Eden Myers

commented on COE: We know we need to do better 2014-12-19 13:36:16 -0500 · Flag
Thanks for your interest. Sadly, here’s the answer http://www.justvetdata.com/polarization_in_veterinary_profession

commented on The veterinary profession has disappointed me. 2014-09-02 12:26:09 -0400 · Flag
A common sentiment- I certainly feel the same way. What has your response been?

commented on Mature profession, immature government leadership. 2014-02-07 22:39:27 -0500 · Flag
Ummm… that’s five words.

commented on Veterinary school project in Buffalo is dead 2013-07-17 15:32:34 -0400 · Flag
Scott, I think Carl spoke my mind on schools pretty well (good job, Carl). Only I would include Ross and Western as schools that do as good a job educating as any other. I think they all need to do a better job getting more cases into students’ hands, and getting students into more settings- research labs, wildlife medicine, regulatory medicine, epidemiology.

Like Carl, my primary observation about the schools is that they are not financially sustainable. Like Carl, I think we’re going to lose a lot of them. There will be schools that simply will not be able to change enough fast enough. By change I mean figure out a way to get away from reliance on unlimited tuition. That has to be done in a way that benefits the public, the animal and the client, and then the veterinarian. They market doesn’t exist to serve providers. Providers exist to serve the market. Right now no one is well served by the structure of the veterinary educational system, Scott. Not limited to the schools- it’s the whole system. The schools alone didn’t cause this and they cannot solve it by themselves, anymore than the AVMA, or corporates, or nonprofits, or private practice. Heads up, Carl? Distributive model is extensively used in medical education, and engineering. Another headsup? Herding together works best against certain types of threats. Stampede is actually more effective at the herd level when taken by surprise or threatened by multiple predators.

Food for thought to go with that drink…

commented on Meet Big Veterinary: How the AVMA Could Serve Members Better 2013-06-18 07:10:33 -0400 · Flag
Carl, love to see you write an article describing your vision for a new organization.

commented on Often people make me wanna *headdesk* 2013-06-13 16:57:38 -0400 · Flag
That is awesome Amanda!

commented on Meet the Pink Elephant in the Room: Gender in Veterinary Medicine 2013-06-12 23:23:35 -0400 · Flag
Yes and yes, Brendan. We are behind the times, absolutely. The technical capability- the software and skills- to have the answers we need from the data we already generate is available to anyone, free. Getting all the organizations to make their data available…’nother story entirely! Are other fields equally behind? Yes and no. The Physician masterfile is comprehensive, but has its own issues. And I’m not aware of any similar comprehensive data base for other professions. One issue that exists in all fields is an unwillingess to collect objective life event data- when people marry, have kids, move, buy a house, buy or start a business, divorce, retire, die. Those ar ethe true indices that tell us what effect our vocation, profession, career, job is truly having on us, compared to other paths we could have taken.

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Eden Myers
Veterinarian. I save lives and alleviate suffering. I think.