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Short interview of Dr Suman Parajuli with Online PG Nepal
Dr Suman Parajuli
(Rank 1, PAHS MD/MS Entrance-2018)
MBBS: Janaki Medical College, Janakpur
OPN: Congratulations Dr Suman.
Dr Suman: Thank you so much Online PG Nepal.
OPN: How does it feel to be a topper of such competitive exams? How much hopeful were you for such Rank?
Dr Suman: It feels really good when your hard-work and toil is appreciated with grace. And I had worked really very hard for this exam. But exam didn’t went as expected so I was a little bit surprised when a friend of mine told me about my rank. But deep inside, I was hoping for some good news because I had worked really very hard.
OPN: Who are role model in your life and who would you like to share your credit of success with?
Dr Suman: My family , friends , teachers, well-wishers. All those words of hope, inspirations and motivations have made this journey so much easy.
OPN: Please share your brief story after internship untill the PG success day.
Dr Suman: I graduated from Janaki Medical College and did my rotatory internship from Gandaki Medical College. As I did my MBBS under scholarship provided by Ministry Of Education (MOE) , I worked at Damauli Hospital, Tanahun for a year and then I worked at Regional Tuberculosis Centre (RTC), Pokhara for next year of my scholarship bond. While working at Damauli Hospital, it was hard to manage time for studies as duty was a bit hectic but after joining Regional Tuberculosis Centre, I started preparing for my entrance examinations. And it was almost a year of hardwork and continuous effort, I had this good news waiting for me down the road.
OPN: How much dedicated time you paid for preparation? Was it a self study?
Dr Suman: It was a complete self study. As already mentioned, I had worked almost a year for this exam. Working at a government hospital and managing time is a difficult job. But still I used to study for almost 5-6 hours a day from the very beginning. The same routine continued for almost 12 months and after that I gave this exam.
OPN: How tough are entrance exams these days? How should an aspirant choose a smart way to excel?
Dr Suman: Entrance exams are challenging as every medical college wants the best candidate to be their resident in their respective department. Simply working hard will not do. You have to put your efforts in the right direction. For this, your wise selection of books, materials, proper understanding of the concepts, final hour revisions and ability to cope with pressure matters a lot.
OPN: What are the books and other resources you used for entrance preparation?
Dr Suman: Kaplan Videos and Lecture Notes, USMLE Step 1 First Aid, Mudit Khanna (1994- 2016), Sharad Chandra (Volume 1, 2, 3), A Complete Review of MD/MS (Dr Sujit Kumar Jha)
OPN: How is PAHS entrance different from other competitive exams?
Dr Suman: Questions are creative ones. They test your basic concepts rather than how much you have memorized or mugged up. Also the main deal is time management here. You will surely run out of time if you spend more times in a single question than allocated. And Situational Judgement Tests (SJT) is another challenging aspect of this exam.
OPN: Aspirants are particularly anxious about Situational Judgment Test (SJT). How to deal in it?
Dr Suman: These are the real life situations for which you have to deal with as an ideal doctor. Go through the Ethics portion of First Aid. See the question sets in Sujit Kumar Jha (MD/MS Review). I think this much is enough for the exams. And also the main problem is you have very limited time inside the examination hall for each question. So try to act fast and don’t spend unnecessary time in single question.
OPN: What advices would you like to give to future PG aspirants?
Dr Suman: Work Hard and stay focused. Choose the materials wisely. Try to build the basic concepts. Things are not that much difficult if you proceed in a systematic way.
OPN: How can aspirants parallel their PG preparation and job together?
Dr Suman: It’s very important to have a proper balance between your studies and your job. Its not quite wise to quit your job completely. I prepared for entrance while doing my job as a medical officer. Do your job, support your family and work hard for your dreams too. But you should focus completely for about a month for a complete revision of basic and high yield concepts just before the exams . At this time, I’d not advice you for any part-time or full-time job.
OPN: How can an aspirant prepare smart to excel competitive exams? Any tips about reading habit, memorizing and practicing technique?
Dr Suman: Try to study regularly. Kaplan Videos and First Aid helps you to build the very basic concepts. Go through First Aid several times (at least twice) before you attempt Mudit Khanna or Sharad Chandra. Then you’ll find these books (Mudit Khanna and Sharad Chandra) much easier . And after this, the only thing left is revise, revise and again revise. It’s the only way to get command over your knowledge.
OPN: How much helpful was Online PG Nepal services to you?
Dr Suman: Online PG is a common platform for all PG Aspirant. I hugely benefited from this site during my entrance preparation days . All the necessary information about exams, dates, exam patterns, results are notified and updated regularly so that you don’t have to worry during your final hours of preparation. Also the Mock test that is regularly conducted helps to make you more confident and helps you find your mistakes and ways to tackle the exams that you are preparing for.
OPN: Anything you would like to share more?
Dr Suman: Choose the books correctly . Wrong choice of books might make you frustrated at last . There are so many books available for PG preparation in the market . But study those books only that you can afford to revise during your final hours. Reading so many books and not revising them properly during final hours is counterproductive in my views.
OPN: Thank you for your precious time. Congratulations once again.
Dr Suman: You’re welcome OPN.