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This document was developed to describe 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. Cross-sectional imaging (CT and MRI) and nuclear medicine procedures are emphasized, along with preparation for the certifying examination such as mock oral examinations.
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
The program director, in addition to supervising and administering the training program in veterinary radiology, must also be actively involved in the training and instruction of residents.
The faculty in the program must be qualified in those areas in which they are assigned to instruct and supervise residents and must contribute sufficient time to the program to ensure adequate instruction.
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 for residents in veterinary radiology. The facility must have on-site access to modern radiographic equipment including fluoroscopy, modern B-mode ultrasound, and computed tomography and/or MRI. Veterinary patients in the training facility(ies) must have regular on-site access to these modalities where residents can be expected to be involved in the acquisition and interpretation of such studies.
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
The program must provide an adequate depth and breadth of clinical experience during the one year period.
X. Educational Environment
The education in diagnostic radiology should occur in an environment which 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 resident participation. These should be not only intradepartmental conferences, but should involve each major clinical department. They should be of sufficient frequency and include both residents and staff participation on a regular basis.
At least 12 Known Case Conferences must be provided annually.
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 resident study. In addition, residents should have access to a general medical library.
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