I have just started my final rotation of year 3:
NOP- Neurology, Ophthalmology and Psychiatry.
It is a shorter rotation, ten weeks instead of the usual twelve and a measly three days after it finishes is the dreaded exam!
That’s right, 3 days!
3 days to revise all things heart, lungs, ears, nose, throat, gut, kidneys, liver, thyroid, adrenals, brain, eyes and everything in between.
It isn’t possible I keep telling myself. How can that all be revised in just 3 days?
Now, I know you’re probably thinking- well why don’t you start revising now?
and I agree- great idea.
But the trouble is I’m so busy trying to learn all of the things for this rotation and it is really hard to take in all the new stuff and have time to prepare presentations etc. at the same time as revising the other stuff.
Plus I’m on the wards and in clinics from 9-5/6 Monday to Friday.
So when Dear Reader? When?
It is tempting to miss a few clinics here and there in an attempt to grab some revision time, but I really LOVE being in the hospital and I don’t want to miss out on that. After all, medicine isn’t supposed to be a distant learning course.
It seems there is the constant dichotomy between needing to pass exams and wanting to learn and experience medicine.
This exam stress is unsustainable for the next 8 weeks, but having got it out of my system now, I hope to be able to enjoy this rotation without constantly worrying about the exams.
On that note, it’s 9pm on a Saturday night. Just got kids into bed so I guess that means it’s revision o’clock. Looks like I have found some time after all…..
who needs a social life anyway?