Interview with our topper Dr. Mandar Pandurang Phirke

Interview with our topper Dr. Mandar Pandurang Phirke
Dr. Mandar Pandurang Phirke did his MBBS from B. J. Medical College, Pune and joined DAMS Regular Course, Pune Regd no PU05486
He secured Rank 36 IN AIIMS Nov 2012 Exam
DAMS: Congratulations on securing a good ranks. What is the secret of your success in this exam?
Dr.Mandar Pandurang Phirke:  Hard work, consistency and proper guidance. Luck of course.
DAMS: How did your parents, family and friends contribute to your success?
Dr.Mandar Pandurang Phirke: They are my real pillars of success. Discussion with friends proved to be of immense importance. Also group studies helped.
DAMS: Who influenced you to take up Medicine?
Dr.Mandar Pandurang Phirke: My Mother inspired me.
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.Mandar Pandurang Phirke: Very much. It is here DAMS helped. The faculty which we had at our classroom, DAMS EXCLUSIVE for real time discussion with the faculty, weekly test, everything was just perfectly organized. That relieved a lot of stress and boosted a lot of confidence.
DAMS:  Which books did you read for the theory part?
Dr.Mandar Pandurang Phirke: HARRISON, LB, Ghai and other standard books.
DAMS : Which books did you read for MCQ revision? Which revision books were the most productive and which were least?
Dr.Mandar Pandurang Phirke: Class notes for most subjects. Gobind Garg, Amit Ashish short subjects, PSM, Surgery, Paeds & Bhojani for OBG. Across was sheer waste of time.

DAMS: How important you think was DAMS in your preparation?
Dr.Mandar Pandurang Phirke: Very much important. The faculty was excellent. Saved a lot of time in controversies. Here at DAMS Pune things are pretty much organized giving a lot of time to study. THE FACULTY WAS AWESOME.
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.Mandar Pandurang Phirke: Selective Intensive study, of course.
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.Mandar Pandurang Phirke: Single exam has an advantage of letting ourselves stay focused. Targeting the pattern, and actually attacking the exam. Multiple exams create a chaos in the end.
DAMS: Which subjects did you focus on?
Dr.Mandar Pandurang Phirke: PSM, Pharma, surgery, OBG and short subjects.
DAMS: What was your strategy for the exam day? How many questions did you attempt and why?
Dr.Mandar Pandurang Phirke:  Stay cool and oriented.  Attack every question as much as possible. Attempted 194 questions.
DAMS: What do you want to specialize in, why and where?
Dr.Mandar Pandurang Phirke: General Medicine.
DAMS: Which teachers in DAMS influenced you most and what do you like about DAMS and would recommend to your juniors?
Dr.Mandar Pandurang Phirke: Almost everyone. Physio Mam, Opthal Mam, ENT Sir, Surgery Sir, Paeds Sir, Dr. Sumer sir almost every one. DAMS FACULTIES ARE THE BEST FACULTIES. I would definitely recommend it to my juniors.

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