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
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
I’ve said before that where you go to veterinary school Does Not Matter except for the cost of attendance. I stand by that statement and genuinely believe it. If your school is accredited by the AVMA, you will get a good education, so long as you are a good student. Your education depends FAR more
If I had a fool-proof method to identify good workers before they started a job, I would be a billionaire. This question haunts hiring managers constantly. You NEVER know if someone will be good at the job before they get into the thick of it. Having personally hired faculty who were both outstanding and subpar,
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.
In my opinion, there aren’t many reasons that applicants are flagged as not acceptable for entry into vet school. In the application, the three I can think of are academics, experience, and ethics. In the interview, the two I can think of are cluelessness and obnoxiousness. Let’s break each one down. Academics “The art and
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 was having lunch with a colleague of mine a while ago and we were discussing vet students. They were lamenting about one student who was really struggling. They said, “We need to stop telling kids they can be anything they want to be. Some are just not smart enough to get through vet school.”
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.