Category: Resident Applicant

Why Are You Afraid to Ask for a Letter of Recommendation or Help?

A theme we have encountered before is individuals unable or unwilling to ask mentors for letters of recommendation or for help with their professional progression.  This is evidently true for so many applicants because I STILL get applications that are just Not Good. The applications clearly haven’t been vetted by a mentor. Why in the

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The Timeline for Residency Starts in Vet School

When should you start preparing to apply for a residency?  When in the year do you need to have different steps completed?  How can you use your time most efficiently to maximize your chances of success?  I want to address all of these questions and more, so let’s dive in! A theme that comes up

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What Should a Letter of Recommendation Say?

I have already advised you to make sure you ask for a GOOD letter of recommendation.  The problem is, you usually can’t see the letter before it is submitted, so it’s impossible to know if it is good or not.  Nonetheless, there are some features of letters of recommendation that you want to make sure

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Do Grades Matter?

This year, I spoke at the SAVMA Symposium about internship and how to maximize your chances to get them.  I got a surprising number of questions about grades. “I hear some programs care about grades a lot.” “Do programs look at your transcripts?”  “Our classes are these amalgamated courses so we don’t get many different

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Handling Conflicting Advice for your Application

Let’s say you follow my heartfelt, strongest advice and have other people review your application materials.  Congratulations, you just put yourself in the top 50% of applicants! Now, you get feedback from your friends and mentors.  Unfortunately, some of the feedback conflicts. For example, one of your helpers comments, “Be careful not to come off

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Behind the Scenes: How I Read a Residency Application

I thought it would be helpful to share my personal process for reading a residency application.  Evaluators will widely in what they are looking for, and this is especially true of residency applications.  Others go about the process very differently, but I did think it would be helpful to give a deep insight into my

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Behind the Scenes Series

I thought it would be valuable to share my own methods with how I evaluate applications for vet schools, internship, residency, and faculty positions. As always, evaluators are a widely varied lot and many may disagree with me on some of these points. Many of my colleagues share my opinions, too. Take the perspective with

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Sample Vetducator Corrections for 2019 Letters of Intent

I thought I would share with you the way I have worked with students in the past and the sorts of comments I provide.  In general, I try to offer the writer the perspective an evaluator will have. This sometimes comes off as blunt, but I’m trying to genuinely share what goes through my mind. 

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