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45 How to Create a Mnemonic Story for Medical Procedures and Complicated Concepts

The medical mnemonist podcast featuring Dr. Eric Gantwerker discussing video game mechanics for fostering medical learning.
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45 How to Create a Mnemonic Story for Medical Procedures and Complicated Concepts

The Story Method (aka Journey Method, Linking Method) in mnemonics is a strong tool for creating procedure-based or chronological associations between visual markers. It allows us to make sure a particular order is followed, a sequence is completed in order, or follow a flow of disease processes. When creating visual markers for our mnemonics, making associations between the main concept (anchor marker) and the subtopics (linking markers) can greatly increase our long term memory of how these terms and actions interact with one another. 

In today’s episode, we will cover the Story Method in greater detail as well as how to create an anchor and linking markers for certain diseases. These stories, or dynamic visual interactions, can then also be placed in their associated memory palace for long term organization. However, this isn’t always needed. Sometimes simply adding a brief skit to a flashcard can also provide that added dual-coding that will help you in the long run.

For more details on mnemonics creation for medical and healthcare students, please check out Read This Before Medical School and download our free PDF guide.

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Chase is an MS, MBA-HA and MD/Ph.Dcandidate. He is the Founder and educator at MedEd University, which he began in 2014 to consolidate free educational resources for his classmates. He is the host of the Medical Mnemonist Podcast, creator of several medical education platforms, and is the CEO of FindARotation.

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