How to attempt high-cognitive level MCQs for medical PG entrance exam success?
You may be preparing for DNB CET, followed by AIIMS and AIPGMEE. It is important that you know about 2 broad types of MCQs that needs different preparation.
a) Lower-level cognitive Medical MCQs
Most MCQs are written to assess lower-level cognitive skills – basic comprehension and recall or recognition. These MCQs assess only your ability to understand the question and remember the answer. It may also assess your recognition of an image or an ECG.
Which one of the following is the drug of choice for eclampsia?
|B. Magnesium sulphate
|C. Beta blockers
b) High-level cognitive Medical MCQs
10-20% of the crucial MCQs in all exams are higher level cognitive MCQs. These MCQs assess comprehension, application and analysis along with your ability to recall and recognise. These questions are usually clinical scenarios and vignettes.
A 36-year-old non-diabetic patient presented initially to the dermatologist with multiple hemorrhagic blisters over the hands, feet, trunk and face. Over the next decade, she presented with a confusing clinical picture with multisystem involvement. Laboratory evaluation showed antinuclear antibody-negative nephrotic syndrome. The kidney biopsy showed deposits that were potassium permanganate resistant. The congo red stained biopsy is given below. What is the most likely diagnosis?
|A. AA Amyloidosis
|B. AL Amyloidosis
|D. Collapsing glomerulopathy
The following aspects are important to look for in a clinical vignette:
(Patient Scenario)(Signs and Symptoms)(Additional information for differential diagnosis)(abnormal findings)(medication)(lab results)(absence, presence)(enzymes, hormones)(injury and location)(time relation)(organisms, agents)(interventions)(expected outcome)(history of past illnesses)
This list is not exclusive. There are more than 1500 High-Cognitive MCQs on Platinum Access. It is important to practice them for you DNB CET, AIIMS November and AIPGMEE 2016. If you do not have platinum access yet, join over 1000 candidates by subscribing here. Get instant platinum access here.
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