Scanning for New MCQs: Effective AIPGMEE 2016 (NBE) Preparation
10 Key Points to Remember for Effective preparation: Scanning new MCQs for AIPGMEE 2016
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 text books. 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) 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.
9) 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.
10) 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.
H-Y-T: 028 – Carotid Artery
Carotid artery is an important anatomy topic with frequent repeats. Included below is a new MCQ from AIIMS May 2015.
Answer the MCQs below and see the popular answers. Don’t forget to check the correct answers and explanations.The references for the above questions were from the following:
Q1) Dhillon N. Chapter 1. Anatomy. In: Lalwani AK. eds. CURRENT Diagnosis & Treatment in Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery, 3e.
Q2) Morton DA, Foreman K, Albertine KH. Chapter 25. Overview of the Neck. In: Morton DA, Foreman K, Albertine KH. eds. The Big Picture: Gross Anatomy.
Q3) Dhillon N. Chapter 1. Anatomy. In: Lalwani AK. eds. CURRENT Diagnosis & Treatment in Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery, 3e
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How to use platinum access to cover High Yielding Topic (H-Y-T) 028: Carotid Artery?
You can create a ‘MY TOPIC‘ in the study panel and name it ‘Carotid Artery AIPG’ or ‘Carotid Artery AIIMS’. Use keyword search to create a HYT. Search for ‘Carotid’ and click create test. This will be saved a HYT for your future revision too. Get platinum access instant subscribe.
How to create HYTs on Study Panel for AIPGMEE, AIIMS PG and DNB exams?
Make sure you have selected AIIMS, AIPGMEE or DNB as package on Study Panel.
Step 1: On study panel click on My Topics (My Tests).
Step 2: Click Create New
Step 3: Give Test Name ‘Carotid Artery AIPG’. Type under keyword filter ‘Carotid’. You have 50 questions today on Carotid Artery for AIPGMEE alone. Do the same for AIIMS and DNB later.
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