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AVDC COVID-19 RESPONSE

Covid-19 Pandemic Changes 2020-2021

 2020 Residents Credentialed Summer 2020

ALL residents in full-time and part-time programs have until January 1, 2021 to finish acquiring required direct supervised and unsupervised clinical service time if their package was provisionally approved by the Credentials Committee. Please complete the Completion of Credentials Form (form CRED 511) located under resident forms on the website as soon as this requirement is met. THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY MUST RECEIVE THESE FORMS BY JANUARY 1, 2021 TO ENSURE ACCESS TO THE PHASE 1 EXAM. Provisionally approved residents who do not complete the requirement prior to January 1, 2021 will not be granted access to the Phase 1 examination.

If a 2020 credentials package was accepted provisionally by the Credentials Committee, the resident has until January 1, 2021 to complete the Specialist in Training (SIT) hours. Please complete the Completion of Credentials Form (form CRED 511) located under resident forms on the website as soon as this requirement is met. Send this form along with the completed Specialty Hour Form (CRED 500) to the Executive Secretary for processing. THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY MUST RECEIVE THESE FORMS BY JANUARY 1, 2021 TO ENSURE ACCESS TO THE PHASE 1 EXAM. Provisionally approved residents who do not complete the requirement prior to January 1, 2021 will not be granted access to the Phase 1 examination.

All Residents and Residents Credentialing July 15, 2021

ALL 2021 credentialing residents in full-time and part-time programs have until January 1, 2022 to finish acquiring required direct supervised and unsupervised clinical service time if their package is provisionally approved by the Credentials Committee. Please complete the Completion of Credentials Form (form CRED 511) located under resident forms on the website as soon as this requirement is met. THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY MUST RECEIVE THESE FORMS BY JANUARY 1, 2022 TO ENSURE ACCESS TO THE PHASE 1 EXAM. Provisionally approved residents who do not complete the requirement prior to January 1, 2022 will not be granted access to the Phase 1 examination.

A 2021 credentials package can receive provisional approval without all specialist in training (SIT) hours logged. If the credentials package is accepted provisionally by the Credentials Committee, the resident will have until January 1, 2022 to complete the SIT hours. Please complete the Completion of Credentials Form (form CRED 511) located under resident forms on the website as soon as this requirement is met. Send this form along with the completed Specialty Hour Form (CRED 500) to the Executive Secretary for processing. THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY MUST RECEIVE THESE FORMS BY JANUARY 1, 2022 TO ENSURE ACCESS TO THE PHASE 1 EXAM. Provisionally approved residents who do not complete the requirement prior to January 1, 2022 will not be granted access to the Phase 1 examination.

The pandemic cadaver program has been extended to July 31, 2021. The opportunity will be retroactive to April 2020, so any cadaver work performed between April 2020 – July 31, 2021 will be considered under the pandemic cadaver program. ALL residents have the opportunity to add a significant amount of additional cadaver cases to their MRCL log. Please see the cadaver form (TSC 441) for all the details on how to take advantage of this opportunity.

Effective January 1, 2021, new part-time residents will once again be REQUIRED to spend the first 4 weeks of their residency with their residency supervisor. The pandemic modification in effect from August – December 2020 is no longer allowed due to the considerable challenges faced by part-time residents that started their residencies under the past exception.

Specialty hours can still be acquired via virtual and online options. Time can include, but are not limited to, e-learning opportunities, virtual/online rounds, case discussions via an online platform, and online RACE approved CE hours. All hours must be provided by Diplomates of the respective college. For anesthesia and radiology requirements, 75% of the required time can be virtual. For surgery, 50% of the required time can be virtual. Time spent with OMFS Fellows (not OMFS candidates) can count for 16 surgery hours. The Specialty Hour Form (CRED 500 form) has been updated to allow for tracking of in-person and virtual/online hours. This opportunity will be available through July 15, 2021. At this point, the success of this change will be evaluated for possible non-pandemic related future use by the Residency Education Committee and the Board.

All current Delayed Submission Requests and those submitted for 2021 credentialing will be extended by an additional year.

** Reminder: The Board wants to help residents achieve success.  If you are experiencing personal/professional challenges secondary to COVID that prevent you from meeting requirements, please send an email describing your situation to the Executive Secretary.  He will ensure that the board reviews the communication to look for opportunities to assist you.**

 

2021 AVDC Certifying Examination

Phase 1 (January 14-15th, 2021)

Phase 1 examination candidates will be receiving up to date information regarding the Phase 1 exam.  The Board and Examination Committees have been working hard to develop testing strategies during the COVID pandemic.  This year the Phase 1 examination will be administered via the examinee’s own computer at a place of their choosing, and examination and security software will be downloaded onto their computer.  Candidates will work with Dr. Robert Malinowski, PhD, DVM, MA and Veterinary Specialty Exams, LLC for test administration and support.

Phase 2 (June 14-18th, 2021)

Both 2020 and 2021 phase 2 candidates will be taking the exam in the Oquendo Center in Las Vegas, NV June 14-18th, 2021.  Details regarding the administration of this examination will be shared via the DMS and AVDC webpage as they become available.

General AVDC Membership

The 2021 Diplomate-Only Winter Meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming has been canceled. As details become available, they will be shared through the DMS

Updated December 29, 2020

English is the official language of AVDC. All documents, forms and examinations provided by AVDC are written in English, and all materials submitted by applicants and residents are to be written in English.

Use of Specialty Titles: The AVMA Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics state: It is unethical for veterinarians to identify themselves as or in any way imply that they are members of an AVMA recognized specialty organization until such time as such certification has been awarded. AVDC has adopted the Guidelines for Use of Specialty Titles, prepared by the American Board of Veterinary Specialties of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

By signing the AVDC Training Program Registration form, an individual submitting an application for registration of a training program acknowledges that s/he may not use the terms ‘board eligible’, ‘board qualified’, ‘veterinary dental specialist’ or ‘veterinary dentist’, and may not make or imply any connection with AVDC until such time as the individual passes the AVDC examination and is awarded the AVDC Diploma.

The registration of an AVDC training program of an individual who is not in compliance with the policy stated above may be terminated by AVDC, in which case the individual will not be permitted to complete the AVDC credentials and/or the examination procedures, and, when appropriate, the circumstances may be reported by AVDC to the individual’s State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.