Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Tell a friend about the DrWillBe Pathology Anki Deck

A couple of weeks ago I released the revamped Pathology Deck, just in time for Step 1 preparation and end-of-year exams for med school. In the spirit of the season, I'd like to share the deck and some gifts with you. For that reason, I've started a referral program.

Here are the details:
Help your friends out by sharing a 30% discount coupon for the DrWillBe Pathology Anki Deck. The coupon is good until May 31, 2013. In return, you (referrer) get cash back equal to 20% of the purchase price.

No matter how you look at it, everybody wins. Your friends get the deck for cheap, you get cash, we all learn Pathology. Life is good :)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Let's Crowdsource a Step2CK/Clinical Clerkship Anki Deck

First things first... I want to thank all of you who have purchased my new Pathology deck. Your support is greatly appreciated. I hope it is helping you in your studies.

On the heels of the release of the Pathology deck, I want to move onto another project that will be of interest to you.

Many of you have asked if I am going to build a Step2Ck Anki deck. The short is that is going to have to be, no. It would be just too much work for one person to do. But there is another way. We can build one together. If we get enough people contributing, we can build a deck in faster time than any one of us could do on our own, and it will most likely be better than what we'd produce individually.

So I want to gauge interest in this project.

If you're interested, you can sign up here, and I'll follow up in a few days so that we can strategize.

Sign Up to Participate in Crowdsourced Step2CK/Clinical Anki Deck

This project is not set in stone yet. Whether we do it will depend on the level of interest and feasibility.

Please only sign up if you're serious about doing this. Ideally, participants:

  • Have finished or are currently in their clinical year
  • Are familiar with Anki and have used it in the past
  • Will be studying for Step2CK in the next few months
  • Have sufficient blocks of time to contribute to the effort
Anyway, let me know what you think. This could be something really interesting and innovative. But we need to help each other. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Now Available - Revamped Pathology Anki Deck

It's been a long time coming. Thanks for being patient. I wanted to make the improved Pathology deck as good as possible.

You can purchase the deck here (this is the same link as in the top corner "DrWillBe Pathology Deck")

Thank you for encouraging me to improve on this deck. I hope it's useful to you in your studies. Please share your experience through the 'Contact' page or in the new DrWillBe Forum

Happy Studying!

Also, look out for a whole bunch of new posts in the coming weeks.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sign up to find out about my revamped Pathology deck and possible Step2CK deck

Hi everyone.

I've received emails from some of you asking about when I'll put my Path deck up. Others have also asked me to make a Step2CK/Clerkship deck.

For the Step2CK, it would be good to get some hard numbers on how much demand there is.
Likewise for the Pathology deck.

If you sign up here I will keep you posted about the progress on each of those projects.

Sign up here for news about Path and Step2CK decks


I predict that the Path deck will be ready within a month. The Step2CK is tentative, based on how much interest I get from the form.

As always, thank you for your support. It's what motivates me to keep this blog going.

Happy studying.

Monday, February 11, 2013

An Update on my Cards and Future Directions

Hi all,

It's been a while. You'll notice that some changes have occurred around here. I changed the layout of the blog a bit. I'm toying around with different looks, so you'll likely see more changes in the next few days.  I want to make the blog cleaner and more accessible.

My near term goal is to transition to a new blog. I'll keep DrWillBe up and live mostly for my Anki cards, but I'm transitioning to a blog with a different name. I'm doing this for a couple of reasons:

(1) I want the new blog's name to reflect the fact that my focus is not just medicine. When I created DrWillBe, it was right before starting med school, and I intended to focus mostly on that. But I want to use my new blog as a platform to talk about multiple topics, and the name should reflect that.
(2) I want to use this new blog project as a way for me to learn some web development skills. So it will have a custom feel and more features, hopefully ones that I code myself using some CSS/HTML and Javascript.
(3) I plan to write much more regularly.

Regarding my Anki cards...
I love that so many people have downloaded them and are benefitting from them in their studies. Nothing makes me happier! Most all my decks will remain up on here. See the new Anki Decks link at the nav bar.

One major change: I've removed my Pathology deck. This is my most comprehensive and popular deck, so why have I removed it?

Well, my plan is to update the deck, clean it up, organize things more, add more cards, new media... pretty much I want to add more value to this already valuable deck. I've already spent 100's of hours putting this deck together, and I'm going to put even more time in sprucing it up. Because of this, I plan to charge a small fee for downloading the Pathology deck. All my other decks will remain free to download.

The new path deck should be ready in a few weeks. Until then, sit tight and check out the new changes happening here at DrWillBe.

Thanks for visiting my blog and for inspiring me to continue to write and share my learning resources.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Goal Setting for Grad School

In the spirit of the season, I've devised a list of fairly specific goals for my upcoming grad school career. It's time to transition from med school to the PhD years, and I want to be very purposeful about what I'm doing. If you're not careful, grad school can be period in which you become a highly trained technician, but not really a scientist that can think and act independently. To guard against that, I've laid out the things I want to learn and do in the next 4+ year. I'm putting it up here mostly to hold myself accountable, and also to invite feedback and criticism. I welcome you, dear readers, to help me with this list. For those of you in grad school, what are your experiences? What things do you wish you knew to focus on from the beginning?

Here is my (preliminary) list:


Perfect art of presentations
Learn meticulous scientific method and experimental design in general
Improve general problem-solving skills
Acquire robust data analysis skills 
Learn statistics
Become proficient in using computers to assist in research
Programming
Bioinformatics
Web development
Establish seamless workflow using digital tools
Papers2
Devonthink
Anything else?
Acquire outstanding domain knowledge and expertise
Neurobiology of pain
Acquire general knowledge of chemical biology
Build a repository of techniques to use in pursuit of interesting scientific questions
Perfect grant and scientific writing
Crowdfund a science project
Build strong network of smart people who I can call on to work with in the future
Weekly lunch roundtable
Self-track productivity
Time studying
Time working
Output
Attitudes
Write science/medicine blog
Extend knowledge in my domain
Publish at least 2 first-authors papers
At least 1 review article
PhD thesis
Improve/enhance self-learning methods
How can I teach myself stuff throughout life?

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Internal Medicine (Step 2CK) deck in Dropbox

Hey all,

Happy Holidays! I hope everyone is well rested and enjoying the season.

I've put my internal medicine clerkship deck in Dropbox (see link on sidebar). I'm not going to make a Step 2CK deck that is comprehensive, but this deck encompasses the majority of medicine topics. I used Pocket Medicine, Step Up to Medicine and USMLEWorld Step2CK qbank to make the cards. Hopefully they are helpful. For those studying for Step2CK, I'd use these cards as a base, but you're going to have to add your own. There is no ob/gyn, no peds, no psych, no emergency medicine, and only a little bit of surgery stuff.

Good luck!