Institutions and Mentorship of Residency Training Programmes
The clinical training periods should be conducted at veterinary schools or other private institutions under the overall supervision of a European Diplomate in Veterinary Dermatology. Non-EBVS recognised dermatological specialists (British or American) may aid in supervision as Resident Advisors (see below). For dermatopathology training, direct supervision by an ECVD, ECVP or National Diplomate, a British MRCPath/FRCPath or a University teacher in pathology is required but the Resident Mentor must remain in overall control of the programme.
The institution(s) must supply adequate space, facilities and sufficient cases during the Resident`s training. Some cooperation in the training process with other institutions or clinics (including medical dermatology departments) is acceptable. The institution must provide all equipment required for the examination, diagnosis and management of patients. A complete medical record must be maintained for each case and these records must be retrievable.
The Programme Director is responsible for the administration, continuity and continuing development of the programme in general. The Programme Director must be a Diplomate of the ECVD.
The Resident’s Supervisor is responsible for the immediate direction and evaluation of an individual resident and the administration of his/her individual programme. The Supervisor will usually be Diplomate of the ECVD. Exceptionally, an individual who is not an ECVD Diplomate but who has approved equivalent training, experience and qualifications, (a UK or US Diplomate for example), may act as the Resident Supervisor. If so, an ECVD Diplomate must co-supervise and be in overall charge of the programme as the Programme Director, as directed by EBVS. The Programme Director may act as Resident’s Supervisor. Each Resident Supervisor may train up to two full-time residents or the part-time equivalent, concurrently. The Resident must meet formally with his/her Resident Supervisor at least twice a year to evaluate the Resident`s performance and progress.
The supervisor may enlist the help of other individual(s), the Resident Advisor(s) at the parent or other institutions. The qualifications of Resident Advisor(s) will vary with the subject area to be covered. For example the RA may be a specialist in dermatohistopathology. A Resident Advisor in clinical dermatology will ideally, but not necessarily, be a Diplomate or equivalent.
For each Resident, an ’Ombudsman’ should be appointed to whom the Resident can appeal in cases of disagreement or dissatisfaction regarding any element of the training programme. This person must have a knowledge of the Residency Programme but should not be the Programme Director or the Resident Supervisor, and may be the Chair of the Education Committee.