Tag: professionalism

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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Thanksgiving Special: Give Thanks

I don’t usually do posts which focus on holidays or current events, but my usual posting day fell on Thanksgiving, I am a big fan of appreciation, and I had an experience this week I thought would be good to share from a mental health/happiness/success standpoint. For SAVMA Wellness Week last week at our institution,

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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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Daily Challenge: Appreciation

Tracking one’s behavior enjoyed brief popularity recently and has waned a bit since then.  It is the concept of keeping track of your time, activities, etc.  I was first introduced to this concept by the owner of a yoga studio who maintained an “Exemplary Behavior” sheet where he kept track of healthy behaviors he did

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Be Nice

When I visit hospitals and people ask how those hospitals are, the most resounding compliment anyone can give is, “Everyone is very nice!”  What do I mean by that and how could you facilitate that feeling in your place of work/school?  People in positive work environments are welcoming, friendly, and humble. Be Welcoming When there

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How Do I Handle Tattoos/Dyed Hair/Facial Piercings at an Interview?

A friend of mine, who is a vet student, asked my opinion about dyeing her hair and getting a tattoo, particularly as she is interested in an internship and residency.  I told her it would be better to dye her hair during pre-clinical years if she had to and let it be natural once she

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How to Do a Professional Scientific Paper Peer Review

I review a lot of research paper submissions.  I enjoy it because I feel like I have some expertise to contribute and I feel I can help make submissions better.  The peer-review system is an integral pillar of the research estate.  It is one check of many to prevent bad research from being published.  Realistically,

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