Friends! Guess what!?!?! Yesterday I took Step 2 of the US Medical Licensing Exam and now I can officially say I am done with taking boards as a medical student! (well, as long as I passed 😉 )
The exam took me 9 hours, 8 pieces of gum, a huge bottle of water, 8 bathroom breaks (one every hour), and lots of snacks.
I don’t know how some people can sit down and power through an entire exam, but I need to take breaks. Since this test was made of 8, 1-hour blocks, I took a break every hour for a small snack, a bathroom break, and a drink of water. Oh- and a new piece of gum. Chewing gum makes you do better on tests. I swear there is scientific research backing that up somewhere.
For anyone in medical school, here is my little blurb about preparing for Step 2 CK:
I was originally planning on taking Step 2 in October but when October came around, I didn’t feel prepared so I pushed the test back to December. I think it’s best to take Step 2 whenever you feel ready and when you think it will help you the most. If you have a weak Step 1 score, it might be better to take Step 2 right after 3rd year is over. Study hard and improve your score. If you are comfortable with your Step 1 score, no sense taking Step 2 right away unless you just want to get it over with. To study, I used USMLE World Qbank. I actually used Qbank all through 3rd year and then reset it for Step 2 study month. I also used First Aid for CK and Master the Boards as helpful books to refer to. I read over the chapters I am weak in. Lastly, I took the day before the exam and reviewed biostats. I think this REALLY helped because there were tons of biostats questions on the exam and all the formulas were fresh in my mind.
After my exam was over, my most amazing fiancé had the whole evening planned for us. He bought cheese, crackers, pears, apples, and prosciutto for dinner (I had told him all I wanted was a big plate of cheese for dinner).
He got me a card, rented Harry Potter, and even got fro-yo for dessert. We lit a fire in the fireplace and relaxed.
It was the perfect night. After stuffing myself with cheese and bread, we decorated our Christmas tree!
It’s our first tree and it feels so special having one together 🙂
Now, I’m back to work. First on my to-do list is to work on submitting my research abstract to the Academy of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Remember last year when I was working on this the day it was due? Well this year is the same thing! It’s due in a few days and here I am, down to the wire, working on it.
Next on my to-do list is getting organized for the rest of my interviews. I have 4 in the next 4 days starting tomorrow. Eek!!!!!
Sometime during interviews, I need to do my Christmas shopping!!! I have these lovely people to get presents for:
That’s Kyle, his sister, his mom, and his grandpa (almost 95 years old!). Aren’t they so cute? I think they all look alike 🙂
I took a few study breaks to enjoy Thanksgiving at home last week.
And now that my exam is over, I can focus on Christmas with the family and no studying distractions!!! YES!
Even though I wasn’t blogging, I was reading all your Thanksgiving re-caps and they look amazing! I hope you had a wonderful holiday and I hope your December is off to a good start!!