Almost There

cadaver lab suit

As many of you know, I am studying to be a naturopathic doctor.  I have been attending naturopathic medical school at Bastyr University, and as long as I pass my upcoming finals, I will be graduating on June 24.

Although I will be done with school, I won’t be done with studying.  After graduation comes my clinical science board examinations in early August.  The exams last for three days.  If I pass them, I will be able to apply for a license to practice medicine in Washington state.

ND books to study

All states that license naturopathic physicians require naturopathic doctors to take and pass clinical board exams in order to receive a license to practice medicine in that state.  The exams help to regulate naturopathic medicine and ensure safety for the healthcare consumer.  In order to be eligible to sit for the exams, one has to have had graduated from an accredited 4 year naturopathic medical school.

I have a lot of studying to do.  Sometimes, when I think about it, I fret and worry and have no idea how all of it is going to happen.  But this is how it’s going to happen:  hibernation.  I will be hibernating in real life by minimizing social activities.  I’ll be virtually hibernating via the steps below.

Virtual Hibernation Step #1:  Get off Facebook.  Check!

I parted ways with Facebook this past weekend.  I won’t be on there until after my boards are finished.  The Wendy’s Eating Husband will manage the a-f Facebook page if need be, so know that if you’re conversing over there, you’ll be talking to someone who likes chicken nuggets from the dollar menu.

Virtual Hibernation Step #2:  Herb of the Month Hiatus.  Check!

There will be no Herb of the Month articles for June, July, and August.  The herbs need to be in my brain more than they need to be on my blog.

Virtual Hibernation Step #3:  Guest Blogger for All of July.

During the month of July, I won’t be writing any posts.  I gave all writing privileges to the Wendy’s Eating Husband.  Now, he shouldn’t be telling all of you how deprived he feels living in an archerfriendly household.  I will be previewing all of his articles before they are published. He’s going to talk to you about tech stuff.  He manages all the behind the scenes stuff around here, and knows quite a bit.  It’ll be a nice change!

As for August, it’s a little unpredictable.  I will most likely be taking time to recover from the 3 days of testing, being in medical school with 2 kids, and chronic sleep deprivation.  However, I’m excited for what the fall brings.  I won’t be in school, so I’m hoping to post a lot more frequently.  You don’t even know how many posts I have already photographed but have not had the time to write.  I have so much in store!

I’ll still be on Twitter, but I’m a Twitter dud, so I won’t be spending a lot of time on there.  If you really want to see what it’s like to hibernate and study all summer long, follow me on Instagram.  Don’t be offended if I don’t follow you.  The only condition for me staying on Instagram is that I can’t add any new friends to follow.  This helps to keep distractions to a minimum, because I could sit there all day looking at your lives.  I’m nosy like that.

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2 Responses

  1. The Prudent Homemaker

    Good for you! Best of luck!

    We’re doing dissection today for homeschool, but I didn’t know that people wore full suits like that for cadavers. Interesting!


    Dr. Archer

    Hi! Most conventional medical schools do not use protection in their cadaver labs. Because we’re naturopathic, we’re more conscientious of the toxic formaldehyde fumes from the (preserved) cadavers. Also, Bastyr didn’t have the best ventilation system when I studied on the cadavers.

    That’s awesome that you do dissection in homeschool!


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