Sunday, November 10, 2013

Studying for Part 3 of MRCPCH examinations; watching TV

We have formed a group on Facebook and on Skype with doctors who have, like me, passed part 2 of the MRCPCH earlier. As of now, we have about 14 members on the FB group, of whom about 7-8 are regularly with me on Skype each day evening. We discuss 2-3 case scenarios every day from 6:00 p.m. to half past seven. The usual suspects are my friends Dr. Ahmed Sallam (Egyptian doctor working in Madinah), Dr. Hala (Egyptian doctor working in a private hospital in Riyadh), Dr. Makram Nagy (also Egyptian, working in Egypt), Dr. Marwan Hegazy (Egyptian)  and Dr. Sanjay Shukla (from Jaipur, India). Sometimes, we are joined by others from the study group. 

We have been doing these scenarios since almost a month now, and I must say that the discussions are now prompting me to read about the cases under discussion and slowly, but surely, I am getting into a mood to study. Evenings have become very busy indeed, what with the group study, my daily walks, other work in the house, watching interesting TV shows, taking a nap, surfing the net, playing games on FB and what not! 

However, the upside of this is that I have successfully driven away boredom and am enjoying myself. I just hope that I am able to clear the exams next year and get the certificate of Membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, U. K.

In other news, I keep watching Kaun Banega Crorepati (the Indian version of the famous TV show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire") on Sony International Television (SET India) on week-ends (Fridays through Sundays evenings 7.30-9.00 p.m.) The organisers are really inventive! This weekend, even as I am watching the Sunday episode, they invited senior school children to play as this weekend precedes the Children's Day in India. They even invited the final four contestants of Indian Idol Junior yesterday, and it was a pleasure to watch them perform once again, especially my favourites, Debanjana and Anjana. Of course, there was Amol and there was Nirvesh too. 

The other shows that I watch on TV are the news on Times Now, the series Bade Achche Lagte Hai on SET and a few others. In between, I keep watching movies and serials that I download from the net. Yesterday, I watched one episode of the 10th season of Grey's Anatomy (currently ongoing). A day before that, I watched the new movie Shuddh Desi Romance ... and was greatly entertained by the fresh acting of both the main protagonists (Sushant and Parineeti) and the eminently emotive Rishi Kapoor in a very engaging role. 

This is my on-call week, and I am now less than a fortnight away from going to India on my annual holiday ... thanks for reading!

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