Well, I'm happy to report that the four months of endless studying and practice have paid off well. I passed the American Board of Radiology (ABR) oral board examination, my final "hurdle" to become a board certified (BC) radiologist ("to the stars" as Dr. Jen Miller told me). It's a breath of fresh air for sure. Everyone in my residency program at OHSU passed, which is splendid.
Right after the examination, two of my mates flew home together, but not before stopping at the airport pub for several beers with Pete. The exam was on Tuesday afternoon (05 June), and I received the letter on Friday morning. I think I was more nervous opening the envelope than before and during the grueling 4.5 hour oral exam in Louisville, KY. Holly, the children, my parents, and my brother Todd and his fiance Cicily were present for the "opening of the envelope." I had never been so excited to see our postal carrier. He snuck away before I could hug him too.
Many thanks go out to Holly and the children, who put up with my crazy study hours, crankiness, and time away from them pouring over thousands of cases and images. I couldn't have done it without you!