In case you’re wondering how I’m feeling after taking (hopefully, pending a passing score) my last exam of medical school, this picture sums it up:
If only we all wore our enthusiasm so overtly!
It was a long-ish day. 12 standardized patient encounters in rapid fire. We had 15 minutes to conduct a focused history and physical exam on each patient, then 10 minutes to write the note, including a brief differential and plan. I actually kind of enjoyed the note-writing part. Since the time and character limit forced brevity, it was fun to bang out quick, hopefully appropriate differentials without worrying a ton about the quality of writing, as long as the point was conveyed.
And, of course, since many of the encounters were adult patients, it only reinforced my love of pediatrics.