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An exercise in leadership training for veterinary students aiming for careers in biomedical research

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A group discussion on the theme of "leadership" has been a central event in the annual Cornell Leadership Program for Veterinary Students since 1990. However, these discussions were often unfocused and did not readily demonstrate the leadership skills of distinguished guests who were invited to participate. Since 1998, a new format for this session has been developed in which students and guests are assigned individual roles in a scenario that is unfolded by a moderator over two to three hours. This role-playing exercise ensures that every student is obliged to participate and has an opportunity to practice such leadership skills as critical thinking, verbal communication, and decision making under pressure and with inadequate information. The distinguished guests, in their assigned roles, are able to interact freely with the student fellows and thus demonstrate their expertise as experienced leaders. This challenging experience has become an enjoyable part of the 10-week Leadership Program and one that shows the importance of leadership skills for those who aspire to careers in the biomedical sciences.

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2002

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Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

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Cornell Leadership Program for Veterinary Students; Medical sciences--Vocational guidance; Medical sciences--Research

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Fraser DR, McGregor DD. An exercise in leadership training for veterinary students aiming for careers in biomedical research. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education. 2002 fall;29(3): 162-166. doi: 10.3138/jvme.29.3.162, http://www.utpjournals.com/jvme/tocs/293/162.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): 162-166.

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0743-321X
1943-7218

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