This is probably the biggest confusion in the minds of Foreign Medical Degree Holders who want to crack FMGE.
When to start studying for FMGE?
What to study for FMGE?
How to study for FMGE?
From where to study for FMGE?
We have tried to answer the above questions in this article and since the priorities and goals are different at each stage for a medical student, we have divided the students in 4 sections from Medical 1st year to post interns.
SECTION A - From 1st day in Medical College to Pre-final year
- Read your Standard text books well-
Go through your text books attentively as this will help you in clearing and strengthening your basics which can be applied in solving the advanced topics. So study the course books well.
- MCQ books will be an add-on to your preparation-
MCQ books can never substitute the standard text books. These books must be referred only after you've read your course books and you recall most of it. While going through practice test books the only thing that you do is just reinforce and add on finer points to what you’ve already read.
- Attend lectures and postings-
Attend all the Lectures held during your graduation because classroom is a place where you learn and get your problems solved by the Professors. This is the easiest way of learning and clearing all your queries regarding subjects and topics which can be asked in the FMGE exam. Follow everything that is taught in the lectures instead of reading weird references.
- How to Read Text Books-
Text books must be read like a novel from first line to last line. But this never means that you have to learn and remember the entire book. Memorise the important points marked in the books and also the important topics directed by Lecturers and seniors.
SECTION B - For Medical Final Year Students
Final year is the most stressful period for all the medical students. Follow the normal routine and never try anything heroic in the final year.
Medicine: Read your textbooks and read only those topics from the Harrison which is asked repeatedly in the examination. This is not the right time for referring entire Harrison if you have not read it previously. Reading the selected topics would be enough to help you clear graduation as well as FMGE Exams. However if you have read Harrison then you will be confident enough to quote most of the things when asked something related and also your odds of clearing the exam become more certain.
OBG: Dutta is good for Obs, Shaws for Gynae. The Johns Hopkins manual is an excellent read for topics that are changing rapidly and where protocols are universally acceptable, like oncology
Surgery: Bailey is best. Read M.L Saha for your practicals
Paediatrics: Only from Ghai. No need to refer any other book
Also Read: Important topics for FMGE.
SECTION C - For Interns
Take a break for little while as you have just passed the Final Year Exams. But this euphoria is not everlasting, so use this break to prepare your senses for the next battle. Get back to the studies and avoid procrastination. It never takes too much time to fall behind, because from this point of time you have other things added to your daily routine. This means that you have to carefully organize your time so that you do not fall behind in any of the tasks. FMGE is not a child’s play. It takes a lot along with it.
Also read: How to motivate yourself to prepare for FMGE.
It might be difficult to spare time during internship for reading. But this is the only time to finish all the topics in stipulated time, no matter how and when you prepare it, you have to find time for completing the topics. Do question banks or read notes or anything that you've read before.
The things you revise again and again are the things you'll be able to retain for longer.
Also read: How to prepare different subjects for FMGE
You can divide the topics into three categories
The topics that can be remembered in just one reading should be kept under this category. Most of the easy topics will fall into this category.
This category should include the topics that need multiple readings to retain the topics and can be retained for longer after that. Prepare these topics and revise them when you no longer retain them.
The topics which you cannot remember for long must fall into this category. Then the topics of this category must be prepared again and again but more focus must be only given near to the FMGE examination.
Also read : Tips to crack FMGE in first attempt.
SECTION D - Post Intern
Don’t forget to practice as many mock tests as you can during this time. Don’t worry if you score low, keep attempting tests and try to improve with each test you take. You can join- Test series for FMGE preparation.
Most of the Aspirants of FMGE sit and stick with the question bank which is a secondary thing. Instead they must clear all the doubts, check if you are clear with most of the concepts from graduation, if no then this is the time. Only after doubt clarification when you think you are ready go for the previous year question papers. And after solving these papers you will find that you have not read certain topics, go back and study these topics.
Also Read: Best Books for FMGE 2017.
Your aim should be to remember the things that you go through and not only to read.
It’s never too late to start preparing.