Category: Resident Applicant

Create a Good Research Poster

I mentor a lot of students in research, and have for years.  I’ve gotten to go to a lot of undergraduate research conferences in addition to professional veterinary conferences.  I’ve seen posters which were good, bad, and in between.  I don’t have a perfect formula for success, but I think the posters my students put

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Top 5 Reasons to Become a Specialist

I originally thought of this as the top 5 reasons to do a residency, but there’s really only one reason to do a residency: to become a specialist.  So I thought I would focus on the end goal instead. 1) You want different intellectual challenges.  I think it is easy for people to assume that

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Post-Internship Education Options

The intern year is typically one year immediately following graduation from vet school.  Some people may go out into practice and then go back to an internship, but that is rare.  Some people do an internship to improve their clinical skills or to avoid going into the Real World for another year.  The reason many

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Podcast Episode #12: Dr. Pedro Bento

Dr. Bento is the author of the Vetmed Survival Guide, a blog dedicated to helping those interested in pursuing internships and residencies. He’s also written a helpful guidebook for the same, which I encourage you to check out! He provides us with his extensive expertise in advising people who want to pursue an internship and

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My Process for Writing a Letter of Intent

I just finished writing a letter of intent for a position I applied to.  I thought it would be valuable to share my process, to serve as inspiration for you if you are stuck or struggling with what to write. Step 1) Review the job description.  I read through the entire job description, even though

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How to Include and Talk About Extracurricular Activities

I am a strong proponent of including extracurricular activities in applications and during interviews.  Every now and then, I will discover an activity someone does during an interview that wasn’t on their application.  I was in a student interview recently where it came out that the student was on the national gymnastics team, but this

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The VIRMP Matching Program as a Foreign Graduate – The Very Basics

By Dr. Pedro Bento at VetMed Survival Guide This is a guest post by Dr. Bento, who writes at Veterinary Survival Guide to help those applying through the VIRMP.  There are a lot of great resources there.  I asked him to write about applying as a foreign applicant, because this is something I haven’t experienced

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More Interest in Veterinary Specialties?

Although it’s been more than a year since I saw this article, I think it’s still germane and good to share: Chart of the month: Shifting demand for veterinarians.  In the article, there is a graph indicating the percentage of veterinarians in general practice, specialty practice, and emergency practice.  You can see that there is

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Podcast Episode #10 – Dr. Jordan Nickell

I met Dr. Nickell when he interviewed for a job at an institution where I worked. Later, he and I worked at the same university and got along very well. He has since moved on to private practice, and will provide perspective on the balance between academia and private practice and provide insight on anesthesia

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