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An AABP-L Checklist

“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or self-confidence.”
Robert Frost

I become very concerned when I see aspects of social media creeping into our own AABP listserve, and also when I receive comments on why people have stopped participating in this avenue of communication. The beauty of professional discussions is that, hopefully, we all eventually end up in the best compromise between wizardry and paralyzing indecision.

As veterinarians, we are asked to balance fighter-pilot self-assurance with having enough humility to constantly perform a critical evaluation of our own actions. This balance becomes especially difficult in areas where the best evidence is sparse or is based on more subjective evidence as compared to objective data. It can get especially prickly when one’s experience, or interpretation of the best evidence, is challenged.

Complicating the issue is that e-mail is an extremely poor medium for conveying subtleties in inflection, wit and sarcasm, especially between those who are not personally acquainted. I have learned the hard way, and repeatedly, that the failure to walk down the hall or pick up the phone when things get complicated is responsible for many misunderstandings.

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