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NOTE: As of 2016, ECVDI Diplomates will now qualify for the ACVR Certifying Examination after passing the Preliminary Examination without the need to complete the one-year training program described below.================= AMERICAN COLLEGE OF VETERINARY RADIOLOGY ESSENTIALS OF ACCREDITED ONE YEAR PROGRAM FOR EUROPEAN COLLEGE OF VETERINARY DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING (ECVDI) DIPLOMATES LAST REVISED: 11/2014 APPROVED BY EXECUTIVE COUNCIL: 12/2014
This document describes in detail the structure and content of a one-year residency training program which will meet the expectations of the American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) and to act as a guide for ECVDI Diplomates desiring qualification for the certifying portion of the ACVR examination. Participants in this program must be ECVDI Diplomates, and have successfully passed the preliminary ACVR examination.
This one year training program is designed primarily to gain additional expertise and experience in Roentgen diagnosis, diagnostic ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and diagnostic nuclear medicine in preparation for the certifying portion of the ACVR examination. ACVR Diplomates at the Training Institution are expected to support the ECVDI Diplomate’s preparation for the certifying examination by providing mock oral examinations and additional training experiences as needed.
III. Training Period
The program shall offer a minimum of one year of postdoctoral medical education in veterinary radiology. The candidate may function as a clinical instructor during the one-year training period, as long as adequate training and supervision are present.
IV. Direction and Supervision
V. Affiliation Agreement
When the resources of two or more institutions are to be utilized for the clinical education of a candidate in veterinary radiology, letters of agreement must be provided.
The program must provide adequate space, equipment, and other pertinent facilities to ensure an effective educational experience in veterinary radiology. The facility must have on-site access to modern radiographic equipment including fluoroscopy, modern B-mode ultrasound, computed tomography and MRI. Veterinary patients in the training facility(ies) must have regular on-site access to these modalities. Access to equipment to support the other core areas need not be on-site, but in those instances organized and maintained self-study modules with actual imaging studies from these modalities must be available.
VII. Clinical Resources
The program in veterinary radiology must provide a sufficient volume and variety of patients for instruction and in addition to dogs, cats, and horses, must include food and exotic animals. If caseload is low, organized teaching files in under-represented species may be substituted. The imaging caseload of the program must be greater than 7,000 imaging studies annually.
VIII. Training Content
X. Educational Environment
The education in diagnostic radiology should occur in an environment that encourages the interchange of knowledge and experience among candidates and staff in the program, as well as with residents in other major clinical specialties located in those institutions participating in the program.
XII. Teaching File
A teaching file of images referable to all aspects of diagnostic imaging must be available for use by residents. This file should be indexed, coded, and currently maintained.
Conferences and teaching rounds must be correlated and provide for progressive ECVDI Diplomate participation. These should be not only intradepartmental conferences, but should involve each major clinical department. They should be of sufficient frequency.
XIV. Literature Resources
The program shall provide a sufficient variety of journals, references, and resource materials pertinent to progressive levels of education in diagnostic radiology and associated fields, all of which should be immediately accessible for study. In addition, ECVDI Diplomates should have access to a general medical library.
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