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One Health Clinical Elective: Comparative Medicine in a Zoo Environment

Credits: 0.00 CREDITS (Non-Clinical Elective)
Sites: Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo
Directors: Mitchell, Richard Neal
Offered: Monthly February-October
Open to Exclerks: No (HMS only)
Description:
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’ 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.

Sudents 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.
Learning Goals:
The goal of this experience is to introduce students to the concept that expanding transdisciplinary collaboration and communication between human and veterinary medical professionals can benefit healthcare for both humans and animals. Students will discover naturally occurring models of disease across all taxa and draw parallels to similar examples of human disease.
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.
Evaluation:
Ongoing feedback is given through each student’s handling of clinical cases and follow-up with learning issues. Formal evaluation to be completed at the end of the rotation.
Grade Criteria:
High Honors: 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.
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