Category: Resident Applicant

The VIRMP Standard Letter of Recommendation

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

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Your Hard Work is Not Impressive

Every now and then, I review letters of intent from intern or resident applicants that have something along the lines of, “When I was a student, I regularly worked 80-hour shifts,” or “When I was an intern, I often did 14-day-long shifts.”  I understand, working that much is ridiculous.  Being able to do it successfully

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Changing Courses

This is a guest post from a reader who reached out to me for advice on pursuing an internship and residency. When I followed up a year later, he had changed courses. I asked if he could share his experience, and this is what he wrote. Enjoy! Like most of you, I had a very

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Residency/Faculty Positions: Do Grades Matter?

Nope.  I can say that with 100% certainty for faculty positions.  You don’t submit your transcript for a faculty position in veterinary medicine.  By that point, grades you made in vet school are utterly irrelevant.  For residencies, it’s generally still true, but people still worry about it, so let’s dive in. I’ve taught veterinary medicine

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Create a Good Research Poster

I mentor a lot of students in research, and have for years.  I’ve gotten to go to a lot of undergraduate research conferences in addition to professional veterinary conferences.  I’ve seen posters which were good, bad, and in between.  I don’t have a perfect formula for success, but I think the posters my students put

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Top 5 Reasons to Become a Specialist

I originally thought of this as the top 5 reasons to do a residency, but there’s really only one reason to do a residency: to become a specialist.  So I thought I would focus on the end goal instead. 1) You want different intellectual challenges.  I think it is easy for people to assume that

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Post-Internship Education Options

The intern year is typically one year immediately following graduation from vet school.  Some people may go out into practice and then go back to an internship, but that is rare.  Some people do an internship to improve their clinical skills or to avoid going into the Real World for another year.  The reason many

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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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