The market is bombarded with a massive number of books, study materials, videos, question banks & Apps in Dermatology however most of the FMGE Aspirants are not guided “How to prepare Dermatology for FMGE?” by utilizing these study aids.
In this post, we provide you the complete plan to prepare Dermatology with the least effort.
The strategy of effective preparation of Dermatology for FMGE:
Know your challenger (FMGE): Know your FMGE syllabus + FMGE pattern + high yield & latest trends in the FMGE
Know yourself: Identify your learning profile, academic strengths, and weaknesses.
Strategize a time-efficient study plan (Reading/Comprehension + revision/discussion + tests & time management).
Examination taking Skills to be developed:
Approach to MCQs: Conceptualization → Analysis → Recall ability (Increase your recall ability) → reasoning
Confidence & accuracy: Increase your confidence + accuracy in answer selection during the tests.
Handling the software
Know the updated FMGE syllabus of Dermatology prescribed by MCI India:
Diseases caused by Nutritional and Environmental Factors.
Melanocytes, pigment metabolism, and other disorders of Pigmentation.
Dermatitis and Eczema.
Alopecia and Hirsutism.
Structure and functions of Sebaceous glands and Disease.
Revision materials: organize your revision notes or acquire some specialized revision materials (QRS for FMGE) exclusively for the revision purpose (should be used parallel with the reading materials & for the revision later).
MCQs: Practice tests in the latest pattern & Past papers (NBE including FMGE & DNB).
Avoid using multiple & unfamiliar materials to prevent confusion, delay in preparation & make your revision easy + effective.
Recommended books to prepare Dermatology for FMGE 2022:
Read Review of Dermatology by Saurabh Jindal.
Realistic Schedule / Timetable to prepare Dermatology for FMGE:
Success demands self-discipline, steady commitment, and a sense of humor, therefore construct your schedule so that you intersperse serious times with fun times.
Develop your personal schedule so that you can create a realistic study plan based on:
Time of the day or night are you most alert?
Your preference for large blocks of study time or hourly increments.
How much sleep do you need?
Duration of the breaks & the activities you seek when you take a break.
The very important point to be emphasized: This schedule is not strict/rigid & should be modified according to your happy hours + convenience & high energy slots, however, you need to adhere to an organized study schedule from 9 m to 5 pm daily because this time frame is during which the FMGE will be conducted.
Self-discipline: Success is not possible without strict adherence to the schedule.
Effective timemanagement to prepare Dermatologyfor FMGE:
Chunking: break down a single task with large blocks with long hours into actionable bitesize (divide time slots with content to be covered with guilt-free breaks).
Study duration/day: 10-14 hours (Be aware that only 2/3 of the total scheduled time shall be effectively utilized for preparing).
Strategy depending on the weightage/difficulty of the chapters/topics of Dermatology for FMGE:
Strengths vs weaknesses: Appreciate your strengths, and identify your weaknesses, so that you can fill up the gaps in your knowledge.
Highly yield subjects, chapters & topics should be given more importance.
The time you spend per subject depends upon:
Your basic knowledge in the subject (Cover weak areas first → go to your stronger areas→ returning at the end of your entire review to those subjects you once considered your weak areas).
Tougher subjects/topics first → easier ones later.
Plan to spend more time on those subjects that gave you trouble, and less time on your strong subjects.
Suggested Schedule with Time Distribution to Prepare Dermatology for FMGE
The schedule is not rigid & you can adjust the distribution of the hours based on your knowledge per the chapter:
This schedule is devised for those who prepare for 5-6 months before the exam, therefore, you shall customize this schedule as per your comfort & level of knowledge you have on the appropriate subject or chapter.
Plan to spend more time on those subjects/chapters that gave you trouble, and less time on your strong subjects/chapters.
Highly yield subjects/topics should be given more importance & time.