Students pursuing a combined residency/MS or residency PhD program have a unique challenge; they have to meet the requirements of a rigorous advanced clinical training program while also meeting the requirements of graduate training. Either endeavor is difficult alone; to pursue both simultaneously requires careful and constant attention to time management with regular guidance from the resident advisor, major professor and advisory committee.
The faculty involved in training graduate students in the Department of Large Animal Medicine suggest the following to students in a combined residency/graduate degree program:
Work with your resident advisor and your graduate program advisor (who may or may not be the same person) to identify an advisory committee. Set up a meeting with your committee to plan your research and to set milestones for accomplishing coursework, research data collection, and writing your manuscripts and thesis.
Missing deadlines costs you money in late fees, can delay your receipt of your paycheck, and it makes extra work for you and Darlyne Llewellyn, the graduate coordinator assistant in LAM. if you have any questions regarding courses you are required to enroll in for your residency. Communicate with your advisor, your advisory committee, or Dr. Amelia Woolums (graduate coordinator in LAM) regarding courses you are required to enroll in to meet your MS or PhD requirements.
Meeting at least once a year, and perhaps twice a year or whenever new developments in your program occur, is strongly encouraged. Students in the College-Wide M S program are to meet at least annually and to file paperwork with the Office of the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Affairs confirming the meeting occurred. The purpose of meeting with your advisory committee is to make sure you are progressing appropriately in collecting research data, having the data analyzed, and preparing manuscripts and your thesis.
You will be very busy with your clinic duty, and it is easy for time to pass more quickly than you expect, possibly leading to missed deadlines. Missed deadlines can delay or derail your program, so it is critical that you develop a method of confirming and reminding yourself of important deadlines so they are not missed.