Oh, what a week it has been. Wednesday, I took the biomedicine
portion of the board exam and what an exhausting day! The test was
100 questions with a time limit of 2.5 hours and I took the whole
time. I think that was because by the time I took the exam, I was
so burned out from studying for it that my brain was moving at
snail's pace. I studied materials that were specifically geared
towards boards plus all of my class material - pathology,
orthopedics, pharmacology, microbiology, CPR, clean needle
technique, physiology, and other materials.
Needless to say, I think every student walks out of boards
saying, "Oh my gosh!" From what my friends that took the boards
said, I definitely had different questions. I feel National gave me
sufficient biomedicine classes plus everything from my bachelor's,
and I felt I was ready to take the exam. However, after taking the
exam, I would like to see more case studies being utilized in the
classes. I am confident I passed the exam but without knowing for
sure I am still a little uneasy. So wish me luck!
No Time for Rest
This weekend I had my second HB Kim seminar. This seminar was
focused on "Herbs and Formulas." The class is held over two
weekends (Saturday 8-6 and Sunday 8-3) because HB Kim travels from
Kentucky to teach it. I enjoy the class and the material but it is
a lot of information to process in one weekend.
and Formulas" seminar with HB Kim.
Dr. Kim provides excellent handouts and he presents in a way
that engages all learning styles. He is a wealth of knowledge and
he makes the class very enjoyable. He has studied extensively with
many famous doctors and he has read and interpreted all the
Classics of TCM. The students have all had three materia medicas,
two herbal formula classes, and some senior seminar classes. We
have learned all of the herbs and formulas, but seeing them again
in a different format with a different teacher brings a different
perspective. He also discusses things such as Dui Yao, or two herb
combinations, that we are not formerly taught. I can't say enough
good things about Dr. Kim and his classes. I think National is
extremely lucky to have him.