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And so it begins...
Well, O Best Beloved, I took a deep breath the other day and decided that I was going to move my USMLE Step II CK exam up by a week. I will now be taking the exam on the 6th of July. This means that Radiology has just become a "study month" and I will be working frantically during it.
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
15: OB/Gyn
16: Cardiovascular, Heme/Onc
17: Dermatology, Endocrinology
18: Musculoskeletal

Monday, 21 July: Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine
22: Renal, Pulmonary
23: Neurology
24: GI
25: Psychiatry

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:
Poll #307875 Topic Material!

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 :)

now feeling:: worried worried
now hearing:: Chick Corea: Sea Breeze

8 whispers echo . o O ( ... ) O o . whisper a word
From: chelkitty Date: June 15th, 2004 12:59 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
Oooooo, I want gmail! Do you have one of those invite code thingie-majiggies?
ayradyss From: ayradyss Date: June 17th, 2004 03:56 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)
(btw, if you want gmail still, email me at it and I'll send you an invite.)
amasashi From: amasashi Date: June 15th, 2004 03:41 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
Seems like you'll be quite busy indeed. Good luck on Step 2! I'm sure you'll do marvelously well :-)

On the subject of board exams, I'm getting the feeling that for Step 1 all I really need to focus on is physiology, pathology, pharmacology, behavioral science, and microbiology. Things like histology, anatomy, embryology, etc.. never seem to come up on the test, so I'm thinking about not reviewing for them that much. Can I get away with this? Yes? No? Maybe so? :-)
ayradyss From: ayradyss Date: June 15th, 2004 04:51 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
All three are very low yield.
The embryo questions I recall were ridiculously difficult and not worth the time of reviewing. Anatomy is mostly important as it relates to physiology - review brachial plexus injuries, of course.

You're on the right track with your thinking. Behavioral science was pretty low-to-mid-yield.
From: sepuki Date: June 15th, 2004 04:50 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
Isn't the gmail absolutely marvelous? ^_^ I'm spooky.chan-at-gmail, courtesy of the same ♥'d Missylady.

Wow...many, many wishes of luck for studying and testing! O_O! That sure seems like a hectic schedule.

I vote character story. ^_^.
leynia From: leynia Date: June 15th, 2004 07:30 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
You will rock the house, darling! Beacuse you are . . .how do you say . . .The Shit.
numair From: numair Date: June 15th, 2004 10:34 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)
I'd take anything about your char. from WoW I could get ^_^ (interested!)

<--is a game freak, after all :p bored college boy.
coanteen From: coanteen Date: June 17th, 2004 02:50 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)
best of luck studying!
renal was hardest for me (i've always despised the kidney), but for us...we don't have to pass the exam to get into residency. if fact the match is complete and we still don't have our results.

then again, a non-pass makes one a fairly useless resident. a glorified clerk really, without the power to prescribe. imagine having to wake up the attending to write a script for tylenol in the middle of the night because you couldn't remember the stages of the female orgasm (it was on the exam, i'm not kidding).

8 whispers echo . o O ( ... ) O o . whisper a word