The first week of September I will be taking Part II, III and
Physiotherapy Board Exams. Throughout the summer months, I have
been studying reviews and old notes in preparation for the exams.
The main review book I am using, which was very helpful for Part I
Boards, is Mosby's Review Questions for the NBCE Examination,
Parts I and II. The book is an excellent resource in that it
covers material from every subject that is covered on both exams.
Also, every question not only gives you the correct answer, but it
also covers each of the incorrect answers with a detailed
explanation. By going over these review questions and reading
through the explanations of the answers, you are covering a large
portion of the material for the exams.
Along with the reviews, I also have been noting subjects/topics
that my professors have mentioned during lectures that are usually
covered on board exams. I kept a document on my desktop and when my
professors mentioned any of these "hot button" board topics, I
added it to the document to look up, take notes on, and review
later. My biggest piece of advice is start studying early! I get
very stressed around exam time, especially with exams as involved
and intense as national boards. By starting the review process
early on, I am able to alleviate a lot of the nerves, which was a
big help on my previous exam performance.
Sunday evening, Rob and I went to the Steppenwolf Theatre to see
the play "Belleville." I am a member of the Red Card program at the
theatre which offers discount tickets for members under 30 years
old. The play is about a newlywed couple that lives a very hip
existence in the colorful, multi-ethnic neighborhood of Belleville,
Paris. As the play progresses, small cracks in their relationship
slowly begin to surface and expose themselves as large lies. By the
end of the play, their world implodes when everything comes to
light, and they are forced to deal with their new reality. The
quality of theater that comes out of the Steppenwolf is in a
category all its own. The performance by the lead actress, Kate
Arrington, was a tour de force of emotion, vulnerability, and the
human spirit. I would highly recommend this play and the
Following the show, we went to dinner at RPM Italian in downtown
Chicago. We have been trying to get reservations for this
restaurant for several months before we finally got in Sunday
evening--and it was worth the wait. The food, drinks, service, and
ambience were top notch resulting in the best dining experience
we've had in a very long time.