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.
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!!!