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Interview of Dr Aalok Yadav with Online PG Nepal
Dr Aalok Yadav
CEE MD/MS Entrance-2078
Rank 1, Open Category
MBBS: MCOMS, Pokhara
OPN: Congratulations Dr. Aalok.
Dr Aalok: Thank you so much.
OPN: How does it feel to be a topper of such tough and competitive exams? How much hopeful were you for such Rank?
Dr Aalok: To be honest, I wasn't expecting such a high ranking. I am a USMLE aspirant who was studying for Step 2 CK.
OPN: Who would you like to share your credit of success with?
Dr Aalok: I'd like to express my gratitude to my family, friends, and seniors for their support along this journey.
OPN: Please share your brief story after internship till the PG success day.
Dr Aalok: As per MOE's bond, I worked for two years in Pokhariya Hospital. Because the patient flow in Pokhariya Hospital is so busy, I was unable to prepare for my PG at the time. After completing my bond, I began studying for the USMLE.
OPN: How tough are entrance exams these days?
Dr Aalok: In terms of CEE 2, it was roughly 60% easy mode USMLE and 40% traditional/one-liner/fact based questions. I absolutely detest one-liner and fact-based questions because they are rarely useful clinically. In the beginning of my PG preparation, I tried Muddit Khanna, which was extremely boring for me. So I began studying for the USMLE. UWorld is the best resource for the USMLE, and I loved it. I enjoyed solving UWorld because it is concept-based and we do not have to memorize it.
OPN: How is MEC Common entrance examination different from previous individual test of universities?
Dr Aalok: This time, I think MEC did an excellent job because they are transitioning away from one-liner questions and toward case-based questions. Most PG applicants found CEE 2 to be lengthy since we lacked experience answering extensive questions. However, if we can handle one to two screen questions on the USMLE in a timely manner, why can't we solve CEE?? It just takes some getting used to. MEC, on the other hand, should adhere to a specific pattern, either a case-based or a one-liner. Because it is difficult for students to prepare if the pattern is mixed.
OPN: How was the question paper? Any comments on time management skills?
Dr Aalok: I don't think individuals who have practiced UWorld have an issue with time management. It depends on what we have practiced. Case based was easy for me, but one-liner was difficult because I didn't know most of them.
OPN: What are the books and other resources you used for entrance preparation?
Dr Aalok: USMLE Step 1 First Aid, Pathoma and UWorld.
OPN: What advice would you like to give to future PG aspirants?
Dr Aalok: Since CEE is transitioning away from traditional one-liner questions and toward case-based questions, I would recommend studying at least the following resources: Pathoma, USMLE Step 1 First Aid, and UWorld (at least UWorld for step 2 CK)
OPN: 1 month before exam, what shall students focus on?
Dr Aalok: Revise what you've learned. Rather of studying multiple resources, it is vital to revise the finest resource.
OPN: How can aspirants parallel their PG preparation and job together?
Dr Aalok: I believe that a clinic-based work is preferable to a full-time career.
OPN: How can an aspirant prepare smart to excel competitive exams? Any tips about reading habit, memorizing and practicing technique?
Dr Aalok: My recommendation is to focus on things that are clinically useful. Don't waste time remembering facts. Because there are so many resources to examine, no one person can study them all. I discovered that UWorld step 2 CK has everything that we MUST know. The rest are optional, based on individual preference.
OPN: How much helpful was Online PG Nepal services to you?
Dr Aalok: Online PG Nepal has been a wonderful platform for guiding PG aspirants at all levels, from CEE, Loksewa, to the USMLE.
OPN: Anything you would like to share more?
Dr Aalok: Whatever I've said is my personal opinion. Individual study material preferences differ, so plan ahead of time whatever you believe is best for you.
OPN: Thank you for your precious time. Congratulations once again.
Dr Aalok: Thank you so much Online PG Nepal.