Interview with our topper Dr.Tuhina Goel

Interview with our topper  Dr.Tuhina Goel
Dr. Tuhina Goel did her MBBS from LHMC, Delhi and joined DAMS
She secured Rank 1 IN AIIMS Nov 2013
DAMS: Congratulations on securing a good ranks. What is the secret of your success in this exam?

Dr. Tuhina Goel:
Patience, persistence & perseverance; above all god’s grace. I did foundation course at DAMS & the class notes were extremely helpful.
DAMS: How did your parents, family and friends contribute to your success?
Dr. Tuhina Goel:  
My parents, family & friends always believed in me. They motivated me each time I felt low & lost.
DAMS: Who influenced you to take up Medicine?
Dr. Tuhina Goel:  
My parents as both are Doctors themselves.
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. Tuhina Goel:  
Yes, always but to reach the top or has to fall many times. And each time you fall, you have to rise again to reach the top.
DAMS:  Which books did you read for the theory part?
Dr. Tuhina Goel:  
For theory part all standard text books. Its not possible to revise the entire theory from standard text books. So MCQs books are preferable as they have it all in brief & all that is needed.
DAMS : Which books did you read for MCQ revision? Which revision books were the most productive and which were least?
Dr. Tuhina Goel:
Across for 1st yr subjects & short subjects. AA, some important topics from Harrison & DAMS notes & Dr. Sumer Sethi for Radiology.
DAMS : How important you think was DAMS in your preparation ?
Dr. Tuhina Goel:
The most important, DAMS classnotes were first beyond compare. They were very convenient for the last minutes revision when time is constrants. Dr.Sumer Sethi book for radio is also beyond compare.
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. Tuhina Goel:  
Selective, intensive. Its not important & possible to know everything as medicine is too vast & no body scores 100%. Its important to know the important things only & thats the key to success.
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. Tuhina Goel:
Multiple PG entrances are good in the sense that one is provided with multiple opportunities. If somebody is branch specific he can pick in an institte where rank is favourable. Also, the member of exams you give the better practise it is.
DAMS: Which subjects did you focus on?
Dr. Tuhina Goel:  
Most importantly-final yr subjects, then 2nd proff subjects, short subjects & PSM.
DAMS: What was your strategy for the exam day? How many questions did you attempt and why?
Dr. Tuhina Goel:
Exam must be taken with a cool, relaxed & open mind with an adequate deep previous might. Trust & believe in yourself. I attempted 188 questions as the remaining questions were all journal based & recent developments. I didn’t want to take a chance on them.
DAMS: What do you want to specialize in, why and where?
Dr. Tuhina Goel:  
I am confused between Radio diagnosis & OBS & Gynae at AIIMS. My mother is a gynaecologist & I have seen her profession ever since my inception & hence the confusion !!.
DAMS: Which teachers in DAMS influenced you most and what do you like about DAMS and would recommend to your juniors?
Dr. Tuhina Goel:  
Dr.Sumer Sethi (Radio), Surgery, Medicine & opthal faculties are few to name. All the teachers were extremely helpful & comfortable & play the utmost role in my success.
DAMS class notes were of extreme help beyond doubt & I would recommend my juniors to join DAMS course.

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