The Medical Mnemonist (An InsideTheBoards Podcast)
Meta-cognition for Studying and Changing Our Brains With Thought by Cognitive Neuroscientist Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath

Meta-cognition for Studying and Changing Our Brains With Thought by Cognitive Neuroscientist Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath

August 20, 2019

Dr Jared Cooney Horvath is a cognitive neuroscientist and educator that studies how our thinking changes our minds. He’s also the author of several books, including most recently Stop Talking, Start Influencing: 12 Insights from Brain Science to Make Your Message Stick. Today we are going to cover how we can alter our cognitive schemas in education and grow our cognitive capacities.

 

Intro (subtract a few seconds from each after first revision)

5:10 How Your “Software Changes Your Hardware”: Using Visualization to Change One’s Brain

7:15 Utilizing Visualization to Decrease Testing Stress & Conceptualization for Linking Medical Knowledge

11:10 Leaping Before Looking: Why Medicine Requires Memorization Before Deep Learning

13:00 3 Steps To Maximizing Your Learning: Setting Your “Story” (Mindset), Recall Practice, Work on Deep Learning/Reconceptualization

18:05 Physician Instructors vs Educators & How Students Can Prepare for Self-Directed Learning

21:29 Growth Through Failure OR Failure Through Neglect: How to Be Mindful of Mistakes and Utilize This Primed State for Learning

25:03 Becoming Meta and Cognitive Fatigue During Study Sessions & Finding Your Own Study Patterns

28:25 Metacognition for Learning (Aspire, Analyze, Act, Assess, Adapt)

30:50 Just 3 Wishes

 

 

 

Recommended Resources:

Why Students Don’t Like School

How People Learn

The Brain That Changes Itself

More Material from Jared:

Stop Talking, Start Influencing: 12 Insights from Brain Science to Make Your Message Stick.

Dr. Jared Horvath Ted Talk

LMEglobal

 

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The Best Note-Taking Methods and Increasing Your Reading Speed and Comprehension with Abby Marks Beale

The Best Note-Taking Methods and Increasing Your Reading Speed and Comprehension with Abby Marks Beale

July 23, 2019

Today we are joined by Abby Marks Beale, author of 10 Days to Faster Reading, the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Speed Reading, Success Skills: Strategies for Study and Livelong Learning, among others. She also taught Study Skills to allied health students, and currently runs RevItUpReading.

 

Intro

0:50 Getting in the Positive Mindset and Self-Care for Effective Learning & Picking the Peak Performance Hours for Maximizing Time-management

6:20 Best Practices for Note-taking for Graduate and Medical Learners & The Cornell Method of Taking Notes

13:40 Mind Mapping Your Class Notes & Increased Retention for Visual Note-taking

18:08 What Does Speed Reading Really Mean?

19:35 Effective Strategies for Approaching Reading Activities and Class Assignments

23:30 How to Use Pacers, Decrease Subvocalization, and Increase Your Reading Speed and Comprehension

29:20 How to Avoid Obstacles and Being Purposeful with Your Study Environment

39:25 Just Three Wishes

 

Resources

Discipline Your Eyes

Cornell-style note paper

Spreeder

ZapReader

Spritz

School Success and Productivity with Memory Athlete Brad Zupp

School Success and Productivity with Memory Athlete Brad Zupp

July 16, 2019

Brad Zupp is a motivational speaker, memory improvement expert, memory coach, and author of Mastering Memory: 75 Memory Hacks for Success in School, Work, and Life, The Hack-Proof Password System and Unlock Your Amazing Memory who shows people how to supercharge their memories to improve their lives at work, school, and home.

He is also a record-setting memory athlete who participates in memory competitions worldwide. Today he joins us to apply mnemonic devices to medical and healthcare studies, covers recommended training resources, and

FREE Book Link Below

0:45 Intro

4:00 Practice Memory Training on a Daily Basis with Apps and Websites and How it Effects Your Life

7:43 How to Learn to Train Your Memory- Memory Palace and Association Practice for Medical School

9:50 Recommended Mnemonic Tools for Healthcare Students- Using the Picture-Connect-Review Technique to Bridge Your Knowledge and Memory

13:27 DON’T WALK With Your Memory, Learn to FLY!

17:46 How to Jump Start Your Memory While Attending Graduate/Medical School in 15-Minutes per Day & Using STOMP (Self-improvment, Training...and the OMP to be released in Mr. Zupp’s future book!)

22:02 Mastering Your Learning Abilities- We NEVER Stop Learning!

24:04 Self-assessment for When You’ve Hit a Plateau & Using Memory-advocating Study Groups
28:02 Mind Maps for Medical School and Healthcare Education (Scheduling, Planning, Organizing Materials) & Avoiding Mind Map Software

30:23 Why We Don’t Implement Memory Techniques & Gaining Knowledge vs Implementing Training

34:00 Just Three Wishes

 

Recommended Resources

The Memory League

The E-Myth Revisited

 

For personal contact, you can reach Brad via his Email, Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn accounts. You can find all of his resources at BradZupp.com and review his presentations for young students. You can download his FREE ebook: Tips to Help Your Child Improve Focus and Remember Better and 10 Ways to Supercharge Your Memory

How-to Memory Palaces for School Textbooks and Lectures

How-to Memory Palaces for School Textbooks and Lectures

July 9, 2019

How do I create memory palaces for school textbooks and lectures? 

In this episode, we cover some of the structural planning you should consider when covering large topics, textbooks, and your medical studies. Making a memory palace for your school materials don't need to be difficult, but there are some constraints to plan for in order to maximize your mnemonics. 

In today’s training session, memory palaces for integrated and clinical medical knowledge.

We still often learn discipline-based medicine during our first few years of school, but what is more clinically relevant is to integrate multiple factors across disciplines. Making a memory palace under this curriculum may look very different, but it doesn’t have to be threatening. We can reuse a lot of the visual markers we have used previously to make new palaces under a more integrative design.

Useful Tools:
Keep a Memory Palace List
Keep a Memory Journal
Practice Daily!

We will also cover an example of how to plan out your memory palace for your school textbooks and lecture notes and explain how Pre-meds can get a jump start on their medical memory palaces!

Link from previous episodes mentioned in this show:
Timothy Moser
Greg Rodden Episode
Anthony Metivier
Anders Ericsson

Common Retrieval Practice Mistakes and Solutions for your Medical Studies

Common Retrieval Practice Mistakes and Solutions for your Medical Studies

June 25, 2019

Today we cover how to set up your spaced repetition and retrieval practice for medical school. A deeper explanation of my 11311 Method is elaborated on as well as examples given. What happens if you run out of time? What happens if you remember material for a week or a month, but then lose it? These are common complaints from medical students, and are covered more in this episode. Also, how to utilize these same strategies for your memory palaces and other medical mnemonics will be explored in more detail.

Don’t forget to join our new ITB Community Slack Channel to discuss, share, and interact with all InsideTheBoards network members and podcasts hosts! You can also join the Medical Mnemonist Mastermind Group on Facebook for memory specific questions and comments.

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!

Don’t forget to join our new ITB Community Slack Channel to discuss, share, and interact with all InsideTheBoards network members and podcasts hosts! You can also join the Medical Mnemonist Mastermind Group on Facebook for memory specific questions and comments.

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

 

Join our ITB Slack Community channel. Here you can reach out to ask us questions, leave feedback, and communicate with each other.

Also, join the Medical Mnemonist Master Mind Facebook group to interact with other medical mnemonists!

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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