I turned out to be a huge Stephen King fan as an adult. Growing up, my sister loved his horror stories, but I don’t really like horror, so I never read any King. Until, that is, I read The Dark Tower. That sold me. Now Stephen King is a go-to for me, particularly when I’m
With only 38 accredited veterinary schools in the US and Canada- and many of those in small rural towns- starting vet school, internship, residency, or a faculty position can be a distinct strain on a romantic partner’s ability to get a job. Within the US, I count about 10 veterinary schools in a decent-sized city
Dr. Bobbi Conner and I had a great discussion about candidates interested in emergency and critical care veterinary medicine. Her advice to be a well-rounded “whole” person I think pertains to ANYONE interested in veterinary medicine! Dr. Conner also interviewed me for HER podcast! You can find that here!
During M&M rounds, we will examine some fictitious cases and evaluate the facts and consider some solutions to these problems. Mark Ashes is a 32-year-old Hispanic male presenting for not matching to an exotics/wildlife medicine specialty for the third time through the VIRMP. He has wanted to be a veterinarian being paid to work with
Selecting a residency program is an important decision. You will be there for at least three years, and suffering through a bad fit for that long is not pleasant. What you could tolerate for a year in an internship becomes intolerable over three years. Moreover, the program has to prepare you to successfully to and
Except for faculty/real world job positions- where the interview is THE way you get the job– I think the interview does not meaningfully distinguish candidates, except to weed them out. I think it’s incredibly hard to positively distinguish yourself in the short time vet school, internship, and residency interviews give you (i.e. less than a
I have some bad news. Life is not a meritocracy. We all wish we lived in a world where, if you are the best candidate for a position, you get the position. Unfortunately, that’s not the world we live in. In our world, who you know has a tremendous impact on your ability to get
I do not represent every veterinary professional. I think that should be obvious, but I have to make that VERY clear for this particular post. I have spoken with many veterinary professionals and academics, and I have trained dozens of house officers and thousands of students, and there are numerous ways to approach success in
The purpose of a residency is to prepare you to pass boards and train you to be a specialist clinician. As long as you achieve that objective, then the residency is a success. However, residencies are 2-4 years long, and you don’t want to suffer for that long if you work somewhere terrible. These are
I think it is surprisingly easy to get yourself flagged as “not rankable” for an internship or residency. Most application evaluators maintain a “veto” system for applicants. Any evaluator can veto any applicant for any reason. Particularly for residents, NO ONE wants a resident whom one of the mentors does not want to work with.