The last few minutes
And so we are down to the last two minutes of the basketball game. Down to the last few minutes before we finally reach the culmination of our five-year preparation for the medical board examinations.
We will be taking our examinations for the twelve different subjects, composed of the basic sciences (Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Legal Medicine, Physiology and Pathology) and clinicals (Surgery, OB, Pedia, Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Pharmacology).
We began our review, facing that formidable task of synthesizing and collating all the information that we have. I was very fortunate to be enrolled in a review school, which guided me in my review. The whole three months was rigorous, both mentally and physically.
During the start of our review, I wanted to defer and take the February boards instead, since, I feared that there is not much time to cram all the twelve subjects. However, just like in any battle and most of the battles that I have fought, I am usually half-armed when I wage a war. There is no way but through.
I was blessed to be able to listen to a talk by a doctor who passed the board exams just after his family was devastated by the Typhoon Yolanda in Leyte. He narrated how he had to deal with the uncertainty of the safety of his family in the midst the mental torture in his review. Yet, he made it.
Eman Bautista is another success story. He is 65 years old when he took the Philippine Medical Board exams. He had struggles with finances and marital problems which deterred him from finishing the medical degree. I was amazed at how the brain of a 65 year old man can memorize tons of information for an examination like that. He spoke to us wearing his barong, and his stories of pain, laughter and hope. He even drew the heart of a patient with Tetralogy of Fallot.
I pray for all the medical students taking the board exams this August 23rd. May God bless us all.