Thursday, July 31, 2014

NBDE part 1. down.

Hello and good morning, rest of my life.

I am done with my NBDE Part 1! I feel like I did when I conquered the pathology monster. Invincible. In disbelief. The last week after clinic I have been power-studying. I'd been so anxious about this whole experience that I kept waking up at 4AM. Then I would wait until my favorite coffee shop opened at 6:30AM.
Kathryn sent me this hilarious card which arrived the day before my boards. I kept it on my dinner table for laughs. She also sent me the perfect study songs so... if I pass I owe her a lot. ;-)

About boards: I definitely did not study as much as some people did. I chose to take it one week after clinic ended, which gave me about five intense study days. If I had to do it over again, I would study the ASDA released exams more & go over key concepts (muscles of mastication, TMJ, occlusion). I really had to know the minute details of key topics to navigate through the treacherous multiple choice answers.

Before heading out: SO excited to never have to see these Dental Decks. 

Sweet, sweet freedom. I got so many texts & fb messages from those who remembered my test date amongst their own busy lives. Thank you!! Now I'm going to finish decorating my new apartment (I took a 6-hour study break to IKEA last weekend- oops).

Last tip for the NBDE: bring a sweater!!!


  1. Hi Yesle,

    I'm an avid reader of your blog and have been following it for a while.I love your perky take on everything :D I'm a dental student as well.I'm from India :) Well I came across this post you put up a few days ago and I was wondering what study materials you used for preparing? Because I'm planning on giving the exam myself and I'm completely clueless on how to go about :P I bought myself the dental decks and have Kaplan's dentessentials. Would you please help me out?


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