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Residency: Dermatology

The NCSU Investigative Dermatology Residency provides advanced clinical and research training in veterinary and comparative dermatology as a formalized program of the European College of Veterinary Dermatology (ECVD). The program length is three years beginning on July 15. The salary will be US $30,000 per year plus health insurance and professional liability insurance.

The NCSU Investigative Dermatology Residency trains clinical scientists considering a career in academia. Preference will be given to individuals with a graduate degree, or considering obtaining such degree post-residency, and with a manifested interest in an academic career.

NOTE:  This residency does NOT participate in the residency matching program VIRMP.

Clinical Training

There will be more than 600 hours of clinical training over 3 years. An ECVD or ACVD-board certified dermatologist will be available at all times to supervise the resident, review diagnostic tests and therapeutic options. Consultation with specialists in other disciplines is readily available and encouraged. In the event that a resident is considered to need additional training in a particular area, rotation through other services of the veterinary teaching hospital or other institutions will be arranged.

Basic and Applied Science Training

The resident will participate in a supervised study program that will include textbooks and articles in relevant topics (e.g. allergy, skin anatomy, dermatopathology, immunology, pharmacology, etc.) necessary for the certifying exam and for becoming a skilled dermatologist. In addition to this, the resident will be expected to study relevant topics independently during his/her study time.

Dermatopathology Training

Basic knowledge regarding histologic principles, normal microscopic anatomy and basic dermatopathology will be learned through independent reading, and group slide reviews. Dermatopathology rounds are held weekly at a ten-headed microscope, and participants include dermatology and pathology residents, and board-certified veterinary dermatologists and pathologists. During these sessions, in-house and outside cases as well as teaching slides are reviewed. Additionally, a comprehensive set of representative skin biopsy slides is available for review by the resident.

Internal Medicine Training

The resident will achieve a broad understanding of internal medicine including the knowledge of clinical features, pathomechanisms, diagnostic tests and their evaluation, treatment and prognosis of infectious diseases, endocrine disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, hepatic disorders, hematopoietic disorders and systemic immunologic disorders. This knowledge will be obtained through didactic teaching available at the university, weekly journal club, elective rotation for a one month block with the internal medicine service, weekly internal medicine case conferences and house officer presentations.

Research Training

The NCSU dermatology resident is expected to complete at least one bench work or clinical research project. In case of the former type of project, a technical supervision by a research technician will be provided. Appropriate off-clinic time will be made available to complete the research project. Additionally, the resident is expected to participate in clinical research undertaken by the dermatology faculty.

Additional Courses

Attendance of graduate courses (biostatistics, immunology, cell biology, etc.) could be arranged for interested individuals.

Oral Presentations

The results of the research project are to be presented at one of the veterinary dermatology meetings. In addition, the resident will give two additional seminars as a part of the house officer seminar series, and he/she will be expected to give two additional educational lectures to fulfill the veterinary dermatology college credentials.

Publications

The results of the research project will be published in a peer-reviewed journal. Furthermore, the resident can choose to publish two case reports or case report alternatives (e.g. critically appraised topic, case series, etc.), which are the veterinary dermatology college requirements, in a peer-reviewed journals.

Clinical Teaching

When on clinics, the resident will be responsible for supervising rounds with the senior veterinary students enrolled in the dermatology rotation. The resident will also participate in laboratory sessions and technical courses taught to sophomore veterinary students.

Continuing Education

The residents will be expected to attend at least one annual veterinary dermatology meeting (NAVDF and/or ESVD/ECVD congress). In addition to this yearly meeting, the residents will be strongly encouraged to attend other veterinary and medical specialized meetings (i.e. World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology, ACVIM, AAD, SID).

Schedule

  • Student Rounds/Orientation: (M) W, Fri: 8:00 to 9:00 am / 2:00 to 4:00 pm
  • Patient Receiving: M, Tu, W, Thu: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Internal Medicine Rounds: W: 8:00 to 9:00 am
  • House Officer Seminars: Thu: 8:00 to 9:00 am
  • Dermatology Journal Club: Fri: 8.30 to 10.30 am
  • Resident Education Sessions: Fri: 10.45 to 11.45
  • Dermatopathology Rounds: Th: 12:00 to 1:30 pm

The program is NOT part of the residency matching program.

Individuals applying for the NCSU Investigative Dermatology Residency must meet the qualifications required for candidates qualifying for board-certification by the European College of Veterinary Dermatology (ECVD):

Resident applicants must:

  • Be veterinary graduates.
  • Have completed a minimum one year, recognized, general clinical training programme in an academic institution or satisfactory practice equivalent.
  • Have a satisfactory moral and ethical standing in the profession and the community

Applicants must submit:

  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official university transcripts from veterinary and postgraduate education

All application materials must be in the Student Services Office by November. Only original documents can be accepted.

Send the documents above to:
Attn: Dermatology Residency, Student Services Office
NC State College of Veterinary Medicine
4700 Hillsborough Street
Box 8401
Raleigh, NC 27606

If you have special needs as addressed by the American Disabilities Act and need assistance with any portion of the application process, please notify us at the above address or telephone number as soon as possible.

Information for International Applicants

Preference is given to applicants who have graduated from a college that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. If you wish to apply for an internship or residency program things to keep in mind:

  1. Have your degree translated and evaluated by a reputable company. Options include: Josef Silny & AssociatesTrustforte Corporation, and World Education Services
  2. Some programs require the TOFEL exam to qualify for a internship or residency position.
  3. Most foreign interns and residents are appointed to H-1B visas.
  4. To ensure that a foreign national candidate has the H-1B visa at the start of their program the candidate will be asked to pay for the premium processing filing fee of $1,225 USD, if necessary.
  5. Getting a visa takes between 4 and 6 months if the visa is expedited it takes approximately 15 business days.
  6. Take the initial steps and apply for The Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) certification program is accepted by all state veterinary regulatory boards and the federal government as meeting, either in part or full, the educational prerequisite for licensure or certain types of employment, respectively.