Learning Medicine

Learning Medicine
The Ultimate Guide to Study Skills in Medical School

Thursday, May 28, 2015

It's here! Learning Medicine: An Evidence-Based Guide

Dear Readers,

I'm glad you're still here. I've been quiet here on the DrWillBe blog because I've been hard at work on a major project. For over two years, I've been writing an a book on learning in medical school with my friend and colleague, Dr. Peter Wei. 

Since the inception of this blog, I've written enthusiastically about the power of spaced repetition (SR) using the program Anki. No doubt, SR and Anki are extremely potent, but they are not the only components of highly effective learning. There are many ingredients in that recipe, and so I wanted to flesh out a comprehensive methodology for learning medicine well. 

Learning Medicine is the result of several years worth of research and experimentation on our part to discover the most effective methods for learning in medical school. We've distilled the insights from those efforts so as to create a guide that is very practical, allowing you to apply these high-yield study hacks immediately. 

Here are some highlights from the book:
  • Take a brief tour through the science of learning and memory
  • Learn about the power of spaced repetition for building long-term knowledge
  • Practically apply spaced repetition using the popular app Anki. We give you very specific instructions on how to make this program work for you. 
  • Go step by step through our comprehensive Learning Method, which embodies all the study hacks we discovered in our research.
This is the "instruction manual" so many of you have asked for. It will help you get started using SR decks, like my Pathology Anki deck, and will give you many more tools to continue learning effectively on your own. 

I hope you you find much value in this book. Let us know what you think by leaving comments on the book site, or here on the DrWillBe blog.

Happy Studying!

-DrWillBe (Alex)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

I'm Still Here

Hey all,

I know it's been a really long time since I last posted. I've been busy working on some other projects, including an eBook on effective strategies for Learning Medicine. I've also been bogged down by my day job. But I have an overhaul planned for this site and I plan to post regularly again. So look out.

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.