunities available. The program is affiliated with a university, veterinary teaching hospital, and a state veterinary diagnostic laboratory.

 

Case Load:

 Small Animals Large Animals Exotic/Zoo Animals Lab Animals
Anatomic Pathology 50 15 25 10
Clinical Pathology 55 25 15 5

Comments:
Specialty Rounds Opportunities:
Clinical pathology biochemistry seminar, Clinical pathology journal club, Cytology rounds, ASVCP online rounds Histopathology rounds, Gross pathology rounds, Dermatopathology rounds, Ophthalmic pathology rounds, Neuropathology rounds, Zoo/Exotic histopathology rounds

 

Required Coursework for Specific Programs:
 MS Cell Path
Statistics
Communications
Managing Mentoring Relationships
Additional courses recommended by committee
 PhD Cell Path
Biochemistry or Advanced Molecular Genetis
Statistics
Additional courses recommended by committee
 AP Cell Path
Microscopic Path
Adv Micro Path
Oncology
Avian Path
Lab An Path
Histopath Seminar
Gross Rounds
General Pathology Rounds
 CP Cell Path
Microscopic Path
Clin Path Seminar
Gen Path Topics
Biochemistry Seminar
Immunology
Adv. Hematology
Adv. Biochem

Comments:
In addition to case-based learning, the pathology training programs includes several didactic courses (listed above) to provide a structured foundation of knowledge.

Other Opportunities:
Unique opportunities available, and time is allocated for such opportunities (e.g., international work, zoological/aquarium work, wildlife, infectious diseases, foreign animal diseases, toxicology, etc.):
o Large zoo/exotic/avian service that also sees a large number of lab animal species from pet trade
o Georgia Aquarium
o Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study
o Poultry Disease Research Center
o Lab Animal
o Comparative Toxicology Program
o Work at Plum Island or Southeast Poultry Disease Lab
o BSL3 animal facility
o Clinical Pathology residents cross-train in surgical pathology

 

Percentage of Time Spent in Activities - Clinical Pathology:

Service  Teaching  Seminar/Courses  Research  Other 
Year 1 50 5 35 10  
Year 2 50 20 15 10 5
Year 3  40 20 5 5 30
Year 4



 

Comments:
UGA does not currently offer a combined clinical pathology residency/PhD. Residency/ MS degree students split their responsibilities in a similar manner as residency-only students. Second- and third-year residents have time to study for boards. The time labeled as "other" in years 2 and 3 is provided for board study.

 

Percentage of Time Spent in Activities - Anatomic Pathology:
Service Teaching Seminar/Courses Research Other
Year 1 50
50
20
20
20
20
10
10
Year 2 50
50
20
20
15
15
10
10
5
5
Year 3 40
30
20
5
5
5
5
60
30
Year 4 5 5 0-10 80-90

Comments:
Upper numbers in each block correspond to full-time residents, whereas lower numbers represent those in combined programs. End-of-third-year residents have time to study for boards; combined students may opt to take boards during program if approved by PI. The time labeled as "other" in year 2 and 3 is provided for board study. Research for the full-time resident may be a resident project or experimental studies with a local pharmaceutical company.

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