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
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
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
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
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.
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.
The original idea for this post was “don’t commit to something you won’t be able to do,” but that is proscriptive and I am aiming more for productive on this site. The sentiment stands, though. I see this time and again with students and interns who start research projects (with me or someone else). It’s
I have periodically seen people posting on Facebook about giving a gift to someone for writing a letter of recommendation. Mostly they are looking for suggestions about what to buy the letter writer. I do believe you should send a thank you note, but I feel more conflicted about giving gifts. So here is my