The original idea for this post was “don’t commit to something you won’t be able to do,” but that is proscriptive and I am aiming more for productive on this site. The sentiment stands, though. I see this time and again with students and interns who start research projects (with me or someone else). It’s
I have periodically seen people posting on Facebook about giving a gift to someone for writing a letter of recommendation. Mostly they are looking for suggestions about what to buy the letter writer. I do believe you should send a thank you note, but I feel more conflicted about giving gifts. So here is my
Last year, I taught a course and some students struggled with my style. I am a clinician, so I approach problems and teaching as a clinician. I’m not very interested in students memorizing details and regurgitating them on a test; I want them to USE information to make decisions. This is a different way of
Sometimes, I feel a little bit like Miss Manners. There are all sorts of unwritten rules of etiquette in veterinary medicine. For example, did you know that faculty don’t refer to each other as “Dr.” outside of medicine? I’ve written about how to address people during an interview, but I’ve been thinking, “How do we
If your family is paying for vet school, you can stop reading this and head over to the How to Be Successful series. For the rest of you, read on! I was working on a lecture I was planning to present at SAVMA Symposium 2020 about personal finance. The title is “From $250,000 in Debt
This is going to be another short, PSA-style blog post. It’s right there in the title. Don’t use ‘utilize’. Just excise it entirely from your writing. It’s never necessary. People use ‘utilize’ because they think it sounds more official and cooler than ‘use’. It doesn’t and it isn’t. It’s just distracting. Technically, utilize is used
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
One of my bedrock principles for you to understand is to Aim for Zero. Go read that post if you haven’t done so yet. Why do people aim for +1 and fail so often? I think it’s because they miss some important steps as they are reaching for +1. In the original post, I gave
There are as many reasons to get a DVM as there are people who want one. This list isn’t intended to be proscriptive or exhaustive. But, if your reason isn’t somewhere on here, I would suggest you carefully consider your actual core reason for deciding on vet school. 1) You want to be a leader.
Dr. Prudic was a resident when I was on faculty and also rented one of my rental houses! She is passionate about oncology and tells you all about this amazing specialty.