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Mentorship Outline

  1. Real-time communication with senior vets

    1. At all times the new grad will have access to one of the more senior doctors for consultation, case review, or any questions/problems that may arise during the course of a day. If consultation is requested or required during non-business hours, a more senior Dr. will always be available for consultation or advice.

  2. Weekly and Monthly Meetings 

    1. The new grad will have a weekly meeting scheduled with Dr. Pan or Dr. Josh to discuss concerns/questions about the previous week’s cases, address any problems or concerns relating to staff, identify areas/topics that require more instruction or review

    2. A monthly meeting will be scheduled with Dr. JS or Pan to set educational goals for the next month and to identify any areas where there is a gap in skill sets or  knowledge base

  3. Self-Study

    1. Review of current proceedings from recent conferences in VIN on daily/weekly basis

    2. Review of special topics of interest and case management using the message boards on VIN

    3. Review of the SOC and/or current standards of care for diagnosis and treatment of all new conditions seen in patients in clinic using VIN or Kirk’s Current Vet Therapy, or equivalent resource

    4. Monthly review of the following publications: Compendium of Veterinary Medicine, JAVMA, Today’s Veterinary Practice and Clinician’s Brief

  4. Surgical Training

    1. Prior to participating in a surgery, a review of the relevant anatomy in Miller’s or equivalent text should occur, along with a review of the surgical procedure in Small Animal Surgery (Fossum) or equivalent.

    2. All surgical procedures will be performed jointly with another veterinarian. The new grad will initially focus on tissue handling and suturing skills. Exposure to surgery will be provided at both hospitals, and every effort will be made to have our new grad present to observe, participate and/or perform new procedures.

  5. SOC Creation w/ Monthly literature Review

    1. On a monthly basis, the new grad will be responsible for selecting a disease/topic, review current literature concerning the accepted standard of care for diagnosing/treating/monitoring the condition and present the SOC to the other Drs. for review, discussion and implementation at both hospitals

  6. Initial case review and caseload

    1. Initially, the new grad will be required to review the patient assessment with the senior Dr., devise a list of possible differentials based on patient history and physical exam findings, then formulate a diagnostic/treatment plan prior presenting the options to the client. This plan will be reviewed and discussed with a senior Dr. prior to implementation. The new grad should also be prepared to develop an alternate plan of action to supplement the desired plan, to accommodate clients with financial limitations.

    2. As the new grad progressively becomes more familiar with common presenting conditions and gains confidence they will be empowered to see clients independent of a senior practitioner.

  7. VMG Training Courses

    1. Leadership 1.0

    2. Frank Communication

    3. Conquering Dentistry

    4. Small Animal Surgery and Procedures

  8. Continuing Education Seminars

    1. The new grad will be required to attend at least 1 CE seminar (online or locally) on a quarterly basis, along with attendance at a major conference in year 1.

  9. Coaching on Client Communication and Leadership

    1. We will, by example in exam rooms and on the phone, set an example of the style of communication we want a new grad to strive towards to perform their role as a vet most effectively. This is going to be part of the weekly and monthly meetings with Dr. Pan and Dr. JS.

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