Preparing for Internships

March 2017

Now back from break, the prospect of clinics is becoming more exciting as we only have ~40 days left in the classroom. I took this final spring break (yes, the actual last academic vacation) to relax and spend time in Los Angeles with friends. However, spring break was not just about relaxation. Los Angeles is my primary area of interest for living post-graduation, whether that be in an internship (hopefully) or working as a general practitioner. With that being said, it is important to find practices of interest for prospective internships during the third year of veterinary school… or even earlier! 

Identifying these practices allows you to schedule preceptorships during your clinical year. If you are interested in pursuing an internship following veterinary school, preceptorships give you the chance to show your face, meet the practitioners/current interns, and get your name out there. This can be critical when internship matching occurs during your fourth year, and gives you a better chance of being ranked/matching with the practice you determine is just the right fit. 

Each internship is different as well: some internships give you more independence, some are more didactic, and some have more guidance. An internship is not necessary if you are pursuing general practice or a residency in pathology; however, if you are pursuing a specialization – it is necessary. 

I guess I should end this spiel now and continue cramming for my infectious disease exam tomorrow … this should be interesting.

Wish me luck!