Medical Mnemonist Podcast

Free Open Access Medical Education (FOAM) Flashcards with Brocencephalon

Dr. Amreet Sidhu is a Toronto-born Internal Medicine Resident based in Detroit. He is the creator of Brosencephalon, a comprehensive set of pre-clinical flashcards created for self-study that spread worldwide. Amreet’s cards have evolved into a community-driven project by medical students for medical students. Today’s episode will cover the inspiration behind the creation of Brosencephalon, the most useful aspects of Anki and how to create your own effective flashcards for retention.

3:20 The Inspiration Behind the Creation of Brosencephalon
7:42 Evidence Based Cognitive Learning for Effective Retention
9:59 How COVID-19 is Facilitating Change for Brosencephalon and Learning Programs
13:59 Curricular Design and Application
15:31 Creating Effective and Efficient Flashcards
19:58 The Benefits of Cognitive Effort When Creating Flashcards
23:30 Digital Cards vs. Physical
25:50 Elaborative Interrogation and its Relevance to Flashcards.
30:45 How to Integrate Multiple Learning Strategies
34:19 Using Flashcards for Self-Assessment
37:53 The Need to Update Standard Western Learning Conventions
40:00 Amreet’s Favourite Anki Plugins
41:50 The Use of Mnemonics and Images in Flashcards
43:43 What Would Amreet Change if He Could go Back in Time?


Information about Amreet and Brosencephalon can be found here:

Anki Plugins

Hierarchical Tags
Frozen Fields
Load Balancer
Heat Mapper


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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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