PSM is an important part of Medical PG Entrance.
Most aspirants find PSM(or SPM or CPM or Community medicine) very boring and very vast.
Our experts have devised this article which will cast light on the important topics of PSM for Medical PG Entrance and help you develop some interest in the subject.
Section-wise Important Topics for Medical PG Entrance
Our experts have highlighted the section-wise important topics based on analysis of previous years’ PG papers.
Let’s have a review of the important topics....
1. Biostatistics and Epidemiology
For Biostatistics, aspirants need not go into greater details since questions asked on Biostatistics tests are basic confined to chi square, student t test and paired t test.
Candidates need not focus on multi-variant analysis.
Basic knowledge of standard error, standard division, mean, median, mode and normal distribution
In addition, you will need a little knowledge about screening tests
PPV, MPV and their relation to each other according to base theorem
Knowledge of what happens when tests are arranged in series and when tests are arranged in parallel
Focus on Null Hypothesis: α-error, β-error and power of a test
Brief knowledge of Guttman Scale, Likert scale and what is Distinction of Characters in Categorical Test and Quantitative Test
Knowledge of which test to apply, whether the test is Qualitative or Quantitative and in which degree it can be placed
Brief knowledge of Bias, Confounding and Effect Modifier and you need to have your concepts cleared.
Recommended book for biostatistics: Anthony N. Glaser
2. Epidemiology: Concept of Health and Disease
The most important topics have been highlighted below:
The Difference of HDI vs HPI vs PQLI must be studied in parallel to know the difference between them
Iceberg concept, Concept of Web of Causation and brief knowledge of the at risk approach.
Types of Studies
The Difference between Case control, Cohort and Randomized control trial
Factors favouring each
Disadvantages of each.
Approach to overcoming Bias/Confounding
Knowledge of Matching
It can be covered from both Pediatrics and PSM
This topic is very important so do not leave it
The best approach is not to cram the topics under Immunzation
Questions asked under immunization are generally based on practical application should you must focus on approach.
You might be given an instance that a child has been completely unimmunized till 4 years of age, so what all vaccines should be given.
Study the comparison of NIS Schedule for IAP recommendations with the National Immunization Schedule. Also Read :
Screening of Disease - NEET PG PSM
Refer to Parks’ book for Infections since it is much better than Microbiology books
Prepare Influenza thoroughly since 3-4 questions are asked every year from this topic.
Parastic Infections – Filarial worm
Park’s book covers all infections properly, with their vaccines and the national programmes
Study infections from PSM since it will cover a lot of load from PSM + Microbiology
Iodine Deficiency (For NEET Exam you must study IRDA values)
Vitamin Deficiency and National Programmes associated with it
Difference between growth monitoring and nutritional surveillance
6. Bio-Medical Waste
Brief knowledge of Bio-Medical Waste is important since you get an easy question from here.
Concepts of Incineration, Screw Fit technology and Inertization must be prepared thoroughly since questions on these have appeared repeatedly in previous PG exams.
Knowledge of Tests for various types of Pollution
Mosquito Control measures Also read:
How to study all 19 subjects for NEET PG
Most effective study plan for PG entrance exams
Prepare the programmes from various competition books.
Remain updated with any changes in the old programme and the new programmes being launched
Question on RNTCP National programme came in previous year papers. RNTCP is a web-based portal for monitoring of cases
Keep updated with new updates, new web-portals and new monitoring techniques being launched
NTCP programme is very important so study it thoroughly
9. Recent Infections
Questions on Recent Infections like Ebola, Swine-flu, H1N1 are frequently asked.
Keep yourself updated with all the recent infections Also Read our blogs for FMGE Preparation :
We are hopeful that this article will surely guide the aspirants in their preparation for PSM.