Medical Mnemonist Podcast

The Story Method (Journey Method) – Medical Mnemonics Series 5

The Story Method is the fifth episode in a miniseries on medical mnemonics. In this episode, Chase DiMarco talks about the journey method¾its basic structure and the different applications of the technique. The story method ties in all the previously learned mnemonics into a memorable sequence.

  • [02:28] The Journey Method
  • [05:24] Using the Story Method for Medical Topics
  • [08:43] Example of the Journey Method
  • [12:08] Homework Exercise

The Story Method

The journey or the story method is a memory technique used for remembering multiple items in a precise arrangement. To start, create a basic story outline about your chosen topic. The next step is to insert or assign visual markers for the main concepts. Finally, organize the story’s plot in a way that’s memorable to you. The journey method connects all your visual mnemonics together in a series of events.

In a previous episode with memory champ Nelson Dellis, he prefers to use the story method to recall ordered lists such as the sequence of US presidents. Medical students can apply this to memorizing disease and wound healing processes, stages of labor and delivery, diagnostic test ordering, and other charts or graphs. The journey method makes it easier to recall relationships and sequences between associations. By creating elaborate stories, we chunk information together which helps attribute detailed characteristics to specific topics.

Homework

  • Create at least 1 story with visual mnemonics using a topic from your current studies. Review it once afterwards.

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Chase DiMarco

Chase DiMarco is an MS, MBA-HA and MD/Ph.D-candidate. He is the founder of FreeMedEd, a free medical education resource, the host of the Medical Mnemonist 1-Minute Preceptor podcasts by MedSchoolCoach, creator of several medical education platforms, and CEO of FindARotation clinical rotations service.

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