If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.James 1:5
I wrote and passed a Nigerian medical license examination (MDCN) a few weeks ago at first attempt. Yeah! While I prepared for my medical License exam, all I wanted was for God to be glorified in all of it. It wasn’t particularly easy in the beginning as I found it quite tasking to get a hang of things. Thankfully, I did in due time. Months before I wrote the exam, I believe God told me that if I involved Him in my preparation, I was sure to pass. By His Grace, I did just that.
I went radio silent in this period and decided to go off social media. Well, not absolutely. I’ll admit I logged in to Instagram a few times to stay updated about my environment *smiles*. However, the break helped me manage my time more effectively.
One of my turning points during my preparation was the idea God gave me six weeks before the exam to have a study partner- Dr. Franca. We had our nose to the grindstone as we revised clerking and counseling of patients over the phone every day and discussed topics we had read personally.
I was quite sure I would pass the exam even before I wrote it because it wasn’t my idea to write it in the first place. In all honesty, I only decided to write it so early because I felt God’s peace at the thought of writing. So, I knew God was with me.
God didn’t stop there. He surrounded me with great friends and family who believed in me. Friends who stirred up my spirit man with the word of God. I’ve made it my business to support them in everything they do.
More so, I also feel the need to add here that there were a few friendships that fizzled out for reasons I could not fathom. So, be ready for change as you begin a new phase in your life. Trust God and be sensitive to the cues He sets before you. When He says move, MOVE!
Two weeks before the exam, I attended a worship experience and album release event hosted by Minister Dunsin Oyekan. Yes, I know I should have been studying but hey, I’m not aware of anything that excites me more than being in God’s presence. There, God spoke a second time – “You’ve passed your exam. Pray for the aftermath”, He said. A moment I can’t forget in a hurry.
So what is the conclusion of the matter? In all you do,
Trust The One Who Leads You.
I am intentional about this point because it is expedient you know who leads you. You can be sure of God’s Grace in whatever He leads you to do at that moment. Note that, you may have a good plan but this doesn’t rule out the fact that it may not be the right time to implement it. This is important so you do not blame God when things don’t work out for you as you thought they would.
I also feel the need to add here that you shouldn’t be scared of trying. You’re God’s child so you always have His backing. You have an excellent Spirit on your inside so you should win at everything you do. Do what you find God’s peace in and trust that you’ll succeed in it. There should be a balance here. This inclusion is only for the born again Christians. So, if you aren’t, this will be the right time to be so as not miss out on these privileges.
Even after all the affirmations that God gave, I worked well. I would say He helped me work well and smart. I didn’t slack off. So, please as you trust God, work well. God is many things but He is not a magician. However, you can be sure to put in your best and trust Him to take care of the rest.
Now, are you one preparing for the medical License exam? There’s no hard and fast rule to preparing but these will help you,
Join A Tutorial
Acemedix Academy was a blessing to me. They strictly followed a scheme that worked well for many of us. A tutorial also well equipped with knowledgeable and experienced doctors who truly cared about our success. Plus, having to leave the house every day for the tutorial kept me away from distractions at home. You can join in with this link and you’ll be attended to. However, as you attend the classes, make sure to revise the notes you penned down.
Have A Study Group
This was extremely helpful for me. I started off in a group of 7 doctors. We met twice every week. As I mentioned earlier, the idea to have one study partner came along about 6 weeks before the exam. However, I continued with the study group of 7 doctors even though some of them opted out at some point. My point is that it’s important you have people you discuss topics with. More so, being with people of similar interests keeps your head in the game.
Prayer is so important. Prayers give way for angels to minister on your behalf. It is prayers that will help keep you sane in trying times. I must also say that having people who pray for you is equally important.
Don’t Forget To Rest
Respond to your body. When it needs rest, please oblige. This will help you assimilate more.
Don’t Be Lazy About Reading
There is no downside to this. Study “the guide textbooks”, all four of them. They include The guide obstetrics and gynecology, medicine, pediatrics, and surgery. I also recommend pediatrics in pictures textbook by Philip O. Abiodun. With this, you’ll be confident to answer almost any question on pediatrics.
Join Telegram Medical Pages
Join the MDCN telegram pages and try to keep up with all medical interactions on it. This is really important. I can’t emphasize this enough. It’ll encourage you to see other doctors interact on different topics.
You Can Never Have Enough Of Multiple-Choice Questions.
You’ll Be Fine
This exam is fundamentally to test you on all you learned in medical school. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Set a study schedule for yourself and follow it duly. Do not compare your race to someone else’s. With God, you’ll be fine.
Congratulations in advance.