Firstly: I survived hell-week! It was very different than the first hell-week in April. In April I was examined on two completely different subjects a day. This month it was one a day, but with much wider subjects like Internal Medicine and Paediatrics, so it was still an insane amount of work.
Monday: written exams for Paeds and Internal. They were a little weird but okay.
Tuesday: OBGYN OSCEs and OSPEs. A bunch of practical, oral and written standardised stations. The exam was fair, but three and a half hours long, so exhausting.
Wednesday: Psychiatry oral. This was nerve-wrecking. It went well and I was told on the day that I passed. Yay!
Thursday: Paeds clinical cases. I had a nice bronchiectasis case and a less-nice floppy child case (I was his fourth student and he was miserable from having his reflexes prodded all day).
Today: Three Internal Med cases of an hour each. Exhausting! I screwed up with the neuro case again but I think I did well in my other two – I got a cardio and a rheuma case.
Overall this exam week went better than in April. I don’t know what the results will say but I am less burnt out, I got more sleep, and I feel more competent.
Anyway, as I’m typing this I am at Cape Town International Airport. This weekend I am attending the inaugural conference of the Medical Women’s Association of South Africa. I am being sponsored to attend and I am very excited to see what happens this weekend.
Oh, and we only get the rest of our exam results next week Friday, so I need to occupy myself somehow til then (and not go mad).