Words from people who excelled...
Short interview of Dr Keshika Koirala with Online PG Nepal
Dr Keshika Koirala
KU MD/MS Entrance-2019
MBBS: CMC, Bharatpur
OPN: Congratulations Dr Keshika.
Dr Keshika: Thank you so much.
OPN: How does it feel to have such esteemed Rank in such tough and competitive exams? How much hopeful were you for such Rank?
Dr Keshika: It feels surreal. Umm I had worked hard, not trying to think or worry about results or rank though!!
OPN: Who would you like to share your credit of success with? Any role models in your life?
Dr Keshika: Oh there is so much to be thankful for. My husband who has been my biggest support, my family, colleagues back at work, friends and of course you guys. 😊
And so much thankful to god. 😊
OPN: Please share your brief story after internship completion till the PG success day.
Dr Keshika: After internship, I was posted at Shivanagar PHC where i worked for two years under Scholarship bond.
OPN: How tough are entrance exams these days? How should an aspirant choose a smart way to excel?
Dr Keshika: Entrance exams are very tough. Seats are limited and aspirants are too many.
But as I was guided from the beginning, I think having a good base always helps you excel rather than just focusing on MCQs.
OPN: What are the books and other resources you used for entrance preparation?
Dr Keshika: I watched Kaplan USMLE videos of Step 1. I read Pathoma of USMLE multiple times for a good base, Pharmacology from Kaplan series, went through USMLE Step 1 First Aid. I studied ROAMS for minors and clinical subjects, com med from Vivek Jain.
I am not a very MCQ person, went through Mudit Khanna very late, around one month prior to exams as MCQs practice and went through KU based Past Question Bank few weeks prior. I however practiced MCQ from Sharad Chandra after reading text of each subject.
OPN: What advices would you like to give to future PG aspirants?
Dr Keshika: Going through texts beforehand and getting basics right can take us a long way. So MCQs when practiced after proper grasp of basics act as complement rather than separate chunks to be mugged up. This strategy, I think helped me.
OPN: What is adequate period of study and daily study hour?
Dr Keshika: Umm study hour depends on the examinee, rather than counting hours though, starting early and having a good head start helps in the long run.
OPN: 1 month before exam, what shall students focus on?
Dr Keshika: 1 month on, I revised what i had read already, revision in this duration really counts. Staying in our own headspace, not listening to the noise around and lot of positive self talk.
OPN: OPN: How can aspirants parallel their PG preparation and job together?
Dr Keshika: Job and pg prep: allocating fee fixed hours for study everyday helps. Though working and preparing for pg side by side is very tiresome!!
OPN: How can an aspirant prepare smart to excel competitive exams? Any tips about reading habit, memorizing and practicing technique?
Dr Keshika: Prepare smart: On consequent revisions, i focused what was confusing in the prior revision and so in the next revision, so that there is less chunk each time. And revision is the key.
OPN: You ranked always high in our regular Model Tests. How much helpful wan Online PG Nepal services to you?
Dr Keshika: Online PG Nepal was of immense help. Taking tests helps you know your weaknesses, subjects you need to focus on and tells you about silly ways you can slip your marks. And of course you guys answer our queries about confusing questions, give us best motivation!! You guys rock!!
OPN: How can one maximally benefit from the services of Online PG Nepal to best suit for their preparation?
Dr Keshika: Take tests of Online PG Nepal. It will be as a complementary preparation into your studies. Assess your weaknesses, and build the confidence.
OPN: Anything you would like to share more?
Dr Keshika: Entrance exams seem so frightening and out if reach but I am a normal average student. If I can make through it, anyone can. It is sheer handwork and nothing else.
OPN: Thank you for your precious time. Congratulations once again.
Dr Keshika: Thank you Online PG Nepal. You guys are awesome. 😊