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  1. 1. Page 1 of 4 10/2/07 NEUROLOGY/NEUROSURGERY RESIDENCY Residency Coordinator Rebecca A. Packer, MS, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology) Assistant Professor, Neurology/Neurosurgery Email: Phone: 765.494.1107 Residency Prerequisites Successful residency applicants will have completed a 1-year small animal rotating internship in medicine and surgery, and be able to prove successful completion of a DVM or equivalent degree. In special cases, equivalent work experience may be considered in substitute of the 1- year internship, by method of petition to the department. A judgement will be made as to the validity of work experience equivalency, and the applicant will be notified of the decision. Program Description The Neurology/Neurosurgery Residency at Purdue University is a three-year program that is designed to provide advanced training in neurology and neurosurgery, and to satisfy the ACVIM residency requirements for board-certification in Neurology. *A non-thesis Master of Science degree program must be pursued concurrently. A PhD degree may be pursued if desired in place of the Master’s degree. Coursework for the graduate degree is designed to prepare candidates for the ACVIM board examination. Individuals already holding a PhD degree may petition the department head to have the Master’s degree requirement waived. Residents will be trained under the primary direction of Rebecca A. Packer, MS, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology), with adjunctive support from faculty members that are ACVS and ACVIM Diplomates in other specialty areas. The faculty position for an additional board-certified Neurologist is currently under search. The resident will participate in clinical rotations and assume primary responsibility for small animal patients. Large animal patients may be examined on a consultation basis. The resident will participate in the neurological/neurosurgical emergency duty on a rotating basis with the surgical residents. The majority of time will be spent on clinical neurology/neurosurgery rotations, with additional rotations in related areas required for competency and board- certification. Additional out-rotations at local medical schools or hospitals will be arranged as available to observe additional neurology, neurosurgical, and/or electrophysiology procedures. At the end of the program, residents are expected to have proficiency in neurology, neurosurgery, neuropathology and neuroanatomy, clinical pathology, electrophysiology, and neuroradiology. Residents are required to participate in a resident research project as a requirement of the residency program, and collaborative research projects are currently active with the Center for Paralysis Research, the Department of Basic Medical Sciences, the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and the Indiana University School of Medicine. Participation in Neurology journal club, Neurology resident rounds, Neuropathology rounds,
  2. 2. Page 2 of 4 10/2/07 Neuroradiology journal club, and House Officer Grand Rounds are required, and are designed to prepare the resident for board-certification. All residents are required to present a House Officer Grand Rounds seminar during each year of their program. Didactic coursework is required as part of the Master’s degree, and is intended to prepare residents for the ACVIM general/qualifying board examination in addition to providing advanced medical education. Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital is a well-equipped, full service veterinary referral hospital. Clinical facilities include electrophysiologic capabilities, gait analysis, fully- equipped surgical suites capable of spinal and intracranial procedures, minimally-invasive surgical equipment, brain biopsy device, and diagnostic imaging facilities. A linear accelerator is available on-site for performing radiation therapy. Advanced diagnostic imaging facilities include fluoroscopy, nuclear medicine, helical CT scanner, and MRI access. Currently MRI access is available through several means: off-site imaging at a local MRI facility, as well as a shared-use 3T MRI capable of functional imaging that is located on Purdue University main campus (with designated Veterinary School prep area). An in-house permanent high-field MRI unit will be available in Fall/Winter 2008 at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Candidates interested in an academic career may request enrollment in a combined residency/PhD program. This would require at least 2 years of graduate study beyond the three- year residency and obtaining additional funding. Performance reviews will be conducted every 6 months, with annual renewal of employment contingent on satisfactory review of clinical performance, academic knowledge, and professional/ethical conduct. A residency certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the program. Applicants should furnish a completed AAVC application form, complete curriculum vitae, a brief letter of intent, veterinary college transcript and three letters of recommendation from faculty or employers familiar with the candidate’s clinical knowledge and skills. Interviews are strongly encouraged, and considered upon request from qualified candidates. To request an interview, email Dr. Rebecca Packer at The faculty will review your request and application, and will then determine whether an interview will be arranged. Purdue University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. *Description on Web address: Please refer to the Directory of Internships & Residencies prepared by the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians (AAVC) for complete details.
  3. 3. Page 3 of 4 10/2/07 Residency Program Requirements For ACVIM minimum requirements of Neurology Residency Programs, please see the General Information Guide (GIG) on the ACVIM website ( The Neurology Residency Program at Purdue University meets or exceeds all of these requirements for ACVIM board- certification in the Specialty of Neurology. Sample Clinic Schedule* (*Non-required rotations at off-site facilities may be subject to availability of the facility) YEAR 1 YEAR 2 YEAR 3 31.5 wks Neurology/Neurosurgery 32.5 wks Neurology/Neurosurgery 28 wks Neurology/Neurosurgery 2.5 wks Veterinary Radiology 1 wk Radiation Therapy 1.5 wks Neuroradiology (human hospital) 1.5 wks Anesthesia 1.5 wks Oncology 1.5 wks Neurosurgery (human hospital) 2.5 wks Orthopaedic Surgery 2.5 wks Internal Medicine 9 wks Board Prep/Study 2.5 wks Soft Tissue Surgery 1 wk Neuropathology 8 wks Open for Research/Study 3.5 wks Internal Medicine 6.5 wks Board Prep/Study 4 wks Vacation 1 wk Clinical Pathology 3 wks Open for Research/Study 3 wks Open for Research/Study 4 wks Vacation 4 wks Vacation Journal Club/Rounds Schedule Neurology Journal Club – Held weekly. Focus is on those journal articles relevant to clinical neurology and board preparation. Discussion will include content/theory presented in the paper, as well as methods of critically reviewing scientific articles. The first journal club meeting of each year will be a tutorial on critical review of articles and the various types of study design. Neurology Resident Rounds – Held weekly. Focus is on case based or topic based review in preparation for board exams, including Neuroanatomy, Neuroradiology, Neuropathology, Neurophysiology, Clinical Neurology/Case management, and Theory. Neuropathology Rounds – Held once monthly as a joint effort between the Neurology service, the Clinical pathology service, and the Anatomic pathology service. Includes evaluation/review of cytology and histopathology slides from neurological hospital cases, and topic discussion of those cases. Neuroradiology Journal Club – Held twice monthly as a joint effort between the Neurology service and the Diagnostic Imaging service.
  4. 4. Page 4 of 4 10/2/07 Neuroscience Journal Club – Held weekly in association with the Center for Paralysis Research and the Department of Basic Medical Sciences. Graduate students and other interested house officers and faculty attend. Attendance by Neurology Residents is encouraged as case/appointment schedule allows. VTH Histopathology Rounds – Held 3 times per semester. Review of histopathology results from selected hospital cases. All house officers, students, and faculty attend. House Officer Grand Rounds/Seminar – Held weekly. All house officers are required to present one hour-long seminar each year of their program. All house officers and faculty attend weekly. Attendance at Neurology/Neurosurgery rounds at the Indiana University Medical School in Indianapolis will be encouraged as schedule permits.