The Medical Mnemonist (An InsideTheBoards Podcast)
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.

 

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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!

 

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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

 

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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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Peg System Memory Training and Creativity for Medical Students

Peg System Memory Training and Creativity for Medical Students

April 10, 2019

Why should you learn the peg system? Will it help you with your academic studies? These and other questions and concerns will be covered in today’s episode!

The Peg System is a versatile mnemonic system for remembering small strings of numbers. However, this system can also work to develop your foundational skills for more complex memory techniques.

Here we will cover some of my philosophy on the Peg System, variations to it, and go over two examples of how to implement your pegs in a dynamic way.

 

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You can click on the Peg System Table discussed in this episode for your review.

 

 

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BREAKING NEWS: InsideTheBoards Phone App Release on iOS

BREAKING NEWS: InsideTheBoards Phone App Release on iOS

April 7, 2019

Listen to our Podcasts, Audio Q-bank, and medical student Meditations section.

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Top Memory Mistakes and Deliberate Practice

Top Memory Mistakes and Deliberate Practice

April 2, 2019

Today we are covering some of the most common mistakes and misconceptions when using mnemonics for studying. Memory training is a tool and a skill. It must be practiced, experimented with, and cultivated. There are no people with “bad memory”, but many with untrained memory.

If you have tried memory techniques in the past and run into trouble, or found that a technique didn’t work for you, I will try to clarify some of the common pitfalls. I also briefly touch on using deliberate practice in your studies, and how to progress to subject mastery.

This is a short episode, but if you like this format let me know and I’d be happy to record some more. Find our links below, comment, and please do leave a review!

 

 

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

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

March 26, 2019

Dr. Yifan Xiao of Osmosis joins us to discuss creating memory palaces for medical students and spaced repetition. Osmosis hosts dozens of free medical animation and educational videos, as well as a premium subscription for their other study materials. As the Director of Script Writing, Dr. Xiao explains some of the current learning methodologies utilized within Osmosis content, and the future direction of using Memory Palaces and Mind Maps in medical education.

 

Intro to Osmosis and Dr. Xiao

5:08 Stages of Osmosis Learning- Understand then Memorize using Mind Maps and Memory Palaces

9:10 Creating Your Own Mind Maps → Stronger Memorization

11:30 Creating Your Own Memory Palaces → Real vs Simulated

15:00 Mind Map Examples (Antibiotics)

20:10 Tips and Mistakes to Avoid in Memory Palace Creation

26:00 Walk Down Memory Lane

 

Resources

 

FME Related Blogs

Mind Maps for Medical Students

Advanced Medical School Note Taking with Mind Maps

 

You can also reach Dr. Xiao at Yifan@Osmosis.org.

 

 

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Durable Learning Strategies with the Learning Geek’s Jake Gittleson

Durable Learning Strategies with the Learning Geek’s Jake Gittleson

March 19, 2019

A Learning Geek joins us to talk nerdy about learning! Jake Gittleson joins us to discuss how Mindset and Learning Ecosystems play a pivotal part in our learning success. We also cover how mental representations and making material personally relevant has a great impact on the lasting nature of what we learn. As a Learning Strategist, Jake helps organizations and individuals implement the best learning techniques into their programs for maximum efficiency. We explore some concrete examples of how to utilize these strategies in our academic and medical studies.

 

Intro

1:45 About the Man and the Podcast

4:28 Durable Learning Strategies

8:06 Explore Personal Relevancy in the Materials & Writing Personal Goals

11:55 Format your own Self-Directed Learning

15: Stress Mindset and Spaced-Retrieval

20: Mental Representations and Utilizing Instructor Knowledge

22: Walk Down Memory Lane

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