12 Key Points to Remember for Effective Preparation of NEET PG
It is always known that getting the new and advancing questions (MCQs) right gives candidates a big advantage over others. Is this a privilege of the few? It is more important than ever to get the new MCQs right with the new IRT Scoring System (Read Here). This is often a matter of systematic practice. Here I have a few points for you to remember:
1) Use a framework: It is good to have a ‘personal course plan’ to cover a number of important topics in a specified period of time. The objective is to look for advancing and new areas.
2) Do not learn in small pieces: Most effective method of study is to organise the materials as subjects or high yielding topics. Whenever possible try to connect related subjects and topics for better memory. E.g Anatomy of ear with ENT topic. You may use platinum access to easily search for questions from certain areas using key words.
3) Anticipate, Anticipate, Anticipate: Creative imagination is key in anticipating new MCQs for AIIMS PG. When you read a topic try and imagine how MCQs could be created out of it. This improves your focus on the topic.
4) Choose your books wisely: Examiners have a tendency to gravitate towards new edition textbooks. E.g. Harrison’s Principles 19th Edition. There are new and changing areas clearly defined in standard reference texts. Read the preface and the editors notes of the book. E.g Harrison’s 19th preface says: “Of particular note in this 19th edition are critical updates in the classic chapter on HIV/AIDS, which offers both a clinically pragmatic focus and a comprehensive and analytical approach to pathogenesis” – This is a clue to read this topic. Also read the online reviews on new additions to the book. Using searchable online text books with frequent updates is advisable. This means you don’t need to wait for the next edition to get the updates. The drawback is often the cost!
5) Journals: Reading journals is not always practical for MBBS graduates, but if you have the opportunity it is good to scan through important topics. It is not the thorough reading that is needed. It is the scanning process to ‘anticipate’ likely new topics. If you would like to have e-journals it is best to choose the generic ones than narrow specialities. E.g. Student BMJ, BMJ, NEJM or Lancet.
6) Online Evidence Base: Checking Cochrane Library or Pub Med for new information on certain topics is a good habit. However, caution should be exercised whilst appraising new studies because all studies are not of the same quality! Standard Textbooks are more reliable for MBBS graduates.
7) Take Notes: It is good to take notes systematically for final revision. Remember this is targeted learning to acquire new information. And new questions carry higher weightage. So use the 10 note taking tips in the article (see here)
8) Practice on old: Review past assignments and tests for topics, question types, and feedback and re-read the syllabus for the course focus and description. Often past assignments highlight key course concepts and offer example questions which you can use to test yourself. With the help of the course syllabus, determine your learning objectives and the course focus.
9) Explain your answers to others: Parents and little brothers and sisters don’t have to be annoying around exam time! Use them to your advantage. Explain an answer to a question to them. That will help you to get it clear in your head, and also to highlight any areas where you need more work.
10) Image Questions: Image questions are often not repeated. It is good to make a list of topics to revise from E.g. ECGs, Dermatology, Radiology etc. Use Google Images to search for variations in presentations. E.g. Search Osteosarcoma and see all the images under this topic. See example here. You may also use free resources like Radiopaedia and browse through important areas in your list to cover. Do not wander on websites. Know what you are looking for.
11) Prepare for clinical scenarios: There are different ways to prepare for clinical scenarios. Some would browse USMLE model questions for analytical-style vignettes. It is best for candidates to create small boxes with salient points of signs, symptoms and distinguishing factors. It should be very brief, not more than 10 sentences. Find 3 key points for each diagnosis and highlight it red. 1 Sign + 1 Symptom + 1 Investigation = Diagnosis. These questions test your analysis and interpretation. Key points gets you a 70% chance of getting a new MCQ correct.
12) Analyse your preparation: Do not forget to analyse your preparation for new MCQs for AIPGMEE. This is like revising your revision plan. Keep on top of the topics and keep on top of your plan.
HYT 084 – Antibiotics
There are 126 NEET PG MCQs, 90 AIIMS and 106 DNB CET MCQs for you to revise today with the keyword ‘ Antibiotics ‘ on Platinum access.
The references for the above questions were from the following:
Q1) Williams SR, Sztajnkrycer MD, Thurman R. Chapter 17. Toxicological Conditions. In: Knoop KJ, Stack LB, Storrow AB, Thurman R. eds. The Atlas of Emergency Medicine, 3e.
Q2) Levinson W. Antimicrobial Drugs: Mechanism of Action. In: Levinson W. eds.Review of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, 13e.
Q3) Deck DH, Winston LG. Tetracyclines, Macrolides, Clindamycin, Chloramphenicol, Streptogramins, & Oxazolidinones. In: Katzung BG, Trevor AJ. eds. Basic & Clinical Pharmacology, 13e.
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