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Pathology students

We offer a non-degree (straight) residency program which is designed to prepare participants for success in the ACVP board and a career in anatomic pathology. The availability varies from year to year, with generally 2 residents in each year, for a total of 6 residents. 

Post residency PhD training is an option through the college’s Comparative and Experimental Medicine graduate program. 

During the 2020 application cycle, we will be looking to accept up to TWO residents to start July 05, 2021. 

DIAGNOSTIC SERVICE: 

Residency in Anatomic Pathology application​

Primary training case material during the residency comes from the teaching hospital, a state contract for ruminant submissions, mail-ins from surrounding and distant referral practices, and an extensive zoo and exotics, and wildlife animal hospital service, and a local large non-domestic cat sanctuary. In 2016, the necropsy caseload was approximately 1200 cases including 45% farm animals, 30% small animals, and 25% non-domestic species. In 2015, the biopsy caseload was approximately 4500 cases including 80% dogs, 15% cats, and 5% other.

Residents are on service for an average of 50 weeks over their 3-year residency, split between biopsy and necropsy service. While on duty, residents work closely with the faculty pathologists who share case responsibilities and are on the necropsy floor to help train residents and students. There are 7 board certified anatomic pathologists and 3 board certified clinical pathologists. 

The residency does not require formal didactic classwork; however, there is an extensive schedule of gross, histopathologic, and special topic rounds including: 

ADDITIONAL TRAINING: 

  • Image interpretation (weekly)
  • Histopathology (weekly)
    • Slides “On the Fly”
    • AFIP / JPC Round
  • Special species (monthly)
  • Clinical service special topic rounds (monthly):
    • Cardiology
    • Neurology
    • Ophthalmology
  • Journal Club (weekly)
  • General pathology (monthly)
  • Tumor boards (every other month)
  • Medicine boards (every other month)
  • Cytology (weekly, optional)
  • Gross necropsy rounds (daily)

TEACHING, PRESENTATIONS, and PUBLICATIONS: 

Residents are expected to teach in the General Pathology (first year vet students) and Systemic Pathology (second and third year vet students) laboratory sessions as well as 4th year veterinary students on the necropsy floor. In house, residents present twice during their residency at the Friday Faculty “Grand Rounds” and rotate monthly presentations on the anatomic aspects of the tumor or disease entity selected for the all hospital tumor and medicine boards. Residents are also required to present each year at a regional meeting such as the Southeastern Veterinary Pathology Conference at Tifton, GA and are highly encouraged to present at the annual ACVP and or AAVLD conference. One small resident project ending in publication is expected before the end of the residency. Funding for conference travel and a research allowance is provided.

Recent resident publications

CONTACTS: 

  • Residency Director:
  • Mee Ja Sula, DVM, DACVP
  • msula@utk.edu
  • Administrator:
  • Ms. Deborah Hill
  • dhill20@utk.edu
  • Phone: 865-974-8235