Advantages of writing and drawing for your AIPGMEE 2017 Medical PG Entrance Preparation:
Most people think writing or drawing is a way of keeping learning records for the future. This is a wrong way of looking at it. The most benefit of having a pen with you is from learning then and there.
You could try and draw a diagram, write the facts your own way and summarize with mind map for AIPGMEE 2017. This creates a new sensory experience to help your learning and memory.
It gives you,
- your own ideas for the medical PG topic
- new thought connections
- a different sensory experience for better memory
- it moderates volume overload for your AIPGMEE preparation
- it stops thought block with new information
- it has a calming effect by stimulating your thinking
Here is an example of an AIPGMEE MCQ and an example of writing & drawing tip.
Qn: Hypocalcaemia is characterized by all of the following, EXCEPT:
- Numbness and tingling of circumoral region.
- Hyperactive tendon reflexes and positive Chvostek\’s sign
- Shortening of Q-T interval in ECG.
- Carpopedal spasm
Ans: 3, Shortening of Q-T interval in ECG
Here is an example of notes for AIPGMEE preparation.
In hypocalcemia, ECG shows prolongation of QT interval (as a result of lengthened ST segment).
Lab findings in hypocalcemia:
- Serum calcium concentration is low (< 8.5 mg/dL or < 2.21 mmol/L)
- In true hypocalcemia, the ionized serum calcium concentration is low (< 4.6 mg/dL or < 1.15 mmol/L)
- Serum phosphate is usually elevated in hypoparathyroidism or advanced stages of CKD, whereas it is suppressed in early-stages of CKD or vitamin D deficiency
- Serum Mg2+ is commonly low
Ref: Papadakis MA, McPhee SJ. Hypocalcemia. In: Papadakis MA, McPhee SJ. eds.Quick Medical Diagnosis & Treatment 2016.