So you’re starting a new clinical rotation, and you’re just tired of using question banks and books that you just can’t commit to. In this post, we’ll talk about how to use Picmonic to help you on your clinical rotations.
Let’s get to it!
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Big Issue In Studying
Now, we are going to talk about how to use Picmonic for your clinical rotations.
I know in my years of working with medical students, one of the biggest issues that come with any clinical rotation is what resource you should use.
And even when students find one that they like, it’s really hard to stick to it because most of the common resources are either reading materials or a form of question bank. And these are not really motivating to get started.
And so, I want to talk about how you can use Picmonic on your clinical rotations.
Why Picmonic Is A Good Resource
Now keep in mind that whenever I am in reviewing or sharing a resource, there are three things that come to my mind before I share it with you.
First, it has to be easy to use, otherwise, there’s no point in using it.
Second, it has to have all the necessary high yield information.
And third, it has to have a very nice structured way of quizzing you.
Picmonic could potentially do all three of those for you on your rotation.
High Yield Resource
Let’s talk about whether or not Picmonic does a good enough job of being a high yield resource for you on your clinical rotations.
One of my favorite things about Picmonic, whenever I share it, is that they do a really good job of segmenting out their content library.
So if you’re somebody who’s about to start your OB-GYN rotation, go to their dashboard. You can go into “Browse” and then you’ll be able to see all of the different options and categories that are in Picmonic.
And one of them is USMLE Step 2, which is perfectly correlated with your clinical rotations.
So then you can go into a rotation you’re about to start. Let’s say you’re in your OB-GYN rotation. You can click “Learn“. And then depending on which one you’re at, you can choose a topic that may be irrelevant to the rotation you are on.
For example, you’re on labor and delivery. It would be important for you to go ahead and check out the obstetrics.
And then depending on what rotation you’re on, you can go ahead and find the topics that’d be most relevant to you.
So if you’re on labor and delivery, you can find stuff about prenatal care and signs of pregnancy and watch these videos before your rotations.
And as you can see, internal medicine has 852 Picmonics. So basically, they do have the topics that you need to do well on your shelf exam.
Ease Of Use
So now that we can see that Picmonic definitely does a good enough job of having the topics that you need for your rotation, the second question is: “Is it easy enough to use?“.
And the answer is “Absolutely“.
So let’s say you’re on your IM rotation, you can go ahead and take that whole library and add it to a playlist.
So then if I go into my playlist section, I’ll see an internal medicine playlist. I can click “Learn” and see all the topics that are relevant.
Now, another way you can do this is basically to create an internal medicine playlist. And as you’re watching videos that are relevant, then you add them to your playlist individually.
So then you’ll have a playlist of all the videos you’ve already watched and reviewed. And you can go back to them in case you’re confused.
So again, Picmonic does a great job, not only in segmenting all of their content, but also all of the content that you chose to watch for the rotation.
Structure In Your Studying
Now last but not least, Picmonic does a great job of quizzing you for your clinical rotations.
Not only does it have to quiz you, but it has to do it on a very timely basis.
Now, obviously, you’re going to have very long hours in surgery and internal medicine, and you don’t want something that’s going to be very lengthy.
You just want to have something that’s easy to use and can create a schedule for you, and also be able to quiz you on everything you’ve learned thus far.
And again, Picmonic does a really good job in this!
In fact, what you can do is if you go into your Home Dashboard, you can actually create a study schedule.
If you are going to do one, you can select when your test date is. And then you can pick how many days a week you want to study.
For example, you can study four out of seven days a week, to be realistic about how productive you will be.
Next, you can then go into the same playlist and categories and click on the topic that you’re learning.
You can also go into USMLE Step 2, which is what I would recommend.
And if you’re on your psychiatry rotation, then you can specifically click on the topics you’ve learned thus far or select all of them. And it will start quizzing you throughout your rotation.
For example, we can just select all of them for the psychiatry rotation.
Picmonic will tell you how many days you have left to study. To give you a little bit more control over your study schedule, you can choose the order that you want to start studying the topics.
Maybe you’re really weak in antidepressants (I know, I was). Or maybe you’re learning about anti-psychotics currently on your rotation.
You want to make sure you cover those first. That gives you a lot of control over how you do your study schedule.
But once it’s all done, then you’ll come into your dashboard and you now have your psychiatry shelf exam schedule. Picmonic tells you how many days you have left. It also suggests the video that’s relevant for that day.
You can go ahead and watch or listen to the story. And then once you’re done, you can take the quiz on the different elements of the story.
So as you can see, not only does Picmonic do a great job of being able to quiz you, but also creates a study schedule that you can stick to on a daily basis.
And again, you’re not over-committing, as well as under-committing.
And so if you are somebody who is looking for a more engaging resource for your clinical rotations, and you’re tired of reading texts and watching countless videos, or doing question banks, which are extremely draining, then Picmonic can be a resource you can consider.
If you do end up trying Picmonic and using this link for the discount, send me an email at [email protected] And I’ll go ahead and send you the Master the Boards guide.
It’s basically a Step 1 guide that I created. It contains my advice for myself, as well as other medical students that I’ve worked with on how to get 250 or above on their USMLE Step 1.
And if you’re also interested in the different ways that Picmonic can potentially help you: for Step 1, Step 2, and your first and second year as a medical student, check out my Picmonic YouTube playlist. I’m sure the videos will really help you out.
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But with that being said, guys, as always, thank you so much for making it to the end of the post.
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Thank you for being a part of my journey. Hopefully, I’ve been a little help to you on yours.
Until the next one my friend…