Once again, Week 3 has arrived before we all knew it, and no matter which phase of the curriculum you are in (Basic Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Internships), assessments are either on the horizon or have already started to occur. For me, as a Trimester 10, Phase III student, my assessment this past weekend was the NBCE, Part IV Exam needed to obtain licensure in the state of Illinois.
As I reflect on the considerable preparation and my execution during Part IV, I appreciate the details that were unrelated to preparation and execution, like the view of the Mississippi River that was right outside the window of the hotel I stayed in in Davenport, Iowa, the city of my NBCE test site. Along with all the refining I did to make sure that I was both confident and competent, I took several opportunities to just enjoy this view. And, you know what? It helped me have an even greater appreciation not only for the rigorous process that supported me in getting to this point, but for all the moments along the way–both big and small–that I could simply just enjoy.
So, if asked, “what is the best way to get through the Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine Program and Board Exams?,” my advice would be: no matter where you are in the program, take a moment, take several, and just enjoy the view. If this journey is only about the rigors of the curriculum for you, then it’s quite possible you’re missing out on all the delightful things there are to see and experience along the way.
Share some experiences that you’ve enjoyed since starting the Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine Program at NUHS!