Merry Christmas y’all!
As you can probably tell from my slightly less frequent posting, it’s exam season! Hooray! For some this is the season of joy and festivities, but in the world of 3rd year medicine it’s the time for manically going over two and a half years worth of medical education in an attempt to pass our scary sounding Preliminary Professional Exams. Fun fun. This bundle of fun is coming up in early January and is going to be testing everything we’ve been taught so far, which is quite the mountain of knowledge. Wish me luck!
The good news is that, in return for sacrificing our Christmas Holiday to the powers that be, after the 7th of January we get an impressive two months off before the start of our clinical rotations. Pretty exciting! I’m still deliberating over my planned activities, but I have a vague feeling it’s going to involve a little bit of travel somewhere exciting. To be confirmed.
In other news, as an early Christmas present from the medical school we were given an early exam! I had my OSCE last week, which was a 12-station practical exam in which I had the pleasure of attempting to demonstrate my clinical aptitude under timed conditions. Among many other things I had to take someone’s life-history in just over 5 minutes and then undergo a cross examination on my suspected differential diagnosis (the list of conditions I thought the patient could’ve ‘ad up with ’em). It was like an episode of House except, instead of a genius doctor with a predilection for prescription drugs, it was a sweaty medical student on the cusp of caffeine withdrawal. Oh, and I didn’t have a walking stick. And it wasn’t really like House. But hey! We’ll find out how it went come February.
Anyway, I do hope you’re all well – More updates shall be coming soon. Hope you all have a nice Christmas!