Amanda Xi, Medical Student, 08:11PM Jul 13, 2013
Nearly two months ago, I sat down for the grueling 7-block examination we so fondly know as the USMLE Step 1. This past Wednesday, I walked out of the operating room [I’m currently on my Surgery Clerkship] to be greeted with an email from the NBME inviting me to visit their website in order to retrieve my score. Being the type of person that likes to rip bandages off quickly, I navigated to the page to view my score on the spot.
I breathed out a sigh of relief when I saw the word “PASS” in the first block of my score report. Although I did not walk out of the testing center with a foreboding or ominous feeling, at the back of my mind, I was still a bit concerned that something went horribly wrong. Having waited over 7 weeks for this day to arrive, it felt like a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders to know that I had retained a significant amount of knowledge from my preclinical years.
At this point, I am happy to just focus on enjoying my rotations and soaking up as much information as possible each day I’m in the hospital. During these last two weeks, I was a bit distracted by the impending results. Now, I have piece of mind that I passed my first set of boards and the knowledge of where I stand as I start to seriously consider what specialty I would like to ultimately end up in.