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Anatomic Pathology Non-Thesis MS/Residency Program

The non-thesis MS/residency program in veterinary anatomic pathology combines a three-year residency in anatomic pathology (based in the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory [ADDL], the Clinical Pathology Laboratory in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and the Department of Comparative Pathobiology [CPB]) with graduate study in pathology and other subjects leading to a non-thesis MS degree. The mission of the training program is to prepare veterinarians for careers in pathology in academia, government, industry, and diagnostics. The plan of study (POS) is flexible and can be customized, depending on the applicant’s interests. Residents will develop an individual POS early in their program with the counsel of an advisory committee. The training program fosters the interaction of residents with pathologists, clinical veterinarians, and other scientists involved in diagnostic cases or research projects involving pathology. Interested residents may seek to continue research investigations in a PhD program at Purdue University or another location. Successful completion of the 3-year non-thesis MS/residency program prepares and qualifies the candidate to sit the certifying examination of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.

Description of the Program

A. Recruitment: Office of CPB Department Head and ADDL Director

B. Requirements for Admission:

   1. DVM or equivalent degree from a recognized veterinary school/college
   2. Accepted for admission to the Purdue University Graduate School
   3. Recommendation of CPB Graduate Studies Committee
   4. Approval of CPB Department Head and ADDL Director

C. Term: Three Years, renewed every year upon satisfactory progress (see below).

D. Culmination:

   1. Non-Thesis MS Degree in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology
   2. ACVP Eligibility
   3. Bypass of MS degree for PhD research (see CPB Graduate Manual)

E. Requirements for completion of the program:
  1. Completion (with a grade of “B” or better, or “S”) of CPB pathology core courses
  2. Completion (with a “B” or better average) of other graduate courses (examples given below) selected by student and his/her graduate advisory committee
  3. Satisfactory completion of a project (see below and CPB 68000)
  4. Satisfactory performance (as defined by principal instructor of course) in teaching assignments
  5. Satisfactory performance (as defined by student’s graduate advisory committee) on MS qualifying and/or final examination (if required by CPB graduate program or student’s graduate advisory committee)

F. Components of the Residency Program:

  F.1. Courses. The curriculum includes core pathology courses, nonpathology courses, and independent study courses.

  CPB core pathology courses. These courses must be taken by all students enrolled in the program. Currently these courses are:

CPB 60200, Advanced Veterinary Anatomic Pathology (4-8 credit hours): Recurrent every semester for anatomic pathology residents

CPB 60100, Advanced Veterinary Clinical Pathology (2-4 credit hours): Recurrent every semester for clinical pathology residents

CPB 69100, Seminar in Veterinary Pathology (0-1 credit hours): Recurrent every fall and spring semester. First year students register for 0 credits during their first semester; 1 credit thereafter

CPB 68000, Seminar in Veterinary Clinical Pathology (1 credit): Taken by clinical pathology students in the spring semester in place of CPB 69100

CPB 69700, CPB Research Seminar (0-1 credit hours): Recurrent every fall and spring semester CPB

60400, Pathology of Neoplastic Diseases of Animals (3 credit hours): Recurrent every three years

CPB 60700, Pathology of Laboratory Animal Diseases (1-2 credit hours): This course will be fulfilled by attending the CL Davis Pathology of Laboratory Animals course. Supplemental materials may be available for independent study.

GRAD 61200 (1 credit hour), Responsible conduct of research OR CPB 61800 Ethical Issues in Biomedical Research (2 credit hours)

CPB 60300 (1 credit hour), Teaching practicum (see F.3 Teaching below)

CPB 68000, Scientific presentation (1 credit hour): Give a scientific presentation at a regional/national meeting.

CPB 68000, Special Topics (1-2 credit hours): This course can be used for a research project, retrospective study, preparation of a publication, or independent study topics.

  Nonpathology core courses (examples): A minimum of 12-credit hours from such courses (or equivalent courses transferred from another university) is required

BCHM 56100, General Biochemistry I

BCHM 56200, General Biochemistry II

BIOL 51600, Molecular Biology of Cancer

BIOL 57300, The Molecular Biology of Animal Cells

BIOL 65001, Techniques in Molecular Biology

CPB 62000, Advanced Immunology

STAT 50300, Statistical Methods for Biology

CPB 62500, Clinical Biostatistics

BIOL 47800, Introduction to Bioinformatics

BIOL 59500, Introduction to Bioinformatics

  Independent study: Interested residents can supplement their education with resources available from other courses. These materials include glass slides, virtual histologic images, digitized gross pathology images, and PowerPoint lectures prepared by faculty at Purdue or elsewhere.

Archived course materials include:

  CPB 60500, Avian Diseases

  CPB 61000, Ultrastructure

  CPB 61200, Advanced Morphologic Techniques

  CL Davis and AFIP/Joint Pathology Center Wednesday Slide Conference glass slide collections

  Advanced Systemic Pathology glass slide collection (CPB)

  F.2. Project. At least one of the following:

  1. Laboratory investigation
  2. Prospective or retrospective case study
  3. PhD research and/or grant proposal
  4. Focused training on laboratory techniques
  5. Publication in a refereed scientific journal. Manuscript must be published, submitted for publication, or prepared for submission, before completion of residency. Examples of scientific publications:

    1. Results of laboratory investigation
    2. Prospective or retrospective case study
    3. PhD literature review
    4. Case report

Outstanding students are encouraged to pursue a PhD research program after completion of the three year non-thesis MS/pathology residency program. Interested students should explore possibilities early in their residency program to establish a relationship with prospective PhD major professors. Salary and research funding are then sought by the prospective doctoral student and major professor.

    F.3. Teaching:

  1. Second-year professional college curriculum—teaching (laboratory) assistant:

  CPB 85100, General Pathology: 1 semester course

  CPB 85700, Systemic Pathology: 1 semester course

Performance of graduate student teaching assistants is evaluated by course instructors (CPB 60300). Residents usually complete one semester of each course during their 3-year program.

  2. Fourth-year professional college curriculum—necropsy and histopathology:

  CPB 88501, Necropsy Clerkship

  CPB 88503, Clinical Pathology I Clerkship

  CPB 88600, Diagnostic Pathology Clerkship

  CPB 88900, Clinical Pathology II Clerkship

Performance of graduate students/residents is evaluated by ADDL and CPB pathologists each semester as part of CPB 60200.

MS Qualifying and/or Final Examination: No examination is required by the Graduate School, but an examination may be required by CPB or the student’s graduate advisory committee.

  G. Advisory Committee: Students are assigned an advisor (a pathologist) at the beginning of their first year in the program. Early during the first year, students select an advisory committee (usually three faculty and/or professional staff), formulate a plan of study, and identify potential project(s).

  H. Causes for Dismissal:

  1. Receiving a “C” grade in any two core pathology courses
  2. Receiving a “D,” “F,” “NP,” or “U” grade in any one core pathology course
  3. Receiving a cumulative grade point average of less than 3.0 for all graduate level courses after being placed on probation
  4. Misconduct as defined in University Regulations