Tag: veterinary

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 Be Successful: Circle of Control

Last year, I taught a course and some students struggled with my style.  I am a clinician, so I approach problems and teaching as a clinician.  I’m not very interested in students memorizing details and regurgitating them on a test; I want them to USE information to make decisions.  This is a different way of

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My Benefits are Better Than Your Benefits

Except for a one-year stint in private practice for my internship, all of my full-time work has been in academia.  I did work part-time for an emergency practice in Atlanta for years, but that was as an independent contractor, not a W2 employee.  I’ve always heard “Oh the benefits in academia are great!”  I never

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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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Stop Using “Utilize”

This is going to be another short, PSA-style blog post.  It’s right there in the title.  Don’t use ‘utilize’.  Just excise it entirely from your writing.  It’s never necessary.  People use ‘utilize’ because they think it sounds more official and cooler than ‘use’.  It doesn’t and it isn’t.  It’s just distracting. Technically, utilize is used

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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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Podcast Episode #12: Dr. Pedro Bento

Dr. Bento is the author of the Vetmed Survival Guide, a blog dedicated to helping those interested in pursuing internships and residencies. He’s also written a helpful guidebook for the same, which I encourage you to check out! He provides us with his extensive expertise in advising people who want to pursue an internship and

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My Process for Writing a Letter of Intent

I just finished writing a letter of intent for a position I applied to.  I thought it would be valuable to share my process, to serve as inspiration for you if you are stuck or struggling with what to write. Step 1) Review the job description.  I read through the entire job description, even though

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