University of Tennessee Program Overview
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ACVP Training Program Overview

Name of Institution: University of Tennessee
Address: Department of Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences
2407 River Drive, Room A205
Knoxville, TN 37996-4542

Program Coordinators and Emails:
Anatomic: Dr. Mee-Ja Sula, msula@utk.edu
Clinical: Dr. Michael M. Fry, mfry@utk.edu

Resident Representatives and Emails:
Anatomic: Dr. Bianca Pfisterer, bpfiste1@utk.edu
Clinical: Dr. Agata Grzelak, agrzelak@utk.edu

Prerequisites Beyond DVM:
None

 

Program Information:
Program  CP AP Combined MS/PhD
Program Options Yes Yes No
Full Time Residents 1-2 6 N/A
Typical # of years for completion 3 3 N/A
Money to go to one (1) meeting/year Yes (see comments) Yes (see comments) N/A
Money for books and supplies No (see comments) Yes (see comments) N/A
Independent research/publication required for program completion? No Yes N/A

Comments:
Current stipends are $2,500 for travel and $750 for research.  We do not provide trainees money for purchasing their own books, but we do maintain a current library intended mainly for resident use. 

We do not offer a formal combined residency + MS/PhD program, but residents may choose to pursue a graduate degree during the residency or afterward.

 

Case Load:

 Small Animals Large Animals Exotic/Zoo Animals Lab Animals
Anatomic Pathology 30% 45% 25% <1%
Clinical Pathology 90% 5% 5% N/A

 

Required Coursework for Specific Programs:
 MS
 PhD
 AP None
 CP None

 

Other Opportunities:
Anatomic Pathology:
-Weekly rounds: Image interpretation, histopathology, journal club, clinical pathology (optional), gross necropsy (daily)
-Monthly rounds: Special species, Specialty service (cardiology, neurology, ophthalmology), general pathology, tumor boards, medicine boards, wellness rounds (every other month)
-More information can be found at: https://vetmed.tennessee.edu/departments/Pages/dls_internships.aspx

Clinical Pathology:
-More information about the clinical pathology residency program is available on the ASVCP website:  http://asvcp.org/stures/residents.cfm; a more detailed description of our training program is available upon request.

 

Percentage of Time Spent in Activities - Clinical Pathology:

Service  Teaching  Seminar/Courses  Research  Other 
Year 1 65 5 10 5 15
Year 2 50 15 5 10 20
Year 3  35 15 5 10 35
Year 4 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Comments:
More information about the clinical pathology residency program is available on the ASVCP website:  http://asvcp.org/stures/residents.cfm; a more detailed description of our training program is available upon request.

 

Percentage of Time Spent in Activities - Anatomic Pathology:
Service Teaching Seminar/Courses Research Other
Year 1 75 5 15 5 N/A
Year 2 75 5 10 10 N/A
Year 3 70 10 10 10 N/A
Year 4 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Comments:
This residency is designed to prepare participants for success in the ACVP board exam and a career in anatomic pathology. Program strengths include the wide variety of non-domestic species, diversity and frequency of formalized rounds training, and availability of 7 board certified anatomic pathologists who work closely with the residents and share case responsibility.  

More information can be found at: https://vetmed.tennessee.edu/departments/Pages/dls_internships.aspx

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