Tag: professional guidance

Assistant Professors: Don’t Get Sucked Into Clinics

You have recently finished your residency and (hopefully) passed your boards.  You are in your first professional faculty position as a clinician!  Your FTE probably has 30-60% of your time on clinic duty, with the balance being teaching, research, and (non-clinical) service.  If you are on a tenure track, you probably have some publication and

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Top 5 Reasons Not to Go to Vet School

I try to maintain a positive tone of this blog, but I also feel responsible for helping you understand reality.  Veterinary medicine has been a great profession for me, but not everyone should go to vet school. Here are some reasons that another profession and training experience might be the right fit for you. Bad

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How to Be Successful: Be Prepared

Most people probably know the Boy Scouts of America has the motto “Be Prepared”.  As an Eagle Scout, I obviously embraced this concept and have made numerous successful professional steps that can be partially credited to this motto.  It is similar to another saying I like, “I’d rather have it and not need it than

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The How to Identify a Bad Position Series

This series was inspired by people asking me how they could identify a bad vet school.  Over the past 20 years, I have had numerous people ask me about identifying bad internships.  When I advise those applying for residencies, we talk about identifying potentially problematic programs.  And I am blessed with having worked at institutions

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Do Grades Matter?

This year, I spoke at the SAVMA Symposium about internships 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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Working with Underserved/Marginalized/Low SES Populations

In my post giving about advice on how to maximize your time during vet school for success, I mentioned getting time working with underserved/marginalized/low socioeconomic status (UML for the purposes of this article) groups.  One of my editors said, “Why?” I thought that was a great question and deserved its own article. As always, this

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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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