Hello, all. I hope everyone who took boards this past weekend is
happy they're behind them. The good news is, I've been hearing from
everyone that they were well prepared. That's one thing about our
education here at National, if nothing else, we are prepared for
board exams. I know at the time it seems as if some of the
information you see in power points or highlighted in notes is
there for no apparent reason, but trust me, that one line that you
disregard will be back in some shape or form to haunt you.
I have written in past blogs how I like to study and prepare for
exams, which may help, and I also have a ton of board study
material that I am more than willing to share. If anyone would like
to get a head start on studying, please don't hesitate to ask, and
I'll send you any information I can.
Speaking of being prepared, that's the name of the game when you
hit clinic. Now that I am a big bad 10th trimester
intern (HaHa) that is the one piece of advice I have been giving to
all the new student interns. When I hit the clinic, it was a unique
circumstance where we were short-handed on interns and I had to hit
the ground running. My fellow interns and I didn't have the option
of not being prepared; we had patients day one.
Being prepared mentally for every visit is a key part of giving
the best care possible to your patients. We have all the tools
necessary to treat our patients when we hit
8th trimester, the challenge is putting it all
together and knowing when and when not to use certain tools. I was
speaking with a student intern this morning whose first freshman
physical was today, and she was a little nervous, understandably.
We sat together and talked through the entire visit from start to
finish, and when we were done, her nerves had settled and she was
prepared to rock out a freshman physical. It really is that simple.
Having a mental map of your visit sets you at ease and encourages
an efficient visit--two birds, one stone.
This weekend I took a brake from preparing, and enjoyed some
serious sports. My pals and I watched the FSU Seminoles put on an
exhibition against Wake Forrest, winning 52-0 on Saturday, followed
by being disappointed by the Rays and Bucs on Sunday. New York had
our number this past weekend. The Bucs put up a heck of a fight
against the Giants, and the Rays looked decent against the Yanks,
but sadly they both bettered us in the end.
Sunday wasn't all bad. I recorded a fantasy football win, and
enjoyed myself at a pig roast with friends. I hope everyone has a
great week, and remember to never stop practicing.