In the Life of a Fickle Intern

August 10, 2010

Study Day

Filed under: Daily Lowdown — dailymedicine @ 20:51

I’m taking Step 2 Clinical Skills tomorrow, and I opened up the study guide book for the first time today. Don’t get me wrong, I literally have been carrying this book with me everywhere for the last 2 weeks, but unfortunately, I never mustered up any motivation to read it.

I took today  off to study, and it was definitely very challenging to focus for more than an hour at a time. The biggest challenge of all was to stay awake, and despite the multiple cups of coffee, I had to give in and take a nap. Dang it, naps. If I could, I would nap daily. That would be amazing.

I should be nervous about this test, mostly because it’s very expensive, but strangely enough, I am not nervous at all. I’m sure it’ll be a lot more nerve wrecking tomorrow. Luckily, instead of getting a number score, this test is a pass/fail. I hope I pass!

The way this test works, at least from what I understand, is that it’s set up to be like a clinic day where we have 12 back to back standardized patients, each one presenting with a problem. In addition to getting the history and doing a physical exam, we then write the patient up giving our differential diagnosis and labs and whatnot, all in a set amount of time. One year ago, this test would have thrown me into a frenzy. I would be shaking out of my pants with anxiety and nervousness. However, after hundreds of real patient encounters, I am surprisingly calm. Maybe it’s just apathy, but either way,  I’m not shaking! I won’t let this false sense of security affect my outlook too much, and I will try my best tomorrow because nonetheless, it is still a test and I still need to pass.

Wish me luck! Last board exam before I am a doctor….agh, what a scary, scary, scary thought.

1 Comment »

  1. Good luck!

    Comment by ZIP — August 10, 2010 @ 21:18 | Reply


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