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Dr Vivek Jain PSM

Review of PSM (Including Biostatistics)

Dr Vivek Jain, 12th Edition, JayPee Medical Publishers
‘Understanding PSM is difficult, owing to the vastness of the subject, but enjoyable, if you come across a good teacher and a useful book!’

A student

Background While preparing for PG entrance examination, I myself realized that most of the MCQs from the subject of Community Medicine/ PSM are quite comprehensive and tricky to attempt. Most of the times, there were questions from ‘topics not given in standard textbooks’ (for example, nested case control study, case series report, statistical errors, probability, odds and likelihood ratios, health legislations, water washed diseases, Golden rice, COPRA, Punnett square, Dixon’s Q-test, Evidence based Medicine, etc. – all together just the tip of an iceberg of such MCQs). Every year there were ‘new unheard questions from unexplored fields’, overlapping choices of MCQs from other fields of medicine accompanied with futile search for ‘recent most data of Public Health Statistics’, etc. This all made me realize that PSM is a vast and varied subject to conceptualise and memorize. Elaborate books also confused me regarding the relative importance of each topic in the subject. I also realised that students face maximum difficulty in understanding the concepts of ‘Biostatistics’ and in obtaining precise, concise and useful data from ‘National Health Programmes of India’. Also not to mention that PG entrance examinations have a sizeable chunk of direct MCQs from Community Medicine/PSM subject (Just 1 subject out of 19 total subjects), ranging from 10-14% of total questions (20-25% in CMS-UPSC). Moreover, Community Medicine/PSM helps in solving several allied questions (partly or totally) of Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Pharmacology, Medicine, Microbiology, Ophthalmology, etc.So, there is no denying the fact that ‘Community Medicine/PSM is of paramount importance’ to successfully tackle any PG Entrance Examination. Thus, I have written this book keeping a student’s, a teacher’s and an examiner’s perspective in mind.

Book layout

  • Theory and MCQs arranged section: Each chapter divided into topics and sub-topics
  • Important previous years MCQs highlighted (as Q)
  • Must know/ Must remember facts given separately on side of each topic
  • All PGMEE MCQs:AIIMS (1991-2020), INICET (2019-2020)and AIPGME (1991-2020 + “Recent MCQs”) with referenced, authenticated, fully solved explanatory answers
  • All INICET, PGI, JIPMER PGMEE, UPSC CMS, State PGMEEs (2000-2020)
  • ‘Also Remember’: A compilation of various important noteworthy points based on previous questions from several fields added in multiple answers in every topic
  • Golden Points (Chapter- and Topic-wise): Compilation of MCQs asked over last 10 years. Quite useful for a quick revision just before the examination
  • Image Based MCQs: All latest pattern IBQs to strengthen concepts and adapt to New emerging pattern of Examinations in India
  • Annexure(Incubation period and Modes of transmission of diseases, Important days of Public Health, In¬struments of importance in public health, Important health legislations and programs in India, Vectors, NHP 2018& NPP 2000, Proposed BMW Guidelines, Updated Public Health related statistics of India)
Key features of Eleventh edition retained in Eleventh edition
  • Theory given at start of each chapter (Theory divided chapter-, topic-, sub-topic wise – Small/ one-liner points in each topic/ Important previous MCQs marked asQ)
  • Key REVISION Point Boxes given on side of each topic for MUST-KNOW MCQ facts
  • New/ Recent Examination based pattern has been adopted chapter-wise (Focus on Wider coverage, Concept development, One-liner approach, Value-based MCQs, Applied aspect MCQs, Image based MCQs, Updated Golden Points)
In the Twelfth edition of the book following NEW ADDITIONS have been done to make a student stay ahead in this competitive era with changing pattern of Examinations
  • NEW Chapter-wise Image Based MCQs with Explanatory Answers
  • NEWLY Added 130+ Images, Flowcharts & Diagrams
  • Recent most solved MCQ papers
    • AIIMS 2019- 2020, PGI 2018, JIPMER 2019-20
    • ALL “NEET Pattern Questions” of PGMEE 2012-2020
  • Recent/ New topics and Changing concepts in PSM
    • NEW Initiatives (Indian): Ayushman Bharat 2018, Anemia Mukt Bharat 2018, Swacch Bharat Mission, National Nutrition Mission (NNM) 2017-18, National Strategic Plan for Malaria Control in India (NVBDCP) 2017-22, National Strategic Plan for Tuberculosis Control 2012–2017, Accelerated Plan For Elimination Of Lymphatic Filariasis (APELF) India 2018, National Program for Prevention and Control Of Fluorosis (NPPCF) 2014, Td Vaccination Guidelines 2018-19
    • NEW Initiatives (Global): Global Program to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (GPELF), Global Health Sector Strategy on Viral Hepatitis 2016-2021, EYE Strategy, Global Eye Health Action Plan 2014-19, Global Strategy for Women’s Children’s and Adolescent’s Health 2016-2030, Integrated Global Action Plan for Prevention and Control of Pneumonia & Diarrhoea (GAPPD), Global Technical Strategy for Malaria (2016-2030)
    • NEW Topics in Public Health: Tribal health in India, Health Index of India, Global Hunger Index (GHI), IMA Guidelines on Period of Viability, Delayed immunization Limits (NIS), BMW categorization, Nutrition Rehabilitation Centres (NRCs), Contraception and Adolescence, Health Care and System, Adjuvants in Vaccines
    • NEW Topics in Disease Control: Measles treatment, Diphtheria treatment, Chicken pox vaccines, TB Facts Epidemiology, TB and Co-morbidities, IPV vs fIPV, Diarrhoea control measures, Rota virus vaccine, Dengue diagnosis, Malaria epidemiology, Treatment of Severe/Complicated Malaria, Active Surveillance in Kala Azar, Lifestyle Modifications to Manage Hypertension, Vision Impairment, Oral diseases, Key Population Groups in Global Plan 90-90-90 Targets for TB
    • NEW RNTCP Guidelines 2018-19: Treatment of Drug Resistant TB, Intensified TB case
    • NEW RCH Program Guidelines 2018-19: New Initiatives in Family Planning, National Family Planning Indemnity Scheme, Post-natal visits guidelines
    • NEW NACP Guidelines 2018-19: CD4 treatment criteria
    • NEW NVBDCP Guidelines 2018-19: Kala azar treatment, Malaria treatment
    • NEW NPCB Guidelines 2017-18: New Blindness Criteria
    • NEW ARI Guidelines 2017-18
    • NEW H1N1 Categorization Guidelines in India 2018-19
    • NEW National Immunization Schedule (NIS) 2018-19
    • NEW BMW Treatment Standards in India 2018-19
    • NEW Incentive Packages under National Health Programmes 2018-19
    • NEW Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) 2019-20
    • NEW Health-related Targets under Union Budget of India 2017-18
    • NEW Specific Targets for SDG Target 3.3 on Infectious Diseases
    • NEW Developed Vaccines: Dengue, Leprosy, Malaria, Rabies, MR
    • NEW WHO Rabies Vaccination Guidelines 2018
    • NEW WHO Uniform MDT Guidelines 2018-19
    • NEW WHO-UNICEF BFHI Guidelines 2018-19
    • NEW WHO Groups of Drugs for Drug-resistant TB 2016-17
    • NEW WHO Cancer Data (World, India) 2018
    • NEW WHO ICD-11 Classification 2018
    • NEW International Death Certificate (IDC) Format 2018-19
    • NEW Goalposts to construct HDI Index 2018-19
    • NEW Poverty Criteria: Multidimensional Poverty Index (MDPI)
    • NEW AHA Revised Jones Criteria for Diagnosis of Rheumatic Fever 2015
    • NEW Policies and Legislations: Open Vial Policy 2015, The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2016-17, National Health Policy 2017
  • UPDATED Concepts: Evidence Based Medicine, Meta-analysis, Systematic reviews
  • Other New Inclusions/ Upcoming Topics: Triangle of Epidemiology & Advanced Model of Epidemiological Triangle, Ottawa Charter – Health Promotion, VDPV Vs VAPP, QALY, YPLL, New Sterilization Guidelines, New Semen analysis (WHO) guidelines, Newer Visual Impairment guidelines, National Abortion Guidelines, DASH diet, Latent TB, Danger Signals of Cancer, Haddon matrix, H1N1 Categorization, Oseltamivir Dosages, New Establishments (NITI Aayog, NIRT, NIE, NIDM, NDRF), Twelfth Five Year Plan 2012-17, Changes in National Health Programs (NRHM, MDMP, JSSK, HNBC, ICDS), Changes in Epidemiology of various diseases, New Protein Quality Assessment Guidelines 2015, New/ Emerging Diseases (H5N6, H7N9, Ebola, MERS-CoV), Recent Schemes (NIKSHAY, Swajaldhara, Link worker, Ujjwala, ICPS), Recent Health programs (NHM, RBSK, NSSK, RKSK, PMJDY, PMSSY, NUHM), Recent strategies (RMNCH+A, STOP/End-TB, NLEP 2012-17), Recent Initiatives (TB Mission 2020, ALL-IN Initiative, HIV-PEP), Recent Guidelines (RTI/STI Treatment Guidelines , Rabies Prophylaxis), New BPL Criteria (WHO), Health Economics India Data, Trachoma-free India, Intensified Mission Indradhanush, M-Diabetes, DOTS-99, AMRIT, LaQshya, Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan (PMSMA), Mission Parivar Vikas, National Nutrition Mission (NNM), ESI Guidelines & Criteria 2017-18, List of Emerging Diseases (WHO) & Zika Virus disease, Blood Pressure Classification 2018
  • NHP 2017, SDGs 2015-2030
  • Rural Health Statistics India 2018

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