Five doctors - a general practitioner, a paediatrician, an internist, a surgeon, and a pathologist - decided to take a weekend trip and go duck hunting.
Soon after they were in their duck blind, a bird flew over and the general practitioner said, “I think that is a duck,” and so he took aim and slowly squeezed the trigger…but then he lowered his rifle and said, “I better get a second opinion.” “Back of the line,” said the group.
Another bird flew overhead and the paediatrician said, “I think this one is a duck too,” and he took aim…only to lower his rifle and say “but that duck might be a mother have baby ducks somewhere.” “Back of the line,” said the group.
A third bird flew overhead and the internist shouted, “That looked like a duck, etiologically classified as Animalia, Chordata, Aves, Anseriformes, Anatidae, based on the size, I am judging it to be a male, with an estimated weight of…” Before he could finish his thorough assessment or raise his rifle, the bird was gone. “We do not need to hear all that gibberish. Leave it to me,” said the surgeon.
Then a fourth bird flew overhead and the surgeon immediately raised his rifle and with no hesitation shot the bird out of the sky. He then turned to the pathologist standing next to him and said, “now go find out if that was a duck.”
I have a board exam in five days and I am freaking out. This is the culmination of my life. If I fail it I will have no job.
I thought the exam overall went pretty well. Having only had two oral exams though, this one included, I still find the practice to be very awkward and disjointed.
For example, the examiner goes by a script and does not move to the next section until I have finished my answer and will tell me information afterwards that I may not have requested because it is in the script. Though I had a list of investigations I wanted to have done, the timing of some of them was inappropriate for that particular moment and I was reserving them for - in my mind - a later point in the case as it unfolded. It was a terrible mistake and easy points were lost.
Having said that, I feel that I eventually did come to the right diagnoses for the cases I had, though my process getting there could definitely have been slicker and more thorough.
Overall it was actually a very straight forward and easy exam. And that just makes it all the more painful when my nerves get the best of me and I miss the easy points.
Square yourself away and get your act together, brain!