Sunday, July 26, 2015

Studying for the NBDE Part 2

NBDE Part 2. It's a two-day exam with a total of 500 questions in 10.5 hours. Now that clinic is over, my main focus is studying for & passing the boards. Some of my classmates took the exam in our final weeks of clinic, but I gave myself the weekend to study after clinic ended. My exam will be Tuesday and Wednesday, then I'm flying out on Friday (yay!). 

I like to pack my bag for the entire day and hop from place to place with study breaks in between (CVS run, grabbing iced coffee etc). Thankfully Penn has beautiful study spaces (that are open in the summer!) with huge tables, not to mention that our dental school is technically open 24/7. On Saturday, I packed a little too much and quickly learned my lesson. The subtle hills of West Philadelphia are mountains when you're carrying fifteen pounds of books-laptop-notes...

My care package arrived just in time to brighten up my studying! Chocolate from Mark (note written in his characteristic stick-pile handwriting) and this one mechanical pencil from dad... The lead comes out when you shake it! We're easily amused.

Studying for boards has been a wonderful process of polishing up what I already know. For example, dental materials becomes much more interesting after you've used them! Now I know the reasons for using certain cements for specific restorations. My weaknesses are very clear on practice tests: pharmacology and oral pathology. More practice tests & First Aid for this last final stretch.

If you're studying for your boards- Part 1, Part 2, or USMLE steps- best of luck! I was told that the hardest thing about my last year of dental school will be juggling the many projects, coming in sequence month after month: Boards. Residency app's. Mock mannequin, then real mannequin exam. (All the while traveling for interviews), Screening for NERB then actual NERB, MATCH DAY, CCE's, points and requirements for graduation. Then hey, May has arrived.

One day at a time.


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