PGI mock test 1

PGI mock test 1 ans given (c)
In the development of RMP, the greatest contribution is of:
a. Diffusion of Na+
b. Diffusion of K+
c. Diffusion of Cl-
d.Active transport of Na+ as well as K+


Ans is b.
Explanation is correct

SWS 15 PATHOLOGY UPDATE

SWS 15 PATHOLOGY UPDATE
Dear Damsonians kindly post any controversial mcq related with pathology test (SWS 15) conducted on 8 march:
Please note the given errata
Bonus Q-13 All of the following statements concerning mammalian chromosomes are true:
a. DNase I can be used to treat chromosomes to determine inactive regions of DNA 
b. Approximately 7% of the sequences contained in the eukaryotic genome are copied into RNA
c. Heterochromatin is a term used for inactive DNA, and euchromatin is a term used for those regions of DNA that are transcriptionally active.
d. In higher eukaryotic genomes, cytosine is methylated at cytosine-guanine (CG) islands in inactive segments of DNA
Q-154 Serum C3 is persistently low in the following except :
a. Post streptococcal glomerulonephritis
b. Membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis
c. Lupus nephritis
d. Glomerulonephritis related to bacterial endocarditis
Ans-154: (a) Post streptococcal glomerulonephritis
BonusQ-178 Reversible injury in myocardium occurs at
a. 2 minutes
b. 30 minutes
c. 2 hours
d. 5 hours

Interview with our topper Dr. Kruthi. M.K

Interview with our topper Dr. Kruthi. M.K
Dr. Kruthi. M. K did her MBBS from KMC, Mangalore and joined DAMS regular batch
She secured Rank 80 in AIPGE 2015 and 57 in JIPMER Exam
DAMS: Congratulations on securing a  good  ranks. What is the secret of your success in this exam?
Dr. Kruthi:
Perseverance is the only word for it. This was probably the hardest year of my life until now and there were times when I just wanted to give up and give in, but, at the end of the day I knew the only way to move was forward and face my fears. As they say all’s well that ends well.
DAMS : How important you think was DAMS in your preparation ?
Dr Kruthi:
It was everything I needed and more. I can't even fathom where I'd be without DAMS , frankly. Wonderful faculty , precise teaching, Even more precise notes so that we knew what exactly we needed to focus on. I've learnt so many new things that I had no idea about during undergraduate days!. Our faculty at DAMS made us feel that tough things are easy when enough time and attention was given to them. They motivated us, moulded us , prepared us in every which way for what was coming in the near future. I couldn't thank them enough! Weekly tests and Grand tests were helpful in letting us know where we stood and how exactly to change our pattern of study for a better result next time.
DAMS: Indian PG entrances are highly competitive so to compete them students end up in appearing in multiple PG exams , kindly extend your views on this and also their pros and cons of appearing in multiple PG entrances .
Dr Kruthi:
Dear lord! Where to begin! Its a boon as well as a bane.
A boon because the chances of doing well in at least one of them is higher!!and that fact that you get used to the drill of exams, the travelling to the centres, organizing oneself for the day and all that jazz
A bane because, let’s face it, if the results are out before your next exam and you didn’t make it, it can be terribly demoralizing. Everyone's going on about how well they’ve done on social media, while you slip into the dark confines of your mind wondering where it all went wrong and contemplating whether you can actually crack the next exam! You feel lost and cheated even after putting in a lot of work. That, I think is one of the worst feelings ever.
DAMS: Which subjects did you focus on?
Dr Kruthi:
Medicine , Surgery, PSM, OBG carried most marks , hence the need to pay attention to them. But frankly I think, the short subjects play a even bigger role in your rank at the end cause everyone pays attention to the larger subjects , forgetting that the short subjects are the real tricky ones to crack and can change the playing field .Orthopaedics was my weakest subject , I paid a lot of attention to it.
DAMS: What do you want to specialize in, why and where?
Dr Kruthi:
General Medicine is my calling I believe. I'm looking at the best colleges for Gen Med, prime choices being KEM Mumbai, Lady Harding Delhi, etc.

DAMS: Which teachers in DAMS influenced you most and what do you like about DAMS and would recommend to your juniors?
Dr Kruthi:
This is the hardest question of all! Everyone influenced me in their own way and made me want to achieve this more than anything else
Some lecturers do need special mention though! Dr Sumer Sethi, such a dynamic personality and he made Radio seem like a piece of cake! He was so encouraging, funny, understanding and I’m so glad to be part of his brainchild!
OBG faculty, who makes even OBG numerical seem interesting!
Patho faculty! Head of Mangalore DAMS, and who made haematology and pathology so easy!
Surgery faculty, whose surgery notes saved my life!
Ortho faculty, who made me feel like I can actually crack that it! Anatomy faculty, whose diagrams were enough to understand a lot of difficult concepts, PSM faculty, for making PSM amazing! I know so much more about PSM than I ever did during MBBS, Pharma faculty, who made all drug names so easy to remember! All the medicine teachers. THANK YOU!!SO MUCH!

Interview with our topper Dr. Mehta Pankti K

Interview with our topper Dr. Mehta Pankti K
Dr. Mehta Pankti K did her MBBS from SGSMC, Mumbai and joined DAMS
She secured Rank 41 IN AIPGMEE 2015 Exam
DAMS: Congratulations on securing a  good  ranks. What is the secret of your success in this exam?
Dr. Pankti:
There’s no ‘secret’ as such! One needs to work really hard for this one year, no shortcuts!
If I have to still name a secret it would be DAMS class notes:)
DAMS: How did your parents, family and friends contribute to your success?
Dr. Pankti:
Words would be less for this one! I owe it to my family, my teachers, my friends and seniors!
DAMS: Who influenced you to take up Medicine?
Dr. Pankti:
To be frank I just went with the flow, no emotional incident or anything like that!
DAMS: We appreciate the fact that preparing for an extremely competitive exam must be really challenging. During your preparation, did you ever doubt your ability to succeed in it?
Dr. Pankti:
Not a day would’ve passed without me thinking, can I? Will I?
DAMS:  Which books did you read for the theory part?
Dr. Pankti:
The usual texts, Robbins for pathology, Harrison for medicine, bailey and love and shwartz for surgery.
DAMS : Which books did you read for MCQ revision? Which revision books were the most productive and which were least?
Dr. Pankti:
Across (less productive), Poonam agarwal Ma’ms book for biochem (must do), short subjects (pathology is less productive, microbiology should do, short subjects- psych dermat- ortho books are really good), Sumer sir’s book for radiology (must do), Ruchi Ma’ms book for ophthalmology (must do), AA for Medicine and surgery (productive!).

DAMS: How important you think was DAMS in your preparation?
Dr. Pankti:
DAMS class notes are a gem, from the printed notes Physiology, Pharmacology, Anaesthesia are a must!  The DAMS Exclusive club and DAMS cloud, both very convenient and innovative ways to learn, very easy to revise questions, updates, and the faculty is very approachable!
DAMS: What do you think is the better way of preparation between selective, intensive study and wide, extensive study? What did you choose as your style of studying?
Dr. Pankti:
Intensive and I chose the same...
There’s no time for extensive!
DAMS: Indian PG entrances are highly competitive so to compete them students end up in appearing in multiple PG exams , kindly extend your views on this and also their pros and cons of appearing in multiple PG entrances .
Dr. Pankti:
Multiple exams mean multiple chances! But the whole revision cycle before every exam kind of wears you out..
DAMS: Which subjects did you focus on?
Dr. Pankti:
Physiology, Biochemistry, Pathology, Pharmacology, Medicine, Surgery, short subjects.
DAMS: What was your strategy for the exam day? How many questions did you attempt and why?
Dr. Pankti:
Sleep well, pray, read every word of the question, no silly mistakes, I attempted all questions because as it is there’s no negative marking..
DAMS: What do you want to specialize in, why and where?
Dr. Pankti:
Internal Medicine, KEM hosp or MAMC I’m yet to decide that!
DAMS: Which teachers in DAMS influenced you most and what do you like about DAMS and would recommend to your juniors?
Dr. Pankti:
Sumer sir, Physio mam, Surgery sir, Patho mam, Medicine all faculties, Anatomy sir, Opthal sir, OBG mam, Paeds sir and the Psych faculty!

Definitely yes, i would recommend DAMS to my juniors, infact I already have:)

Interview with our topper Dr. Sudeshna Malakar

Interview with our topper Dr. Sudeshna Malakar
Dr. Sudeshna Malakar did her MBBS from NRSMC, Kolkata and joined DAMS Regular Course in Kolkata

She secured Rank 52 IN AIPGMEE 2015 Exam
DAMS: Congratulations on securing a good ranks. What is the secret of your success in this exam?
Dr. Sudeshna:
Hard work, support from family and friends and of course DAMS.
DAMS: How did your parents, family and friends contribute to your success?
Dr. Sudeshna:
They were always supportive and were with me throughout…
DAMS: Who influenced you to take up Medicine?
Dr. Sudeshna:
Well I am the first doctor of my family..I always knew I wanted to be a doctor …So yes I influenced myself to be a doctor…
DAMS: We appreciate the fact that preparing for an extremely competitive exam must be really challenging. During your preparation, did you ever doubt your ability to succeed in it?
Dr. Sudeshna:
Yes at every point..November AIIMS rank 329, PGI rank 167, and JIPMER rank 424..i doubted myself all the time , thought maybe I was not good enough but that happens with everyone, important is to pursue and friends helped a lot in these times…
DAMS:  Which books did you read for the theory part?
Dr. Sudeshna:
Anatomy, Physiology class-notes and across, Biochemistry class- notes and book by Poonam Aggarwal mam, Path Pharma notes, micro class notes and Arvind Arora, FSM class notes and DAMS module, eye class notes, ENT class notes, PSM notes, Dermatology, Anaesthesia notes and module, medicine notes, few topics from Harrison and MK, surgery notes+AA, Paeds notes and Gynae-OBS only Deepti mam notes.
DAMS : Which books did you read for MCQ revision? Which revision books were the most productive and which were least?
Dr. Sudeshna:
Books mentioned above were helpful…rest weren’t that much because of fewer repeats in all India, for shorter subjects DAMS notes and module were enough for me.

DAMS : How important you think was DAMS in your preparation ?
Dr. Sudeshna:
DAMS was the best decision I took.. I was dropping a year after internship…which was a big gamble …and I trusted DAMS blindly as suggested by one of my seniors..and the outcome is for all to see..
DAMS: What do you think is the better way of preparation between selective, intensive study and wide, extensive study? What did you choose as your style of studying?
Dr. Sudeshna:
I had only about 7 months ..so I had to go retrospective..so smart study is more important in these times, but yes if you have read standard books in MBBS that does surely help.
DAMS: Indian PG entrances are highly competitive so to compete them students end up in appearing in multiple PG exams , kindly extend your views on this and also their pros and cons of appearing in multiple PG entrances .
Dr. Sudeshna:
I strongly advocate giving all the exams one is eligible for, every exam is different, and every exam helps you grow…u learn by committing mistakes, November is the exam season with back to back exams, a bad rank in these exams may make you lose hope..like my rank in PGI, AIIMS, JIPMER weren’t that good, but still I knew I was going right and gave DNB AIPG  my full attempt.
DAMS: Which subjects did you focus on?
Dr. Sudeshna:
With NBE subject wise distribution is a myth..All subjects are equally important..my special focus was on short subjects and first year second yr subjects and PSM ..these are high yielding..Medicine surgery are vast..do not give too much time to them..
DAMS: What was your strategy for the exam day? How many questions did you attempt and why?
Dr. Sudeshna:
No specific strategy as such…just to stay calm..I attempted all 300 question in my paper as advised by Sumer sir..calculated guesses if you get right..can work wonder.

DAMS: What do you want to specialize in, why and where?
Dr. Sudeshna:
I haven’t yet decided but my intention is to study in Delhi in medicine or its allied subjects..like paeds or dermat.

DAMS: Which teachers in DAMS influenced you most and what do you like about DAMS and would recommend to your juniors?
Dr. Sudeshna: Each one of them inspired me in a different way, Sumer sir and his words, Deepti mam’s constant guidance on the club, Paeds faculty, Psychiatry, Ortho faculties constantly cleared my doubts through FB ..and ENT sir’s class was truly inspiring and reinstated the self belief I need to have in myself just before the exam season began …

Interview with our topper Dr. Shubhra Mishra

Interview with our topper Dr. Shubhra Mishra
Dr. Shubhra did her MBBS from MAMC and joined DAMS Foundation + T & D
She secured Rank 2 in DPG 2015, Rank 34 in AIPGE 2015 & Rank 20 in PGI 2014 Exam
DAMS: Congratulations on securing a good ranks. What is the secret of your success in this exam?
Dr. Shubhra:
Persistent Hardwork and also good luck.
DAMS: How did your parents, family and friends contribute to your success?
Dr. Shubhra:
My father has always been a pessimist & my mother an optimist. Both the attitudes help in some way.
DAMS: Who influenced you to take up Medicine?
Dr. Shubhra:
I love science. Lot of fictional novels led me to medicine.
DAMS: We appreciate the fact that preparing for an extremely competitive exam must be really challenging. During your preparation, did you ever doubt your ability to succeed in it?
Dr. Shubhra:
Of course, I doubt it. The competition is so vast. Anybody who is completely there of his selection is a little over confident.
DAMS:  Which books did you read for the theory part?
Dr .Shubhra:
All the standard text books.
DAMS: Which books did you read for MCQ revision? Which revision books were the most productive and which were least?
Dr .Shubhra:
Dr. Sumer sir's book for radio. Rest institute’s modules.

DAMS: How important you think was DAMS in your preparation?
Dr .Shubhra:
DAMS give a direction to your preparation. T &D help in organising schedule. Physio, medicine, radio, micro, PSM were exceptional.
DAMS: What do you think is the better way of preparation between selective, intensive study and wide, extensive study? What did you choose as your style of studying?
Dr. Shubhra:
I have always been inclined towards selective intensive study, but wide extensive study is the correct approach.
DAMS: Indian PG entrances are highly competitive so to compete them students end up in appearing in multiple PG exams , kindly extend your views on this and also their pros and cons of appearing in multiple PG entrances .
Dr Shubhra:
I think its better that we still take multiple PG entrances. Had there been just one exam, it would be very unreliable. You cannot keep all your eggs in one basket. However, the exam pattern of all the exam are different from each other, so its no easy task preparing.
DAMS: Which subjects did you focus on?
Dr Shubhra:
1st & 2nd subjects, PSM, short subjects. Actually all subject barring medicine & surgery.
DAMS: What was your strategy for the exam day? How many questions did you attempt and why?
Dr Shubhra:
Exams are not about the no. of questions, it is about the no. of correct option that you have marked.
DAMS: What do you want to specialize in, why and where?
Dr Shubhra:
Internal medicine, hopefully at PGI Chandigarh. Because it’s the most basic subject which covers everything.

DAMS: Which teachers in DAMS influenced you most and what do you like about DAMS and would recommend to your juniors?
Dr Shubhra:
The T & D question & answer as discussion are good. 

DAMS SKY awarded in South Asian E-Health Summit 2014

DAMS SKY awarded in South Asian E-Health Summit 2014

DAMS SKY, India's first Satellite best medical tele-education network  has been awarded "Excellence in Medical Education" award in South Asian E-Health Summit 2014.  

This was followed by a panel discussion on role of ICT in medical education with me are Dr Rajiv Kumar Jain, Additional Chief Health Director (administration) Northern Railways and Dr Tapan K.Jena, Professor, School of Health Sciences, IGNOU.