3 days ago I took my Boards. It's a situation similar to the Bar for lawyers. You have to pass it to be certified. It covers all of medicine. Yes, ALL of medicine. It's a bit daunting.
Studying began nearly a year ago, when I starting reading the MedStudy book series. Everyone seems to use them, and I was very happy with the organization of it all. So, throughout last year, I'd read different sections. Then a few months ago, I starting rereading, at a quicker pace, trying to pull out what I felt was essential. Basically the whole book is highlighted.
Then, I started doing practice test questions. Lots of them. I felt as prepared as I could have been, given all the rest of life that had to go on during this time. Life doesn't stop for the boards.
The test itself was l-o-n-g. 240 questions. 4 sections of 60 questions each. 2 hours per section. Sucked. Being stuck in front of a computer for 8 hours. No watches, no phones, no personal belongings. They didn't even let me bring my chapstick in there! I'm so bitter.
But, it's done. I will have to wait 8 weeks or something like that for my results. I'm hoping for a fat "P" -- no need to ace this thing, just pass.