Tag: academia

Red Flags in Faculty Positions

I think it’s actually quite hard to find out if a job/faculty position will be a poor fit for you until you work there for a while.  I have seen numerous people (including myself) take positions they thought would be good for them, only to discover those positions weren’t good.  Finding red flags before taking

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Faculty Interview: What to Ask Whom

The faculty interview typically involves meeting the faculty members of the department, the department head, and various other administrators.  These may include the hospital director, the associate deans (typically research and academic affairs), the dean, and various directors (research centers, specific services, etc.).  Beyond the general questions to ask during your interview, I think there

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Bloom’s Taxonomy: A Primer

A year or two ago I was having a conversation with someone who had been an educator for decades. I tossed out a passing reference to Bloom’s Taxonomy and they said, “What’s that?”  I was astonished.  I consider this to be an extremely foundational principle for any educator to understand and use. Bloom’s Taxonomy is

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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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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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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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The Financial Implications of Private Practice vs. Academia

(This post was originally written as a guest post for Richer Life DVM. If you haven’t read her blog, you should. It’s a great resource about finances for veterinarians. And if you didn’t read it there first, it’s new to you!) In discussions among academic veterinarians attempting to recruit a new faculty member, salary is

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More Interest in Veterinary Specialties?

Although it’s been more than a year since I saw this article, I think it’s still germane and good to share: Chart of the month: Shifting demand for veterinarians.  In the article, there is a graph indicating the percentage of veterinarians in general practice, specialty practice, and emergency practice.  You can see that there is

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Going Back to School

Well, here we are, going back to school in the midst of a contagious, virulent, very bad pandemic. Just as cases are going up, thousands of students will be interacting with people inside spaces. I don’t know if that’s necessarily bad, but I understand it can be anxiety-inducing. I think my single piece of advice

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