This position is shared 50:50 between the Veterinary Clinical Sciences department (dermatopathology) and the Surgery Department (Preclinical Research Center, PCRC). The overarching goal of the position is to provide training in veterinary dermatopathology and comparative pathology.
The dermatopathology half of the position will include a review of banked histopathology slides of a variety of skin disorders with Dr. Sheila Torres, with emphasis on description of the findings, formulating a morphologic diagnosis, and providing a diagnosis or a list of likely differential diagnoses for each case. After approximately the first month, the post doc will have primary responsibility for reviewing and providing a detailed and standardized surgical pathology report for all Veterinary Medical Center skin samples submitted by the dermatology service. It is very important for a well-trained dermatopathologist to become familiar with the common skin disorders of domestic animals. Therefore, the post doc will also be involved with the clinical aspect of all cases that will have skin biopsies performed. In addition, the program will provide 10 days of professional development time to allow the post-doctoral associate to participate in conferences, meetings, or externships related to dermatopathology.
The Comparative pathology half of the position will be directed by Dr. Melanie Graham in the PCRC, an institute within the Department of Surgery. The mission of the PCRC is to support the critical educational mission of the CVM by providing shared support for a pathology resident to collaborate with Center activities. This two-way proposal is designed to give a unique experience to the resident in comparative pathology while providing the opportunity for PCRC to advantage the expertise of the pathology resident in planning, project development, histopathological evaluations and analyses, necropsy performance, and postmortem analyses and reporting of findings. An important partner resource for this project is the Comparative Pathology Shared Resource, which provides outstanding technical support for tissue processing and preparation of histological sections. Responsibilities in the CPRC include the following:
• Provide general support for the PCRC pathology program together with Dr. Tim O’Brien • Provide gross and histopathologic evaluations of tissue specimens originating from PCRC projects and perform and/or oversee gross necropsy activities (including both GLP and non-GLP studies) including the preparation of any necessary reports and preparation of photographic or other documentation of findings together with Dr. Tim O’Brien • Perform as needed and provide expertise and oversight of ancillary techniques needed for tissue evaluation such as confocal microscopy and electron microscopy • Provide pathology expertise for study protocol development • Assist in preparing progress reports, manuscripts for publication, poster presentations of data, and grants. • Provide expertise for development of new techniques in support of pathology services such as immunofluorescence, confocal microscopy, immunohistochemistry, morphometry, and electron microscopy
Minimum qualifications: DVM degree from an accredited institution and completion of an Anatomic Pathology residency program.
Internal Number: 332221
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