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Friday, January 9, 2009

The Score is in...

I've worried and studied for this family medicine board exam for what seems a year.

I've rearranged my life and priorities to make time to study. So many good projects and causes put on the back burner.

I've taken the test twice this year (with the first test's score dissapearing into cyberspace). To put it simply.

I couldn't sleep this week anticipating the score to be released on Dec, 9.

I've felt my heart beating out of my chest checking my portfolio on-line for results last night, this AM just to find the site down as they uploaded the scores.

I've questioned the importance of being Board Certified.

I seemed to have found my own niche and style anyway.

Much of the data is biased towards using and funded by pharmaceuticals and the test and review books reinforce the importance of surveillance and pharmaceuticals AND not how to help people make good lifestyle choices. Did studying for the boards make me a better doctor (no way!!!)? At least I don't see it.

I've questioned the consequences of not being board certified.

Many hospitals require board certification for admitting privileges. I choose not to have these special privileges.

To be on insurance plans, some insurance plans require board certification. It's not that I care about insurance plans needs, per say, but the majority of people won't go to a doctor out-of-network (despite complaining about the one they do see).

I couldn't think of any other consequences besides what it would do to my self esteem of setting a goal and not reaching it.

I've mentally prepared myself that my board certification might lapse. It expired Dec. 31. And what would I do-- give up or take the darn thing next July.

I put that I am board certified on my authors bio.

Why did I do that?

The most important reason for being board certified is that perhaps it may still give me some credibility within my profession. I am still one of them. I can still be of influence (hopefully) and not a stray.......

I passed!!!!!! I'm certified until 2015.

IBCLC exam in 2010, but next Family Practice Board Exam is in 7-10 years.


pearly1979 said...
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fitncrafty said...

Congrats to you!!!

Iam SOOOOO happy to hear that you are done and no more worries...

Your m's and B's are in the mail!!

Happy dancing for you!!

Orlando Realtor said...


Great news! Keep up the good work, I am proud of you.

Rixa said...

Congrats! I am glad I don't have to take exams over again for my degree. Once is enough!

crispy said...

WOO HOO!!!!!!!!! Congrats to you. You have worked so hard. Wonderful news.

Lauren said...

Cool deal! I was just wondering about this yesterday. Congrats!!!

Natacha said...

I loved the way you kept me anticipating!!! Your so clever :)
Congratulations on all of your hard work not being in vain... and thank heavens it's over!!! :)

poseygirl said...


Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Knew ya would!!!

Good on ya Denise!!!!

gentledoula said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! I can FEEL all the thoughts you had before finding out you passed. (No fair, BTW, to make me scroll down to find out you passed!:-) I am so proud of you (you deserve it!) and happy for you. You must be relieved and finally able to enjoy your profession again knowing that you have been validated by a credentialing board. Those tests are not designed to be easy or necessarily fair! Kudos!
Warm hug from a very good friend and sister!

Christy ~ Munch75 said...

Congratulations!! :) I'm so happy for you to get this behind you and move on with the fun stuff you put on hold while studying!

Trish Chibas said...

You had me in such suspense! Congrats! Now you can relax.

womantowomancbe said...

You are pure evil -- you know that? :-)

I read this but never saw the end. I was on tenterhooks as to whether or not you passed (or even if you knew -- it was possible that the site was still down, I thought) until I saw all the "congratulations" and realized that because of all the blank space that Google Reader didn't include the last couple of lines!



Anonymous said...

I can't believe you passed by the skin of your *ss.

You put board certified on your business card. You'd have to change your business card, too, if you didn't.

Becky R (photo is me at 16) said...


Permission to Mother said...

Thanks for all your kind comments (except John ;)).

Now should I burn all those review books....?

Tammie said...

May I just add my congrats! Way to go!!!!!!

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