Two week count-down

My Comprehensive Exams are in less than two weeks. Yes, you heard that right: LESS THAN TWO WEEKS!!!  Aaaaiiiiiieeeeeee!!!!  Two measley weeks in which to review all of well-woman gynecology, primary care, neonatology, antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum and professional issues.  Seems rather daunting and impossible, right?  I agree.  However, I’m doing my best not to dwell on the magnitude or impossibility of this task, but just devote myself to studying 6-8 hours a day, starting tomorrow.  Wish me luck!

And in other news, today was my last day in the clinic for the next two weeks (in deference to the upcoming Comps)…and you know what?  I actually was feeling really comfortable there today, something I really wasn’t expecting.  My speed has improved dramatically over the past few weeks—in fact, today I found myself waiting for my preceptor to get around to double-checking my fundal heights etc. etc., instead of her waiting for me—and I’ve been working more consistently with just one preceptor for the last several clinicals, which has also really made a difference.  Today I did three initial OB visits and 4 revisits; I diagnosed an umbilical hernia, referred a woman for colposcopy, did a test of cure on a treated urinary tract infection, scheduled GTTs and GCTs and PPD readings and Hep B antibody testing and all sorts of other sundry lab work, did lots of amazing counselling, performed a very, very gentle speculum on an 18 year old having her very first pap, talking her through it and managing to not traumatize her in the process (I hope).  I felt like my paperwork was thorough while still being concise, I was dotting all of my i’s and crossing my t’s, managing appropriate follow-up on all of the abnormals (and recognizing the abnormals in the first place!).  I dunno…things just went really smoothly today, and I actually felt competent.  Wow, what a lovely feeling that is!  I’ve always loved labor and delivery so much more than my time in the clinic, but lately the clinic has really started to grow on me, and I’m enjoying it a lot too.  How ironic that I’m finally getting the hang of it and settling in just in time to leave (isn’t that how it always seems to go?). I only have three more weeks of clinicals after this, that’s it!  Argh, just when I’m getting useful and helpful and good, and really putting the pieces together…but at least I’ve gotten to end on a high-note.

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4 Comments

  1. Jaws
    Posted April 22, 2007 at 1:23 am | Permalink

    Good luck!

    When is graduation?

    xxoo-J

  2. Posted April 25, 2007 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    I am so happy for you!
    And best of luck with both the studying and the exams–you’re putting so much of it into practice already I’m sure it’ll be manageable.

    Love you!

  3. The Student
    Posted April 25, 2007 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Graduation is May 29th. And thank you both. Luck is very much needed, but hopefully I’ll have some good news to report soon, such as a passing grade. Argh, I hate exams.

  4. bodybeloved
    Posted May 1, 2007 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    What an exciting and nerve racking time to be sure! The birthing world will be lucky to have you, ever more involved. Best of luck to you. I’m enjoying your journal immensely and considering the path to midwifery myself.

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