Title: A ROADMAP FOR MBBS STUDENTS AND ASPIRING MEDICOS
Author: Col. Dr. Vishal Marwaha
Publisher: Evincepub Publishing (2023)
“A Roadmap for MBBS Students and Aspiring Medicos” by Col. Dr. Vishal Marwaha serves as an invaluable compass for individuals venturing into the challenging yet rewarding field of medicine. With a wealth of experience as a doctor, teacher, and former Principal of a prestigious medical college, Dr. Marwaha shares practical insights that extend beyond the classroom, encompassing the entire journey of a medical student.
One of the book’s strengths lies in its broad perspective, addressing not only students but also providing essential guidance for parents navigating the complex process of selecting a suitable medical college for their children. Dr. Marwaha recognizes the multifaceted challenges faced by medical students, from the transition from school to college to the rigorous training and exams. The book offers a strategic roadmap, effectively guiding students through each year of their college life.
The topics covered in the book range from the need for regular attendance and maintaining a study-life balance to addressing mental health challenges, peer pressure, and substance abuse. Dr. Marwaha emphasizes the importance of proper clinical training, engaging in medical research, participating in outreach activities, and balancing extracurricular pursuits. The book provides a comprehensive overview of the coursework, detailing the journey from the first year to the final year and the subsequent internship.
Crucially, the author sheds light on the postgraduate entrance exams, offering guidance on when to start preparations and how to navigate them successfully. The role of mentors is highlighted, emphasizing the significance of students actively seeking mentorship throughout their medical education.
The author, Col. Dr. Vishal Marwaha, brings credibility to the book with his extensive background, having served in the Indian Army and later as a prominent figure in the medical education sector. His academic journey, from the Armed Forces Medical College to becoming the Principal of the Amrita School of Medicine, adds weight to his insights. Dr. Marwaha’s passion for teaching and mentoring is evident in the depth of information and guidance provided in the book.
In conclusion, “A Roadmap for MBBS Students and Aspiring Medicos” is a comprehensive guide that goes beyond the academic aspects of medical education. It serves as a mentor in print, offering practical advice and encouragement to navigate the challenges of becoming a successful medical professional. Whether you are a prospective medical student or a concerned parent, this book is an essential companion on the journey toward a fulfilling medical career.
About The Author:
Colonel Dr. Vishal Marwaha is a veteran of the Indian Army. He hails from a military family. He did his MBBS from the prestigious Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune, and was commissioned into the Indian Army in 1988. He did his MD in General Medicine from AFMC, Pune, and later pursued his long-term training in Rheumatology from AIIMS, New Delhi. He did a short observership in Rheumatology at Nottingham University, UK. During his twenty-eight years of service, he served in many army units and military hospitals across India. He took retirement in 2016.
Post-retirement, the author joined the Amrita School of Medicine as a Professor and Head of the Department of Rheumatology. He served as Vice Principal for a short period in 2017 before he took over as Principal of the Amrita School of Medicine, Kochi. It is one of the finest Medical Colleges in India, founded by the world-renowned spiritual leader Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, popularly known as AMMA. He was the Principal of Amrita School of Medicine from May 2017 to October 2022.
The author joined the Department of Rheumatology at Sree Sudheendra Medical Mission Hospital and Dr. Shenoy’s CARE, Kochi, as Professor and Senior Consultant in Rheumatology in 2022. The author is also one of the faculty of Medical Margdarshan, which trains students for NEET/NEXT exams. He has a passion for teaching and mentoring.