Interview with our topper Dr Gajanan.Ashok.Panandikar


Interview with our topper Dr Gajanan. Ashok. Panandikar
Dr.GAJANAN.ASHOK.PANANDIKAR did his MBBS from Goa Medical College & joined
DAMS Bangalore Regd no. BA 03351.
He secured Rank 31 in AIPGME
and Rank 85 in Nov AIIMS Exam
DAMS: Congratulations on securing a good ranks. What is the secret of your success in this exam?
Dr.Gajanan.Ashok.Panandikar: Hard work, dedication and will to succeed.
DAMS: How did y:our parents, family and friends contribute to your success?
Dr.Gajanan.Ashok.Panandikar:
Nothing would have been possible without my family who always supported me...my brother and sister who kept motivating me and my ma, papa who were a inspiration for me...also i would like to mention my uncle who always believed in me but sadly passed away few yrs back...also my friends who stood by me when i needed them and also one with whom i used to discuss...
DAMS: Who influenced you to take up Medicine?
Dr.Gajanan.Ashok.Panandikar:
I always wanted to take up medicine since i was a child....my father who is an mechanical engineer always told me to work hard to fulfil my dream...
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.Gajanan.Ashok.Panandikar:
yeah...u always go through this phase when you begin to doubt yourself while preparing for entrance but it’s important to keep believing in yourself...
DAMS: Which books did you read for the theory part
Dr.Gajanan.Ashok.Panandikar:
ganong harper, robbins, Harrison ,dutta obg, nelson, park, ajay yadav , sumer sethi for radio, sparsh gupta-pharmac,scwartz surgery,
DAMS : Which books did you read for MCQ revision? Which revision books were the most productive and which were least?
Dr.Gajanan.Ashok.Panandikar:
amit ashish and mudit khanna( 10 yrs)-most productive, arvind arora –micro,psm...good
across wasn’t that productive as expected

DAMS : How important you think was DAMS in your preparation ?
Dr.Gajanan.Ashok.Panandikar:
DAMS tests are one of the toughest and getting good marks in it boosts your confidence...it also helped in time management and also prevent silly mistakes which cost me my rank in nov aims...
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.Gajanan.Ashok.Panandikar:
I started studying in July so didn’t have time for extensive study...but i think wide extensive study should be done during MBBS and selective intensive for entrance...
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.Gajanan.Ashok.Panandikar:
Giving multiple exams gives you more opportunities and gives you a lot of practice before the main exam. Also you get new knowledge about some topics...
DAMS: Which subjects did you focus on?
Dr.Gajanan.Ashok.Panandikar:
Physio, biochem,patho,pharmac,micro,psm,surgery,gynaec,paedo,medicine...but all subjects are important....
DAMS: What was your strategy for the exam day? How many questions did you attempt and why?
Dr.Gajanan.Ashok.Panandikar:
My strategy was to keep my cool and don’t make errors in marking answers...I attempted 287 questions...
DAMS: What do you want to specialize in, why and where?
Dr.Gajanan.Ashok.Panandikar:
Its my dream to specialise in internal medicine and later may be interventional cardiology...may take in KEM,Mumbai or MAMC,Delhi cause they have the best faculty there.

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