Equine Surgery

Resident Objectives | Faculty and Staff | Prerequisites and Application | Employment and Benefits | Orientation | Advisors and Mentoring | Clinical Service Responsibilities | Teaching Responsibilities | Educational Opportunities | Graduate Program | Research and Scholarly Activity | Evaluations | Specialty College Requirements | Expectations | Appendices |

Resident Objectives

  • The primary goal of our training program is to encourage and assist our residents in becoming highly skilled and expert surgical clinicians.
  • A strong secondary goal is to qualify for examination by the American college of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) and successfully complete the ACVS Certification Examination
  • Prepare for future career goals including teaching, research, or clinical practice
  • Attain the Master of Science degree in a specific area of research endeavor.

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Faculty and Staff

Faculty

Clinical House Officer

  • Jarred Williams, DVM, DACVS

Current Residents

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Prerequisites and Applications

  • ACVS prerequisites (see 13 below for ACVS web address)
  • Applicants must be graduates of an AVMA-recognized or faculty-approved College or School of Veterinary Medicine.
  • You must meet admission requirements to The Ohio State University Graduate School without conditions (See Residency Program Handbook, CVM Graduate Program Handbook and OSU Graduate School handbook)
  • International Candidates: Offer will be contingent upon obtaining an approved work authorization (visa) that will allow you to report to The Ohio State University Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences for the beginning of your internship/residency no later than July 15, 2013. Foreign applicants must meet the Graduate School admissions requirements for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (a score of 550 for the paper-based test, 213 for the computer-based test, or 79 for the internet-based test) or MELAB (a score of 82 is required).
  • NOTE:  International students applying for the combined residency and graduate programs in VCS may be exempt from the requirement for completion and submission of the GRE.  Any international student who has completed the GRE prior to application must still submit their scores however.

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Employment and Benefits (see Residency Program Handbook)

  • Salary
  • Health insurance
  • Travel allowance
  • Personal + Professional days leave (from policy)
  • External consultation and employment Licensure:
  • Licensing: The Ohio Revised Code requires all veterinarians within the College to hold a current Ohio license to practice veterinary medicine. A limited license is sufficient for all individuals whose sole professional capacity is served within their College related duties.

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Orientation

During the first week of the residency program, all incoming residents participate in a comprehensive orientation program (see Residency Program handbook) to introduce them to the department, college and university, complete necessary documentation, and to facilitate integration into our program and activities.

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Advisors and Mentoring

Clinic advisor

  • A residency clinical advisor must be selected by the resident after consultation with faculty within the first 3 months and should be a resource for all communication on service rotation issues.
  • The residency program director (Dr Bertone) will serve as the temporary academic advisor to assist the resident in selection of graduate course work and facilitate the process of selection of a permanent research advisor. A graduate/research advisor must be selected within the first 3 months and should be a resource for graduate course selection, graduate committee selection, and a research project. We recommend different advisors for research and clinical matters.
  • The residency program director (Dr. Bertone) coordinates resident affairs, orientations and complaints and Dr. Santschi is the section's representative on the Post Professional Education Committee (PPEC).

Thesis committee

  • Once the specific area of research is selected, an Advisory committee will be formed to provide advice on development, performance and completion of a project. Typically, the Advisory committee also serves as the Examination committee for the thesis defense, and consists of at least 3 graduate faculty members.

Mentoring

  • Patient management is conducted with the guidance and collaboration of senior faculty.

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Clinical Service Responsibilities

  • Program rotations are designed to insure development of clinical competence in a broad range of specialties. The residents schedule will be made with research and clinical advisors to 1) ensure adequate clinic staffing, 2) expedite completion of graduate program, and 3) accommodate residents off clinic learning experiences.  (See suggested time table in Appendix 1).
  • Clinical rotations facilitate development of clinical proficiency, clinical skills, and knowledge of surgery through exposure to a wide variety of cases at all levels of complexity.
  • Residents rotate among the clinical services within the Section of Equine Surgery (surgery 1 and 2), research and designated ACVS specialty rotations. Specialty rotations include 2 weeks each of anesthesia, radiology, medicine or critical care, and then elected ACVS approved rotations in surgery as per ACVS guidelines. Elective rotations through other areas such as Food Animal surgery, or ophthalmology may be arranged during the 3-year program after discussion with the resident's clinical advisor.
  • All residents participate with the emergency clinician in operation of an emergency service on a rotating basis on evenings, weekends and holidays.
  • The residents on each service will be responsible for the day-to-day care of the patients on the service under the guidance of the senior clinician, which is often an ACVS diplomate and therefore the ACVS case supervisor. The resident will also participate in clinical teaching as well as undergraduate laboratories. 
  • Equine surgery service rotation will be scheduled as eight 6-week rotations per year with 2 blocks used for research. 
  • First year residents will schedule 2 weeks of medicine or critical care in one of their blocks off of clinical service. 
  • Other ACVS specialty rotations are scheduled during the off clinic blocks of years 2 and 3, and are usually done towards the end of the residency. This ensures that research is done early in the residency to allow for project completion including writing. 
  • Vacation time, currently a departmental and section privilege, is 10 working days per year and must be requested.  Vacation must be taken during the "off service" quarter and requires clinical advisor, research advisor and section head approval and a signed leave slip.  A conflict of the time requested with hospital needs may result in denial of the request.
  • Residents will be scheduled for emergency duty during their research blocks.

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Teaching Responsibilities

  • Teaching responsibilities include clinical teaching of senior and junior veterinary students.
  • Residents also participate in teaching technical skills to junior veterinary students during laboratories.
  • Seminar Requirement: The resident must present a minimum of 6 different seminars during the program. Seminars may not include multiple presentations of the same topic or lecture. These seminars must be documented in the Resident Training Log.

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Educational Opportunities

  • Equine Research Group: A required monthly equine research group which enrich research exposure.
  • Other conferences and Journal Clubs are scheduled around the graduate course schedule.
  • A comprehensive collection of graduate level courses in surgery provides residents with relevant course material for partial fulfillment of the MSc degree requirements and preparation for surgery:
    • Each resident will take for credit, Surgery Seminar as well as Advanced Equine Surgery, Veterinary Core Communications Skills and Competency course and Advanced Veterinary Surgical Sciences courses the first time they are given during their residency. 
    • Departmental requirements include mandatory Research Methods and Grantsmanship course completion, as well as completion of 2 of the 3 elective biostatistics courses (Clinical Epidemiology, Experimental Design and Data Analysis I and II).  Residents who are exempt from the Graduate Program still must enroll in Graduate School as graduate-non-degree students and take for credit Surgery Seminar and Advanced Veterinary Surgical Sciences.
    • Continuing education short courses, including the ASIF basic course on internal fixation of fractures.
    • Other off-campus CE activities can be requested, and are subject to section approval. 

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Graduate Program (see Residency Program Handbook and, CVM Graduate Program Handbook) 

  • Didactic course program.  The program is flexible to allow coordination with a resident's specific interest.
    • Will be completed during the three year residency program.
    • Alterations and/or additions to published schedule must be arranged with graduate advisor.
  • Minimum credit load of 5 hours/semester.
  • Maximum credit load of 10 hours/semester (preferable not more than 6 hours/semester).

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Research and Scholarly Activity

  • Graduate students must fulfill the requirements for a Masters' of Science Degree. A research project and thesis are required.
  • Without exception, each resident will have a "Research Advisor" and the resident will be responsible for planning, obtaining funding for, and completing a project and publishing the results in a refereed journal. 
  • Each resident must submit at least one scholarly paper to a refereed journal prior to completion of the residency program.
  • Each resident must present at least one formal paper at a state or national veterinary meeting or to the equine faculty prior to completion of their program.
  • Residents in the graduate program are expected to prepare and submit their thesis research for publication.

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 Evaluations (see Residency Program Handbook) 

  • Biannual written review by the equine section and review of performance in Graduate School. Program continuation is dependent on successful reviews
  • The biannual review is distributed to the Faculty Advisors (Clinical and Graduate or Research).

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Specialty College Requirements

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Expectations

Clinical Service

  • Senior clinicians will provide ongoing teaching of the resident during daily clinical service including hands-on clinical skills training and mentoring in surgical training, research and teaching.
  • Residents are expected to behave with exemplary professional and ethical values. Unprofessional interactions with staff, students, or clinicians will not be tolerated and may result in loss of residency. There is an expectation that people will be treated with respect and courtesy.
  • Residents are expected to have excellent patient care and compassion.  A base level of knowledge is required.

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Appendices

Appendix 1 - Outline of goals and expectations
This schedule is only an example and each individual schedule will be different. Schedules are created by the resident program director and may only be changed with approval of both the clinical and research advisors.
Year 1 Summer/Fall

On clinical service
Select research & clinical advisor
Enroll in graduate school
Begin writing grant if needed
Research time

Winter/Spring

On service
2 weeks rotation in medicine/critical care
Research time (6 weeks)
+/-Attend ASIF meeting

Year 2 Summer/Fall On service
+/-Attend ACVS meeting
Research time (6 weeks)
Winter/Spring

Research time 
2 weeks anesthesia
Submit abstract to ACVS
On service
+/-Attend ASIF meeting

Year 3 Summer/Fall

On service
Research time ( 6 weeks)

Winter/Spring

On service
Defend thesis/Graduate
2 weeks specialty rotation
2 weeks radiology

Appendix 2 - Weekend Case Transfer

Cases taken on emergency will be kept by the admitting clinicians until the following Monday when they may be transferred to the appropriate service.

Responsibilities of the primary transferring clinician

  1. To personally write the history and physical exam findings, as well as differential diagnosis and probable diagnosis in the chart before transfer.
  2. To attend rounds Monday morning and personally talk to the next primary clinician about the case.
  3. To record in the chart all communication with the client and referring vet including if no communication was made.
  4. To record in the chart the price quote given to the client.

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Updated 10/29/12