2020 Virtual Externship
Due to COVID-19, AMC will be offering virtual externships this year. During the third week of November (16th-20th) and December (14th-18th), prospective interns will have the opportunity to join AMC staff doctors for both live and pre-recorded programming including rounds, educational lectures, informational panels, and more. November’s virtual externship will highlight the Animal Medical Center’s 6th Annual One Health Conference, while December’s programming will focus on experiential learning.
Interns rotate through many of our over 20 specialties and services, providing them with hands-on experience working with a diverse and varied caseload. This is combined with a high level of specialty support by board certified veterinary specialists, creating a dynamic learning environment for individuals interested in private practice, residency training, or clinical research. The largest postgraduate veterinary teaching institution in the world, over 2,500 residents and interns have trained at the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Institute for Postgraduate Education.
For additional information on AMC’s internship program, please visit the website of the Veterinary Internship & Residency Matching Program.
Please check this page often as new programming and resources will be added as they become available.
Virtual Programming for Prospective Interns
Schedule for December 14 – 18
Tuesday, December 15
5 PM | Q & A Panel with Former AMC Interns
Join former AMC interns Dr. Carly Fox (Staff Doctor in Emergency and Critical Care) and Dr. Jordan Ford (Resident in Dentistry) to learn firsthand all about the intern year at AMC. In this intimate session, prospective interns will have a chance to hear directly from their peers.
Thursday, December 17
5 PM | Q & A Panel with AMC Administration
Join our Chief Medical Officer Dr. Katherine Quesenberry, Director of Education Dr. Sandra Van der Woerdt, and Assistant Medical Officer Dr. Chad West to learn about the intern program at AMC. Learn about the application process, areas of practice, rotations, research and educational opportunities, and more.
Friday, December 18
8 AM | Oncology Journal Club | Dr. Ann Hohenhaus (Staff Doctor in Oncology)
The Oncology Service is hosting its weekly Journal Club.
In addition to hands-on clinical experience, AMC interns attend daily lectures from AMC’s board certified specialists.
- Great Cases in Cardiopulmonary Pathology by Dr. Philip Fox (Head of Cardiology) and Dr. Taryn Donovan (Head of Anatomic Pathology)
- Multifocal Lung Disease in Feline Pneumonia by Dr. Anthony Fischetti (Head of Diagnostic Imaging)
- Physical Examination by Dr. Doug Palma (Staff Doctor in Internal Medicine)
- Intra-oral Radiographic Interpretation by Dr. Stephen Riback (Staff Doctor in Dentistry)
- Dropping the MIC: Your Guide to Understanding Lab Reports by Dr. Dennis Slade (Staff Doctor in Internal Medicine)
- Clinical Assessment of Head Trauma/TBI by Dr. Chadwick West (Associate Chief Medical Officer and Head of Neurology)
Grand rounds is a once to twice monthly seminar series featuring our interns and residents as they provide in depth discussions featuring the unique diagnostics or treatments used in clinical cases.
- Let it Glow! Fluorescein-enhanced autofluorescence in a case of canine spontaneous pneumothorax by Dr. Jonathan Ferrari (Resident in Surgery)
- Integrative and Rehabilitative Medicine: An Introduction by Dr. Leilani Alvarez (Director of the Tina Santi Flaherty Rehabilitation & Fitness Service)
- Chronic Kidney Disease by Dr. Nahvid Etedali (Head of Hemodialysis and Extracorporeal Therapies)
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the rotation schedule work? Will I go through my area of interest prior to the match application deadline?
The internship consists of 13 rotations of 4 weeks each. All interns rotate through Internal Medicine, Surgery, Emergency and Critical Care, Dermatology, Radiology, and Anesthesia. In addition, there are services that approximately half of the internship class will rotate through and the other half will not. They include Cardiology, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Interventional Radiology, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine, and Oncology. These rotations will be based on a preference questionnaire, and while we will do our best to accommodate all interns’ preferences, we cannot guarantee rotation through these services. However, if an intern indicates they plan to pursue a residency after internship, we will place you in a rotation with that service before the match application deadline.
In addition, there is a 4-week elective rotation to be spent with any service within the hospital. However, it is often recommended that interns take a week vacation during the elective rotation.
Will I have a mentor?
Yes, every intern will be assigned a mentor. Mentors are specialists in an intern’s field of interest or a well-rounded clinician with experience in the internship process at AMC.
What kind of research opportunities are available during an AMC internship?
There is no research requirement during your AMC internship. Most interns find the internship is demanding enough and do not pursue a research project. However, if you would like to pursue a research project during your internship, our clinicians can provide guideance.
Will I get time off?
AMC interns received 16 days of paid time off. This is to be used for vacation, sick time, time off for residency interviews, etc.
Is housing guaranteed for my internship?
Housing is not guaranteed, although we try to accommodate as many interns as possible with subsidized housing in AMC-owned apartments ten blocks from the hospital.
We encourage interns living outside of AMC housing to remain within a 20-minute radius of the hospital to accommodate an on-call schedule.
Will I ever be on an overnight shift alone?
No, never. You will ALWAYS have a more experienced clinician on the overnight shift with you, which includes staff doctors and residents.
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