Institution Type Public University
Is there a medical school? Yes
Is this a land-grant institution? Yes
Vivarium Director Dr. Jeffrey Fortman
Program Director Dr. Jeffrey Fortman
Who to Contact Dr. Lisa Halliday
Address 1840 W. Taylor St. (M/C 533), Chicago, IL  60612
Phone (312) 996-9453
Fax (312) 996-8065

Vivarium Information

Vivarium Name Biologic Resources Laboratory
Is the facility AAALAC accredited? Yes
Describe management structure One central vivarium only
Describe the extent to which your facilities are centralized Animals housed in 5+ separate locations
Vivarium Square Feet 137
Summarize the nature of the animal population and the predominant types of clinical activities The principal training facility for the laboratory animal medicine program is the Biologic Resources Laboratory (BRL). The BRL is the centralized animal care facility of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). It consists of 110,000 sq. ft. of housing and procedural space for maintaining all the commonly used laboratory animals. There is a nonhuman primate colony with an average daily census of 100 animals consisting of three species of Old World primates. There are several support areas within the facility including a reference library, conference room with teleconferencing capability, classroom, diagnostic laboratory, survival surgery suite consisting of 3 operating rooms and one room for minimally invasive surgery, and a radiology suite. There are 11 satellite facilities that contain an additional 44,000 sq. ft. of housing and procedural space. UIC is the largest institution of higher learning in the Chicago area and supports the research and teaching programs in the undergraduate, graduate, medical, dental, pharmacy, and nursing colleges, the college of associated medical sciences, and the school of public health. The campus is strongly committed to centralized resources to support these programs. The programs of the BRL regularly and continuously support these endeavors and offer trainees a broad exposure to a large scale full-service research and teaching program on an academic campus.
Number of Veterinarians in program 5
Number of ACLAM Diplomates in program 5
Number of Boarded Pathologists 2
Number of Other Boarded Veterinary Specialists 0
Number of necropsies/week in the veterinary unit 3
Number of surgical cases/week in the veterinary unit 8

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 residents 3
How many residents/trainees have completed this program? 30
Of these, how many have subsequently become ACLAM Diplomates? 28
In what year did the program accept its first trainee? 1987
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 sections The greatest strengths of the residency program are a single large centralized facility, the opportunity to work with a variety of small and large animal species, the wide range of research projects occurring at any one time, collaboration with a local pharmaceutical corporation, and the outstanding ACLAM examination pass rate. Of 30 residents who have completed the program, 28 have passed the certification examination. One graduate is eligible to take the examination.

The training program is supported by AbbVie and includes a nine-month pharmaceutical component. The first two years are spent in six month clinical rotations, including rodents, nonhuman primates, large animal/experimental surgery, and management. The management rotation may overlap with the research rotation, which give the fellow approximately 6 months to complete a hypothesis-driven research with a clinical or management focus. The last nine months are spent working at AbbVie in a pharmaceutical setting. The research portion is designed to meet the publication requirements for ACLAM board qualification.
Describe any unique research interests of your faculty Due to the size of the program, almost every conceivable type of research, testing, and teaching has been or may be in place on a given date. Areas of research emphasis at UIC include: cardiovascular disease, carcinogenesis, chemotherapeutics/prevention, infectious disease, lung injury, metabolic disease, neurodegenerative disease, ophthalmic disorders, safety and efficacy testing, teaching and training, transplantation, immunotolerance, and wound healing.
Give a few literature citations of publications completed by trainees during their tenure in this program Sarah E Clark, Jeanette E Purcell, Xuan Bi, and Jeffrey D Fortman. Cross-Foster Rederivation Compared with Antibiotic Administration in the Drinking Water to Eradicate Bordetella pseudohinzii. J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci. 2017 Jan; 56(1): 47–51.

Keely L. Szilágyi, Cong Liu, Xu Zhang, Ting Wang, Jeffrey D. Fortman, Wei Zhang, Joe G.N. Garcia. Epigenetic contribution of the myosin light chain kinase gene to the risk for acute respiratory distress syndrome. Trans. Res. 2017 Feb; 180:12–21.

Sarah E. Clark, Jeanette E. Purcell, Saad Sammani, Earl K Steffen, Marcus J. Crim, Robert S. Livingston, Cynthia Becsh-Williford, and Jeffrey D. Fortman. Bordetella pseudohinzii as a confounding organism in murine models of pulmonary disease. Comp Med 2016 Oct. 66(5): 1-6.

Thiede AJ, Garcia KD, Stolarik DF, Ma J, Jenkins GJ, Nunamaker EA. Pharmacokinetics of Sustained-Release and Transdermal Buprenorphine in Göttingen Minipigs (Sus scrofa domestica). J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci. 2014 Nov; 53(6): 692–699.

Adams CR, Halliday L, Nunamaker EA, Fortman JD. Effects of Weekly Blood Collection in Male and Female Cynomolgus Macaques (Macaca fascicularis). J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci. 2014 Jan; 53(1): 81–88.
Where will vacancies be advertised? VIRMP website
What month does the program begin? July

Living and Working

Starting Annual Salary $47,800
To what extent is travel to meetings, etc. paid for? Two professional conferences
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 coverage After six months in the program, the residents are placed in the regular rotation with the senior staff for weekend and holiday coverage. After hours coverage, as necessary, is shared equally with the senior staff. Approximately one major holiday and seven weekends are assigned to each resident and senior staff member
How many annual vacation days are given? 24
How many annual sick days are given? 12
Briefly describe the community UIC is an urban research institution, but the public transportation system within the City of Chicago and surrounding suburbs allow trainees to live almost anywhere in the greater metro area and commute by car, train, bus, or bicycle. Chicago is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the US and has an extensive network of dedicated bicycle lanes on major streets. The cost of living is reasonable compared to other cities of similar size. Chicago offers a wealth of cultural, recreational, and social activities throughout the year.
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