Brace yourselves, the Boards is coming

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Nung third year med ako, I chanced upon a blog of a newly-licensed MD of that year. Sabi nya, nakaka-overwhelm daw mag-review for the Physician Licensure Examinations. During those times na nasa examination phase na siya, all the more. Sabi niya sa sarili niya, papasa naman siguro siya for the following reasons:

1. Nag-aral naman siya.

– sabagay, kung nag-aral ka naman talaga, at least may maisasagot ka

2. Naging mabait at maayos naman siya sa mga naging pasyente niya as clerk or intern.

– base sa principle ng good deeds, susuklian naman daw siguro ng Diyos yung mga sakripisyo nya sa ospital

3. Sasabay na lang siya sa anod ng karamihan.

– may tinatawag kasing ‘curve’ sa exam, yung naa-adjust ang passing score base sa score ng mga nakakarami, or at least that’s how I understand it

Today, it’s exactly 30 days from my own medical board exam. Sinong mag-aakala na matatapos ng isang “taga-uma” (what we call ourselves, those whose houses are in the rural areas amidst the ricefields of our town) ang UP Medicine, and here I am now about to take the boards after five long years. I am overwhelmed. Naalala ko tuloy yung blog na nabasa ko before. And I think, his or her thoughts are also my thoughts right now.

Nag-aral naman ako, at nag-aaral pa rin. Ang dami nga lang sasauluhin, at mukang di naman talaga matatapos. Kung may matapos man, nakakalimutan din agad. One thing is very amazing pala pag nag-aaral for boards — mas naiintindihan mo yung mga di mo naiitindihan as med student, clerk or intern. How I wish, alam ko to every time humaharap ako sa residents/consultant at mga pasyente para di naman nakakatanga or nakakahiya minsan.

Naging maayos naman ako sa mga naging pasyente ko, and I treated them na parang si Lord nagbigay para matulungan ko, and at the same time, para matuto ako. Serve and learn, turo samin yan ng college. I remember the days when I write about some of my patients’ stories nung di pa ganun ka-busy. Right now, gusto ko sila maalala uli, lalo na yung may impact sa buhay ko as a med student. Because I want to be inspired kahit papano despite all these review materials that I have to eat.

Sasabay na lang ako sa anod, sana makasabay ako sa tinatawag nilang ‘curve.’ I am just an average student sa med, pasang-awa to the max lagi, minsan nagre-removals pa sa Pharmacology nung second year, Surgery nung third year at Family Med sa internship. But then again, sa simula palang nung first year, pinilit ko na yung sarili ko na maniwala na ang Diyos ang nagpapaaral sa akin, at instrument lang ang pagpilit sakin ng mga tita ko at ang pagpapaaral sa akin ng parents ko.

So, after all these, ano na ako? Sana by September this year, I am already a newly-licensed physician. Naumpisahan ko na, konti na lang. I just need your prayers, all those who happen to visit my site. Para sa mga naghihintay sakin sa Bicol, sa mga kapitbahay namin na umaasa ng medical checkup at di makapunta sa duktor, para sa mga kapatid ko na naghihintay ng libre dahil ang tagal ko na daw na nag-aaral at tumatanda na ako, para sa parents ko na nag-eexpect sakin at nagsakripisyo, para sa Nasa Itaas na nagpaaral sa akin. 

Ang hirap pala kumbinsihin ang sarili, kung may mga katabi kang reviewer na kailangan pang basahin. Come what may. Whatever happens, buhay pa rin naman ako. Puso. Tiwala lang. Laban.

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4 thoughts on “Brace yourselves, the Boards is coming

  1. darle

    Goodluck karl.. Naalala ko lang when i asked you kung di kba npapagod magaral.. And you said no.. Although alam ko nmn na sagot mo.. Alam kong kaya mo yan.. Grade3 plng tayo mgksama na tayo and kilala na dn kita.. I believe in you.. We believe in you.. Now, its time to believe in yourself.. We know that you can do it. Aja! Note: ksama ako sa ililibre mo :p

  2. The long years of studying seemed to be a never ending challenge but you see there’s a GTOWTH. You graduated with Honors. You decided to continue growing by taking up Medicine and you purposely acted on it for in every ACTION (studied to the best of your ability under pressure pa ngani) there is a PURPOSE ( to help relatives specially parents, kababaryo sadtu uma). Now you”ve come to this point, The Grandiest Challenge-The Board Exams! DOUBTS start to set in … as to ” will I make it to the CURVE?” Etc. Non this message for you : “in every journey there’ s a meaning, in every challenge there’s a growth. In every action there’ s a purpose. In every moment of doubt believe in God because in every PRAYER there is an ANSWER.” Just keep on holdong on Non “Laman ka ng DASAL ko” Good luck!

  3. jane

    I am so moved by this, kuya…

    Went thru nostalgia while I read on coz it brings back exactly the memories of how I hurdled my Nursing board exams before…plus, it somehow agitated my oedy (prematurely) anxious anticipation for the med boards as well..hahaha

    It is tough kuya Karl..lets face it… but being in the best medical school (on the other side of the Pasig river..lol), you already have it in you to not just pass, perhaps even top the boards for that matter! Rite of passage na lang yan coz come September, you will be Karl Babe Tagomata, MD! Eh pinsan ko yan..eh manlilibre pa yan… yaaaaay! 🙂 praying for you kuya!! 🙂

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