How to Make Anki Fun

When you’re doing Anki, it’s difficult to stay focused on just one task. You’re always distracted and you look at other people who are able to study for hours on end. You look at your classmates and people on YouTube and they’re able to study for hours, and you think to yourself, how can I …

5 Reasons Anki Isn’t Working For You

I always see my fellow medical students struggle with Anki because it “just doesn’t work for them.” Are you also in that group? I’m willing to bet that you haven’t tried these 5 strategies, which will help your retention go up and actually help you apply these tactics to a question-based program. I’m going to …

How to Get Straight A’s Without Trying (Too Hard)

This book, How to Be a Straight A Student by Cal Newport, changed my life. In high school, I succeeded in my classes not by employing the most efficient study strategies but rather those which were brute force. Because of the upfront time costs, I didn’t really think about applying myself to learning more about …

Shailin Thomas: Dominating Med Twitter one meme at a time while becoming a Doctor and Lawyer

Today’s podcast is with Shailin Thomas (@shailinthomas), who is a fifth-year student (and third year medical student) in a joint MD/JD program between Harvard Law School and the New York University School of Medicine. He received his B.S. from Yale University where he stuied cognitive neuroscience—exploring the anatomy and hysiology behind social phenomena. His interests …

The Grind Doesn’t Define You

Giving and Growing in a World of Negativity It’s ironic that the medical field is arguably the most humane profession, yet we put our residents and physicians-in-training through such pain and suffering. A recent article by Dr. Pamela Wible noted that residents’ hours are “capped” at 28-hour shifts and 80-hour work weeks, which are equivalent to two …