Tag: advice

M&M Rounds: Didn’t Match for a Residency

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

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M&M Rounds: Didn’t Match for an Internship

During M&M rounds, we will examine some fictitious cases and evaluate the facts and consider some solutions to these problems. Ivey Sprigs is a 27-year-old Caucasian female presenting for not matching into an internship through the VIRMP.  Her eventual professional goal is to do a cardiology residency, so an internship is virtually essential as a

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M&M Rounds: Expensive School

During M&M rounds, we will examine some fictitious cases and evaluate the facts and consider some solutions to these problems. Jasper is a 26-year-old Caucasian female presenting for just getting accepted into an expensive veterinary school.  She has been struggling to get into vet school since she graduated from undergrad, and so finally decided to

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M&M Rounds: Multiple Withdrawals

During M&M rounds, we will examine some fictitious cases and evaluate the facts and consider some solutions to these problems. Grace is a 23-year-old Caucasian female who presented for having three “Withdrawal” grades throughout her undergraduate career.  She applied to vet school last year and did not get in, and is concerned that these grades

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Adverse Weather in Veterinary Academia

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

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Interviews are More Likely to Harm Your Chances

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

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On-Campus Writing/Career Services

Most universities offer a centralized writing assistance service as well as a career assistance service.  The writing service often helps students with class assignments, but can also be used to help with letters of intent and essays for vet school.  The career assistance can help with CVs and applying for positions such as unpaid experiences

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A Tale of Two Interns

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

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My Ideal Candidate

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

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Red Flags Series

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

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