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One Health Clin Elect:Comparative Medicine in Zoo Environment

Sites: Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo
Director(s): Richard Mitchell
Prerequisites: Completion of pre-clinical curriculum required; completion of principal clinical experience (PCE) recommended
Offered: Monthly February-October
Location: MULTI - Multi-site (J)
Open to Exclerks: No (HMS only)
Description: Students may add themselves to the waiting list for this course during add/drop periods but not during lottery periods. Please contact Dr. Rick Mitchell, rmitchell@rics.bwh.harvard.edu, for approval to enroll. Students will accompany the veterinarians in the daily clinical practice based at the Franklin Park Zoo in Dorchester, MA, where they will be encouraged to think about the commonalities of medicine and physiology of health and disease across all species and the context within overall health of the ecosystem. Daily activities will generally involve 4-6 hours of clinical experience (dependent on active case load) with 2 -4 hours of independent research of learning issues, presentation preparation, etc. Students will be expected to take an active role in case management, diagnostic work-up, and treatment, with experience to be based on the active case load at the time. Learning issues will be identified with each case, which the student is expected to spend independent time researching daily, being prepared to discuss the material with attendings the following day. Students interested in collaborative research are encouraged to apply, as previous students on this rotation have successfully initiated joint research projects. Current examples of collaboration include application of students´┐Ż own thesis work to enhance diagnosis of disease in endangered species, or investigation of genetic linkages in natural animal models that may elucidate similar mechanisms of disease in people. Students will be encouraged to submit ideas for new research or novel clinical applications during the course of their rotation, with an informal presentation to be given during the final week. The Department of Veterinary Services for Zoo New England is staffed by three full time veterinarians, two of which are board certified by the American College of Zoological Medicine, and four veterinary nurses.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
Students will be expected to discuss and understand the normal physiology of health and disease with each case, as well as pharmacology of anesthesia and treatments. Students are encouraged to consider potential research topics throughout the month and will present on research ideas at the end of the rotation.
Grade Criteria:
Honors with Distinction: Students exceed expectations for initiative, independent investigation, and engagement in daily clinical activities at the zoo; students present on research ideas at the end of the rotation.
Honors: Students meet expectations for initiative, independent investigation, and engagement in daily clinical activities at the zoo; students are encouraged to consider potential research topics throughout the month, and present at the conclusion of the rotation.
Satisfactory: Students demonstrate adequate fund of knowledge and participate in ongoing clinical activities.
Unsatisfactory: Students demonstrate inadequate fund of knowledge, and/or fail to participate in ongoing clinical activities.