Interview with our topper Dr. Sudeshna Malakar

Interview with our topper Dr. Sudeshna Malakar
Dr. Sudeshna Malakar did her MBBS from NRSMC, Kolkata and joined DAMS Regular Course in Kolkata

She secured Rank 52 IN AIPGMEE 2015 Exam
DAMS: Congratulations on securing a good ranks. What is the secret of your success in this exam?
Dr. Sudeshna:
Hard work, support from family and friends and of course DAMS.
DAMS: How did your parents, family and friends contribute to your success?
Dr. Sudeshna:
They were always supportive and were with me throughout…
DAMS: Who influenced you to take up Medicine?
Dr. Sudeshna:
Well I am the first doctor of my family..I always knew I wanted to be a doctor …So yes I influenced myself 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. Sudeshna:
Yes at every point..November AIIMS rank 329, PGI rank 167, and JIPMER rank 424..i doubted myself all the time , thought maybe I was not good enough but that happens with everyone, important is to pursue and friends helped a lot in these times…
DAMS:  Which books did you read for the theory part?
Dr. Sudeshna:
Anatomy, Physiology class-notes and across, Biochemistry class- notes and book by Poonam Aggarwal mam, Path Pharma notes, micro class notes and Arvind Arora, FSM class notes and DAMS module, eye class notes, ENT class notes, PSM notes, Dermatology, Anaesthesia notes and module, medicine notes, few topics from Harrison and MK, surgery notes+AA, Paeds notes and Gynae-OBS only Deepti mam notes.
DAMS : Which books did you read for MCQ revision? Which revision books were the most productive and which were least?
Dr. Sudeshna:
Books mentioned above were helpful…rest weren’t that much because of fewer repeats in all India, for shorter subjects DAMS notes and module were enough for me.

DAMS : How important you think was DAMS in your preparation ?
Dr. Sudeshna:
DAMS was the best decision I took.. I was dropping a year after internship…which was a big gamble …and I trusted DAMS blindly as suggested by one of my seniors..and the outcome is for all to see..
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. Sudeshna:
I had only about 7 months ..so I had to go retrospective..so smart study is more important in these times, but yes if you have read standard books in MBBS that does surely help.
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. Sudeshna:
I strongly advocate giving all the exams one is eligible for, every exam is different, and every exam helps you grow…u learn by committing mistakes, November is the exam season with back to back exams, a bad rank in these exams may make you lose hope..like my rank in PGI, AIIMS, JIPMER weren’t that good, but still I knew I was going right and gave DNB AIPG  my full attempt.
DAMS: Which subjects did you focus on?
Dr. Sudeshna:
With NBE subject wise distribution is a myth..All subjects are equally important..my special focus was on short subjects and first year second yr subjects and PSM ..these are high yielding..Medicine surgery are vast..do not give too much time to them..
DAMS: What was your strategy for the exam day? How many questions did you attempt and why?
Dr. Sudeshna:
No specific strategy as such…just to stay calm..I attempted all 300 question in my paper as advised by Sumer sir..calculated guesses if you get right..can work wonder.

DAMS: What do you want to specialize in, why and where?
Dr. Sudeshna:
I haven’t yet decided but my intention is to study in Delhi in medicine or its allied subjects..like paeds or dermat.

DAMS: Which teachers in DAMS influenced you most and what do you like about DAMS and would recommend to your juniors?
Dr. Sudeshna: Each one of them inspired me in a different way, Sumer sir and his words, Deepti mam’s constant guidance on the club, Paeds faculty, Psychiatry, Ortho faculties constantly cleared my doubts through FB ..and ENT sir’s class was truly inspiring and reinstated the self belief I need to have in myself just before the exam season began …

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