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That's exactly what the last 3 months of my 3rd year have involved-a little of this & a little of that! Classes, clinical duties, and wedding planning have kept me busy! In addition, I now have to add studying for national boards to this list.
As a 3rd year, classes don't take up as much of my schedule, and I get to spend more time in clinical rotations. I must say the life of a 3rd year is GREAT, with less tests and more patient care! I've been seeing more ocular disease in clinic this semester. Some of my attending doctors allow me the freedom to make important management decisions on my own, but under their guidance, of course. I can definitely see my growth in providing vision care as I progress through my 3rd year.
Aside from clinical duties, I'm also enjoying the increase in free time I've had this semester. I've had plenty of time to plan my wedding and get some major things done before I begin studying for boards. Some things I've gotten done are finalizing my colors, getting bridesmaids' dresses ordered, and ordering my wedding gown! We've met with the caterer, ordered our wedding cakes, and taken our engagement photos. I'm now in the process of mailing save-the-dates. The more I get done now, the less I'll have to do during my preparations for national boards.
I plan to start studying for national boards during Christmas break. SCO is great in helping us prepare for the exam (which is in March 2012). We'll have boards review classes beginning at the start of the spring semester, and our class load is lightened so that we have ample amount of time to prepare.
As you can see, the last 3 months have involved a mixture of things! I'll keep you posted as the semester comes to an end and we begin a new year!