Well, I survived my first anatomy oral midterm, whew! I’m relieved that I passed (hooray, etc.), but it could’ve gone better, so there’s definitely room for improvement.
Oral exams are quite the strategic encounter, as I am learning. I think they provide a realistic reflection of life encounters because they have that element of subjectivity you can’t ignore. My examiner was tough, but fair, and I think she was nicer to me than she should’ve been. I was questioned on the skull, scapula, and rib bones. The first two went well, but the rib?! — I was clueless, and literally couldn’t tell her if it was a left or right one. That was the first time I had even held a rib. I really should’ve studied them more, since we were warned that the professors like to ask about the small bones (as opposed to, say, the femur or humerus). Hindsight and all …
For some reason, I’ve been robbed of my post-exam high, that rush of endorphins I always previously felt after an exam! B explained that we’ve only just taken the first view of our descent into hell. That would do it 🙂
ETA: I JUST REALIZED that I TOTALLY missed the release of J.K. Rowling’s new book, The Casual Vacancy. Medical school, I love you, but I can’t give you everything!!!!