Clinical Skillz Exam

Hey everyone.

I am currently in the very end of the musculoskeletal block. Today I had my Clinical Skills exam. The clinical skills exams are basically simulated patient encounters, so there are actors and actresses that play the role of the patient. They describe why they are at the doctor’s office, and we have to do a history and physical exam to come up with a diagnosis and treatment plan. So, basically I get to wear my white coat and play doctor.


(This picture is pretty old! It’s from back in September after my first time shadowing at Cincinnati Children’s. I need to take more pictures in my white coat.)

Anyways, Clinical Skills exams make me SO nervous. I usually get a little bit anxious before tests, but Clinical Skills takes my test anxiety to a whole other level. I really don’t have a problem interacting with patients. I think I am pretty good at it, actually. But, I get so nervous that I will forget something or that I won’t be able to come up with a diagnosis or I won’t know what to say. I actually envision myself breaking down in tears, running out of the room, and failing. Obviously, none of that happened today. I had two smooth, comfortable patient encounters and made two correct diagnoses.

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(OSCE=Objective Structured Clinical Examination)

After my exam, I studied a bit more. I have a gross anatomy final exam tomorrow. The exam is 80 minutes long. We walk around the gross anatomy lab, answering questions about various structures tagged on our cadavers. I hate gross anatomy. I hate learning anatomy in general. I do not find it interesting. I do not enjoy dissection. And the number one thing I’ve learned in the musculoskeletal block is that I will not become an orthopedist, a sports medicine doctor, or a neurologist.

So, after studying anatomy, a little of this happened…


I am so obsessed with House of Cards! I was skeptical before I started watching it because I don’t normally like political dramas, but House of Cards is SO MUCH MORE.

This happened also…


Oats in a Jar. If you don’t know what oats in a jar is, do yourself a favor and Google it right now. Here’s the gist: you have to wait until you have an almost empty jar of peanut butter. Then, you make oatmeal (however you like it) and dump the hot oats into the almost empty jar of peanut butter which gets all warm and creamy and amazing. Oats in a jar days are special days, the best days.

Lucky for me I eat at least 1 jar of peanut butter a week, so oats in a jar days are not too rare around these parts.

Also, Peanut Butter Co. White Chocolate Wonderful is insanely good.

Okay…time for me to veg out. I have a 5am workout tomorrow, and I need to kick some gross anatomy booty right afterwards.





    1. Yeah! I am a medical student at The University of Cincinnati. I from northern Ohio, but I love Columbus and have visited many times for shopping, cheerleading competitions, concerts, etc. I used to blog at CollegeGirlCooking… I don’t know if you remember, but you commented a couple times there!! It’s nice to be back in touch!

  1. The oats in a jar sounds incredible. Finishing up a jar of peanut butter this week…definitely going to try this. Thanks for the tip!

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