The market is bombarded with a massive number of books, study materials, videos, question banks & Apps in Psychiatry however most of the FMGE Aspirants are not guided “How to prepare Psychiatry for FMGE?” by utilizing these study aids.
In this post, we provide you the complete plan to prepare Psychiatry with the least effort.
The strategy of effective preparation of Psychiatry for FMGE 2020:
Know your challenger (FMGE): Know your FMGE syllabus + FMGE pattern + high yield & latest trends in the FMGE
Know your self: 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 Psychiatry prescribed by MCI India:
History aspects and diagnosis & treatment of mental illness
Conduction of Mental Status Examination
Different psychoses Clinical features, diagnosis, and management of:
Mania and depression
Anxiety disorders and hysteria
Clinical features, diagnosis, and management of psychiatric disorders of childhood and adolescence
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.
Realistic Schedule / Timetable to prepare Psychiatry for FMGE 2020:
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.
Suggested Schedule with Time Distribution to Prepare Psychiatry for FMGE 2020
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.
General Psychiatry, Organic Mental Disorders & Substance-Related Disorders
Personality Disorders, Schizophrenia & Other Psychotic Disorders
Mood Disorders, Anxiety & Other Neurotic Disorders