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Observations on Rural Service After MBBS

Let's talk about what it means to be a Bond JR/Short Post Resident/Medical Officer. Why have they enforced this on us and what is our role?  “Don’t skip it, complete it and move ahead” Perspective . I have a confession to make before we start. Being posted in the Blood Bank means that I have been watching from the sidelines. However, it puts me in a unique position: 1. I experienced bond as a 'Short Post JR' as well as an 'MO' and 2. I watched from the sidelines, and saw the bigger picture. The Bigger picture. A low doctor to patient ratio in rural areas leads to poor healthcare and a chance for pseudoscience-based treatment to flourish. If Park has taught us anything it is that we are needed at the periphery. So here we are, all over Goa, forming a great network serving our people, amcho Goemkars . One year is not wasted, it's an opportunity to learn the ground reality, step out of your comfort zone and gain confidence in yourself. The salary is a boon for tho

Convalescent Plasma : Donation Procedure

Edit: As of 18th May 2021 AIIMS New Delhi has removed Convalescent Plasma in the Management  Guidelines. There are two different methods on how you can donate convalescent plasma. 1. WHOLE BLOOD Convalescent Plasma and 2. APHERESIS  Convalescent Plasma.  Eligibility criteria (common to both): The donor should be:- 1. >18 years old  2. >55 kgs 3. Male or a nulliparous female ( a woman who hasn't given birth to a child) The donor should carry their Positive test report i.e RTPCR or RAT or Discharge Card. The symptoms should have resolved 28 days prior to donation i.e 28 days from the last day of symptoms [The date of swabbing/positive report and first day of symptoms are not considered] 1. WHOLE BLOOD CP: This is similar to a blood donation, which takes around 10 to 15 minutes. You donate enough plasma for ONE PATIENT and you can donate again only after 3 MONTHS (4 months for females) 2. APHERESIS CP: Donor has to be screened before the procedure. A blood sample will be col

Final Year Practicals Pictures

Here is a compilation of pictures from all subjects for the practical exams. When I was in final year I had so many sets of pictures clicked by me and shared by my friends and I spent half the time rotating, labelling, sorting and the other half studying theory. So to spare you the trouble I am sharing this link with you.    Click here   Also check out the article about the books that we used here:  Click here All the best guys!

7 Things That Can Change Your MBBS Grades Instantly.

  Do you find yourself wondering why your  grades are lower than expected  even though you put in so much effort studying? Here are some tips that you can use to get the marks that you deserve. Make a note of important points and work towards implementing them. This will  boost your marks and your confidence  to face the exam. Let's get straight to it! 1.   Use A  Question Bank Make  a list of repeated questions  from old question papers. You must be well prepared and confident in them before you move on to reading unmarked topics. Photocopy  last ten years exam papers  that are available in the library. 2.    Manage Your Study Time  Spend the  right amount of time  for the right subjects. You must  find a balance  between spending time learning new or difficult topics and revising your strong topics. Spending too much time on one subject can lead to panic attacks. 3.    Practice Diagrams              Awaken the artist within you and  practice diag

Places to visit in and around RHTC,Mandur

Why waste time on planning when you can be enjoying?  After a long day in the OPD or Laboratory or Dressing Room at RHTC, Mandur, we would be tired, physically. Being in a remote area with your batchmates, and having an enthusiasm that everyone our age has, our bodies may have been energy depleted, but our spirits were young, wild and free!  So, after playing Psych, learning many card games and becoming professional carrom players we would run out of things to do and would pump one another and decide to go out . Since we took so long deciding where to go, and then even longer finding out where these places were, I decided to note down, in one list, all the places to go to and a little about them including their location. Let's go! 1.  Bee top 2. Bridge to Nowhere 3. Temple Top  4. Railway track 5. Church Top 6. Cafe Soopoo 7. Three Kings Chapel 8. Carambolim lake 9. Crocodile Estuary 10. Bhaiya pav bhaji 1. Bee top This is probably the


The josh is high. ‘Enthusiastic studying with an air of dedication’ summarizes the first month of Final Year. Although it seems that if these High Energy Days continued throughout the Year it would guarantee success that is NOT the case; take prolonged exertion, mix it with anxiety and stress and you have the recipe for ‘Burnout’. So, counter-intuitively, it's best to replace high-energy-high-stress mindset with an Optimum (not opium) mindset. This Optimum mindset can keep you running till the end. Like a long distance runner who starts off slowly and picks up pace at the end. Final Year is a marathon rather than a 100m sprint. Here are some ways to prevent burnout & win this race. See you at the finish line! 1. Deal with stress. Stress is so common in medicine that we consider it part and parcel of final year. Well it's okay to be stressed sometimes and not all the time, and it should be the kind of stress that keeps you at your table studying. If it'

Final Year MBBS: Tips, Tricks and Much More

Hey! If you're reading this means you've sailed through to the final bit of MBBS and you are ready to face the most difficult part, the final lap or the last battle . Considering it's the most stressful year we have prepared this to make things easier for you. These are the ways in which we studied. Along with some tips from your 'seniors'.  All the best! Do comment below (and if you're as shy as me then use this link anonymously :) and make sure to share this page with your friends! I have asked a few of my fellow batchmates ( Sonal Prasad, Raul Pinto, Shailee Prabhu, Pushkar Patnekar, Rupali Thokal, Shubham Karpe and Ella-Marie Sequeira ) to answer the following 4 questions on any one subject:- 1.Which books did you use for theory and practicals? 2.Did you supplement that with notes ? 3.How did you go about the posting ? 4.Any other tips/advice ? I've compiled their answers starting with medicine followed by Obstetric-Gynaecology,

5 Tips To Survive First Year MBBS

1. Study like never before. The best time to start studying was on the first day. The second best time is NOW. Study regularly. MBBS is not like 11th and 12th- it is hardly 25% intelligence and 75% hardwork (and you'll soon realise that, unlike school, half the class is as intelligent as you). Another thing to remember is that (contrary to popular belief) MBBS is not ONLY about mugging. It's about understanding first-remembering second. The amount you need to mug is inversely proportional to the amount you understand. 2. Seek help from 'seniors'. Ask your seniors for help. They have been in your place and have successfully got through. Having a mentor will mean the difference between breaking down before a test/viva/exam or walking in confidently, fumbling in front of an examiner or impressing him or her. Seniors will also 'mark' your textbook and tell you what to read and what not, which diagrams, tables and flowcharts are important

One day at a time.

WAITING. Waiting… The year is 2017. A day in the rainy month of July. As I wait at a bus stop a thought comes to mind, as a medical student what is different about my life? What makes my life different from the persons who sat at this stop thoroughout the day? The thought lingered in my mind for a while. The time on the status bar of my mobile phone reads 9:00pm on the dot. It's dark and quiet. The only sound hitting my tympanum is that of traffic whizzing past. The occasional ‘bus kena yeta?’ fills the silence between cars that  pass by this main highway which takes you from Panjim to Margao through Agasaim, the place I call home, and Bambolim, in the heart of which sits my college campus (Goa Medical College). The bus crawls to stop in front of us. ‘Vasco? Margao?’ I hop in.   This article is for you. I'm sure you have visited a doctor before-more than once-but know very little about what the life of a doctor, beyond the white coat and consulting room, is. Have you