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.
I’ve written a lot about what evaluators look for in candidates and what I look for in particular. Some people have asked me what I see as a red flag- an indication in an application or during an interview that I would definitely not want this person to move into the position. I think these
What do you do if you have a conflict with a mentor or supervisor? Veterinary medicine is such a small field, you can’t afford to upset anyone. Also, conflict is unpleasant. Also also, you can learn something about yourself and grow as a human being. So, you have a problem with one of your mentors.
Applying for an internship or residency can be stressful. Ideally, you made decisions throughout vet school to improve your chances, and hopefully you have followed the suggestions I have on how to be successful. You have asked for letters of recommendation, which are probably the most important part of your application packet. But what do