Ahhh the dread of it all…but it’s that season again, time for licensing! Brings back memories, about exactly a year ago (August 2010) I did my licensing for EMR. Now I’m back for more (as if I didn’t have enough fun last time), but this time for PCP-IV. I’m telling you, it’s no easy task getting my brain back up to gear after 4 months off and running calls ‘street style’.
My brain was off to a slow start, sputtering away and heaving, steaming and getting no where. Like how you train your muscles to run further and faster, it’s the same with the brain. The more exercise you give it (in this case studying) the longer it’ll last and the sharper and quicker it is. Normally studying 4 hours straight with a mini break is easy for me, but just yesterday when I forced myself to go to the library (since I realized I only have 3 days available to study before my written exam) my brain was fried by 4 hours…it felt like mush. I did another 4 hours today, and once again felt like mush. Seems like I need to give my brain some steroids for tomorrow’s study session.
The Game Plan.
My game plan for the written is basically going through the whole licensing booklet, reading all the details including all the subtexts. Knowing all my protocols, all my drug monographs, and (yes as strange as it sounds) re-reading through my EMR practice written exam. While I’m at it, I’ve also decided to review some facts that I’ve forgotten here and there. A very useful app I found is the BC Medic App which you can get for your smart phone. Oh and did I mention that it’s free? It has all the EMA protocols for EMR, PCP, PCP-IV, ACP and also contains really useful references such as mneumonics, stages of labour, accepted abbreviations, fractures, pediatric assessment model, vital ranges, etc to name a few. Neat study tool and review tool.
My practical licensing will also be this month. I will keep you updated on how it all goes. It’s nice having been through licensing once and knowing what to expect. To be honest, I’m rather excited to do licensing this time round. I’ve been working towards this goal (to get licensed at the PCP-IV level) since 2 years ago when my brother told me a story that set me on this path. So I say, “Bring it on!” 😀