How To Solve Clinical Based Questions
Nowadays the Clinical questions have increased a lot in FMGE. Students are also frustrated with this fact. Many students complained that during the exam, the time was passing by while they haven’t completed reading the whole question.
Overall, the paper became too tough for them. Without wasting much time, I will give you Some points which the students need to understand regarding solving cases/clinical questions.
CLINICAL QUESTIONS ARE NOT CLINICAL
Bit weird. This is the Most important point. If I ask a student ‘the nerve injured in wrist drop is’, then, this question is considered as one liner by the students. Now Sometimes clinical questions come like ‘A Boy of X yrs age went to somewhere and fell down and injured humerus. On breaking the humerus, the nerve Also experience d damage leading to failure of wrist extension. The nerve responsible for this is’. Now this question is considered as Clinical question. Now try to understand that in both the questions, the nerve causing wrist drop is asked.
In first case, it is asked straight While in the second case, the question is given a clinical angle with a story and by not writing the name of the condition directly (that is, wrist drop).
In Some other Clinical questions, you can notice, there are certain points which can give you enough clue regarding which one of the answers can be correct. These important points in a case question that give you a clue/hint regarding the correct answer, are all taken together to form one liners. Hence, you must not leave studying one liners. Because they are the keypoints of solving case studies.
Many of our students told us that they want to solve case studies. That’s good. But, first you need to have an overall concept regarding any condition. That means, the causes of that condition, the important clinical features, diagnosis (what are the investigations should be prescribed and How the result might come), treatment. Only solving the case based questions directly should also be practised but you must not do that only and from the beginning. First gather OVERALL (Important points regarding diseases) facts about diseases and then go for practice. So, to solve case based questions, you need to study comprehensive notes of each subject.
STUDY AND EVALUATE
Study the comprehensive notes or detailed notes of each subject, one liners of each subject and then go for tests so that you can evaluate yourself and in doing so, you will develop a ability to differentiate between the options based on the features of the disease given in the question. But do remember, comprehensive notes must be briefly explained (quality of the notes is very important while the notes should give you required facts and information within few weeks to months), high yielding one liners (as they provide the punch line of the diseases which can be used to get the ultimate diagnosis), other notes should also be very effective in order to serve as the preparatory materials for FMGE. So, you must choose better books for studying for FMGE. You should also attend some tests (preferably online tests as they simulates FMGE) for self evaluation and attending some tests will lead to development of insights within you to solve cases in the exam.
In this article, the first point is the most important. For solving the clinical questions do not means that you will only solve cases and study them. For solving case based/clinical based questions, you must go through one liners and other notes and then you should practice clinical questions. Because to solve the clinical questions, you must have basic knowledge and information regarding any disease or condition.
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