Interview with our topper Dr Sanjana H S
Dr Sanjana H S did her MBBS from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal
and joined DAMS Hyderabad Regd no 15237
She secured Rank 12 IN Jipmer Exam
DAMS: Congratulations on securing a good ranks. What is the secret of your success in this exam?
Dr.Sanjana H S : Hard work and my parents’ support and faith in me.
DAMS: How did y:our parents, family and friends contribute to your success?
Dr.Sanjana H S : They were a huge support. The patience and support my parents gave me was immense. My friends are always a huge source of encouragement.
DAMS: Who influenced you to take up Medicine?
Dr.Sanjana H S : No one in particular. I always wanted 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.Sanjana H S : Yes everyday! I was infact ready to join the next year’s coaching session after some of my exams went bad!!
DAMS: Which books did you read for the theory part?
Dr.Sanjana H S : Didnt read any theory during internship .Only in MBBS days..chaurasia(anat),guyton(physio),Davidson(med),OP Ghai(peds) the usual.
DAMS : Which books did you read for MCQ revision? Which revision books were the most productive and which were least?
Dr.Sanjana H S : Gobind garg (pharma), Arvind arora (micro), arvind arora (patho), Mudit khanna (med), AAA(surg), Vivek jain (PSM).These were all very useful books.
DAMS : How important you think was DAMS in your preparation ?
Dr.Sanjana H S : It was a very important and essential source of guidance for my preparation. A big thank you to DAMS for helping me out with the exams.
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.Sanjana H S : I had no time to do extensive studying during internship while preparing for competitive exams. Its better to be selective and intensive the year you’re preparing to give the exams as the course is so vast and easy to get lost. In MBBS days i’d love to do wide varied reading!
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.Sanjana H S : Multiple pg exams are better than a single common entrance. Its that many chances you get to get somewhere. I didn’t do so many exams well at all!
DAMS: Which subjects did you focus on?
Dr.Sanjana H S : Micro pharmac SPM patho I didn’t get time to do all subjects completely but these 4 are very scoring I guess.
DAMS: What was your strategy for the exam day? How many questions did you attempt and why?
Dr.Sanjana H S : No particular strategy. But try to attempt as far as possible because even if you get negative marks in some the positive ones more than cover up for it. I attempted 244/250 in jipmer.
DAMS: What do you want to specialize in, why and where?
Dr.Sanjana H S : I love paediatrics. I’d like to do it from any good college where i finally join!
DAMS: Which teachers in DAMS influenced you most and what do you like about DAMS and would recommend to your juniors?
Dr.Sanjana H S : All the teachers were extremely professional, competent and very friendly. They all inspired me a lot. Hope to have atleast half their knowledge some day!! I will definitely recommend DAMS to everyone who’s going to write PG exams.