the rewards of delay
So at some point I guess I should start studying for the Oral Boards in April. I'm not terribly stressed about it (the thing about being an attending is that every day is the Oral Boards) but that's not to say that there aren't things that I should brush up on before I walk into the actual test. I got very lucky in that the Spring exam is being offered in Atlanta (usually people have to fly in for the exam, it's only offered at two somewhat random cities per year--San Antonio TX, anyone?) so that makes everything a little easier. The fact of having to fly into town for an exam and check into a hotel room the night before you get grilled by a panel of stone-faced examiners raises the stakes somewhat--however, there's only so much I can get worked up about a test that I can take 10 minutes away from my house.
I put off taking my Written Boards for a year because I was in the middle of finishing up the manuscript for my book, or the first version, anyway. Though there were times I did wish after the fact that I had just taken my Writtens on schedule (as it was, I only ended up studying for about a week this summer, so it's not like I was luxuriating in all this extra time) but being on the schedule that lands me taking the Oral Boards in the city where I live is a huge plus. See, kids, procrastination does pay off. (Note to any actual kids: Ignore the preceding sentence. And also, say no to drugs.)
P.S. Don't forget to check back later today for the first installment of this week's new comic, "Residency vs. Baby, a Critical Comparison."