This quarter has flown by. For those who have never been on a quarter system before, it is quite the change. The semester schedule seems to drag on and take forever. With the quarter schedule you start school and get used to the new schedule for about two weeks. Then, before you know it, there are several weeks of midterms. Then you move right into finals. The quarters are great because they go by so fast—and they are really the perfect amount of time to get through a subject.
In several weeks we have boards, which occur for Palmer’s West Campus after lab finals but before lecture finals. The process of studying for boards really occurs while in school because lots of the material we cover throughout our courses. There is time outside of school that needs to be put into studying for boards to do well, but all of the studying is manageable.
With all the school, outside activities, and studying for boards, it seems like a lot. But everyone seems to be able to get through these busy quarters. I might add that there is a lot of coffee consumption! However, we seem to make it through the busy testing times.
In total we have Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, PT, and Part 4 boards. All of the parts except Part 4 are multiple choice only. The first time we come across boards is in our 6th and 7th quarters, and that depends upon the term in which you enroll (Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall). Boards come around about every 6 months after that until we graduate. The boards are important because to be able to receive your license as a doctor and to practice you need to pass all the above parts of boards.
If anyone has any questions about the boards process, I would be happy to answer them. You can e-mail me via the Campus Guides e-mail address, firstname.lastname@example.org. I have only taken Part 1 at this point and am soon to be taking PTs.
However, if there are questions to which I do not know the answer, I can ask other students. I am blogging about boards only because it seems to be a hidden topic that some don’t know too much about until they are facing them.
8th quarter student, West Campus