Health: How I Passed My Boards

A few weeks ago, I was huddled in a hotel conference room with a dozen other neurosurgeons as we braced ourselves for the most important test of our lives. We were in Houston. It was hot and muggy. We were anxious, and all of us were sweating before the test even started. After finishing college, four years of medical school, seven years of training and five years of practice, I was taking a test that would transform me from "board eligible" to "board certified." But only if I passed.

Dr. Julian Hoff, my longtime mentor, told me this would be one...

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