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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 the topics of allergy, anatomy, bacteriology, biochemistry, clinical pathology, dermatopathology, embryology, genetics, immunology, internal medicine, mycology, nutrition, oncology, parasitology, pharmacology, physiology, surgery and virology.

Dermatopathology Training

Basic knowledge regarding histologic principles, normal microscopic anatomy and basic dermatopathology will be learned through independent reading, and one-on-one and group slide reviews. Dermatopathology rounds are held weekly at a ten-headed microscope, and participants include dermatology and pathology residents, board-certified veterinary dermatologists and pathologists. Between 15 and 30 in-house and outside cases are reviewed weekly. 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, 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 Investigative Dermatology Resident is expected to complete at least one research project involving bench work in our fully equipped immunodermatology research laboratory. Technical supervision by a research technician will be provided. Yearly, between two and three months off-clinic time will be made available to complete this project. Additionally, the resident is expected to participate in clinical research undertaken by the dermatology faculty. Instruction in writing grant proposals, analysis of data, and principles of evidence-based veterinary dermatology will be an integral part of this training.

Additional Courses

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

Oral Presentations

The results of the research project are to be presented at one international veterinary dermatology meeting. In addition, the resident will give two additional seminars per year. The first one will be included in the house officer seminar series, where the audience includes faculty, house officers, graduate students and veterinary students. The second presentation will consist of an in-depth case discussion during one of the weekly internal medicine rounds.

Publications

The results of the research project will be published in a peer-reviewed journal. Furthermore, the resident is expected to complete and publish one evidence-based systematic review on the effectiveness and safety of treatment for a common disease.

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, the annual meeting of the ESVD/ECVD. 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, North American Veterinary Forum, ACVIM, AAD, SID).

Schedule

  • Student Rounds: M: 8:00 to 9:00 am
  • Patient Receiving: M, Tu, W, F: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Internal Medicine Rounds: W: 8:00 to 9:30 am
  • House Officer Seminars: Th: 8:00 to 9:00 am
  • Dermatology Journal Club: Th: 9:30 to 11 am
  • Dermatopathology Rounds: Th: 11:00 am to 12:30 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.