The Medical Mnemonist (An InsideTheBoards Podcast)
53 Increasing Motivation, Test-taking skills & Board Prep Success

53 Increasing Motivation, Test-taking skills & Board Prep Success

April 8, 2020

Chase DiMarco finishes up this 7-part mini-series with test-taking tips, test-prep strategies, how to increase motivation, and much more. We all struggle with these topics at some point in our academic careers. However, knowing how to notice when things are going astray and how to correct your actions is a skill we were often never taught. Keep motivated, organized, and keep self-assessing and you WILL reach your goals!

 

Key Episode Points!

0:41 Study Buddies & How to Select the Right One for You

5:18 Making Learning more Durable and Finding Personal Relevance

14:50 Developing Practical Knowledge & Improving Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation for Medical Students

22:08 Failing Upwards: How a Supportive Environment Encourages Positive Mistakes

Proper exam materials and techniques

27:34 Test-prep Skills, Materials, Organization, & Pitfalls

32:18 Using Analysis of Board Exams to Qualify Our Testing Strategies

 

For a complete list of episodes, visit our Podcast page. The interviews mentioned in this episode include:

1. Flashcards and Study Hacks with Medical School 2.0 author Dr. David Larson

3. Advanced Memory Techniques with Mullen Memory

8. Memory and Mental Health with the Magnetic Memory Method's Dr. Anthony Metivier

11. Durable Learning Strategies with the Learning Geek's Jake Gittleson

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

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

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

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

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

26. School Success and Productivity with Memory Athlete Brad Zupp

29. How “Happy Chemicals” Can Increase Memory, Improve Studying, and Live Better with Dr. Loretta Breuning of the Inner Mammal Institute

31. WOOP and Evidence-Based Study Techniques with Dr. Daniel Saddawi-Konefka

37. Using Design Thinking and Challenge-based Learning with the Center for Learning and Teaching Director Dr. Hoda Mostafa

 

Join our next Medical Mnemonist Meetup (the page will be updated when the new meetup is scheduled)! Also, keep track of our Online Medical Education Summit page. When it is finalized this is where you will be able to register for your FREE ticket!

If you would like to learn more about these topics, check out Read This Before Medical School or sign up for a Consultation/Tutoring session with Chase DiMarco!

Like our sister organization, FindARotation on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn. Save FindARotation.com to your browser and check back every few weeks for the platform launch!

52 State-dependent changes, mentorship, and self-assessment in medicine- Recap 6

52 State-dependent changes, mentorship, and self-assessment in medicine- Recap 6

April 3, 2020

In these last episodes of the Recap series, we will discuss test-taking skills, preparation, and how to use self-assessments and mentorship to bring our skills to the next level! Though proper exam prep, both for our mind and our bodies, we can limit many of the anxiety provoking responses and distractions that hamper our abilities.

Of course, our preparation can only get us so far. Sometimes we simply need help from the experts. This is when tutoring and mentorship can come into play. With the use of our own Purposeful Practice, and the guidance of someone with greater knowledge and experience than ourselves, we can reach for Deliberate Practice and be on a path for mastery!

Key Episode Points!

2:37 Mind Over Grey Matter- Conditioning our Stress Response

12:43 Setting our Mindset for Study and Exam Prep Success!

15:25 A Jedi’s Path- Using Medical Education Mentors

18:50 Purposeful Practice + Mentorship = Deliberate Practice & Subject Mastery!

24:20 Key Takeaways and Offers/Updates

 

For a complete list of episodes, visit our Podcast page. The interviews mentioned in this episode include:

6 Memory Training and Emotional Intelligence for Test Preparation with Howard Berg- Part 2

10 Overcoming Learning Challenges in Medicine from Dr. Barbara Oakley

11 Durable Learning Strategies with the Learning Geek's Jake Gittleson

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

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

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

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

31 Atomic Memory Techniques from Memory Athlete Daniel Kilov

 

Join our next Medical Mnemonist Meetup! Also, keep track of our Online Medical Education Summit page. When it is finalized this is where you will be able to register for your FREE ticket!

If you would like to learn more about these topics, check out Read This Before Medical School or sign up for a Consultation/Tutoring session with Chase DiMarco!

Like our sister organization, FindARotation on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn. Save FindARotation.com to your browser and check back every few weeks for the platform launch!

51 Medical Mnemonics Masterclass for Medical Students - Recap 5

51 Medical Mnemonics Masterclass for Medical Students - Recap 5

March 26, 2020

This is our FINAL recap for medical mnemonics as we finish off the best practices for memory palaces and mistakes to be aware of. With an organized structure, we can create very elaborate and dense palaces. Alternatively, with less structure, we can create visual mnemonic associations more quickly.

There are many strategies to utilize when it comes to creating our own personalized visual markers. As it is a creative process, there is no right or wrong answer. Similar to much of learning, it all comes down to what works best for you. This comes from experimentation, education, and consistency. So study smart and remember longer with these key points of memory palace creation for medical students!

 

Key Episode Points!

1:45 Begin at the Beginning- Organizing and Structuring Your Memory Palace

14:30 Using Spaced-repetition & Adding Linking Markers to Visual Mnemonics

19:50 Advanced Techniques- Hyperlinking, PAO, Memory Cities, Mind Forests

23:26 Avoid Pitfalls- Negative Self Talk, Density of Visuals, Limited Memory Palaces, and MORE!

38:08 To Tech or Not to Tech & Information Overload

 

For a complete list of episodes, visit our Podcast page. The interviews mentioned in this episode include:

2. Memory Palaces basics w/ Mullen Memory’s Alex Mullen & Cathy Chen

3. Advanced Memory Techniques with Mullen Memory

6. Memory Training and Emotional Intelligence for Test Preparation with Howard Berg- Part 2

8. Memory and Mental Health with the Magnetic Memory Method's Dr. Anthony Metivier

9. Guide to Memory Palaces with the Magnetic Memory Method & Anthony Metivier- Part 2

12. Medical Mnemonics and Spacing Effect with Osmosis Leader Dr. Yifan Xiao

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

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

26. School Success and Productivity with Memory Athlete Brad Zupp

30. Atomic Memory Techniques from Memory Athlete Daniel Kilov

33. Developing Advanced Memory Techniques with Dr. Lev Goldentouch of KeyToStudy (Part 1)

 

Join our next Medical Mnemonist Meetup (the page will be updated when the new meetup is scheduled)! Also, keep track of our Online Medical Education Summit page. When it is finalized this is where you will be able to register for your FREE ticket!

If you would like to learn more about these topics, check out Read This Before Medical School or sign up for a Consultation/Tutoring session with Chase DiMarco!

Like our sister organization, FindARotation on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn. Save FindARotation.com to your browser and check back every few weeks for the platform launch!

50 Why You Should Use Visual Mnemonics for Medicine NOW! Recap Part 4

50 Why You Should Use Visual Mnemonics for Medicine NOW! Recap Part 4

March 12, 2020

Here is our second part of the accelerated learning and mnemonics recap of all 2019 highlights! You will get a much more succinct view of how to create visual mnemonics, how to create dynamic stories and an introduction in adding these into a memory palace. The third part of the accelerated learning recap will finalize this part of the mini-series by condensing a year of great memory palace techniques, mistakes, and more into one informative episode!

Key Episode Points!

2:42 Creating Visualizations- Visual Aids for Memory Techniques

5:40 Peg System Example with Howard Berg

11:29 Using Associations to Create Dynamic Visuals

16:53 The Story/Linking Method

22:50 An Intro to Memory Palaces

39:53 You are Invited! Check out our first Meetup and Other Events to Come

For a complete list of episodes, visit our Podcast page. The interviews mentioned in this episode include:

2. Memory Palaces basics w/ Mullen Memory’s Alex Mullen & Cathy Chen

3. Advanced Memory Techniques with Mullen Memory

4. Visual Marker Creation & Journey Method w/ Nelson Dellis: Climb4Memory, 4x US Memory Champion, and Author

6. Memory Training and Emotional Intelligence for Test Preparation with Howard Berg- Part 2

8. Memory and Mental Health with the Magnetic Memory Method's Dr. Anthony Metivier

9. Guide to Memory Palaces with the Magnetic Memory Method & Anthony Metivier- Part 2

12. Medical Mnemonics and Spacing Effect with Osmosis Leader Dr. Yifan Xiao

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

23. Visual Mnemonic Generation with Ron Robertson of Picmonic

26. School Success and Productivity with Memory Athlete Brad Zupp

30. Atomic Memory Techniques from Memory Athlete Daniel Kilov

33. Developing Advanced Memory Techniques with Dr. Lev Goldentouch of KeyToStudy (Part 1)

 

If you would like to learn more about these topics, check out Read This Before Medical School or sign up for a Consultation/Tutoring session with Chase DiMarco!

Like our sister organization, FindARotation on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn. Save FindARotation.com to your browser and check back every few weeks for the platform launch!

49 How Small Consistent Changes Create BIG Results with Ian Gibbs

49 How Small Consistent Changes Create BIG Results with Ian Gibbs

March 5, 2020

In this episode, we have Ian Gibbs, speaker on academic learning and author of multiple books including 23 Tips to Learn Stuff Better. Ian was able to 4x his learning speed when he learned how to implement a few simple study methods. Today, we will learn how to "learn stuff better” and become more productive in our academic and clinical lives.

 

Intro

5:15 How Learning About Learning Techniques Can Lead to 4x Faster Learning

9:10 The Benefits of Learning Out Loud & Peer Mentorship for Rehearsal Practice

13:56 How to Implement Better Learning Strategies as Medical & Healthcare Students

20:23 The Challenges With Pre-made and Self-made Flashcards

29:47 Why Making Mistakes and Mindset are So Powerful For Learning

 

Find more about Ian and his great material on his website and YouTube Channel!

Interested in the Medical Mnemonist Meetup? Please see the Registration Page. There are only 25 free spots available!

 

For other episodes regarding expertise and study skills, consider checking out

Episode 21 with Anders Ericcson and Deliberate Practice

Episode 7 with Megan Sumaracki and Effective Learning Strategies

 

If you would like to learn more about these topics, check out Read This Before Medical School or sign up for a Consultation/Tutoring session with Chase DiMarco!

48 Learn Faster with Accelerated Learning in Medicine! Recap Part 3

48 Learn Faster with Accelerated Learning in Medicine! Recap Part 3

February 27, 2020

In this episode, we will take our first recap look at accelerated learning techniques. Here, we focus on the limitations of our brain and our memory. With a deeper understanding of these limitations, we can plan to fight against the Forgetting Curve and succeed at learning quicker.

We will also take a broader view of speed reading and mind maps for medical students and give examples of how to use these in our current studies. Those who seek more direct advice on these topics can reach out to Chase, or visit FindARotation on the social media links below.

Key Episode Points!

2:50 Intro to Mnemonics for Med School

24:20 Speed Reading Tutorials and Mistakes

37:40 Mind Maps as Medical Mnemonics

 

For a complete list of episodes, visit our Podcast page. The interviews mentioned in this episode include:

2. Memory Palaces basics w/ Mullen Memory’s Alex Mullen & Cathy Chen

4. Visual Marker Creation & Journey Method w/ Nelson Dellis: Climb4Memory, 4x US Memory Champion, and Author

5. Speed Learning with Guinness World Speed Reading Record Holder Howard Berg

10. Overcoming Learning Challenges in Medicine from Dr. Barbara Oakley

26. School Success and Productivity with Memory Athlete Brad Zupp

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

30. Atomic Memory Techniques from Memory Athlete Daniel Kilov

31. WOOP and Evidence-Based Study Techniques with Dr. Daniel Saddawi-Konefka

35. How to Memorize 1 MILLION Items with Memory Cities and Mind Forests with Dr. Lev Goldentouch of KeyToStudy (Part 2)

37. Using Design Thinking and Challenge-based Learning with the Center for Learning and Teaching Director Dr. Hoda Mostafa

40. Mind Map Mastery for Medical Students with Barry Mapp

41. Using Visualizations and Mental Imagery for Increased Memory with Kam Knight

 

If you would like to learn more about these topics, check out Read This Before Medical School or sign up for a Consultation/Tutoring session with Chase DiMarco!

Like our sister organization, FindARotation on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn. Save FindARotation.com to your browser and check back every few weeks for the platform launch!

47 The Premed & Med Student Guide to Effective Learning, Recap Part 2

47 The Premed & Med Student Guide to Effective Learning, Recap Part 2

February 20, 2020

In Episode 47 we finish off the evidence-based study skills and spaced-repetition techniques we eluded to in Part 1 (Episode 46) of this mini-series. Much of the research conducted by the Institute of Education Sciences suggests that certain learning methods, such as spacing and rehearsal practice, provide strong evidence to their effectiveness. This should be no surprise to frequent listeners to this podcast as these topics are mentioned in a majority of interviews conducted!

On top of these skills, how to perform them, and mistakes to be aware of, the topic of mentorship arises later in the episode. What are some of the benefits of having a mentor and how can you search for clinical experiences earlier on in your education? Those who seek more direct advice on these topics can reach out to Chase, or visit FindARotation on the social media links below.

Key Episode Points!

2:50 Evidence-based Learning Strategies for Medical Students

1335 Durable Learning?

12:10 How to use Spaced Repetition and Rehearsal Practice for Medical Students

24:05 Common Spaced Repetition Mistakes to Avoid

30:17 Get a Mentor! Use FindARotation!

 

For a complete list of episode, visit our Podcast page. The interviews mentioned in this episode include:

1. Flashcards and Study Hacks with Medical School 2.0 author Dr. David Larson

7. The Six Strategies of Effective Learning with Learning Scientist, Dr. Megan Sumeracki

10. Overcoming Learning Challenges in Medicine from Dr. Barbara Oakley

11. Durable Learning Strategies with the Learning Geek's Jake Gittleson

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

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

31. WOOP and Evidence-Based Study Techniques with Dr. Daniel Saddawi-Konefka

37. Using Design Thinking and Challenge-based Learning with the Center for Learning and Teaching Director Dr. Hoda Mostafa

If you would like to learn more about these topics, check out Read This Before Medical School or sign up for a Consultation/Tutoring session with Chase DiMarco!

Like our sister organization, FindARotation on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn. Save FindARotation.com to your browser and check back every few weeks for the platform launch!

46 Best Study Efficiency, Note Taking, and Flashcard Techniques in Medicine for 2020, Recap Part 1

46 Best Study Efficiency, Note Taking, and Flashcard Techniques in Medicine for 2020, Recap Part 1

February 16, 2020

In part 1 of our 2019 Best Episodes Recap, we will review some of the highlights from our expert interviews. Part 1 will cover study efficiency, time management in medical school, group studying, note-taking techniques, and even a brief overview of flashcard techniques.

Exploring the techniques that work for us, personally, will greatly reduce the weekly effort and time it requires to cover all of the material required for your studies. Knowing your purpose in studying this material (short vs long-term) can also determine what techniques are going to be more beneficial. We may wish to stick with regular notes for less important material, make graphic Mind Maps for outlines, or move tricky material into our spaced repetition flashcard decks.

Key Episode Points!
1:50 Efficient Study Planning & Student Time Management
8:45 Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance!
20:10 Be Nice: Tips to Working in Groups
25:58 Note-taking Success with the Cornell Method & Minds Maps
30:27 How to Create Medical Flashcard Decks

For a complete list of episodes, visit our Podcast page. The interviews mentioned in this episode include:

1. Flashcards and Study Hacks with Medical School 2.0 author Dr. David Larson

3. Advanced Memory Techniques with Mullen Memory

5. Memory Training and Emotional Intelligence for Test Preparation with Howard Berg- Part 2

7. The Six Strategies of Effective Learning with Learning Scientist, Dr. Megan Sumeracki

12. Medical Mnemonics and Spacing Effect with Osmosis Leader Dr. Yifan Xiao

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

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

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

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

37. Using Design Thinking and Challenge-based Learning with the Center for Learning and Teaching Director Dr. Hoda Mostafa

If you would like to learn more about these topics, check out Read This Before Medical School or sign up for a Consultation/Tutoring session with Chase DiMarco!

45 How to Create a Mnemonic Story for Medical Procedures and Complicated Concepts

45 How to Create a Mnemonic Story for Medical Procedures and Complicated Concepts

February 6, 2020

The Story Method (aka Journey Method, Linking Method) in mnemonics is a strong tool for creating procedure-based or chronological associations between visual markers. It allows us to make sure a particular order is followed, a sequence is completed in order, or follow a flow of disease processes. When creating visual markers for our mnemonics, making associations between the main concept (anchor marker) and the subtopics (linking markers) can greatly increase our long term memory of how these terms and actions interact with one another. 

In today's episode, we will cover the Story Method in greater detail as well as how to create an anchor and linking markers for certain diseases. These stories, or dynamic visual interactions, can then also be placed in their associated memory palace for long term organization. However, this isn't always needed. Sometimes simply adding a brief skit to a flashcard can also provide that added dual-coding that will help you in the long run.

For more details on mnemonics creation for medical and healthcare students, please check out Read This Before Medical School and download our free PDF guide.

To schedule a free consultation or a tutoring session, you may book a meeting with Chase here.

44 Reserve Your Spot! Medical Mnemonics Training and Events of 2020

44 Reserve Your Spot! Medical Mnemonics Training and Events of 2020

January 22, 2020

Episode 44- Here are some useful links for those interested in the upcoming events and services mentioned in today's show.

 

Stay tuned for the upcoming Highlights of 2019 episodes. They will be well worth the review!