Institution TypeTeaching Medical Hospital
Is there a medical school?Harvard-affiliated
Is this a land-grant institution?No
Vivarium DirectorDonna Matthews Jarrell
Program DirectorDenise Molk
Who to ContactDenise Molk
Address149 13th St. 5252 Charlestown, MA 02129
Phone(617) 939-8669

Vivarium Information

Vivarium NameMassachusetts General Hospital (MGH)
Is the facility AAALAC accredited?Yes
Describe management structureOversight is by Chair/AV with 8 Assistant Directors that oversee Finance, Veterinary Services, Facilities Operations (2), Employee Services, Veterinary Research and Training, and Continuous Improvement.  Lean Management is practiced.
Describe the extent to which your facilities are centralized9 centralized facilities over 3 campuses
Vivarium Square Feet90,000 square feet of centralized animal housing and procedure space located in nine facilities throughout Boston, Charlestown, and Cambridge, MA
Summarize the nature of the animal population and the predominant types of clinical activities

868 active IACUC protocols that involve work with USDA and non-USDA species.  The current research program is comprised of over 12,000 staff members working across more than 30 institutes, centers, and departments and involves the use of animal models for discovery and translational research in nearly every category of disease or injury, including a large transplant sciences division.  Species include fish, mice, rats, rabbits, dogs, pigs, sheep, NHPs, frogs, snakes, turtles, ground squirrels, and ferrets.

Number of Veterinarians in program7
Number of ACLAM Diplomates in program6
Number of Boarded Pathologists0
Number of Other Boarded Veterinary Specialists0
Number of necropsies/week in the veterinary unit 
Number of surgical cases/week in the veterinary unit

Training Program Details

Is this program recognized by ACLAM?Yes
Does this program participate in the Veterinary Internship & Residency Matching Program (VIRMP)?Yes
Number of concurrent residents1-4
How many residents/trainees have completed this program?First resident to graduate 12/2021
Of these, how many have subsequently become ACLAM Diplomates?
In what year did the program accept its first trainee?Dec 2018
How many years are required to complete this program (residency only)?3
Is formal coursework offered?Yes
Is a degree program associated with this residency?No
If yes, what degree(s)?
Which departments most commonly grant degree(s)?
Give an overview of this program, describing its particular strengths and any unique aspects that are not addressed in any of the other sectionsThe objectives of this 3-year, ACLAM-approved program are to teach the knowledge, methodological skills, and scholarly work habits that will enable trainees to confidently and competently work clinically with laboratory animals; to advance knowledge in biology and medicine; and to hone skills that are necessary to manage individuals and processes involved in a laboratory animal medicine setting.   A unique goal of this training program is to emphasize various aspects of program and facility management. Management topics will include, but not be limited to, strategic planning; recruiting, developing, and retaining high-performing personnel; application of lean management principles and IT tools in supply chain and operations throughput; setting performance goals and evaluating performance for staff; human resources policies involving employee engagement, corrective actions, extended leaves, and disabilities; customer service (protocol consults, protocol reviews, animal skills training); operating and capital budgeting and tracking; balanced scorecards for setting multi-dimensional departmental goals and tracking progress;  development of soft skills useful to manage others effectively. All of this will be integrated with an equally strong base of conventional didactic training and experience as prescribed in the ACLAM Role Delineation Document, to prepare residents for eventual leadership roles to direct laboratory animal care programs.
Describe any unique research interests of your facultyManagement-related topics
Give a few literature citations of publications completed by trainees during their tenure in this program
Where will vacancies be advertised?VIRMP
What month does the program begin?July

Living and Working

Starting Annual SalaryRequired to follow Partner’s GME salary scale:
To what extent is travel to meetings, etc. paid for?At least one meeting per year
Is individual health insurance provided?Yes
Is family health insurance provided?Yes
Describe any fees or tuition
Describe the residents' responsibilities for night, weekend, and holiday coverageResidents participate in rotating on-call responsibilities, which last for a week at time.  Frequency is about 1x/month.  Residents are gradually assume this duty.
How many annual vacation days are given?All MGH employees accrue time off based on standard hours. This bank of earned time is used for holidays (Mass General observes nine), illness, vacation and personal days. New, full-time employees may earn up to 29 days annually.
How many annual sick days are given?All MGH employees accrue time off based on standard hours. This bank of earned time is used for holidays (Mass General observes nine), illness, vacation and personal days. New, full-time employees may earn up to 29 days annually.
Briefly describe the community

CCM’s mission is three-fold: (1) provide reliable, affordable, and responsive laboratory animal care and research services to MGH investigators in pursuit of scientific knowledge and medical breakthroughs for patients and their families; (2) avoid or minimize pain and distress in animals under our care; (3) maintain a fulfilling, respectful, and safe workplace for our employees.

MGH offers numerous benefits, conveniences and resources to support a healthy work/life balance and make employees feel more at home, and Boston itself is a great place to live:
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