As a recently passed mbbs final professional exam, I would like to share some tips for better preparation of professional exams. I think it’s easy to pass in the professional exam if you follow some suggestions. When I admitted to medical college it was scary for me as I was at a loss what to do, what not to do. In fact, I lost about six months by thinking about what to do, where to go to talk. And the medical terms was harder for me because I wasn’t a from English medium. Then I started to talk to my seniors, they gave me some advice which I had followed and succeeded. We know that our professional exam has different parts like written, viva, practical/ long case, short case examination.
For written examination, I will suggest you solve previous five year or eight-year questions of your medical college which you can collect from your seniors, or if you have study group I think it’s easy to collect those questions. If you see those questions you may have the idea about from which topic questions may come. During written exam try your best to answer all the question as its important to get numbers, some student fails just for 2/3 marks, so its safe to answer all the questions.
For viva examination you must have to attend the lecture classes regularly, we know that during our viva exam there are two teachers in each board, one is internal another one is external from another medical college. As the interval is from your medical college, he/she knows the what questions are asked in the viva examination, so if we do the lecture classes of them, we easily get those viva questions. For that we have to attend classes, it’s not that we will do classes and write everything, like word by word of the lectures, no need. Just note the points to which your professor give emphasize or note when he says that its important for your exam. Afterward, when you return home just see those points once or twice. I did this and I made separate notebooks for each subject which helped me the night before the exam. After that, you can collect previous viva questions from your seniors and solve them. You can make discussion group in whats app or Facebook. I think its more than enough for viva. It will be very effective if you do group study during viva because of sometimes due to throat block, we know the answer but we can’t able to tell it.
For OSPE examination you can study the previous year question of your medical college. Sometimes some notebooks based on ospe may be available. If not ask your seniors what kind of questions may come in OSPE. Sometimes the professor may take classes on them, you can follow them. In the OSPE exam time is very little and you have to answer many short questions even tricky questions like in medicine, what’s the diagnosis. So be careful about time, don’t waste your time by elaborating answer, just write the exact answer.
For practical or long case or short case examination, I just say one thing “practice” yes just practice. You have to go toward for practice. It doesn’t mean that all the time you have to practice on patient, if patient isn’t available ( e.g. sometimes pt becomes irritated, or non cooperative) then practice with your classmates, examine one upon another , examination skills depends on your practice , its not like your written or viva examination that you will learn by one day. It’s totally different. The examiner will realize within seconds of your examination, that you had practiced or not. Even if it’s not possible to do the examination on your friends, like you’re in the home then just do it on yourself. Yes just do it, when I studied alone in the home I just would percuss on my chest wall, percuss on my abdomen. When you are at home, just heard your own heart sounds feel your pulse, that’s it. When you are in the home take the blood pressure of your mom, dad or any other family members. Just practice, practice and practice. there are several video channels available on Youtube for examination, see them during your off time. Study with fun, not with stress. MBBS is the toughest course in the world, so study with some tricks. There are many clinical pages, mnemonics pages, use them. When you see a mnemonic just note it down to your book. Medical students have to study many things, so its impossible to learn by heart all the things, so use mnemonic from the internet. Internet not only for facebook or chatting. Use them to increase your clinical knowledge, to open your clinical eye.
Last, of all, you need not only hard working but also luck to pass the exam. So pray to your god as your luck is on God’s hand. And best of luck, be a good doctor and serve the humanity.