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Going Back to School

Well, here we are, going back to school in the midst of a contagious, virulent, very bad pandemic. Just as cases are going up, thousands of students will be interacting with people inside spaces. I don’t know if that’s necessarily bad, but I understand it can be anxiety-inducing. I think my single piece of advice

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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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How to Reach Out to Potential Research Mentors

You’ve decided that you’d like to try out research.  Great! It could be a lot of fun. You’ve thought about how to choose a research mentor.  You know some options for contacting a mentor. Now you need to actually draft an email. When I used to teach an undergraduate Introduction to Clinical Research class, this

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What Should a Letter of Recommendation Say?

I have already advised you to make sure you ask for a GOOD letter of recommendation.  The problem is, you usually can’t see the letter before it is submitted, so it’s impossible to know if it is good or not.  Nonetheless, there are some features of letters of recommendation that you want to make sure

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What Questions Will They Ask in My Vet School Interview?

I have been reluctant to write this post for a while.  Not because I feel like discussing interview questions is cheating.  As we have covered before, preparation is expected for an interview- if you don’t research and prepare, you are shooting yourself in the foot.   I think my reluctance centers around two issues:  There are

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My Experience at SAVMA Symposium 2019

I had the good fortune to be able to present some topics near and dear to my heart at the 2019 SAVMA Symposium held in Athens, GA in March.  I presented on Medical Error, was on a panel about Internships, and presented Preparing For and Securing an Internship. I wasn’t sure what would happen with

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How to do Meaningful Research as an Undergrad

So, you’ve decided you want to try out the world of scientific research!  Good for you. You may have fun and love it or you may discover it is not for you.  We’ve talked about the benefits before, so now let’s drill down on the nitty-gritty.  How do you get involved? If it exists on

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How to be Successful: Being an Introvert in an Extrovert World

According to Susan Cain in her book “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking,” before the turn of the 20th century, our country had a culture of character. You were trusted and people did business with you on the basis of your integrity. Around the turn of the century, though,

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How To Avoid Making a Damn Fool of Yourself on Externship

I don’t want to write this blog post. I don’t feel like I should have to. It’s common sense, isn’t it? It’s a waste of data to send this through the interwebs. Unfortunately, I have experienced veterinary externs who made a damn fool of themselves. They besmirched the reputation of their home institution, irritated colleagues

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