Medical Mnemonist Podcast

Overcoming Learning Challenges in Medicine from Dr. Barbara Oakley

Dr. Barbara Oakley discusses memory sciences and common pitfalls that medical students should look out for.

Dr. Barbara Oakley is a renown instructor, author, and online course creator. Today she covers memory sciences and common pitfalls that medical students should be aware of. There are strong links between sleep and long-term neurodevelopment, which she will explain in greater detail. Despite your natural memory abilities compared to your peers, there are ways to even the playing field. Today’s discussion will elaborate on the scheduling and resource utilization needed to maximize your academic success.


2:15 How to Learn Efficiently & Overcoming Learning Challenges

6:45 Expect the Unexpected: Utilizing Older Study Materials, CourseHero, and Academic Relationships

11:50 Pitfalls in Medical Study Habits & Sleep Health for Neuroarchitecture

15:50 Focused vs Diffused/Default Learning Modes & Meditation

19:50 Bad Habits of Medical Students & Nature v. Nurture

23:10 Using Visualizations for Conceptual Understanding

25:00 A Walk Down Memory Lane

29:20 Recommended resources:

Chase DiMarco

Chase DiMarco is an MS, MBA-HA and MD/Ph.D-candidate. He is the founder of MedEd University, a free medical education resource, the host of the Medical Mnemonist & Rounds to Residency podcasts creator of several medical education platforms, and CEO of FindARotation clinical rotations service.

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