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49 How Small Consistent Changes Create BIG Results with Ian Gibbs
In this episode, we have Ian Gibbs, speaker on academic learning and author of multiple books including 23 Tips to Learn Stuff Better. Ian was able to 4x his learning speed when he learned how to implement a few simple study methods. Today, we will learn how to "learn stuff better” and become more productive in our academic and clinical lives.
Going on a Gamified “Clinical Odyssey” with Medical Joyworks’ COO Miguel Molina
Chase DiMarco talks to Miguel Molina, the Chief Operating Officer at Medical Joyworks, a physician-led company offering digital products and solutions to the medical sector. Miguel shares insights into the field of medical education and how he plans to improve students' clinical skills with evidence-based case studies, adventure scenarios, reference articles, and moderated discussion boards.
[02:40] Clinical Odyssey: Learn Medicine the Fun Way [05:10] How Prognosis Makes Medical Education Interactive and Enjoyable [0 8:55] Why Medical Joyworks Decided to Build a QBank [15:13] The Price Issue When Signing Up to Medical Programs [16:20] The Benefits of Mentorship and Immediate Feedback in Medical Education [23:02] Customizing Medical Education to Students' Learning Styles [25:36] The Future of Medical Education [27:00] Why Medical Joyworks is Yet to Go the Augmented Reality Way [30:56] The Stolen App Game Full show notes
11 Durable Learning Strategies with the Learning Geek's Jake Gittleson
A Learning Geek joins us to talk nerdy about learning! Jake Gittleson joins us to discuss how Mindset and Learning Ecosystems play a pivotal part in our learning success. We also cover how mental representations and making material personally relevant has a great impact on the lasting nature of what we learn. Jake helps us implement the best learning techniques into their programs for maximum efficiency. We explore some concrete examples of how to utilize these strategies in our studies.
101. Sage Advice from Over a Decade in MedEd with Ben White MD
Chase DiMarco talks to Dr. Ben White, a Neuroradiologist with three books and a long-running website (BenWhite.com.) Dr. White shares practical advice for med students gathered from spending over a decade in the MedEd space.
[00:45] Getting to Know Dr. Ben White [05:50] Comparing Medical Books of Today and From 10 Years Ago [09:10] Online Resources for Medical Students [12:00] Curriculum Replacement Platforms [14:40] The Future of Med School is Online [18:30] Why Soft Skills are Essential in Med School [21:50] Extracurricular Activities and Med School Admissions [26:16] Mental Health and Attitudes in Medicine [28:40] Parting Thoughts Full show notes
Game Learning for Clerkships and Residents with Michael Cosimini MD (Ep. 73 Rebroadcast)
Dr. Michael Cosimini discusses gamification and games for clinical education. Dr. Cosimini is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine at USC, and the author of Empiric, a card game for learning guidelines-based antibiotic selection.
[02:08] Challenges of Creating Games for a Clinical Setting [02:56] Gamification Versus Serious Games [07:22] How to Balance Between Entertainment and Education [08:09] Tabletop Games Versus Video Games [12:23] How Medical Students Can Apply Games to Their Learning [13:49] How Empiric Works [20:21] How to Find Out More About Michael & Empiric Gamification Versus Serious Games Many medical instructors already gamify their educational content, for example, by transforming a PowerPoint slide into a game of Jeopardy, giving out stickers for accomplishments, and having a leaderboard in class. An example of gamification in the literature is when surgical residents performing laparoscopic procedures were split into competing groups. The randomly selected students who trained in this gamified setting trained longer and performed better.
Dr. Cosimini does support gamification, but he more strongly promotes “serious games” which go beyond gamifying existing educational content, to creating a game for the purpose of education, rather than pure entertainment. For example, the game GridlockED, which resembles Clue, trains players to handle emergency room throughput. Michael’s card game, Empiric for learning antibiotic selection is also a serious game.
How to Balance Entertainment and Education in Games To help find the appropriate balance between entertainment and education, Dr. Cosimini emphasizes the importance of testing the outcome of a game, to see what students have actually learnt. As a rule of thumb, be respectful of the player’s time. Do not have a game that is long, unless there is evidence that shows that this contributes to the learning process.
Tabletop Games Versus Video Games Dr. Cosimini promotes tabletop games over digital or video games for medical education. He cites a study by Mary Flanagan of Tiltfactor, a game design company. The study compared the iPad and tabletop version of Pox: Save the People, a game about disease spread. With the tabletop version, people tended to interact and work together more, which is important for the social aspect of learning.
How Medical Students Can Apply Games to Their Education Creating their own card games might be too involved, and too time-consuming for a medical student. Students can instead use off-the-shelf card games from resources such as East Midlands Emergency Medicine Educational Media, #EM3, which provides games for learning about pediatric EKGs, pediatric dermatology, and pediatric and adult orthopedics. For instructors, Michael recommends MedEd. He of course also recommends his own game Empiric, for learning about antibiotic selection, and his upcoming game about emergency medicine. These games are more helpful for clinical education i.e. for medical students on their clinical rotations, or for residents, and less helpful for first and second year medical students.
How Empiric Works Empiric is based on the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Red Book, 2018-2021. Dr. Cosimini includes visual cues — such as color coding — for facts such as the mechanism of delivery and the spectrum of activity, to enable students to memorize facts more quickly. It can be difficult to keep up with the changing facts around antibiotic resistance, and other antibiotic research. Currently, Dr. Cosimini does this by updating the printable card decks online, after the research is updated.
Check out Empiric’s Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and website. The website includes a list of medical and non-medical card games.
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Optimizing Medical Student Memory & Skills Development Though Hacking Brain Physiology (Ep. 56 Rebroadcast)
Dr. Shae Datta is a neurologist and Director of Concussion and Neurocognition in New York. She also serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Residency Success. Dr. Datta has researched numerous subjects in the area of brain trauma, including the gut/brain link and study success through brain health.
Residency Success is a platform to help students with the application and interview processes to ensure success and build habits that will stay with you throughout your career.
Today’s episode will cover how to improve your brain health and preparatory habits to improve memory.
3:10 What is Residency Success and How Did it Come to Be? 4:10 Overview of Topics to be Covered 5:35 The Anatomy of the Brain in Relation to Memory 6:00 The Mind and Body Connection 6:35 The Detriments of Multi-tasking 7:47 Meditation to Improve Memory and Attention 11:40 Healthy Food Habits and Optimum Nutrition 14:40 Eating the Rainbow 16:45 Caffeine Consumption: The Benefits and Knowing When to Stop 19:45 Exercise and Neuroplasticity 23:10 The Role of Light Exposure in Chemical Balancing 24:15 Memory Consolidation and Sleep 25:00 Sleep Hygiene 26:30 Creating Memories: The Three Stages of Memory Formation 27:40 The Use of Memory Evoking Scent for Consolidation 30:35 Eliminating ‘Junk Light’ 32:36 How Residency Success Can Benefit You 32:30 Scheduling Tips Resources
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