Part IV Boards are done … whew!

The end of April and most of May was dedicated to studying for Part IV Boards. Part IV is the last of the National Board exams we are expected to take. I took them on May 15 and 16. I was lucky to test on Friday and Saturday. Some of my classmates had to test Friday and Sunday, meaning they got an extra day to study for Sunday’s exam but they also didn’t get that extra day after to relax and unwind. So I was very happy to test and have it over with and have Saturday night and Sunday to just relax and try and declutter my brain.

Part IV is the practical portion of the Board exams, so it’s formatted differently than all the other Board exams. We’re tested over orthopedic and neurologic exams, physical exams and technique. There are 25 rooms where we are given real cases with actors who portray real life conditions that will present in our offices. We’re graded on how well we perform the exams, if we can diagnose the condition, if we know the follow up care, if we are professional and on how we interact with our patient.

The practical portion took about three hours for us to get through, but you’re not allowed to leave the test site until everyone in the country has finished testing (there are testing sites across the U.S.). Lucky for me I only had to stick around for an extra hour and a half. The first group that tested had to stay on campus for, like, five hours after their exam. They watched quite a few movies, from what I understand.

Anyway, the exam was tough, but I feel like I was prepared enough in my education and what I studied to do well. Unfortunately I won’t know for six weeks until the results come back to us. That’s Boards for ya! Take some of the worst exams of your life, study for weeks and don’t know how you did for a month and a half after you’ve taken it.

The good news is, the Palmer Davenport testing site has a very good pass rate, and I’m taking that as we are taught well and we know what we are talking about. Another great reason to choose Palmer!


Boards are over!

Boards are finally over. Things are officially starting to slow down for this trimester, and I am finally able to get back to a normal routine.

We took National Boards test last weekend. It was, as Boards normally are, exhausting. I tested Friday through Sunday, and we got a rest day on Monday (no classes). So this week was a short week, but I came back to two patients a day, two tests and a couple practicals and quizzes, so it was still pretty busy.

Yesterday was Founder’s Day! Happy 119 years to chiropractic! The school had a little celebration today. I was not able to attend on account of having to cram for my test today.

Within the last two weeks not much has really been happening besides a lot of studying and preparation. Now that that is over, I’m trying to get back into the swing of things and trying to remember how to study for regular exams!

I was able to make it back to hot yoga this week, but I still haven’t gotten caught up on sleep! This weekend I am headed to Ames/Des Moines to go bridesmaid dress shopping with my cousin. I think we are also going to go to a world food and music festival, so that should be a nice treat!


Busy week, more tests

This week is incredibly busy. Three practicals, two quizzes and three tests. We were fortunate enough to have two exams moved to next week, so we didn’t have five this week. We will get through it; we’ve done this before … we just usually end up collapsing on Friday. I’m also going to try and get a couple observations in this week among studying.

National Board scores also came out this week. I didn’t take them this time around. I’ll take them in September, but I have quite a few friends that had to take them this trimester. I’m rooting for them. I’m sure they all did awesome! But it just puts things into perspective that I’m going to have to start studying for Part II real soon.

Potentially the best case scenario is that I will make myself start gradually over the next June break, but I said I was going to do that for Part I and it didn’t happen. Sadly, you never feel prepared enough for the National Board exams.

A nice end to the week will be Board Game Club. We’re playing a Game of Thrones game that is pretty intense and potentially going to take us 4-6 hours to play. We haven’t played this one yet. We had to set up a special event to get together to get this one played because it takes so long.

I had to miss the softball game last weekend, since I had a wedding to go to. I heard our team didn’t win, but they played a good game. I’ll be there for the next game on Saturday, though! We’re gonna make a come back, I feel it. It’s nice that it’s getting warmer. There’s going to be a lot more going on in the Quad Cities, and the weekends will get a lot busier to match up with our busy weeks. We’re about a month from finals already–seems crazy. Times goes way too fast here. We’ve learned to manage time by the number of exams we have in a week rather than days.

Well, it’s time to get started!


A new tri begins

I'm not the only one who hates getting up early!

I’m not the only one who hates getting up early!

We are a couple days into the trimester and even though we only had about ten days off, I am struggling to get back into the swing of things. I forgot what 7:30 a.m. felt like after that break!

It looks like I am entering yet another really busy trimester, but this is the one where we really start to get prepared for entering clinic, so I imagine it will be exciting and frightening all at the same time.

I had a very productive break. I did a lot of relaxing and went on a mini vacation with a friend from 4th tri. Board review (National Boards) starts at the end of this week, which will make for very long days, but it is nice to catch up with stuff you may have forgotten in the past two years. It is also nice to get ahead on thinking about boards. I don’t take Part II until September, but I am sitting in on the board review now for the first time, so hopefully I will be more prepared for when boards actually come. It will be here sooner than I realize.

SPIZZ Night is on Friday, which is always a good time. They give you dinner and a chance to check out some clubs on campus and various vendors. Then you get the opportunity to listen to some professionals out in the field talk about chiropractic–they get everyone fired up. The event is hosted by the Alumni Office, and there is also a give-away of several prizes, including a portable table. Unfortunately, I have to miss this trimester due to the board review but if you can make it, it is always worth it. It is the perfect thing to get you fired up to start a new trimester.

On Monday some friends and I are going to go to Iowa City (about an hour from the Quad Cities) to hear a lecture Jane Goodall is giving at the University. Though not Chiropractic related, it is science related and should be fascinating.

The first month back is usually a busy time, there is a lot going on and a lot to do try and check out as much as you can!