Interview with our topper in MCI Screening - September 2010

Dr Saurabh Suman did his MBBS from Tianjin Medical College and joined DAMS

He secured top Rank in MCI Screening – September -2010.

DAMS: Congratulations on securing a top rank in MCI Screening. What is the secret of your success in this exam?

Dr. I owe my success to DAMS faculty and the inspiration by Dr. Sumer, whose motivation inspired me to do better always.

DAMS: How did your parents, family and friends contribute to your success?

Dr. The continuous and unconditional support by my parents, who are practicing clinicians in their respective fields, proved instrumental for my success.

DAMS: Who influenced you take up Medicine?

Dr. It was my father, Dr. Ranjan Sinha, who inculcated. The feeling within me, to take up 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. Yes , every aspirant has to face this phase in his/her course of prep., so don’t be dittered, Stand firm and go ahead undoubtedly.

DAMS: Which books did you read for the theory part ?

Dr. I referred to DAMS notes, MK- medicine, AA for surgery, and Elsevier series for remaining subjects. Ophtha- Across, PSM – Vivek jain.

DAMS: Which books did you read for MCQ revision? Which revision books were the most productive and which were least?

Dr. I read only subject wise MCQ books with explanations and referred a short book of 5200 MCQs for DNB& FMGE. By AITBS pubs. I think, doing a voluminous MCQ bank in short time is not suited for everyone. So better be prepared with basic concepts and facts, than proceed on to books like Across series or others for explanation cum MCQs.

DAMS : How important you think was DAMS in your preparation?

Dr. The role or DAMS was instrumental in my success as the professional and individualized approach adopted by them is very crucial in any aspirant’s preparation.

DAMS : What do you think is the better way of preparation between selective, intensive and wide, extensive study? What did you choose as your style of studying ?
Dr. I prefer to have a selective and smart study as doing an intensive & wide or extensive study can’t be done in a short time, but it depends on the time which you have in hand for prep.

DAMS: Which subjects did you focus on?

Dr. I focused on PSM, Opthal, Medicine, Micro, Surgery. And Gyne & Obstt as they were included high –yield subjects for FMGE.

DAMS: What was your strategy for the exam day? How many questions did you attempt and why?

Dr. I thought to attempt every question, which I could think of, was sure at, as there was no negative marking. I attempted around 285 questions

DAMS: What do you want to specialize in, why and where?

Dr. I wish to specialize in orthopedics from a college in Delhi, as I’ll be benefited by my fathers skills as well, as he’s an orthopedic surgeon.

DAMS: Which teachers in DAMS influenced you most and what do you like about DAMS and would recommend to your juniors?

Dr. I was deeply inspired by Dr. Tushar ( Ortho.) Dr. Rajeev ( surgery) and Dr. Sumer (Radio), Dr . Punit (Obstt & Gyne). I would recommend all my juniors to have active participation in all the interactive classes of DAMS.