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
Last year, I taught a course and some students struggled with my style. I am a clinician, so I approach problems and teaching as a clinician. I’m not very interested in students memorizing details and regurgitating them on a test; I want them to USE information to make decisions. This is a different way of
Sometimes, I feel a little bit like Miss Manners. There are all sorts of unwritten rules of etiquette in veterinary medicine. For example, did you know that faculty don’t refer to each other as “Dr.” outside of medicine? I’ve written about how to address people during an interview, but I’ve been thinking, “How do we
If your family is paying for vet school, you can stop reading this and head over to the How to Be Successful series. For the rest of you, read on! I was working on a lecture I was planning to present at SAVMA Symposium 2020 about personal finance. The title is “From $250,000 in Debt
This is going to be another short, PSA-style blog post. It’s right there in the title. Don’t use ‘utilize’. Just excise it entirely from your writing. It’s never necessary. People use ‘utilize’ because they think it sounds more official and cooler than ‘use’. It doesn’t and it isn’t. It’s just distracting. Technically, utilize is used
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