It was already the fourth day post boards and already every one was feeling anxious. We were all refreshing the PRC website almost hourly waiting for the news. By 5 pm our class was already gathered at the PGH chapel for a supposed thanksgiving mass (for passing the boards) but even after mass there was still no results.
By 7pm, we dropped by a Mu dineout as alumnae sisses and still no results.. Haha!
By 8pm, we met up with our Mu batchmates for the September babies birthday bash at Nihonbashitei. We talked of nothing else but those board exam results. Then after dinner my dad called and said his congratulations for passing. During that time I was still skeptical since the PRC site still yielded nothing. That call left all of us even more anxious and we were seriously considering not showing up at ClubMed, our joint frat-soro Mu Week event. We felt that celebrating was still premature.
We decided to ‘just show up’ and show support to the brods and sisses who made the event possible. They were all happy to see us but I think it was still obvious we had that fearful look in our faces. Barely 15 minutes in and suddenly…
Mac called Marianne. My buddy Marianne couldn’t understand what Mac was saying except ‘omygod omygod omygod’ over and over! We called her again, this time outside the noisy Mint Club, already at the street. May results na!! she said. UP’s passing rate was not a hundred percent but all sisses and brods passed. One of my batchmates even made it to the topnotchers’ list. She read all names through the line and we were all screaming and jumping up and down like crazy idiots. Haha! We each called our loved ones, updated fb, and partied for real this time. 🙂
The wait was over, and I thank Him most of all for guiding us all the way and giving us strength. On to the future!
OB – For me it was a reasonable exam. Not as hellish as I expected based on last year’s feedback.
Pedia – The most challenging exam for me. My next to lowest point next to Pathooo
Prev Med – What we thought was the most ‘predictable’ exam turned out to be the most surprising. Questions were simply out of this world.
And then just like that the dark clouds took over the clear blue skies and rumbled by the end of the last of the twelve exams, the most memorable and possibly life defining milestone in my life so far.
I dreaded this day because it had Pharma (one of my weak subjects) and Surgery (a notoriously hard part of the boards). However it went better than expected, not like the train wreck-like feeling from the end of last week.
Pharma – straightforward.
Surgery – was an analytical type of exam (well made actually).
IM – IM will be IM
Physiology – fair but there were still MCQs with choices so out of this world (or too related to each other that I couldn’t see the best answer. Was that just me?)
Legal Med – ’twas ok.
Pathology – uuuuughhhh so hard
Biochemistry – was easier than I expected 🙂
Anatomy – they should’ve renamed it as the Surgery exam, haha! It was difficult.
Microbiology – lots of questions about gonorrhea, not much about viruses.
Answering was fine. Making sure you followed all the instructions makes you a bit paranoid but it’s alright. What tired me out the most was the postmortem ‘alam nyo yung sagot sa..’ questions that others make after the exam. I reaaaally don’t want to know right after the exam okay.. Haha.