I shouldn't be worried: I have consistently scored at or above the mean on my section exams, which are Board-style exams. Family Practise is, they say, "not terribly hard to get into" which means I just need to pass. I'm terrified.
I have my First Aid book, which breaks things down into nice simple facts that I can read through and refresh my memory with. It has sections, and I have taken the book apart by section. So, following, is the schedule for the next two weeks. Note that Saturday-Sunday are days to do questions, catch up, and breathe. If I feel ready by the 25th I'll move my exam up yet again, to Friday the 2nd, and party my everlovin' medical student brains out over the 4th. If I don't, I'll have a good time the 4th but study all around it.
Monday 14 July: Infectious Disease, Ethics, Epidemiology
16: Cardiovascular, Heme/Onc
17: Dermatology, Endocrinology
Monday, 21 July: Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine
22: Renal, Pulmonary
We'll see if I can stick to it. That gives me at minimum 4 extra study review days to go over what topics I find I am sadly lacking in.
A few quick notes to pass the time, but stories will have to wait for after my study hours...it may be a quiet month, O Best Beloved. With no patients to see, what would you like to hear me recall? I know many of you haven't been reading all that terribly long, so now's your chance to ask me questions. You may submit them as comments or as answers to my LiveJournal Poll:
What should Nykki write about (nonfiction, this time)?
We played a game in Radiology today called "name that rectal foreign object"... It's always an entertaining diversion to spice up a lecture on pelvic pain with something unusual. Films shown included: dentures (this was anterograde passage, an old man who swallowed them accidentally), bottles, "artificial phalli" - as the official pathology report read - artificial phalli with salad tongs from unsuccessful home removal attempt, and two forks and a toothbrush. There was a man on psychiatry who was the ping-pong ball between surgery and GI, as GI had already removed seven knives from his stomach endoscopically and did not want to tackle the remaining bundle of ten. Surgery didn't know if they would be able to close the man's stomach.
Wonderful wonderful missysedai has acquired me a new e-mail address for my collection: dr.nykki(at)gmail.com - a Google Beta address!
And a fast fact from my review book: The leading causes of death from ages 2-6 years are: Injury, motor vehicle accidents, congenital anomalies, cancers, homicide, and heart disease. Homicide is on the list. How sad is that?
I'll post my little character story from World of Warcraft if people want, or screenshots. Give me some direction here :)