I have less than four days to finalize my preparation for what is hopefully my final exam in Pitt's DPT program. I'll admit that I've spent slightly less time than I should have preparing for these, but I think I'll be OK. I've tried to get through as much as possible, but the reality is that it's impossible to review all of the material you've learned over the course of two years.
The tricky part is we didn't get much guidance regarding the content of the exam. We know there will be cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal and neuromuscular sections, as well as another "miscellaneous" section. But we didn't get tips for what to focus on, what the format will be etc. So I'm hoping that my hard work over the last two years will pull me through, and that I'll be able to recall the important and applicable concepts when needed. I just glanced over to my bookshelf where I store all of my binders of notes, and I'm realizing it will take a small miracle to be able to recall all of that information. Yikes.
If nothing else, this will be a great practice run for the boards. I'm hoping that by taking this exam (pass or fail), I'll be able to identify which areas I need to improve on and focus my studying and clinical efforts there for the next few months. The good news is that if I fail, I get a second chance to take the exam. And from what I've heard from previous classes, it's not uncommon. I don't know if it's comforting or disheartening to know that historically people have had to take the exam twice. Either way, it'll be over by the end of the week!