Tag: advice

How to Be Successful: Follow Through

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

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How to Be Successful: Circle of Control

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

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How to Address Peers

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

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Stop Using “Utilize”

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

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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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Top 5 Reasons to go to Vet School

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. 

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