Microbiology is a very detailed and lab-intensive subject, which requires conceptual clarity. It takes a lot of memorization and logic to ace the subject, however, with the right choice of books and lectures, you’re sorted.
When we talk about the resources, Dr. Apurba S Sastry’s “Essentials of Medical Microbiology” and “Paniker’s Textbook of Medical Parasitology” (as per the CBME curriculum), are some of the best resources to approach Microbiology.
Getting proper exposure to practicals and going to the labs are very important, unless and until you look at the organisms and study about them, you wouldn’t get the right knowledge about it. So, for assistance on practicals, read “Essentials of Practical Microbiology” by Dr. Apurba S Sastry and Dr. Sandhya Bhat. This book provides hands-on knowledge on the practicals in Microbiology.
To get your concepts cleared, the best way to study Microbiology online is by watching Microbiology video lectures by Dr. Apurba Sastry. His video lectures are only available on DigiNerve. The TOC of the book and the TOC of his video lectures are exactly the same and they complement each other. Dr. Sastry has explained everything in depth as per the requirement of the CBME curriculum. He has also talked about the recent updates including COVID-19. This online microbiology course is the first resource to incorporate the new CBME approach.
While the old syllabus emphasized studying the subject organism-wise, the new CBME curriculum focuses on a systemic approach to studying microbiology by grouping the organisms as per respective systems of the body. This systemic approach helps in approaching the subject in a better way and streamlines the study pattern for each student.
For better memorization, find out online notes along with flow charts, diagrams, and images; premade notes save time for revision. Since making notes and flowcharts could be a lengthy process, that’s why DigiNerve provides Microbiology notes for MBBS preparation. The lectures follow a case-based approach supported by a discussion of topics that obviates the need of referring to multiple books. They are illustrated with clinical, histological, radiological, and gross images for easy understanding and quick recall. Besides, there are tons of MCQs in each topic to assess your knowledge.