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
The purpose of a residency is to prepare you to pass boards and train you to be a specialist clinician. As long as you achieve that objective, then the residency is a success. However, residencies are 2-4 years long, and you don’t want to suffer for that long if you work somewhere terrible. These are
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
I feel like everyone is posting retrospectives. I don’t usually hop on the bandwagon, but I think there are a few things worthy of reflection in the domain of veterinary academia in the time of the pandemic. Here are my observations, some of them unique and some of them well-documented. I write when I travel.
I mentor a lot of students in research, and have for years. I’ve gotten to go to a lot of undergraduate research conferences in addition to professional veterinary conferences. I’ve seen posters which were good, bad, and in between. I don’t have a perfect formula for success, but I think the posters my students put
You just have to decide what kind of crap you can put up with. By that I mean: there is no perfect job. There may not even be a perfect job FOR YOU. Every job, every position, has its issues. Your goal is to find a position where the positive aspects greatly outnumber the negative
I realize that social media is in a constant state of flux, much like the internet itself. Sites come and go (who remembers Myspace?) and user interest ebbs and flows. Since you are a veterinary professional, I think you should create a professional profile on LinkedIn or a similar system. Here are some reasons why.
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
I met Dr. Nickell when he interviewed for a job at an institution where I worked. Later, he and I worked at the same university and got along very well. He has since moved on to private practice, and will provide perspective on the balance between academia and private practice and provide insight on anesthesia
Once again, I wish I didn’t have to write this post. But I have seen these applications, so, evidently, people believe they are a good idea. So here it is: Don’t do anything weird in your application. What constitutes “weird”? This encompasses a broad range of… let’s call them “unique” decisions. Below are some examples.