The Cornell Leadership Program for Veterinary Students
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McGregor, Douglas D.; Fraser, David R.
Cornell University hosts a summer program for veterinary students who aspire to research careers. The program features independent, faculty-guided research; vocational counseling; and professional enrichment activities that seek to build teamwork skills and to foster critical thinking and effective communication. A total of 255 students from 49 veterinary colleges worldwide have taken part in the program since 1990. Among those who have completed their veterinary education, approximately half have followed career trajectories of the kind envisioned by the program. While this outcome is gratifying, it was also learned that some program graduates subsequently withdrew from a research-oriented academic track after many years of graduate study. That disquieting outcome underscores the need to inform aspiring veterinary scientists about the realities of a research career; to structure their graduate studies in a manner that will maximize their prospects of success; to provide them with ongoing guidance and assistance; and to reward them at a level that will ensure that they remain in training for a period sufficient to realize their career expectations.
Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
Cornell Leadership Program for Veterinary Students; Veterinary medicine--Vocational guidance
McGregor DD, Fraser DR. The Cornell Leadership Program for Veterinary Students. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education. 2002 fall;29(3):157-161. doi: 10.3138/jvme.29.3.157, http://www.utpjournals.com/jvme/tocs/293/157.pdf -- Reproduced by permission of the Editor-in-Chief, Oct 4, 2011.
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Journal of Veterinary Medical Education. 2002 fall;29(3):157-161.