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A Complete Guide To 1st Year MBBS Student – Things To Do And Not To Do

I remember the day I knew I was getting admission into a medical college. I was overjoyed and overwhelmed. Couldn’t wait for the professional course to start and finally wear that apron. My dream since I had first thought of being a doctor.Well, you are here reading this. You might just be the me one year ago. Over-enthusiastically Googling for study tips, book lists, memory write ups or just stalking your seniors in 1st year M.B.B.S.I’m sure you must’ve rocked yourCET, come out bang with a huge score and an amazing rank! Admission process will be done and you’ll soon know which medical college is going to carve out an amazing doctor out of this littlegenius.I decided to hence in short write how your 1st year M.B.,B.S. will be, how you will have to study and whichbooksyou can use.You’ll have the Dean’s ( Headmaster of college ) address. Your professorsand seniors will welcome you to the institution. And the lectures will begin. Our seniors gave us the tour ofthe college and a map of it. But if not,be sure to explore the campus.Mainly in a medical college, newbies are afraid of being ragged. But don’t worry, most colleges have really strong anti-ragging committees and you have good protection against any bad behavior. You won’t be ragged believe me! At least physically. But if your seniors try to talk to you, ask your name, CET rank or hometown, don’t be shy and run away. To get people talking most seniors try to devise funny games and weird tasks. Be a sport and play along. These moments will strengthen your bond with them and believe me, you are going to require their help a lot! They can advise you on which books to use, which lectures to attend and even what clothes to wear on the day of vivas! Being a chicken will only keep you from these words of the gurus! You might be made to complete some journals or bring cigarettes from the corners, but its a part of it.( This is a huge and a very long post. I have tried to nearly cover all the aspects. If you cannot finish in one reading, make sure you bookmark the page and finish it later. )AcademicsComing to the academic affairs. You won’t deal with any patients this year. Apart from those asking you fordirections.You will have 3 non-clinical subjects for your 1st year.1) Anatomy2) Physiology3) BiochemistryAnatomyis basically the study of the master piece. The intricate structure of human body.Physiologywill tell you how this creation works fascinating wonders. The body processes.WhileBiochemistrywill tell you how the tiny non-living magician molecules interact with each other tosustain this miracle of life. ( You know the Glycolysis Pathway and Krebs’ cycle, right? )You must have done the basics in your 12th, but now these will be much detailed.Each subject is taught by a department. Each department has1) Head of Department (HOD)2) Professors3) Associate Professors4) Assistant Professors / Lecturers5) Residents (The PG students of that subject)6) Non-teaching staff like Peons, Clerks etc.Each dept will have separate classrooms, lecture theaters, labs.Of the 6 working days you’ll have3 days Anatomy3 days Physiology + Biochemistry.Morning lectures will be followed by an afternoon break and practicals later.75% attendance for lectures and75% attendance for practicalsis compulsory according to the Gujarat University rules. Try to complete it. You don’t want the hassles at the time of form filling for the finals.You’ll have 2 main exams, whose marks will be considered as internal assessment marks, which will contribute to your final score.1) Terminal exam – based on portioncovered till then.2) Preliminary exam – entire syllabus.( Papers set by the college itself )Minimum of 50% score is required separately in theory and practical exams to pass. And believe me, its not a cake walk. 35% minimum in internals is required to be eligible to appear for final exam. You have theory as well as practical exams. The practicals include the Practical experiments you perform ( in Physiology and Biochemistry ) and Vivas on the topics. Vivas are basically like the oral exams we’ve had in schools. Practicals are very scoring and boost up your percentages, but also the ones whereyou will be really tested and can’t fake knowledge.Final Exam –1) 2 papers of each subject with 50 marks each2) Practical Exam for 60 marks3) 40 marks internal assessment ( 20each for theory and practicals )Total of 200 marks for each subject.You may have small part completion tests arranged by some departmentsthroughout the year, but their marks won’t be included for internal assessment. ( however don’t let this be a reason for you to take them casually. Studying for these exams helps a lot to reduce work load for finals ) You’ll have journals for each subject. Make it a point to complete them on time and get signed. Otherwise finally when you need timeto study for prelims, you waste time drawing shabby diagrams and writingshit! Avoid making mistakes/shabbiness while completion if you don’t want redraws. The finals are in May-June. These are conducted by the University. Common papers to all medical colleges of Gujarat University. You get a month long preparatory leave after prelims and before finals to study for them.M.B.B.S. is in fact a course of 4.5 + 1 (compulsory internship) years.1st year – is of practically only 8 – 9 months2nd year – is of 1.5 years3rd year – is of 2 years( Don’t ask me why they call it an yearthen )As the portion is huge and time left after admission process is small, 1st year is in fact comparatively more difficult than 2nd year.I suggest make medium sized 100 pages innumerable notebooks for every chapter being taught in the lectures instead of a large one for each subject. This will prevent the hassles of having to find a particular chapter finally when you need to read. Jot down as many points as possible.Firstly because it helps in memory reinforcements and you start learning from the lecture itself.Secondly, the points explained by theprofessors are from books that you’ll never even hear of. And these help a lot during exam preparation.A doctor once told me, nearly 50% of the medicine that you practice in your career will be learnt in 1st year. Let me now tell you about each subject. And books to be used.1) ANATOMY( Letter you will call it only‘Anat’)This is the largest and most extensive of the three, requiring intense hard work and sincere efforts. The first fear that every medical student faces,is the fear of long words – HIPPOPOTOMONSTROSESQUIPPEDALIOPHOBIA.How to remember the anatomical terms? Forget the remembering part, even pronouncing them sometimes reminds you of ‘She sells sea shells…’ tongue twisters. This can be easily tackled with a smart idea from day one.

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