The Medical Mnemonist (An InsideTheBoards Podcast)
Visual Mnemonic Generation with Ron Robertson of Picmonic

Visual Mnemonic Generation with Ron Robertson of Picmonic

June 18, 2019

When trying to create visual mnemonics for medicine, there are few places that students can go for comprehensive examples. But one of those places that needs no introduction is Picmonic. Since 2011, Picmonic has been bringing graphic representations of education related mnemonics to a variety of healthcare fields. Today, we have Ron Robertson, the co-founder and CEO of Picmonic here to help guide us in creating our medical mnemonics. Rob thank you for taking the time to come on the show today!

 

Intro 1:30

3:41 Why Visual Mnemonics?

7:13 You Don’t Need to be an Artist to Make Visual Markers!

8:21 How to Review your Visual Mnemonics and Tips to Create Your Own

11:05 Turning Every Word into a Character, Playing with Phonetics, Tie Characters Together, and Making Wacky Visuals

13:50 Learning, Quizzing, and Spaced Review of your Visual Mnemonics

17:17 Don’t Make Study Mistakes: Practice Active Recall and Elaboration!

19:20 Using Settings/Scenes/Themes as Memory Palaces and Using Picmonic Freemium Services

25:10 Common Pitfalls in Visual Mnemonic Creation

28:14 Just Three Wishes

32:05 Recommended Resources: FirstAid, Pathoma, Osmosis, Sketchy, UWorld, Kaplan, OnlineMedEd

 

For more information, visit Picmonic to view their full list of resources. Try out their Picmonic Generator to create your own visual mnemonics for FREE!

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Deliberate Practice: Self-Assessment and Finding a Mentor in Medical Education - Dr Anders Ericsson Part 2

Deliberate Practice: Self-Assessment and Finding a Mentor in Medical Education - Dr Anders Ericsson Part 2

June 11, 2019

Here is Part 2 of our interview with Dr. Anders Ericsson. We discuss one of the important aspects of Deliberate Practice, namely how to self-assess and find mentors for assessment. Gaining mastery in a subject takes time, practice, and guidance. Here are some of the tips you can use to gain mastery in your medical studies! Also, look below for how to join our new ITB Community via Slack.

0:50 Recording Your Study Experience for Mentor Appraisal

2:03 Using a Journal for Self-Assessment and for Mentor Use

7:08 Deliberate Practice for Medical Mnemonics

9:20 Using Patient Illness Scripts for Visual Mnemonics and Gaining Mastery Through Elaboration

14:25 How to Use State Dependent Memory for Exam Preparation

19:12 Just Three Wishes

 

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Deliberate Practice for Medical Students with Dr Anders Ericsson- Part 1

Deliberate Practice for Medical Students with Dr Anders Ericsson- Part 1

June 4, 2019

Many students that strive for graduate degrees and high honors are thought of as having Type A personalities, being born gifted, or have developed expertise in their area of study. This is especially true for medical students. But we were all cut from the same cloth, and expertise is a state more so then a trait. I’m very pleased to announce that today we have one of the foremost experts on expertise, Dr. K. Anders Ericsson, here to tell us how we can develop expertise in our studies! Dr. Ericsson is a Conradi Eminent Scholar and Professor of Psychology at Florida State. He is well known for his work on Deliberate Practice, which was exemplified by his 2016 publication of Peak: Secrets for the New Science of Expertise. Dr. Ericsson, welcome to the show.

Intro

2:10 Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 Hour Rule and What He Missed: Practice vs Deliberate Practice

7:33 Memory Research: Joshua Foer & How Anyone Can Learn The Techniques

13:52 How to Implement Deliberate Practice in Medical Training

18:06 Comparing Purposeful Practice and Deliberate Practice

19:31 Steps in Deliberate Practice: Goals, Focus, Feedback, Pushing Your Limits!

21:52 Self-Assessment Skills & When to Seek a Mentor

 

Find Dr. Ericsson's book at PeakTheBook.com and this recommended reading article.

Join the Medical Mnemonist Master Mind Facebook group to interact with other medical mnemonists! Also, download the InsideTheBoards All Audio Q-bank iOS App to study on the go! First and Second years can now enjoy our Pysiology by Physeo podcast, and receive discounts of Physeo subscriptions!

BONUS: Visual Markers and Memory Palaces with Chase DiMarco; Interviewed by Greg Rodden of Physiology by Physeo

BONUS: Visual Markers and Memory Palaces with Chase DiMarco; Interviewed by Greg Rodden of Physiology by Physeo

May 24, 2019

Today we have a special edition! I will be interviewed by Physiology by Physeo's host, Greg Rodden! Greg is one of my teammates from InsideTheBoards, and questions me on a step by step process for creating visual markers and memory palaces for your medical studies. In this episode, we give a basic outline, rules, and obstacles to be cautious of when creating your medical student memory palaces. We will explore the cephalosporin antibiotic class in this tutorial example. 

Themes and Organization of Medical Memory Palaces with a Master of Memory Timothy Moser

Themes and Organization of Medical Memory Palaces with a Master of Memory Timothy Moser

May 21, 2019

We all need a little help when learning to create our own mnemonics and memory palaces. It can be difficult to apply a strategy that you previously used successfully to a new topic or area of study. Luckily, we have a Master of Memory here to guide us: Timothy Moser. Author, Spanish instructor, and podcaster, Timothy has taught hundreds of people how to use memory palaces to learn new materials. Timothy, it’s great to have you hear today!

 

Intro

3:30 Discipline-based vs Systems-based Medicine and Medical Mnemonics

4:30 Mind Map Use for Organizing your Memory Palace & Spanish Language Examples to Structure Your Memory Palace

9:30 Using Themes to Structure your Medical Memory Palace

11:48 The Issue of Separating Discipline and Systems Knowledge & Integrating Knowledge of Different Learning Curriculum

13:30 Time Management: How to Spend your Dedicated Memory Practice Study Time

16:00 Handling Medical Terminology with Similar Names and Pronunciations

18:55 Can and Should We Make Mnemonics for Materials Already Learned?

22:50 Just Three Wishes

 

For more information from Timothy Moser, check out the Master Of Memory Startup Guide. There are also great, free videos and podcasts available for language learning at Accelerated Spanish Start.

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Memory Palaces, Spaced Repetition, and Yoda from Ryan Orwig of STATmed Learning Part 2

Memory Palaces, Spaced Repetition, and Yoda from Ryan Orwig of STATmed Learning Part 2

May 14, 2019

In this episode Ryan Orwig from STATmed Learning (The STATmed Program) explains education theories regarding mind maps and organizing your study structure. He explains how to use Minimally Effective Links for creating Memory Palaces, and why Yoda may not have been the best instructor in the galaxy after all.

1:44 Continuing from Part 1: Using Spaced Repetition, Retrieval Practice, and Time Management

3:58 Theory on Mind Maps and Concept Maps for Study Organization and Structure

8:58 Memory Palace Examples for Medical Students

13:28 Using the Minimally Effective Link (MEL) for Medical Memory Palaces & Self Check Records

17:28 Using Retrieval Practice for your Memory Palaces (4x in 48 Hours)

19:41 Sound-Based Links (SBL), Association-Based Links (ABL) & Prescribed Links (PL) for Visual Mapping

22:58 Mistakes in Linking Terms within Memory Palaces & Weak Dynamic Visual Mnemonics

35:18 Using “Crude” Visual Mnemonics and Documenting Your Visuals: Medical Student Testimonials

38:20 Yoda and Retrieval Practice: A New Debate

 

Listeners of The Medical Mnemonist can use the PROMO CODE TMMP2019 for a limited time discount during the summer of 2019 for The STATMed Class (study methodology) and The STATMed Boards Workshop (Boards test-taking skills for the self-identified “bad test-taker”).

Learn more about STATMed Learning and The STATProgram. Find more content on STATMed Learning’s YouTube page.

You can also contact STATMed through emailing Ryan, or calling/texting 304.654.6503. Learn more, ask questions, share your story, and see if STATMed can help you.

 

Test Taking Skills and Working Memory Limitations with STATmed founder Ryan Orwig Part 1

Test Taking Skills and Working Memory Limitations with STATmed founder Ryan Orwig Part 1

May 7, 2019

There are many study methods when discussing the boards and graduate level exams. Being efficient and understanding time management is one skill required for accelerated learning. Today we have Ryan Orwig, creator of STATMed Learning, where he teaches med students and doctors better ways to study, maximize their time, create memory palaces, and take boards-style tests.

 

Intro

3:42 STATmed Workshop and Course & Focus on Working Memory for the Boards

9:52 Test Taking Misses vs Knowledge Misses: How Do We Tell?

13:44 Pattern Recognition & Differences in Individual Learning

20:07 Having a Study Pattern to Troubleshoot

24:04 Study Methodology (Course) vs Test Taking Skills (Workshop): Using the STATmed Platforms

 

In the next episode, we will continue with Ryan Orwig and the use of visual mnemonics for memory. We will take a deeper dive into the how, what, where, when, and why of memory palaces, mind maps, and other visual memory techniques. Ryan will also give some insight into the obstacles he has run across teaching these methods to his students.

Listeners of The Medical Mnemonist can use the PROMO CODE TMMP2019 for a limited time discount during the summer of 2019 for The STATMed Class (study methodology) and The STATMed Boards Workshop (Boards test-taking skills for the self-identified “bad test-taker”).

Learn more about STATMed Learning and The STATProgram. Find more content on STATMed Learning’s YouTube page.

You can also contact STATMed through emailing Ryan, or calling/texting 304.654.6503. Learn more, ask questions, share your story, and see if STATMed can help you.

 

Join us and have your board exams paid for by entering the Pay My USMLE Giveaway going on for 7 more days!

 

We thank today’s sponsors, CommonBond!

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Creating Visual Mnemonics with Sketchy Medical Drs. Bryan and Aaron Lemieux

Creating Visual Mnemonics with Sketchy Medical Drs. Bryan and Aaron Lemieux

April 30, 2019

Many students struggle when they begin making their own visual markers. They want examples created by others to guide them and spark their own creativity. Well, today we have Doctors Bryan and Aaron Lemieux from Sketchy Medical here to discuss how they went about making their visuals, and provide tips and mistakes to beware of. Sketchy Medical started in 2015, and has been a sensational hit among first and second year medical students. I’m grateful to be able to have two of the leading team members here to explain why. The Brothers Lemiux, I’m so glad you could join me today.

 

Intro to Creating Sketchy Medical and the Doctors Lemieux

7:43 The Artistic Interpretation of Medicine

9:30 Trust Your Inner Artist

13:15 How to Overcome Information Overload & Balancing Class vs Boards Study Time

17:00 The “Sketchy Universe” & Visual Marker Overlap

25:28 Making Visuals Personal & Spaced Repetition Mistakes

29:25 A Walk Down Memory...Squirrel!

 

We want to thank SketchyMedical for joining us on the show! They have generously offered a 15% discount to listeners (discount valid through May 30, 2019). Just use the code ITB15 when using the link to receive your discount.

Join us and have your board exams paid for by entering the Pay My USMLE Giveaway!

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We thank today’s sponsors, CommonBond!

 

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Efficient Learning Strategies from Dr. Wendell Cole of The Medical School Survival Kit and Convos with Cole

Efficient Learning Strategies from Dr. Wendell Cole of The Medical School Survival Kit and Convos with Cole

April 23, 2019

We all need as much help as we can get when it comes to board exam tips, time management hacks, and how to get into the residency of our choice. Today, Dr. Wendell Cole, author of The Medical School Survival Kit, will give us the sage advice that allowed him to study smarter, save time, and have a healthy social life during medical school. Dr. Cole is an orthopedic surgeon at Tulane, has been on a host of podcast episodes including InsideTheBoards and Docs Outside the Box, and hosts his own podcast, Convos with Cole. Dr. Cole I’m delighted to have you on the show today.

 

Intro

2:00 “Just Do It”: The Secret to Accomplishment During Medical School & the 80/20 Rule

5:20 The Purpose Behind The Medical School Survival Kit & Setting up your Study Schedule

11:40 Eliminate Distractions when Studying to Improve Efficiency

15:20 Discussions on How to Use Spaced Repetition

18:20 Using Questions for Priming and Self-Assessment

22:30 Common Student Obstacles and How to Overcome: Scheduling and Approaching Board-style Questions

24:40 Walk Down Memory Lane

 

Special thanks to this episodes sponsor, CommonBond

 

 

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Mistakes and Proper Design of Spaced Repetition for Graduate Education (Medical Students, Physician Assistant Students, and Nursing Students)

Mistakes and Proper Design of Spaced Repetition for Graduate Education (Medical Students, Physician Assistant Students, and Nursing Students)

April 16, 2019

Spacing out your retrieval studies can be complicated. There are many questions revolving around this topic, and no two sources seem to fully agree on what an "optimal" spacing effect may be...if it exists at all. My interview with the Learning Scientist, Dr. Megan Sumeracki, covered the basics of the research behind these topics. Here are the lessons I've learned over the years, and my recommended spaced repetition rules.

 

1:50 What is "Retrieval Practice" and how do we use it properly?

3:30 Learn from my Mistakes!

8:15 Using your Textbooks and Lectures to create Flashcards

10:35 How to use my 1-1-3-1-1- Rule for Spaced Retrieval

 

 

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