Clearing DNB is not a rocket science……. Dr Himabindu
Success is the quality of the journey not the destination….An inspiring quote but why mention it for theexamsIt the 3 year of clinical study and not the bookstudy of 3 monthsThat’s the key to clear any medical exam ….inparticular DNB
Art – diagrams, colours, highlightsBasicsChartsDivision and subdivisonEmpathy
Analyse and underline things not to be missed in each question with a pencil..
Question paper in hand1. Check the subject…..trivial..2. Don’t rush to answer3. Go through questions with a calm mind …don’t rush from the very first second
1. Don’t panic by counting the number of questions that u can answer..Secret: I myself missed out on 2 questionsper each paper total 8 questions I was notprepared to answer…..But at the end it didn’t make any differenceTake home message : DON’T PANICBut what if I panic ?????Mantra : Take a deep breath ..take manyTell urself calm or relax…If u are cinematic …can try “ All iz well”
5. Look for your thesis in every paperBoost your confidenceHelps you relaxSure shot points and a way to impress your examiner
Some examples that will guide you to answerquestions in a little different manner than yourpeers….Before starting the answer write the question in ashort form for making an impression that youhave recorded the essence of the question…
Descriptive question like the above a useful way to start is by making a listof headings under which you are writing your answer …..Another example :Q: Role of neuroprotective agents in glaucoma?A:1.) Neuroprotective agents : Definition2. ) Mechanism of Action3.) List of available agents4.) Application in Glaucoma5.) Newer advancesIs it not a waste of valuble time!!!!!!NoImpression of organised approach to the question …….Invaluble in scoring for the answerSmall mistakes could be overlooked
Types of questions ?1. Descriptive2. Classification3. Diagrams4. Clinical approach5. Investigations6. Anatomy and physiology7. Specific 1. Etiology 2. Sequelae 3. Signs and symptoms8. Drugs
ChartsBubble diagramsArrow diagramsLine diagramsFlow chartsAlgorithmsHighlights – yellow preferredUnderliningSide HeadingsUse block letters instead of cursive for easy comprehensionIncorporate at least 2 flowcharts per questionSome examples………………
Answer may appear short, but no reason to worry whenyou have met the requirements of the questionA precise correct answer would yield more than a lengthygood looking nonsenseU can add colour later to the same at the end if u havetime…..
Use diagram itself to write the clinical signs and symptomsIt saves time and also fetches pointsTo avoid missing any signs that we see clinicallySame can be used for cornea, uvea also
Questions on drugs:Follow general text book headings1.) Introduction2.) Mechanism of action3.) List of available agents4.) Dosages5.) Side effects6.) Indications7.) ContraindicationsTo the point questions …. Always write the content asked even though theanswer might be small.Q;) Indications and contraindications of Avastin?Q:) Indication of laser in a patient with lattice degeneration?Q:) Indication for immunosuppresive agents in a case of uveitis?Q;) Indication for systemic antifungal agents?
To underline use colours like orange, yellow, can use pencil or penDraw margins on one side , in the time before u get the question paper
Finally the exam daySleep well the previous night at least 4 -5 hoursEat a good breakfastNumber of answer booklets doesn’t matterLast few days before exam revise all the question papers atleast last 4 to 5 yearsMajority are repeat questionsRefer any of your prepared notesRefer to the powerpoint presentations that you have collected as it is one of thefastest way to refer vast syllabus in less timeThe gap between papers in the afternoon go through questions on preventivemedicine like 2020 , NPCB and questions from previous papers if u missed any.Look at diagrams
All the best for all those exam going post graduatesBelieve in you and your effort , success with follow……..This is a small attempt to guide students and any queries are welcome to email@example.com