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The Medical School Podcast

The Medical School Podcast

By Teach Me Anki
This show attempts to answer one question - what are the best and worst ways to study in medical school? Too often, students of medicine use low-yield study strategies and end up selling themselves short. The show focuses on the most effective ways to learn and remember the material, test-taking skills, time management, and ways that you can study less but study more effectively. We'll also debunk common myths about studying in medical school. These are strategies I utilized over the years that took me from barely passing my exams to scoring in the 98th percentile on my board exams.
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How to Approach Lectures in Medical School
How to Approach Lectures in Medical School.
September 30, 2021
Applying to Residency with Dr. Omar Baqal
ERAS application tips, experiences, research, work experiences, volunteer experiences, IMG, international medical graduate, program list, medical student, residency, Anki, spaced repetition.
September 22, 2021
Stop Group Studying Like This
How to group study in the most effective way possible.
September 19, 2021
How to Learn Anything in Medical School
To learn in medical school, you should use a 5-step process for any lecture that you get.  First, take the time to listen to the lecture.  Listen to what the instructor emphasizes.  Then go back and read the lecture as if you are reading a book.  After that, transcribe the information, preferably with Anki.  Using Anki is the most effective way to transcribe information because using creating your own flashcards will force you to think about the material critically.  Then perform active recall.  This means doing your flashcard reviews multiple times before your exam.  Make sure to end with practice questions.  You should start doing them a few days before your exam to fill any gaps in knowledge you have.  Be sure to visit and take the 90-minute master class.  We will teach you everything you need to know to use Anki in medical school.
September 8, 2021
How to Study for COMLEX (OMT)
I give you the strategy that helped me score in the 98th percentile on the COMLEX Level I.
March 17, 2021
How to study when you don't want to
I give you some strategies that I like to use that help motivate me to study when I don't feel like it.
March 9, 2021
Scoring 260 - How to Study Practice Questions
In this episode, I talk about the way I studied practice questions that helped me score in the 96th percentile on Step 1 and the 98th percentile on COMLEX Level 1.  I talk about what pitfalls to avoid and tips and tricks that you can use to maximize your time tackling questions.  I hope you find this episode helpful!  
January 11, 2021
How to Prepare for Step 2 with Boards&Beyond Creator Dr. Jason Ryan
Dr. Ryan is the founder and creator of Boards and Beyond, one of the most popular study resources among medical students around the world.  In this episode, we discuss the new pass/fail changes to Step 1, how that will impact how residencies view Step 2, the best way to use Boards and Beyond for Step 2 preparation, how to maximize third and fourth year, and more.  Be sure to check out the Boards and Beyond website to view sample videos.  Also follow us on our new Twitter account
January 4, 2021
Scoring 260 - Making a Study Plan
December 28, 2020
Residency Searching and Third Year with Dr. Max Feinstein
Dr. Max Feinstein is a CA-1 Anesthesiology Resident in New York City.  In this episode, we discuss how to prepare for third year and perform well, how to know what to look for in residency programs, and what makes certain residency programs the "best."
December 20, 2020
Scoring a 261 on Step 1 WITHOUT spaced repetition! (250+ series, Ep. 1)
In this new series, I interview students who have scored over a 250 on Step 1.  We discuss how they were to achieve these amazing scores in order to help first- and second-year medical students grapple with the challenge of getting the Step 1 score of their dreams.
November 11, 2019
Using Anki Flashcards in Medical School (Part 2)
How do you balance material from premade Anki decks with class material?  What are common mistakes when using Anki?  What are some useful Anki add-ons?  This is Part 2 of my interview with Nick Flint, one of the creators of Anking.  Check out the Anking YouTube channel for great tutorials on how to master Anki.
July 22, 2019
Using Anki Flashcards in Medical School (Part 1)
What is Anki?  Why should medical students use Anki?  How should new students start using Anki?  Using pre-made decks vs. making your own cards.  In this episode, I interview Nick Flint, one of the creators of AnKing.  Check out the AnKing YouTube channel for tutorials on mastering Anki in medical school.
June 25, 2019
Step 1 Tips with Boards & Beyond Creator, Dr. Jason Ryan
Dr. Jason Ryan is well known among medical students for being the creator of Boards & Beyond, one of the most comprehensive resources medical students use to prepare for their Step 1 board exam. In this episode, we discuss test-taking strategies, how to avoid distractions while preparing for Step 1, how to set up a study plan, and what to do if you don't get the score you want.
December 11, 2018
Boards & Beyond with Dr. Jason Ryan
Dr. Jason Ryan is well known among medical students for being the creator of Boards and Beyond. In this interview, Dr. Ryan discusses his story creating B&B as well as gives advice for how to use this resource to prepare for USMLE Step 1 Exam. Be sure to check out the Boards & Beyond website and Dr. Ryan's sample videos!
November 26, 2018
Competition and Scoring High in Medical School
Is competition healthy in medical school? At what point does competition become a bad thing? How do you be competitive and aggressive without coming off as a gunner? What is the difference between those who score high on tests in medical school and those who don't?
September 9, 2018
Flashcard Do's and Don'ts
How do you create effective flashcards? How do you know what to put in a flashcard and what to not include? What are the best resources to use when you make flashcards?
September 2, 2018
International Student to U.S. Medical School (Nijat's Story)
Student Doctor Nijat Aliyev shares his journey to a U.S. medical school as an international student from Azerbaijan. He gives his advice for international students who have a goal of attending a U.S. medical school.
August 26, 2018
Debt Management and Financial Freedom with Dr. Michael Mulick, D.O.
Dr. Mulick has a passion for personal finance. He shares how to management debt and gain financial freedom quickly out of residency.
August 19, 2018
Burnout and Wellness with Dr. Michael Mulick, D.O.
What is the root cause of student and physician burnout? How can we prevent burnout? How do you know when you have burnout? What is the difference between burnout and depression?
August 12, 2018
Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology with Dr. Michael Mulick, D.O.
Dr. Michael Mulick tells what it is like being a pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist. He describes some of the types of high-stress situations he is in and how he handles those.
August 5, 2018
Should Doctors Argue with Anti-Vaccinators?
Dr. Mike Farrell and I discuss how doctors should handle the anti-vaccine argument online and in the clinic.
July 29, 2018
Why is PM&R Becoming More Competitive?
Dr. Mike Farrell talks about what Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is as a specialty and why it's becoming more difficult to match into a PM&R residency.
July 22, 2018
Chiropractor Becomes an M.D.
Dr. Mike Farrell tells his story of graduating as a chiropractic physician, practicing for a while, and deciding to go to medical school.
July 15, 2018
Time Management and Study Methods with Dr. Tommy Martin
Dr. Tommy Martin gives his advice for how to develop a strict schedule that will help you succeed and maximize your time in medical school. We also discuss how he studied in medical school and how he prepared for Step 1.
July 8, 2018
Health and Fitness in Medical School with Dr. Tommy Martin
Dr. Tommy Martin shares his advice on how to make health and fitness a priority while in medical school.
July 1, 2018
Dr. Tommy Martin's Journey to Med/Peds Residency
Latest episode of The Medical School Podcast
June 25, 2018
A to Z of Medical School with DocOssareh (Part 3)
In this episode, I sit down with Dr. Ossareh while he tells about his experience getting his MBA in addition to his MD degree. He also gives advice for how to succeed in the 3rd and 4th years of medical school. Check out his book, A to Z of Medical School, on Amazon. Check out his YouTube channel called DocOssareh. It will be hard to top this interview in episodes to come!
June 17, 2018
A to Z of Medical School with DocOssareh (Part 2)
In this Part 2 of a three-part series, I interview the resident physician, author, and YouTuber DocOssareh. He gives advice as to how to succeed during the first and second years of medical school as well as how to prepare for the USMLE Step 1 board exam.
June 10, 2018
A to Z of Medical School with DocOssareh (Part 1)
In this very first episode, I interview the YouTuber, author, and resident physician DocOssareh. DocOssareh is now in a Neurology residency and has been publishing videos on Youtube since his pre-med years. In addition to getting an M.D. degree, he also took some time away from medical school to pursue a Masters in Business Administration. In this Part 1 episode, we discuss what led him to pursue a career medicine, tips for doing well in the pre-med years, how to decide if you should go into medicine, and how to be a competitive medical school applicant. In Part 2, we will discuss the first two years of medical school. In Part 3, we will discuss the last two years of medical school. DocOssareh's YouTube Channel: DocOssareh's book:
June 4, 2018