rAdIoLoGy NoTeS 31: Diplomate Exams, Part 1 7/04/2011 07:57:00 PM

I have never in my life ever taken any kind of examination, board exam or otherwise outside of my beloved Cebu City (except maybe for a seminar or two here and there). This was going to be a first. 

After weeks of cramming both the completion of my research paper (which finally was approved), compilation of requirements and a 2-session crash course on radiation physics by our hospital's medical physicist for the benefit of all Cebu-based examiners, I found myself in the auditorium of the Lung Center of the Philippines with 99 other hopefuls (6 of us based in Cebu City, and I was the lone female). 
We had breakfast (although I already ate at the home of my host family for the night) and snacks for the afternoon prepared for us. I had to change places as the writing arm of the seat I was initially assigned to did not work. We had unlimited supply of a variety of candies (I still have a vivid picture of one Cebuano co-examinee sucking on a mini-Chupa Chups lollipop thoughtfully). We had to hurdle 3 sets of questionnaires for this exam (cumulative rating) on applied anatomy in radiology, procedures in radiology and radiation physics. I got distracted by the fact that people did not seem to pay attention to instructions. And i went on answering the exam, nevermind if I was not able to review my answers for the first set. I did manage to finish the last set 15 minutes ahead of time and immediately left the venue to be able to attend noontime Holy Mass @ Sto. Domingo Church in Quezon City. 

...And here's the answer to my prayers:

Exam Results Here...