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I'm back again this month to talk about another boards exam that I have behind me now: Part II! I took Part II last Thursday which (hopefully) means I'm done with all three parts of our National Boards exams. Part II is different from the other two parts in that it's a multiple choice exam (like part I), but the questions are all case-based and focused on patient management and the diagnosis and treatment of ocular diseases. Luckily since we've all been seeing patients for a year and a half now, studying for this exam wasn't quite as tough because we have clinical experience to back up a lot of the more common diseases and clinical findings. I'm seeing a lot of pathology at the private practice site I'm working at right now which definitely helped since I've been exposed to a lot of clinical decision-making. This exam was 350 questions long (a lot shorter than part I) and it was the first exam we've taken that was computer-based. We took it at a local testing center in Memphis but there are centers all over the country for my classmates who are away on externships. We will all be playing the waiting game for a while because we don't get our scores back until the end of January, but for now it's nice to not have ANY upcoming exams to worry about for the first time in many years!
Meanwhile, we only have one week left of our fall rotation. This one went by even faster than the summer semester did for me because I was busy preparing for last 2 parts of boards in November and December (and with preparing for the holidays!). This year I'm more excited than ever to go home to Houston for Christmas because my older sister had her first baby a couple of weeks ago (photos below!) and I'm counting down the days until I get to finally meet her! Ben and I have four nephews but this is our first niece and we just can't wait to spoil her. Our plan is to settle back in the greater Houston area after we graduate in May, so we'll be close and will get to see our niece and nephews much more often!
With graduation less than 5 months away, there are a lot of big decisions for us to make in the near future. My husband is applying for two Ocular Disease residency positions in Houston and I'm in the process of applying and interviewing for jobs now, so hopefully we'll have some things figured out in the next couple of months. We both have interviews lined up in the Houston area when we're home for Christmas, so the break will be a mix of work and play. In the meantime we're looking forward to enjoying the holidays with our family and to hopefully getting good news from the NBEO twice next month! Happy Holidays and enjoy these beautiful photos of my precious niece, Riley Elizabeth:
And just because I'm in the Christmas spirit, here's a picture of our Christmas card this year. Merry Christmas from my family to yours!