Archive for October, 2008

Trent Lott speaks

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Today, Laura and I had the opportunity to hear Trent Lott speak at the US Chamber of Commerce. As we all know, Trent Lott served as a Republican Senator and Senate Majority Leader. Regardless of your political persuasions, Trent Lott is a charismatic speaker who utilizes his southern charm and political prowess to persuade his [...]

Robocalls

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

It’s the typical scenario, you’re getting ready to cook a meal, all ingredients are out and your arms are elbow deep in pasta sauce and ground beef when the phone rings. Wiping off your hands, you pick up the phone — but instead of your Aunt Margaret calling to see how your new job is, [...]

Extracurricular activities

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

The first of (we hope) many trips to the historical sights in DC was to the Capital building. Our appointment for a tour was made through the office of Illinois Congressman, Timothy V. Johnson, and following a frantic cab ride down to the Longworth building we began our exciting tour experience. Led by our knowledgeable [...]

Calling for compensation

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

“Hi, my name is (Emi or Laura depending on who is calling) and I am from the AVMA GRD. I was calling to see if you received an email regarding the Competitive Federal Recruitment and Retention Program for Veterinarians? It was sent about a month ago by Dr. Gary Bullard and included a letter to [...]

Recipe for the beginnings of success

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Prep time: 1 year from time of application Cook time: 2 days from time of arrival Original recipe yields: 1 freshly baked AVMA GRD Extern (generic term: 1 smart cookie) Serves: all members of the AVMA and SAVMA Ingredients: 1 veterinary student (preferably aged to 3rd or 4th year) 1 round trip airfare to Washington [...]

Good afternoon, good evening, and good night

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

The end of our time in Washington, D.C. has come, and I can honestly say that it has been an incredible experience. I have learned so much and met so many fascinating people that I leave with a new appreciation of my chosen profession. On days when graduation can’t seem to come fast enough, I [...]

Four weeks in a flash

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Its hard to believe our externship is almost over! Erin and I have a meeting at FDA out in Rockville, MD, on Friday before we both head back to school. I will be jumping into Small Animal Anesthesia, and Erin will be preg-checking cows in Nebraska. Our last week has flown by with meetings here [...]

The Green Revolution

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Erin and I had the opportunity to attend a book launch of Hot, Flat and Crowded, by Thomas Friedman. Although, this was Friedman’s 18th book lecture in 14 days, his energy and enthusiasm for the subject were evident. The case for energy independence has been thrown about on the campaign trail, but Friedman strongly contends [...]