“ While Taking An Exam If You Can’t Explain A Tree…
Then Tie The Goat To The Tree & Explain The Goat……”
Lol….. these memes look hilarious only on social media. But while explaining a tree, in reality, you have to explain a tree itself not a goat;
The same goes with the PSM; you have to be very clear with the topic and not with the irrelevant stuff.
First of all, you must be aware of the updated syllabus of PSM prescribed by MCI India. The syllabus is as follows:-
1) Evaluation of public health & concepts of health.
2) Environment & health.
3) Health education.
4) Nutrition & dietetics.
5) Occupational health.
6) Medical sociology & community mental health.
7) Fundamentals of biostatics.
8) Basic epidemiology.
9) Epidemiology of specific diseases.
10) Communicable & non-communicable diseases.
12) Reproductive & child health.
13) School health.
14) Urban health.
15) Health system in India.
16) Health planning & management including disaster management.
17) International health.
Now, when you are aware of the full syllabus of PSM for FMG EXAM, you must strategize your preparation in an effective way.
Well, according to me, the strategies that you have to keep in mind while preparing for a particular subject is:-
1) Realize your combatant (FMGE):
Just make sure you know the full syllabus of the subject as discussed above including the exam pattern of the subject plus the latest trends being followed in the exam and high yield questions being asked in the FMGE examination.
2) Cocksure yourself:
Just be certain and confident about yourself and your strengths. Be defined about your academic strengths and weaknesses along with your learning profile. Self-confidence is a very big thing, if you are confident from within, you can conquer the whole world. You can easily defeat your competitors.
3) Intrigue a tactical plan:
Make a time-efficient study plan for your preparation which includes all the reading and comprehensive parts of the topic along with making precise notes. Make a plan to study topics day-wise. Taking your discussion classes, giving tests, and management of time as well.
4) Examination adroitness:
You must need to be aware of the skills used while giving the exam. You must develop the skills within yourself which will make your exam at temptation easier for you.
The major examination skills that you need to develop are-
a. STRATEGEM TO MCQ’s- the basic thing to keep in mind while attempting any MCQ is that your concepts should be very clear. The conceptualization of the topics is very important. If you are clear with the concept then only you will be able to analyze it.
Increase your recall ability. Make yourself so much attentive that you can easily and quickly recall things.
And last but not the least, reasoning abilities also. If you are aware of the concepts, you can easily be reasoning ready.
b. CREDENCE AND PERFECTION-
Boost your confidence and be accurate while selecting answers. Make sure you are while opting for the answer, you are pretty well confident along with the surety of accuracy. Then only mark your answer otherwise you can end up with a negative marking.
c. TIME MANAGEMENT-
You must learn how to manage your time not only for preparation for the exam but also how to attempt your exam. While attempting MCQs, manage your time in such a way that you attempt all the questions in the first go about which you are fully confident and sure about the answers.
The second time you attempt all those remaining questions for which you have to analyze and recall the topics.
In this way, you can attempt the maximum part of your examination.
These strategies are definitely going to help you while attempting your examination. But the most important topics which can’t even think of leaving for studying are-
b) Epidemiology: the concept of health & disease
f) Bio-medical waste
i) Recent infections
From the list of important topics, what exactly you need to prepare for them in details is as follows:
A) BIOSTATICS :
• In biostatics, most of the questions are being asked from CHI SQUARE, PAIRED T TEST & STUDENT T TEST.
• You must be aware of the SAMPLING TYPES and also have knowledge regarding MEAN, MEDIAN, MODE, STANDARD DEVIATION, STANDARD ERROR, AND NORMAL DISTRIBUTION.
• You must have knowledge about SCREENING TESTS like when the tests are arranged in series and when in parallel.
• A brief knowledge of CONFOUNDING & EFFECT MODIFIER, GUTTMAN SCALE, LIKERT SCALE.
• DISTINCTION OF CHARACTERS IN CATEGORIAL TEST & QUANTITATIVE TEST should be thoroughly studied.
B) EPIDEMIOLOGY: CONCEPT OF HEALTH & DISEASE-
• HDI, HPI & PQLI differences must be understood by you so that you can easily differentiate between them
• ICEBERG CONCEPT must be clear to you.
• CONCEPT OF WEB OF CAUSATION must be clear before the examination.
• NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION SCHEDULE should be thoroughly prepared since it is highly significant.
• Immunization is given to children till 5 yrs of age should be heartedly learned.
• INFLUENZA, POLIO, JAPANESE ENCEPHALITIS must be thoroughly studied.
• Parasitic infections like FILARIAL WORMS should not be left unfocused.
• Focus on VITAMIN DEFICIENCY DISEASES.
• IODINE DEFICIENCY DISORDERS should not be left untouched.
• You must be able to distinguish between the GROWTH MONITORING AND NUTRITIONAL SURVEILLANCE.
F) BIO-MEDICAL WASTE-
• INCINERATION, SCREW FIT TECHNOLOGY are few important topics from biomedical waste which are never left untouched during all examinations.
• MOSQUITO CONTROL MEASURES must be prepared.
• POLLUTION TESTS must be studied thoroughly.
• RNTCP PROGRAMS, NTCP PROGRAMS are the major topics that must not be excluded while preparing.
• Old programs, new programs must also be prepared.
I) RECENT INFECTIONS-
• Stay updated with the recent infections such as COVID, EBOLA, SWINE FLU, H1N1 as these are the hot topics to be asked in the examination.
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