The Medical Mnemonist (An InsideTheBoards Podcast)
34 Read This Before Medical School- Part 2: Test Preparation and the MedEdge Method

34 Read This Before Medical School- Part 2: Test Preparation and the MedEdge Method

October 15, 2019

In this second edition of our podcast mini-series, we cover Part 2 of Read This Before Medical School. This section covers the board exams to a greater extent and aims to help learners get into a Board Examiner mentality. We briefly cover the history of the NBME

Our unique MedEdge Method is a concise and powerful tool for exam success. It is comprised of three parts: the Basic Exam Technique, the Tie-Breaker Technique, and the Post-exam Autopsy. These skills can be developed early in a learner's academic career and carried on through their board exams and specialty exams.

Having a method to monitor mistakes, guidance to correcting mistakes, and knowing how to overcome obstacles during your studies and exams will greatly reduce stress during test day!

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

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

October 8, 2019

Dr. Lev Goldentouch is an accelerated learning practitioner and instructor. He has developed advanced memory and speed reading techniques that are unique to his methodologies. He is also the author or Key to Study Skills, and co-developer of the very popular Become a Superlearner course. His wife Anna also provides one-on-one training for those looking to become masters of their learning!

 

Don't forget to check out our new Book and download your free PDF!

 

Intro

Invoking Curiosity is a Key to Accelerated Learning & What are the “Keys To Study”

Visualization for Creative Images → Mind Maps, Memory Palaces → Mental Cities, Mental Forests

Learn Memorization Before Speed Reading & Use a Step By Step Method For Speed and Comprehension

Using Person-Action-Object (PAO Method) and 7-Group Chunking for Creating Visualizations & Mind Mapping and Memory Palaces for Larger Associations

How to Avoid Mental Barriers with Visual Mnemonic Creation: Relaxation, Creativity, and Setting Proper Expectations to Create a Visual Dictionary

The Etymology Method and Osborne's Checklist for Creativity & Anchor Markers → Linking Markers → Hyperlinking for Complex Visualizations

Pre-reading and Brainstorming Visuals to Build Interest BEFORE Reading the Text

Starting Exercises for Student Training: Free Tools and Schedules + Personalized Mentorship

Speed Reading Obstacles and Mistakes to Avoid & Visualizations vs Associations vs Visual Markers

 

You can view more of Lev's materials via his blog, Amazon page, or email him personally for a quick response. You can also utilize his personal training for more accelerated learning.

If you would like to try a few of the techniques first, here is a list of affiliate links you should definitely try to advance your skill level:

Speedreading Masterclass

Memory Mastery

Mastermind Group

Superlearner MiniCourse

KeyToStudySkills Book and Audio

Full Course Access.

 

Join the Medical Mnemonist Master Mind Facebook group and find our Medical Micro Course, Blog posts, and Podcasts at FreeMedEd.org! Feel free to Email any Questions or Comments.

32 Read This Before Medical School- Part 1

32 Read This Before Medical School- Part 1

October 1, 2019

The time has finally come! In Episode 33, we start our 4-part mini-series about my soon-to-be-released book, Read This Before Medical School: How to Study Smarter and Live Better While Excelling in Class and on Your USMLE or COMLEX Board Exams. 

In this episode, we will cover Part 1 of the book, which focuses on class study efficiency, home study techniques, self-development, and more. For a free PDF of the Essentials of RTBMS, please go click Here. Here you can download the free Essentials guide or purchase a Paperback or eBook full version!

The next 3 parts of the mini-series will be interspersed between our regular interviews and will cover one section of the book each. Hopefully, these episodes and the free Essentials guide will give everyone a great teaser of the complete material. And with the holidays coming up, please consider supporting us by sharing our many materials with friends and family interested in medicine and learning!

 

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

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

September 24, 2019

Episode 32. Dr. Daniel Saddawi-Konefka is a Harvard physician, program director for anesthesiology at MGH, and an educational researcher with several published articles on the topics of self-directed learning and residency education. Today, we will focus on how to increase study efficiency and utilize evidence-based study practices.

Intro

3:00 Evidence-based Studying and Self-Regulated Learning & Goal Setting vs Habits for Academic Success

9:23 Mental Contrasting with Implementation Intentions (aka Wish-Outcome-Obstacle-Plan or WOOP)

17:40 Hard Work Leads to Effective Learning & Creating a Healthy Study Routine

20:50 The Effect of WOOP vs SMART Goals and Control with Anesthesia ICU Residents

25:15 Mistakes for Students to Manage for Proper WOOP Implementation & When WOOP Fails

 

Resources

WOOP My Life

Academic Papers

Gabriele Oettingen Video Lecture

 

You can also reach Dr. Saddawi-Konefka via email.

 

Join the Medical Mnemonist Master Mind Facebook group and find our Medical Micro Course, Blog posts, and Podcasts at FreeMedEd.org! Feel free to Email any Questions or Comments.

30 Atomic Memory Techniques from Memory Athlete Daniel Kilov

30 Atomic Memory Techniques from Memory Athlete Daniel Kilov

September 18, 2019

On episode 31 we have mental athlete Daniel Kilov joining us. He has been featured on TedX, written for the Mensa journal, TableAus and has performed in several Australian memory championships. National record for memory in abstract images, PhD-candidate at Australia National University

 

Intro

05:38 Levels of Sophistication of Different Memory Techniques & Atomic Techniques Learned from Ancient Mnemonists

09:16 Encoding vs Storing Memories: Associations, Peg Systems, Memory Palaces, and more.

12:23 The Limitations of the Memory Palace for Complex Material and Medical Courses

16:21 Memory Techniques from Around the World & Expanding on Western Art of Memory

19:30 Drills, Exercises, and Mentorship to Prevent Memory Mistakes

21:52 Proper Mnemonic Stories Require Simplicity & Not Settling for Only Common Techniques

25:58 BEST SYNDICATED SERIES EVER!!!

27:31 Just 3 Wishes

 

Resources

The Memory Code

The Memory Craft

The City of The Sun

Peter of Ravenna “The Phoenix”,

Making communication memorable

The Book of Memory

How to Become a Chess Master

The Relationship between Clinical Experience and Quality of Health Care

 

You can also find more of Daniel’s videos and resources at DanielKilov.com or contact him by email.

 

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

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

August 27, 2019

Episode 30: On covering memory, it’s useful to have a better grasp of neurotransmitters and how they affect our memories. Today we are joined by Dr. Loretta Breuning of the Inner Mammal Institute to help describe brain chemistry and how students can use this knowledge to benefit their studies.

 

Intro (Add time)

1:23 Neuroscience vs Neuro-memory Studies

4:15 Setting Your Study Session Based on Neurochemistry & Setting Expectations and Rewards

7:25 How to Set Intrinsic “Happy” Reward Systems for Medical Students and Graduate Learners

11:30 Early Reward Circuits and Early Pain Circuits: How Childhood Experiences Shape Current Motivations

16:48 Optimizing Self-Motivation Behaviors: Chunking Tasks into Small Successes

21:45 Types and Strengths of Different Self-rewards to Motivate Study Behaviors: Get those “Happy Chemicals” Going!

26:25 Why Social Comparison & Worrying About Other’s Scores is so Detrimental

29:00 Just 3 Wishes

 

 

Some of Dr. Breuning’s Books:

Habits of a Happy Brain

Tame Your Anxiety

Status Games (Coming Soon)

 

Recommended Resources

The Talent Code

Anatomy of an Epidemic

 

For more information, visit the Inner Mammal Institute. You can Dr. Breuning's funny animations, reading list, and the happy power examples. You can also learn more by following the Happy Brain Podcast.

 

Join the Medical Mnemonist Master Mind Facebook group and find our Medical Micro Course, Blog posts, and Podcasts at FreeMedEd.org! Feel free to Email any Questions or Comments.

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

28 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

 

Join the Medical Mnemonist Master Mind Facebook group and find our Medical Micro Course, Blog posts, and Podcasts at FreeMedEd.org! Feel free to Email any Questions or Comments.

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

27 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

26 School Success and Productivity with Memory Athlete Brad Zupp

26 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

25 How-to Memory Palaces for School Textbooks and Lectures

25 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