"YOU NEED NOT BE THE BEST.....ITS ENOUGH IF YOU ARE BETTER THAN THE REST."
The simplest available option is PG……simplest I mean because once UG is done, follow through with PG.
When 10 seats are available and 1,00,000 are writing the exams.We are not at all concerned about the 10 people who get the seat…..we are concerned about the 99,990 lot who didn’t!
Getting a seat may not be that simple, without proper planning and preparation.So when it comes to PG preparation. The first thing–time management and third thing –time management….
PG preparation requires time. And we may face a setback or two! We must plan for success and then we also must plan for unfavorable post exam results…. During the course we had a ready answer for “what do u do?” When a person steps out of his “student” identity into the real world, we are in search of a new identity. So when we prepare for the PG we must consider this…if we can accept the identity of “idle one” for a year or so and devote quality time for preparation then believe me its most probable that the following year you will be holding admission letter for the PG specialty that you wanted. This may not be always possible. Apart from time, the most important aspect here is source of study material….with all the time in the world and no source of study its waste……and then the next factor is choice of material. Buying it may not be possible. So library is a choice-the regional medical library. I know of PG aspirants who stayed in rooms to be able to access the regional medical library in Chennai. So much for preparation!!!
To assist some surgeon and then simultaneously prepare for PG may sound good, but not that easy. We will have free afternoons…which will be better spent resting than breaking heads with AIDPG papers and reference material….still if you can manage…well go ahead. Still two months before the exam its better to free yourself and and concentrate entirely on PG preparation…..its hard but worth.
Opening self practice gives us independence. Believe me initially we cannot expect our clinics to overflow with patients so we may have time…..but when we have invested in lakhs for the clinic furnishing and we have a low inflow of patients another scenario comes here…inspire of the time available we will not be focus on study (who can study while seeing dust gathering on their newly bought dental chair?)
Cut down on practice two months before the exam. And close the practice twl weks before the exams. MDS seat is worth losing the two months of practice…..
The next option will be getting job and then doing PG preparation. In Tamil nadu, I know of a doctor who entered govt. service after BDS by passing TNPSC since he could not get the desired specialty in PG course (he was rank 11 in state PG I think). Then after two years of service, wrote the TN dental PG exam and got admitted as a service candidate. But ........ the TNPSC exams are not regular features, and even then it may be tough to pass in top ranks to qualify for TNPSC in the first step!
The best option next to "full-time preparation." in my opinion for a dental PG aspirant is to land as a lecturer in some college. Pay wise it’s not encouraging still we will have many advantages-
1. The “identity” that we were searching for.
2. A definite salary(meager it may be, still it might help u in buying some materials for study)
3. Access the college library and use the resources.
4. A close association with senior professors who can give invaluable guidance.
5. May find some good study partners in some others like us who are working there.
6. Definitely longer working hours than PG staff, still we may have lots of time in the evenings entirely for ourselves. But we must strike the PG seat soon......else the tempo will be lost and everything will have to be started from scratch......
and remember that you are uniqe and you know better what suits you best........"DOING THINGS RIGHT THE FIRST TIME IS EASIER, THAN CORRECTING A PREVIOUS MISTAKE"