This may seem like an odd topic, but I realized the other day there is an unwritten rule we tend to abide by in veterinary academia (and probably most clinics) when faced with university closures during adverse weather. This isn’t English or history- we have patients and clients we have to take care of, regardless
A foundational concept you NEED to understand is to Aim for Zero. I encounter so many students who aim to be a +1 and end up being a -1 as a consequence. At the end of the day, the students I most enjoy working with are the ones who are quietly competent. The students who
Hello constant reader! You may have noticed I haven’t posted for the past 2 weeks, in spite of my plan to post valuable content for veterinary professionals twice a week. This is multifactorial, but I am not done with the blog yet! I want to continue to post good content, but plan to continue to
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 feel like everyone is posting retrospectives. I don’t usually hop on the bandwagon, but I think there are a few things worthy of reflection in the domain of veterinary academia in the time of the pandemic. Here are my observations, some of them unique and some of them well-documented. I write when I travel.
I was having lunch with a colleague of mine a while ago and we were discussing vet students. They were lamenting about one student who was really struggling. They said, “We need to stop telling kids they can be anything they want to be. Some are just not smart enough to get through vet school.”
Dr. Fogelberg is an education expert AND a veterinarian, a small but slowly expanding cohort of experts in academia. I met her through the Southeast Veterinary Education Consortium and we have been working on a research project together for about a year. Listen and learn more about this intriguing new combination of expert education and
Two years ago, March 2019, I launched The Vetducator blog. Let’s take a look at what we’ve done in the last 24 months, similar to what we did last year! I love statistics. Numbers are so wonderfully illuminating. When I am running statistical analyses, I am in my ‘flow’ state and time just drifts by.
I am NOT talking about managing sex workers. In 1989, Dr. Brancati published a tongue-in-cheek article in the Journal of the American Medical Association titled “The Art of Pimping”. It is a true classic which I think anyone bound to be a specialist would enjoy. Pimping is the term used when the senior clinician asks
I believe our culture has a problem. The problem is that we have a simple narrative : “If you work hard enough, you will be successful.” I think this is a problem because it’s not entirely true but it’s not entirely false. Making success seem so simple is reductionist, doesn’t credit the efforts of millions