Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The Art of Testing !


Although the ten-hour American Board exam that I just had was probably the most important test in my life, I went to the test as if I was going to a regular day of work.


It's not my cool tempers, or over-confidence, it's just the indifference any doctor develops after a while.


Since I joined medical school, and for the past 11 years (ages 16-27) I, and my colleagues, had plenty and plenty of different kinds of exams, tests, and challenges, that makes an eight-hour MCQ exam sounds like a computer game.


Exams like rotating around a big room with human heads, shoulders and legs placed carefully on tables in the morgue where medical students having to identify the different structures in a human body.


Exams like cutting off frogs' heads , watch their legs move while they're beheaded, or just examining carefully urine samples....

Exams where examiners are brought from outside hospitals even outside Jordan especially for YOU, to evaluate YOU, and give a grade for YOU.


After college, it's time to think of going to America. There's those freaking USMLE exams, where you're supposed to get a very high score, or else you'll never specialize in the US.

If you get a low score , you have the option of repeating the test, in SEVEN YEARS.


These are crazy 8-9 hour tests each costing over 700 dollars, that you got to spend a year or two preparing for them.


During residency we got an 8-hour test every year, the purpose of which is unclear. Really even those who fail it are not affected. It's just a test because we have to have tests although we were done from medical school a few years ago.


So today I felt a bit tired from doing exams, until I heard from one of the cardiology fellows, a married guy with 2 kids, who was preparing for his 14-hour cardiology exam, and then I thought that I was lucky.


It's 8 pm now and I have slept only for one hour in the last 48 hours. I'm so tired but I drank so much coffee that I can't sleep! I feel my eyeballs will pop out from my head and fall on the keyboard!


I'll go listen to some Fairuz....

17 comments:

Noura said...

Yalla baseeta, ya3teek el3afieh and good luck :)
So,you're a fan of Fairuz?? any special songs ?? Am sure after listening to her you'll have a good night sleep and you will wake up as good as new :)

Maioush said...

ya3teek el 3afyeh ya doc. good luck inshalla, ya waradi it's hard when youdrink too much coffee and can't sleep..

7aki Fadi said...

so so so how did you do?

what happens after this exam?

Yallah good luck :D .

Khalidah said...

Good luck for the exam and for everything hareega ... I know that it was not an easy journey but I am sure that you did well :)

3ogbal ma nesma3 akhbar 7elweh innoh you passed the exam :)

Globalorama said...

good luck taktor hareega.

Bilal said...

14Hours, Inhuman!

ДншдЬ said...

"it's just the indifference any doctor develops after a while."

doc, are you serious about that? this freaks me out, you know...

Sel3 said...

Good luck, Allah ygaweek...

Lubna said...

iff allah y3enak

Hareega said...

noure... thanks! ya tayr, i feel like her voice is crissoing to other planets when she sings it

maioush... yeah it sucks

7aki fadi.. i did well, thanks!

khalidah, inshalla!! thanks a lot

globalroma, thanks a lot

bilal, yep it is

ahmed, basita alla bi3een

sle3, thanks ya basha

lubna, thanks a lot, has the link to ur blog changed?

Lubna said...

yes i changed it to double xx

http://xxlubnaxx.blogspot.com
and jordanblogs still didn't change it. that's why i'm being disconnected from the world recently:S

Noura said...

Ya tayr is beautiful.. I just posted a song for Fairouz: "7kili..",it takes me home when I listen to it :)

Maher said...

hey man, its been a while since i posted here, my apology, since i have been busy lately.
i hope you did good. and everything is fine with you

tc My fellow argentinian fan :P

Anonymous said...

congratulation in advance hareega, and wish u best of luck.

zaid m

Hareega said...

maher, thanks man, argentina kicks ass

zaid m, thanks a lot bro

batir said...

I wish you all the best to advance and be creative.

Hareega said...

thanks a lot batir