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
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
Dr. Kreisler and I worked together, did research, and continue to pursue research projects together. She brings a terrific perspective on shelter medicine, a growing field of veterinary medicine.
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
Dr. Eberhardt and I worked together as “middle management” at one institution. Despite our different life philosophies, we bonded well and became great supporters of each other. He discusses his path in internal medicine, and provide perspective for those wishing to pursue a similar path.
I know what you’re thinking, “Mentors interview ME, not the other way around!” Well I have something important to tell you: all interviews are two-way streets. You need to show yourself off AND make sure that your potential mentor would be a good fit for you. I believe most students ‘fail’ in their research projects
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
Dr. Williams and I worked together at one institution and we had a great relationship. His enthusiasm and positivity are infectious. He shares with you a path to excellence in equine surgery.
The Veterinary Internship and Residency Match Program (VIRMP) is the mechanism by which the majority of programs identify applicants and applicants identify and apply to programs. There are a lot of details and nuance in the system, but I want to introduce you to the most basic principles which are essential for you to be
When I was in high school, I was part of a gaming group that included one guy who was arrogant as the day is long. He thought he was the best thing since sliced bread. Yes, he was intelligent, but he wasn’t attractive or likable, and I couldn’t stand him. He never treated people as