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Red Flags in Internships

Internships are entirely unregulated, working under the motto “caveat emptor”.  It is up to the individual applicant to determine if a program is a good one or not.  There are plenty of programs out there which are better than others, and many that are worse.  Therefore, it is absolutely vital to do your research to

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Red Flags in Internship/Residency Applicants

I think it is surprisingly easy to get yourself flagged as “not rankable” for an internship or residency.  Most application evaluators maintain a “veto” system for applicants.  Any evaluator can veto any applicant for any reason.  Particularly for residents, NO ONE wants a resident whom one of the mentors does not want to work with. 

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The Art of Pimping

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

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The VIRMP Standard Letter of Recommendation

Applying for an internship or residency can be stressful.  Ideally, you made decisions throughout vet school to improve your chances, and hopefully you have followed the suggestions I have on how to be successful.  You have asked for letters of recommendation, which are probably the most important part of your application packet.  But what do

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Your Hard Work is Not Impressive

Every now and then, I review letters of intent from intern or resident applicants that have something along the lines of, “When I was a student, I regularly worked 80-hour shifts,” or “When I was an intern, I often did 14-day-long shifts.”  I understand, working that much is ridiculous.  Being able to do it successfully

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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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Internship Program Research

You’ve decided to do an internship, congratulations!  Maybe you’re a senior student or maybe you’re out in practice and want to do a residency.  The applications for most internships are administered through the VIRMP (although some equine practice internships are through the AAEP).  I’ve talked before about HOW to select an internship.  But with hundreds

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Giving Effective Feedback to Interns & Residents

This post was by request from an experienced clinician who is seeking more tips to improve giving feedback to advanced clinicians-in-training.  I don’t really have all the answers, but here are some ideas I hope will help. First, effective feedback has three fundamental requirements: it has to be timely, it has to be specific, and

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How to chit-chat during interviews

Most interviews involve at least some time outside of a ‘formal interview’ setting.  For vet school, this may be during a campus tour or a lunch.  For internships and residencies, this may be during the hospital tour or as you are getting set for the formal part.  Some programs may have a lunch period for

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Top 5 Reason to Not Do an Internship

I make no secret of the fact that I think most new graduates are better off doing an internship than not.  However, there are some circumstances where I think an individual should NOT do an internship. 1) You have family obligations. Your family has put you through vet school, suffered through you not being there

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