Tag: career satisfaction

The Financial Implications of Private Practice vs. Academia

(This post was originally written as a guest post for Richer Life DVM. If you haven’t read her blog, you should. It’s a great resource about finances for veterinarians. And if you didn’t read it there first, it’s new to you!) In discussions among academic veterinarians attempting to recruit a new faculty member, salary is

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How to Identify a Bad Residency

This one is difficult and likely to be a little controversial.  A residency is more of a commitment than an internship- if it’s not a good fit, three years can be long and unpleasant.  People leave residencies or are dismissed because of a bad fit. I have heard some program directors refer to choosing a

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How to Identify a Bad Internship

In contrast to vet schools, which are accredited by the AVMA, there is no governing body which accredits internship.  Any hospital can establish an internship, and some of them probably shouldn’t. There are some notoriously bad internships out there.  Some of them have turned around and become better programs. So, if you are looking at

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Lessons from Working a 24 Hour Shift

I occasionally do locum work at different universities.  Locum is short for locum tenens, a Latin term describing temp work for doctors.  I assume they don’t call it “temp work” because doctors would rather be called “locums” rather than “temps”.  In any event, I am usually on call the entire time, and during my last

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A Tale of Faculty Searching: Guest Post

Today’s post is from a mentee of mine whom I have known for almost twenty years.  She has a daughter (who has now gone to college), and I thought she could provide a perspective on job searching with different family considerations to mine.  Enjoy! I am a board-certified veterinary anesthesiologist who recently completed a Ph.D.

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What Mindset Should You Have When Applying to Faculty Jobs?

Opinions on this may differ, but I wanted to share with you my philosophical approach to applying to faculty jobs.  It can be summarized pretty easily: don’t bluff and be genuine. This can be harder to do than it sounds. Academic institutions have interesting, but fairly consistent, approaches to salaries and raises.  There is usually

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Effectively Manage Transition Between Positions

Moving on from one step of your professional life to the next is exciting!  You’re going forward, pursuing your passion, hopefully at an institution you like.  There is invariably downtime between positions and there are important Work and Life details you need to take care of.  We are in the middle of a move as

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Making Research in Vet School Work For You

Now that you’re a vet student, you have it made.  You’ve achieved your life-long goal and just have to graduate.  But what if there’s something more? What if you want to do post-grad education, or work in public health, or contribute to society other than taking care of dogs, cats, and horses?  Maybe there is

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How to be Successful: Kaizen

I spent a tremendous amount of time preparing for my interview for a department chair position at a small private not-for-profit university. My talk was about the psychology of motivation, as I believe that is a core principle to understand when leading people. I focused on Self-Determination Theory, which states that people are internally motivated

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