Applying for an internship is overwhelming and stressful. There are so many options, so many things that need to be considered, and so many uncertainties and doubts that cloud decision making. You may end up asking your peers, senior clinicians, and mentors their opinions on certain institutions, private practices, and the way to go about applying and, by continuation, setting yourself up for the rest of your career. But, in doing this, you may feel that you are not making the decision for yourself, you are just doing what you’re told and what others think is right.
When applying for an internship you need to do what is best for you. You need to consider, learn about, and explore the programs that will teach you, mold you, and bring out the best veterinarian within you. You need to find a program that will allow you to excel and succeed. These programs, in my opinion, often have you working greater than 60 hours a week (difficult, I know, but it’s all about the learning and repetition), have a full-time specialist in each department; offer a rotating internship, specialty internship, and residency program all under the same roof (hoping that, if you want to specialize, they will keep you), have an average daily case number of greater than 100, require presentations and journal club discussions, and have good reviews by previous intern classes.
These are all important considerations, and although not an exhaustive list of things to consider, can be helpful in deciding where to apply once the MATCH opens. So, go ahead and get started with this. Copy and paste the outline below into an excel spreadsheet and fill in the rest. I hope it helps you organize your thoughts about specific programs and allows easy comparison between and among them. Good luck.
|# of Intern Positions|
|# of Specialty Services|
|# of Full Time Specialists|
|Annual Case #|
|Daily Case #|