RECAP: Final Year, Graduation, and Medical Boards, Oh My!

Hello Folks! My apologies for my long absence. I blame life! And, the sobering fact that I can no longer multitask like I used to. Does anyone else feel the same struggle?

So let’s quickly bring y’all up to speed. Here’s what happened in the last 1.5yrs:

1.) Final year of med school: Rocky vs. The Russian
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2.) Graduation Day- June 28, 2015

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3.) Studied ….

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and Completed Medical Board Licensing Exams

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4.) Painfully confronted by the reality of being a new grad AGAIN:

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5.) Paying bills without the help of loans and grants….the struggle is REAL:

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My medical boards test day in a nutshell…

Test begins and several questions in:

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Turning point during test:

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Post test:

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Home:

Did I mention I have to have my whole apartment packed and moved in 36hrs?

Wine and packing…haha, that can’t be a good combination!

Great job to all the peeps who suffered through boards today! Go have celebratory drinks for me and enjoy the rest of your Summer!!

When I momentarily debate on wearing Depends during my boards exam to avoid using the bathroom while testing

A part of me thinks it’s a good idea…while the other part says it’s a crazy idea:

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Ultimately, my inner Cuddy won (FOR ONCE!!). Like I said…it was just a passing thought. Crazy thoughts and ideas are side effects of my burn-out. But wouldn’t it be great to stay well-hydrated while maximizing test time? Catheter maybe? Hahahaha, I kid..I kid 😉

 

Averting a last minute panic attack the day before boards…

Had to smack some sense into myself:

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*Inject fake confidence* and 5 minutes later…

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Last weekend before boards…

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I find myself fluctuating between feeling indifferent to having full-on murderous anger. I’m happy to soon get boards over with, but I’m dreading the action of getting it done. A part of me wants to be left alone this weekend to process my feelings and do my final study reviews. However, there is also a part of me that says “F**k this test! I’m not reading or doing another damn thing and it’s time to get mutha-truckin TURNT UP!”

Alas, I abandon my wild impulses and quietly return to studying; meanwhile, I have occasional thoughts of eating a salty gluten-filled soft jumbo pretzel since I’m now on day 26 without eating sugar or gluten. Hmm, perhaps that’s partially why I want to murder someone too!

 

When I “people-watch” in a cafe to take a break from boards studying

I think…

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When multiple friends completely unload all of their study tips and advice to me about boards thinking it’ll help my preparation

Thanks dudes but sometimes too many tips and advice are NOT helpful and forces me to say…

And now here’s my own advice that I’m following to prepare for boards: Ignore everyone and just do YOU!

At the end of the day, you know yourself best and what works well.  It’s easy to allow everybody else’s panic, anxiety, thoughts and advice to overwhelm you because I almost started to let it affect me too.

Now when a friend asks me if I want his/her advice or recommendations about boards I simply say: “No thank you!” 🙂