Musculoskeletal Competency Exam
On Thursday morning, please send positive vibes my way. At 8:30 a.m., I'll be working my way through my first true competency practical. The exam will reflect basically everything we've learned in our musculoskeletal course series over the past year and a half, and the most comprehensive evaluation we've had up to this point. No one has quite figured out the implications for failing this practical. Will we get kicked out? Put on probation? Publically humiliated? I think we're afraid to know the answer... just in case.
I'll admit -- I should have started preparing for this much earlier than I did. I was hoping that once I sat down to review, most of the information would come back to me and I'd only have to take time to revisit the manual interventions. I wasn't completely wrong, but I wasn't right, either.
As always, I'm amazed at how much I've forgotten over the past year. I've been rereading some old lectures and I have to laugh when I see concepts, written in my own handwriting, that seem completely new to me. How am I ever going to pass the boards?! I'm not completely hopeless, though. At least it's much easier to learn this stuff the second time around, which leads me to believe that somewhere in the depths of my developing PT brain, these concepts are just dying to be remembered.
I go back and forth between doubtful panic and calm confidence. I'm hoping that a bit more preparation will push me toward the latter, but who knows? What I do know is that when Thursday is over, I'm going to be very relieved.