The Vet School Unleashed podcast aims at uniting veterinary students around the world as well as prospective veterinary students and veterinarians with a collaborative forum where we provide a candid commentary on topics, issues, and insight on life in veterinary school. Each episode features a special guest who will lend their stories, expertise, and wisdom on the topic at hand. Learn more at www.vetschoolunleashed.com.
55: Is There A Better Way to Learn featuring Chase DiMarco
If you've ever found yourself sitting in a lecture hall asking yourself, "is this really the best way to be taught?" Or, "I'm so tired of listening to someone lecture to me from a podium reading off a PowerPoint," listen to this episode! We've always known deep down that there must be a better way to learn and to learn faster. Unless you're skilled at drinking from a firehose, the amount of material taught in veterinary school is seemingly impossible to learn. Seth got the chance to sit down with medical/PhD student, MBA, and education enthusiast, Chase DiMarco to go deeper into this topic. Chase is an expert on learning techniques and how to better learn in a medical school setting. This episode is chockfull of gems any veterinary student can implement to learn better and faster.
Chase DiMarco is an MS, MBA-HA and MD/Ph.D-candidate. He is the Founder and educator at FreeMedEd, which he began in 2014 to consolidate free educational resources for his classmates. He also hosts the Medical Mnemonist Podcast and is the CEO of FindARotation clinical rotations service. He has explored many facets of medical education, the psychology of learning, and accelerated learning techniques. As an average student, it wasn’t until after he had attained graduate education that he learned to implement accelerated learning and educational efficiency. He has a passion to make studying easier for all students and bring great educational resources to the masses.
Visit Chase's website, FreeMedEd at www.freemeded.org.
Listen to the Medical Mnemonist Podcast wherever you get your podcasts!
Find Chase's book, Read This Before Medical School on Amazon.
54: Podcast A Vet Collab featuring Dr. John Arnold
Big day on the podcast as Seth collaborates with fellow podcaster, veterinarian-extraordinaire, and beholder of wisdom, Dr. John Arnold of Podcast A Vet. John and Seth have a virtual sit-down to have an off-the-cuff conversation about life in and out of veterinary school, experiences that have helped shape our careers, and celebrating the bright future of veterinary medicine.
This episode was released in two parts. Listen to Part 1 of John and Seth's conversation over at Podcast A Vet on www.podcastavet.com or wherever you get your podcasts. Don't forget to follow Podcast A Vet on Instagram and Facebook!
Dr. John Arnold was born in Seal Beach California and has practiced as a veterinarian in Nevada, California, Oregon, and Colorado. John is a proud CSU Ram, he attended Colorado State University for his BS in Zoology, MBA, and DVM. While attending the CSU School of Veterinary Medicine he met his future wife who is now a Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon and Surgical Oncology Fellow. Both Dr. Arnold and his wife graduated with the class of 2006.
John’s proudest accomplishment is being a father to his daughter Rylee Rose, who was born in May of 2015 and is quickly turning out to be an avid rock climber and hiker like her dad. In addition to enjoying rock climbing and hiking with his family and border collie mix, Lucy, he also enjoys playing ice hockey, soccer, and traveling. Dr. Arnold first joined the Raintree family in 2008 and in addition to practicing traditional veterinary medicine is also AAVMA Certified in Veterinary Acupuncture.
Some of his professional interests include cancer management, pain management, surgery, anesthesia, dermatology, and strengthening the human-animal bond. You may see John climbing or biking around Horsetooth or up Poudre Canyon… or enjoying his favorite meal (Brunch) with his daughter downtown. John is still actively involved at CSU. He serves on the Curriculum Committee for the CSU Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program. You may see him on campus giving presentations to the Pre-vet club or meeting with graduate students on what life is like as a practicing veterinarian. John also started a mentoring program at Raintree that gives future veterinarians an idea of what life is like at the hospital.
53: Nutrition Know-How featuring Veterinary Student, Stepfanie George
In this episode Seth sits down with veterinary student, Stepfanie George, to talk about her passion in veterinary nutrition and what she's done while in vet school to make a difference for pet owners as they face difficult questions and decisions regarding their pet's nutrition.
Be sure to check out Stepfanie's website, Feeding Raven Doodles, at www.feedingravendoodles.com. She has tons of great information not only for pet owners, but also veterinary professionals and students!
And find Feeding Raven Doodles on:
Youtube: Feeding Raven Doodles
*Stepfanie is not (yet) a veterinarian or credentialed veterinary nutrition expert. Stepfanie is not providing medical or clinical nutrition advice on this podcast or her media channels. Her goal is to spread information put forth by veterinary nutrition experts to help procure accurate, fact-based information on the topic of animal nutrition.*
Stepfanie George is a pet parent and veterinary student who loves animal nutrition.
In college, Stepfanie took two nutrition courses and subsequently fell in love with the subject. In veterinary school, she helped a few colleagues create a new veterinary nutrition club, and currently holds the secretary position in the club. She is a member of the AAVN and frequently has contact with board-certified veterinary nutritionists and other experts in the industry.
Stepfanie’s goal is to help educate pet parents by providing them with credible, science-based sources of information about nutrition. She uses her precious free time to compile resources, formulate articles, and record videos for the Feeding Raven Doodles collection. She would love for Feeding Raven Doodles to one day become pet owners’ one-stop spot for everything they need to know about companion animal nutrition.
52: Setting Yourself Up for NAVLE Success featuring Dr. Matt Asciutto
Foliage changing color, brisk mornings, and Pumpkin Spice Lattes aren't the only things that signal Fall is here. Fall also means NAVLE season! In this episode, Seth welcomes back (now Dr.) Matt Asciutto to talk about their own NAVLE experiences and share tips, tricks, and words of wisdom for fourth-year veterinary students embarking on this milestone moment in veterinary school.
Click here to learn about the basics of the NAVLE
Click here to read more of Matt's test-taking strategies
Dr. Matt Asciutto spent many years performing improv, putting his master’s in chemistry to work, and teaching MCAT for Kaplan before pursuing an incredibly sensible and ever lucrative career in veterinary medicine. He now only does freelance relief work as an ER veterinarian across whatever states are willing to license him. When he isn’t traveling for work he is off exploring the world - so, he is basically never home and always leaves his door unlocked.
51: Replay! NAVLE Details You Wish You Knew, But Didn’t Have Time to Look It Up
The NAVLE, for most veterinary students, is the scary monster waiting at the end of the vet school road. There are many questions we have about some basic details of the exam, but the answers are sometimes hard to come by. In this episode Seth shares information he's found about some handy key details about the (arguably) most important exam of veterinary school.
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50: Erasing the Stigma featuring Jeannine Moga, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Veterinary medicine, whether in school or in practice, is tough. After some time, all of us will become both physically and mentally exhausted. It's important we all invest in our wellbeing starting on day one of veterinary school. In this episode, Seth welcomes mental health professional, Jeannine Moga, to the podcast to talk about this incredibly important topic and how we can better take care of our mental and physical wellness during the marathon of veterinary school and beyond.
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Jeannine is a mental health clinician, educator, and program consultant practicing at the intersection of human and animal issues to support animal people, create sound organizational/social policies, and develop evidence-based animal-assisted programs. She has served as the Founding Director of both Veterinary Social Services at the University of Minnesota’s Veterinary Medical Center (2004-2012) and, more recently, Family & Community Services at North Carolina State University’s Veterinary Hospital (2012-present). Jeannine provides consultation and training to social services, veterinary medical, and animal welfare professionals across the country. Her focal interests include traumatic grief, medical futility, and occupational risk and resilience in animal care professions.