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MULT208-0112: Principles of Medicine
Module 2 of Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP Core Examination Review

Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Linda Kidd, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Kathy Freeman, DVM, BS, MS, PhD, DipECVCP, FRCPath, MRCVS
Stefanie Klenner, DVM, Cand.Dip.ECVCP
Robert Rosenthal, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM, Oncology) DACVR (Radiation Oncology)

COURSE OPEN: January 5 - February 12, 2012
REAL TIME SESSIONS: Thursdays, January 12, 19, 26, and February 2; 9:30pm-11:30pm ET (USA)
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Practice Sessions: In order to prepare you for a successful experience in your CE course, we request you attend a practice session prior to the first Real Time Session. Times and dates will be listed in your course confirmation email. Expect to spend up to 1 hour at one of the 2-4 practice sessions held prior to the first Real Time Session.

Level and Prerequisites:
This course provides an introduction to the principles of diagnostic medicine, problem-based medical records, evidenced-based medicine and proper use of laboratory diagnostic testing information. It would serve at the foundation for more comprehensive courses on these topics and also prepare participants to apply these principles in the organ-system-based modules that follow.
VIN CE Course: This course is open to veterinarians. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians.

Course Description:
This course is the second of six modules of the Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP Core Examination review course. It is designed to cover the pathophysiological basis of disease in small animals based on pathophysiological and discipline-specific concepts. Clinical examples will be used to illustrate these concepts. This module together with the first module on the pathological basis of disease are designed to prepare the participant for the organ system-based final 4 modules.
The course may be used as a comprehensive review for the ABVP examination for small animals. However it should be noted that it is not designed specifically for preparation for test taking. The instructors do not have access to information on the question types. Furthermore the questions used on the examination may be a few years behind the current knowledge and practice, whereas the course will strive to be more current.
We recommend using the course to
  1. keep progressing through the topics so all topics will have been studied prior to the exam and
  2. to provide participants with feedback on their strongest and weakest topics to guide their individual exam specific preparations.

The course builds on the foundation created in the "Pathologic Basis of Disease," covering concepts in clinical reasoning and practice. Focus will be on clinical decision making and the diagnostic process including assessment of laboratory data, problem-based medicine and evidenced-based medicine.

This course consists of four (4) 2 hour Real Time Sessions, supplemental library materials, interactive message board discussions, and a mandatory end-of-course test. Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required textbook: There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Instructors:
The instructors for this course reflect a topic-specific expertise and were assembled for their ability to teach discipline-specific content in relationship to clinical cases.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session January 12): Principles of Diagnosis
Instructor(s): Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM and Linda Kidd, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

Week 2 (Real Time Session January 19): Principles of Diagnosis (continued)
Instructor(s): Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM and Linda Kidd, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Content: Week 3 (Real Time Session January 26): Interpretation of Tests
Instructor(s): Kathy Freeman, DVM, BS, MS, PhD, DipECVCP, FRCPath, MRCVS

Week 4 (Real Time Session February 2): Interpretation of Tests (continued) & Evidence-Based Medicine
Kathy Freeman, DVM, BS, MS, PhD, DipECVCP, FRCPath, MRCVS
Stefanie Klenner, DVM, Cand.Dip.ECVCP
Robert Rosenthal, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM, Oncology) DACVR (Radiation Oncology)



Tuition: Member $160 ($144 early bird special if enrolled by December 22, 2011).
Non-Member $253 ($228 early bird special if enrolled by December 22, 2011).

Special Discount:
Register for all 6 courses in the Organ System series by the start date of Pathologic Basis of Disease on October 27, 2011 and you will receive a discounted tuition rate of Member/$1312, Non-Member/$1916.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first Real Time Session unless otherwise noted. If the first Real Time Session is on a weekend, course enrollment will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.


  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from and addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration. To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll for a course on behalf of another individual.
  4. For further assistance call 1-800-700-INFO (4636) or email (VIN CE) or (VSPN CE) Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This course is approved for continuing education credits in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education." Call VSPN/VIN CE at 1-800-700-4636 for further information. (Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for information regarding recognition by their board).

Course withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course. If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN/VSPN office 1-800-700-INFO (4636) to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN/VSPN office at 1-800-700-INFO (4636).

* For more information on VIN's Upcoming CE Courses check the Course Catalog at

Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Coordinator

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