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88 Using the Peg Memory System for Medical Education – Medical Mnemonics Series 2

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88 Using the Peg Memory System for Medical Education – Medical Mnemonics Series 2

Chase DiMarco explores the Peg Memory System for medical education and discusses how to use visual markers to memorize important numbers.

Show Notes

The origins of the Peg Memory System

Why you should use the Peg Memory System

Creating your own Peg System

How to create visual associations with numbers

Homework exercise

Creating a theme for numbers over 10

The Peg Memory System
The Peg Memory System was developed to learn long strings of numbers but has evolved to include more advanced techniques. The basic Peg system is a valuable tool for associating different visual markers with concepts you will need to memorize for your studies. There is a surprisingly large number of strings of numbers you will have to remember in medicine, including numbers associated with genetic markers, lab results, age ranges, epidemiology- and risk ratios. Having a method of association for these values can make it easier for many students to recall them.

The basic Peg strategy involves creating an image for each of the numbers from 0-9 or 1-10. This gives you ten digits that you create a visual association with. You can use the visual associations in a story to remember a string of numbers later on.


Use list from episode 1 to create mnemonics
Create a chart of at least 30 images or associations
If you would like a headstart on the material in this miniseries, grab a copy of Read This Before Medical School. You can also listen to The Peg System Memory Training and Creativity for Medical Students episode for a more in-depth exploration of visual mnemonics. Don’t forget to leave a rating!

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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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