Interview with our topper Dr Akhil S Halkude

Interview with our topper Dr.Akhil S. Halkude
Dr. Akhil S Halkude did his MBBS from RCSM, GMC, Kolhapur and joined
DAMS Regular Course Regd no. PU05971
He secured Rank 62 IN DNB Aug 2012 Exam
DAMS: Congratulations on securing a  good  ranks. What is the secret of your success in this exam?
Dr.Akhil S Halkude:
Hard work and belief…smart study more than whole study. DAMS Regular course was key of my success.
DAMS: How did your parents, family and friends contribute to your success?
Dr.Akhil S Halkude:
A lot a family has supported me a lot. My father is my inspiration and friends were key part of success. My roomies,….and most imp my best friends Smita and Shweta owe success..if you get such friends you will crack any u guys
DAMS: Who influenced you to take up Medicine?
Dr.Akhil S Halkude:
It was my childhood dream…speech of Dr. Sumer Sethi sir is most inspirational thing for any pg student. He is best in PG arena.
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.Akhil S Halkude:
Yaa, daily..see, so much of study much to cover, you tend to doubt yourself on daily basis..but you must remember one thing ..self belief motivation is important…keep yourself from all distractions this year and your life will be awesome..
DAMS:  Which books did you read for the theory part?
Dr.Akhil S Halkude:
I didn’t have time to read theory part .because in internship I didn’t study ..I started preparing in March, so didn’t have time for theory part, but I read Lippincott for Biochem.. other theory part was my UG knowledge..and then all DAMS Notes in class and guide books except across..
Across is least useful only Anatomy and Biochem from it.
DAMS : Which books did you read for MCQ revision? Which revision books were the most productive and which were least?
Dr.Akhil S Halkude:
Arora for SARP, Arora for Ortho, ENT, Dr.Ruchi Rai for Opthal..Rachna for Micro…Garg for Pharama and Patho….AA for Medicine Surgery..Dr.Sumer sir for Radio..Accros for Anatomy only….

DAMS : How important you think was DAMS in your preparation ?
Dr.Akhil S Halkude:
DAMS was most my whole success is due to DAMS..joining DAMS Regular course was best decision till date..Teachers are so awesome..inspirational…DAMS have such awesome planning..
With everyone taking sincere effort in DAMS faculty it has become best institute for coaching..DAMS don’t have competition in pg preparation. They have all bases covered..
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.Akhil S Halkude:
Selective intensive study anytime..what’s the use if you read everything and can’t recall anything…
I believe that whatever you read you should revise all time,, without revision no one will succeed.. revision is key point in pg preparation
Revise max no of 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.Akhil S Halkude:
You must give multiple never know which day your luck will strike and giving multiple exam will sharpen your skills and minimums mistake provided that you should recall questions and see their right answers.
You require a little luck to get into top 100..luck won’t be same on each exam day.. so better give multiple exams.
DAMS: Which subjects did you focus on?
Dr.Akhil S Halkude:
I focused on Biochem, Surgery..most imp..because these were my weak links, make your weak subjects strong..don’t leave weak subject swak and make strong subjects more end up in mess then
And 1st yr subject Pharma, Patho are key to success
If you are thorough all subjects you don’t need to read Medicine…only AA Mudit Khanna 10 yrs paper..for medicine.
DAMS: What was your strategy for the exam day? How many questions did you attempt and why?
Dr.Akhil S Halkude:
Attack every question as negative was 0.1……most imp be calm and stable in exam..if you panic you will be at loss..before any exam 10 days you should not read any new things,, Just revise your strategies notes and weak points.
DAMS: What do you want to specialize in, why and where?
Dr.Akhil S Halkude:
In Radio or Medicine
In Lilawati or Jaslok or Hinduja
Lets see what I will get in counselling.
DAMS: Which teachers in DAMS influenced you most and what do you like about DAMS and would recommend to your juniors?
Dr.Akhil S Halkude:
The most important king of pg preparation Dr. SUMER SETHI. He is BEST speaker till date..
His words are very motivational..inspiring and most imp in right path.
Dr.Anupama madam..She is Simple and very helpful. Her Physio notes are more than sufficient. You don’t even need to go for across..
Almost all were exceptional teachers. Dedicated and helpful    
Dams is really key for success..if u attend all classes well and if you pay attention ..your more than half portion will get covered by listening in class only.
Make it habit of completing subject in that week only..when short subject’s week comes ,utilize that week to revise previous major subjects.
All the best for everyone

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