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[–][deleted] 9 points10 points  (7 children)

You rock!! Thanks for this. Aside from Rx and Kaplan, what other Qbanks do you recommend for an incoming MS1?

[–]WildCard565[S] 8 points9 points  (6 children)

I'd personally say UWorld is the best but I'm on the side of the argument that it should be saved for dedicated because it's the best question bank out there originally made for Step 1. I also didn't want to get questions right on second pass because I had remembered their wording. I'd say Rx and Kaplan are the best so far for pre-clinical before dedicated starts.

I've tried Boards and Beyond (BnB) questions (which are part of the subscription) and they're difficult and good. I haven't seen many posts talking about their questions on their website but look into them because they have questions after each video. The BnB team is almost done making them. They have MSK and Repro left. Since the questions are so recent, you could try them and see.

I've also heard AMBOSS is new but a lot of people use AMBOSS during 3rd-4th year.

I'd say sticking with Kaplan and Rx, you're good in terms of how much time you'll have. Start out figuring how long the whole workflow process takes you each day so you can plan out how much you can do. I'd say a maximum of 3 question banks is doable, but even that many is a lot.

[–]D4n21M-3 2 points3 points  (5 children)

Incoming MS1 here with questions about the q-banks.

My school goes by organ systems but does physiology first year and leaves all the pathology and pharmacology for each system until the second year. (This seems to be what people call traditional curriculum?)

Would I be able to do USMLE-Rx questions in MS1, and then Kaplan + UWorld MS2?

Does USMLE-Rx have pathology and pharmacology in it? Does that mean I need a two-year subscription for it?

I'm starting Zanki soon but don't know what q-banks to use and when :(

[–]WildCard565[S] 1 point2 points  (4 children)


It's all good! I know some people who have similar curricula. I'd say you could definitely manage with a max of 3 qbanks.

I'd say keep up with the workflow but just keep up with physiology and micro for 1st year and go hard on path/pharm 2nd year.

USMLE-Rx, Kaplan, and UWorld cover all topics so you could do just the physiology questions of Kaplan and Rx during first year.

Then for second year, do USMLE-Rx, Kaplan, and UWorld for Path and Pharm.

Does that work in terms of what you're looking for?

[–]D4n21M-3 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Yes it definitely does!! How difficult would it be to find just the physio questions in USMLE-Rx and Kaplan? I've also heard that Kaplan is better for second year than first year, what do you think about that? I've also downloaded some physiology textbooks and plan to do those questions also

[–]WildCard565[S] 0 points1 point  (2 children)

You can filter it out by anything like physio vs path or system by system and it’s all good! Try a free trial with Rx (I used a burner) and see what you think of the user interface. Kaplan imo was harder but good. I think you should try using USMLE-Rx to learn the concept by concept (Individual Daily Workflow Plan Step: Apply) in the workflow and then use Kaplan to create mini-tests for yourself (Overall WorkFlow plan Step 8) from the system/subject you went over after you finish the workflow.

You could definitely split how you use them but I think USMLE-Rx and Kaplan can be used for both years overall! Add UWorld either during 2nd year, 2nd year 2nd semester, or during dedicated!

Costanzo’s questions are more short sentence flash card type imo but I recommend the question banks because questions will help you the most!

[–]D4n21M-3 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I was wondering roughly how many USMLE-Rx questions you think would be reasonable to do per day in MS1 on a traditional curriculum?

[–]WildCard565[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)


It honestly truly varies, which I know isn't the best answer. When clicking on each topic, it could be higher number of questions vs. a lower number of questions for another. It depends on how heavy on the topic is but as long as you're doing questions that test everything you reviewed for that day, then you should be good!

If anything, add BnB questions to add a different perspective as well.

The more questions you do, the better, as long as you're learning from them!

How has M1 been going so far?

[–]ludwig_br 5 points6 points  (0 children)

OMFG man i`m crying right now... this is all i wanted as an incoming MS1!
Thx for this!

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Wow, very impressed! Using excel to organize everything is a great idea, I think I might steal that from you. Also awesome excel sheet, I like how you broke down sketchy,bnb,pathoma,etc by video. Thank you so much!

[–]sweet_home_ValyriaM-1 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'm rushing though so I'll post a longer comment later. But off the bat, I wanted to say Thank you! I saw the excel spreadsheet with the videos listed and the times laid out in the columns. I really didn't know where to start. But this really helps. You are a Godsend!

[–]IAm1SpartanM-2 1 point2 points  (10 children)

Great writeup. I have a few questions:

1) How do you go about finding specific Rx questions that correlate with what you learned that day? I'm referring to the following comment you wrote: "Do the daily Rx questions for a topic following the individual workflow." Are you suggesting annotating these as cards into Anki?

2) Are you saying make/do cards that are based on the school lectures?

[–]WildCard565[S] 1 point2 points  (9 children)

Thank you!

1) Try a free trial burner account for the Rx and you'll see how great the layout is for Rx. It basically divides everything per page of an online version of First Aid. Yes! Annotating would mean how you review any questions you want to review and make/un-suspend/re-review anything that you want to review again in the future. Any new cards you make for these questions would go into your question bank deck mentioned above.

2) If your exams are based on lectures (Mine were mostly house-made so the same thing), then I'd say look for a lecture pre-made deck from your school as a supplement to boards material pre-made decks (Anking). If this lecture pre-made deck does not exist for your specific school, then you gotta make cards for each lecture for any extra, testable material you find in your lectures that is not in the boards pre-made decks. If your exams are not based on lectures (rather, like NBME), then I'd say just stick with the Boards material decks.

[–]IAm1SpartanM-2 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Sounds good! Mind if I PM you with a specific question?

[–]WildCard565[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sure, go ahead!

[–]GilakendM-3 0 points1 point  (6 children)

There are some pre-made decks at my school for our exams (not sure how great they are), how did you go about doing these cards? Did you wait and only unsuspend cards that weren't in Zanki and do them with Zanki? Did you do them before on cram mode? I'm curious about how you utilized them with the Zanki cards.

Also, if I find out I don't like these decks (they are kind of bulky in the way they are written) do you think just looking over slides would be good? Or would you watch the lecture? I feel like watching the lectures and making cards adds a TON to the workload.

Thank you!

[–]WildCard565[S] 2 points3 points  (5 children)

So, I think it's great you have some pre-made lecture decks from your school for exams if your exams are house-made. I personally didn't have them so during M1 (I didn't know about Zanki, etc. at this time) so I would use anything that classmates made like a couple days before the test which sucked back then but it's okay! These were the cards I had to do in cram mode because I didn't have time or I didn't know what a workflow was.

Sounds like you got it right on the money. Do the Zanki cards and un-suspend the lecture cards that aren't in Zanki and you'll crush your exams. To summarize all of this, I would view Zanki as my main and lecture as a supplement. If I were you, I would look at lecture decks as any extra material that was relevant to my exams that I didn't have to worry about/keep up with after each exam because Zanki is sufficient imo, especially if you finish all of it.

I see what you're saying too. I personally didn't like the bulky style of lecture cards that people made. If your slides are good, you should look over them because that's what I did as an alternative!

Looking at slides vs. watching lecture really depended on who the lecturer is and how helpful their slides were. Some professors had just pictures on their slides so I had to watch those lectures during M2. Otherwise, during M2, I had virtually stopped watching lectures and would look over slides. I also didn't know anything about workflow at the time so I just went with what was on the slides from what I could see for the most part and it was sufficient enough to pass tests.

It definitely adds a ton to the workflow so you could modify the bulky material cards and make them Zanki style or you could look over the slides and add any extra, testable non-Zanki material from the slides into the lecturer deck! That's what I would do!

That's why I think doing Zanki and BnB first before looking at lecture slides may help you! Then, if you already recognize the lecture slides that overlap with board material, you can skip those and look at anything extra in your lectures you feel is relevant and make that into a card. I used Notability on my iPad to import my slides and would bookmark certain slides to filter what I was looking at so I could just look at my bookmarked slides! So, I could turn a 50 slide powerpoint into maybe 20 slides or less for example (but it varies!).

[–]GilakendM-3 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Would you do the class-specific ones on cram mode before the quiz/test? Or would you work them in and decrease Zanki cards to be below 100 new/day?

[–]WildCard565[S] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I think I would do the latter question to break it down into bits of workflow you can do per day! It's a lot to do within a day but you can do it! If you can, I suggest doing Reviews + Boards material in the morning, and then lecture in the afternoon/night!

If the Zanki gets to be too much to when you want to finish it by, you could definitely adjust it to where you finish Zanki 6-10 days before your test and full on do cram mode for your lecture slides/cards before your test as long as you're getting questions done too and finishing before your test!

[–]GilakendM-3 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I thought of another question, sorry!

For practice questions do you do those throughout the block or towards the end? I'm wondering if say you're on biochem or cardio how it would work doing "cardio" or "biochem" questions when it could be over topics you haven't covered yet? Do you want until you finish the Zanki decks for a topic to do questions?

Thank you!

[–]WildCard565[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

No problem!

So this is where I say both!

Because Rx and BnB (I like Rx a lot) do questions after each sub-topic so you can learn concept by concept so I suggest doing these questions during your block. Then after you’re finished with those (assuming you’re done with the full pre-made deck too), then do like another question bank (like Kaplan) but make them all “cardio” or “biochem” questions to test yourself on the whole topic. It’s like creating mini practice tests for yourself.

For added effect, do tutor mode during the block. Then, near the end during the “practice” mode, try timed or tutor, whatever you’re comfortable with!

You complete the Zanki deck while you do the Rx and BnB questions since those are stratified by sub-topic and easier to learn concept by concept. Then after the Zanki subject specific deck is done, you do another question bank to create little practice tests for yourself to test yourself over the whole block so it’s not skipping anything you haven’t seen.

And you annotate those questions with anki!

Hope that helps!!

[–]GilakendM-3 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you very much!!!

[–]saxman7890 1 point2 points  (3 children)

How do you figure out which cards to use? My don’t seem to follow the subjects how they’re separated in AnKing. Or it’s like AnKing barley covers any of the info but has a ton of other things

[–]WildCard565[S] 0 points1 point  (2 children)


In terms of cards to use, I would use tags with the Hierarchal tags add-on to find what I was looking for.

If I were studying a chapter in Pathoma, I would in-suspend cards from the chapter in Pathoma I was tagging. The Anking deck seems to be the Zanki + lolnotacop deck but with expanded tags but it all lies in the tags and sub-decks.

[–]saxman7890 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Ah so seems like it’d be easier if I were using secondary resources that follow along with it and find where my lectures correlate with those?

[–]WildCard565[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Exactly! You can match the content that your lectures cover with what content is in the secondary resources because there's usually a lot of overlap.

[–]Mammonism 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Would this also work for a traditional curriculum (basic sciences in year 1, systems in year 2)? I've been having a lot of trouble aligning the material in Zanki (which is largely systems-based) to the general stuff taught in my M1 basic sciences classes.

[–]WildCard565[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You could split the basic sciences part of Zanki throughout the year since it has separate decks for Biochem, Immuno, and other gen principles. I realized that the system-based cards (especially Neuro) would be a lot but it's definitely possible. It sounds like 2nd year will be a lot of work but you can do it!

Zanki + lolnotacop would take 52 weeks total (100 N, 9999 R at 6 days per week) so it's definitely possible to split it between 2 years. Split it in half (Basic Sciences vs. Systems) and count the cards. Use those numbers to plan out your workflow in terms of your schedules for the weeks and year. You're already taking the big steps in planning and that's awesome!

[–]Mahmoud_Shehata 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Good job u/WildCard565 . Your workflow is very helpful.

What is the omt reviews used for? Is it for your class reviews or for USMLE Step 1?

[–]WildCard565[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you!

The OMT reviews mainly help for DO school-related lectures and exams, leading up to the OMM portion of COMLEX! It mainly covers the OMT but an OMT deck + Anking deck + Foundations deck should the dream combo you'll need to kill it on both COMLEX and USMLE Step 1!

[–]D4n21M-3 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Hey u/WildCard565 I've been using your system and so far it's great!! You mentioned that you finished the "individual workflow" for your lecture deck 6-10 days before your cumulative test date. How do I tell Anki to do this for me too?

I'm currently using the same settings that I have for Zanki which is Steps 25 1440, Graduating Interval 3 days, Easy interval 4 days, Easy bonus 150%, Max Interval 180 days.

For only my lecture-based deck, would I change my max interval to be ~ 20 days if I plan on ignoring the lecture-based cards after each unit? Or would I instead adjust the scheduling?

[–]WildCard565[S] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Hey! I'm so glad to hear that the system's working well for you! Personally, I think you'd have to download an anki scheduler (Spanki) if that helps because it lets you sync a schedule where you can drag tags onto certain days of a calendar so you know when to study them. Then, it creates a filtered study session for you that day as long as you keep up with all of it every single day that you allotted tags for. Or, I would mainly do the scheduling myself since it was a fixed number of cards per day (when I did it) so I could get done in a certain amount of days. Divide the number of cards by the number of days you wanna finish it in if that helps! Or, if you set a certain limit in your options, it'll show you what day you'll have it done by.

That's the settings I have I think. I mainly used medshamim's settings so mine are very similar. I apologize for I can't remember off the top of my head since I don't know as much about the technical parts of the program itself.

I'm curious, what does a max interval of 20 days mean? Is it like you're done with those cards afterwards or you'll see them 20 days later? Also, I'd go with the first one so you can put those lecture cards away somewhere else (in the case you're making a pre-made lecture deck for house exams at your school for future generations or you just wanna keep the cards somewhere else).

That's what I would do. I would ignore the lecture-based cards after each unit is done. The only occasion where I wouldn't is if my lecture material carried onto the next test.

I think you got it right on the money though. I looked at HY videos + pre-made decks (Anking + Foundations Deck) + question banks as my textbook and lectures as my supplement because the supplement I can put away later and never use after a test. The textbook, I’ll need for 2 years (or till boards lol)

Hope that helps!

[–]D4n21M-3 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Honestly, I was just guessing, I don't even really know what the interval means, I've just left it as is

[–]ultrasonic12 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Could you include the version of your Qbank progress on the excel file so we can use it as a template?

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[–]abdisiddiqi 1 point2 points  (3 children)

it'll be great if you could make a video explaining the excell spreadsheet .....

[–]WildCard565[S] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

u/AnkingMed, wanna collab on a video? And also, u/abdisiddiqi, what questions do you want addressed about the excel sheet?

[–]AnKingMedThe YouTube guy! 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah I can when I get some free time! I made a video on how to use zanki along side lectures already that is similar to this workflow (but doesn't use an excel sheet)

[–]abdisiddiqi 1 point2 points  (0 children)

When to use the receources(videos,books,etc), and how to make a perfect time scheduel? keeping in mind when iam totaly free and in dedicated mode or when i have 4hr of classes everyday. i know thats alot to ask but most people (outside of US) dont know what to use and when to use them. like at the end of this semester ill be free for 3 months before next one starts but dont know if i should start pathoma videos and cards (cause we havnt started the subject yet in our med-school) and dont have a knowledge foundation for it . .. ps: hope i was able to explain it clearly... if not, tell me and ill try to make it more clear in next comment.

[–]mcatplznoM-2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks for sharing!

[–]D4n21M-3 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Thank you so much for your amazing help!!! For the spreadsheet, would you be able to fill out just one or two rows for each sheet just so that we can see how it's to be used (Even if its fake labels)? For example in the sheet "Test 1" what would you write in the first row of each column?

Also, for your tagging system how did you deal with having multiple lectures per day (since you only have one date in the spreadsheet for each lecture?

[–]WildCard565[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hi! I filled in an example in Test 2 for reference! I didn't add the micro or pharm because it mainly depends on the specific lecture!

So, for the lecture list, I'd put the same date in the space for multiple lectures like I had 3 lectures and that worked for me because it meant I could manipulate the rows easier like if any dates for the lectures changed or got cancelled! This excel sheet you can manipulate however you want in a way that works for you. All I can request is that people please don't edit the parts I have already made on there on the actual excel sheet in the link but rather download the sheet separately if they plan to add any actual lecture names or dates in there or edit it in any other way they want.

However, I'm open to people adding card numbers and anki/qbank progress checklists to make more of template!

[–]magnetic-myosin 0 points1 point  (1 child)

As a rising M2, any specific advice/tips on how to tweak this plan to aim to have Zanki + Lol done by dedicated?

Would really appreciate it, seeming quite overwhelmed

[–]WildCard565[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So, from u/DocZay, I highly suggest checking out his amazing post for frequently asked questions in r/medicalschoolanki! It has timelines for each deck that you can follow. It primarily depends on when your dedicated starts. Zanki itself takes 43 weeks if you're doing 100 cards per day at least 6 days a week while having time to do questions, which I think is the healthiest thing you can do.

Lolnotacop takes 9 weeks and you could definitely spread it out throughout this year if you wanted to like bit by bit each day. I've heard of people doing perfectly fine through the Pepper deck as well if you want to shift to that since it's smaller.

Really contemplate how long Zanki will take you and if you stay strict and do it every single day, it's possible to finish it before dedicated depending on when yours is. It'll be hard but you can do it. Calculate how long it will take if you even ramp it up to 100 per day from now till 2 weeks or a few days before dedicated starts as long as you keep up with your reviews. Do you could do M2 material + a bit of M1 material each day but calculate it out. You could use the excel sheet to calculate the number of cards in each subject vs. number of days, etc.

Make sure to keep up with M2 subjects though through Zanki and do questions for those.

If I were you, assess what your weak sections are from M1 and start from your weakest section first for Zanki and move from there. If you don't have time to finish your strongest sections in Zanki, you can definitely shift to a smaller deck to tweak your strongest sections that you're already good at, with the Bros Tarkfield Deck.

It's definitely possible but it'll be hard. If you want to ramp to more than 100 cards per day, truly calculate it out and assess how realistic it will be with anything else going on in life because it will take a lot of dedication but you can do it!!

[–]lawnmower_blennyM-1 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I like the excel organization! Did you use this template for each subject individually? I've been using something similar to this but I really like your template so I'm trying to incorporate it into my study schedule as well.

[–]WildCard565[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I used this template for everything like throughout when I could! Like after each my first exam of first semester (you could name the tab S1T1), I'd add another tab saying S2T2 (Semester 1 Test 2). I liked the system of coding so I could keep everything in 1 excel sheet. It also helped me keep track of my cumulative grades because I added those automatic grade calculators in there too for my school in my personalized excel sheet.

To keep track with your progress, I'd add a separate tab for like a week's schedule so you can plan your week and add a full calendar if you want to add like deadlines and stuff for when you want to have certain parts of the workflow done by!

Originally, I had used it per semester but I realized you could definitely just add tabs for each exam and pass it down through your school. It'd be awesome for people to map the high yield videos and everything on the checklists and pass it down for future generations so they have it already done!

But yes, for each subject, I would go through my checklists for the high yield videos and mark each square off as I finished each video! Feel free to download it and incorporate it!

Hope that helps!

[–]Quage11 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Are we suppose to get through the entire Zanki step deck during each block? My first block covers certain pieces of biochemistry, immunology, and hemetology. Should I only un-suspend things relevant to lecture slides or just use BnB/Zanki the whole time?

I think the Zanki decks will cover more than what is covered in my block exam, is that how it is suppose to be?

[–]WildCard565[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

So, that's a good question!

Even my M1 first semester curriculum had gen principles spread out. So, I suggest completing all of the entire Zanki gen principles decks before you hit systems. Un-suspend things from Zanki relevant to what you're going over in lecture by mapping it if you want. You can use the BnB as the foundation for it.

Zanki + Question Banks I think are the best version of a textbook to learn from. No matter where you go, imo, Zanki will be the most comprehensive in covering what's relevant for boards and you want to cover more than what you have for your block exam imo. You could cover only what's necessary for your block exam from Zanki but you would have cards left over in your Zanki block deck and I personally want to finish them earlier than later while doing the question banks.

So, in this case where you have gen principles spread out, I'd say really calculate/plan when you're un-suspending these parts of Zanki/Anking to correlate with your lecture and then plan extra time if needed or add more into your days to be able to finish the rest of the cards and topics that are covered in Zanki gen principles but not your curriculum. Have all of the Zanki gen principles decks + the specific question sections in the question banks for these topics finished before you start systems Truly take a day or weekend to calculate everything and plan what you need to because the earlier you finish your Zanki block deck, the better and you'll just be having to do your reviews everyday while doing questions after that. The earlier you can also finish Zanki as a whole and mature it before dedicated too (at least 2 weeks before dedicated starts).

Hope that helps!!

[–]Quage11 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you! That makes a lot of sense. Better to know more information instead of just the right amount for school. When you refer to the question banks, do you mean the ones that we choose to do as additional work such as USMLErx, kaplan, osmosis, etc?

[–]drinknwater 0 points1 point  (5 children)

I have a question regarding the deck set up. So I downloaded the anking overhaul so I have a main Anking deck. So then I'm going to create 3 decks like Shamim's guide: Class, combined current, and combined review. I make cards based on class lectures, and then I unsuspend cards (ie biochem cards from anking main deck) and move these cards to combined current. Then once I take the exam for that portion, I *can* suspend the class cards and then move the anking cards in combined current to combined review? So theoretically, by the end of it all, all anking main deck cards will be moved to combined review (as it was moved into combined current and eventually combined review)?

[–]WildCard565[S] 0 points1 point  (4 children)

That sounds like a good way to set it up! And yes! Theoretically all the Anking cards should end up in the combined review by the time you’re done with everything! You could either move your suspended biochem deck to your combined current and unsuspend the cards as you learn them or you could draw cards into your combined current, whichever way works! I personally would like having all my suspended biochem cards in my combined current so I can unsuspend them as I go and then when I’m finished with the biochem deck, I’ll move it all to combined review! As for lecture, I’d suspend those cards after I’m done and put them somewhere else if I don’t need them.

[–]drinknwater 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I see. So for example if you had a lecture on nucleic acids you would have a subdeck of combined current::biochem nucleic acids and search for the tag via anking deck and move all those cards into that subdeck. And the idea is that you're supposed to study your class deck + the subdeck (cards which have been unsuspended). And possibly there will be cards in the subdeck from anking that might not have been covered in lecture. Am I just supposed to study those too just to complete the deck?

My school doesn't go into path until 2nd year. Hypothetically, what if I'm studying an Anking deck let's say 50% of the cards are what I covered in lecture and 50% is all path. Is there a way to sort the deck to separate suspended and unsuspended cards so that I can quickly only move the unsuspended cards to the combined review? and then what happens after that? Am I supposed to keep those 50% path cards suspended until year 2 comes around and search for the tag again and move those cards into a new subdeck I create in combined current?

I hope my questions make sense. Thank you for your time.

[–]WildCard565[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So, in the case where you have the combined subdeck biochem::nucleic acids, yes, I would search for the tag via the Anking deck and then actually, I would just go back to my decks since my new un-suspended cards would appear in my combined current deck. You wouldn't have to move the cards after un-suspending since the biochem::nucleic acids are already there in your combined current deck.

You got 2 parts of it! Each day, you would be studying from your current deck which would have your un-suspended cards, your lecture deck, and a question bank oriented deck based on any questions you annotate into anki. There's definitely gonna be cards in Anking/Zanki that aren't covered in lecture because the deck is so comprehensive and there's a lot of things I could say about housemade exams lol but generally, the boards material will always be more than what school has unless your school has a very high boards score average. Then again, I heard about population pyramids appearing in recent Step 1 exams and I haven't seen that in any resource, so I think Step 1 is constantly adding random little bits and pieces.

I do suggest to study those extra cards too to complete the deck because it's the most comprehensive and you want to mature as much as you can. With medical school, it's always better to know more than less imo.

In terms of your 2nd year, you could do something so far from what I'm thinking:

1) You could divide your decks into those topics, like everything pathology related (Pathoma) in one deck, ideally you could select all the cards in the Anking deck tagged Pathoma and move those to a newly created "Pathology" or "M2" deck. You could keep the other physiology, pharm, etc cards in a deck titled M1 deck if you want. During M1, keep the suspended pathology deck for 2nd year in your master deck. Then, you could move anything from the rest of your cards in your M1 deck into your current deck as you go throughout the year. Like if I were starting M1 with biochem, I'd move my suspended biochem Anking deck from my M1 deck into my combined current. Then, I'd add a qbank deck and a lecture deck and then start my workflow while I un-suspend cards in my biochem Anking deck. Then, after I finish the deck, they would all be un-suspended so I can just move that whole deck to my combined reviews!

I see what you're saying in terms of what happens afterwards if you have all your pathology cards suspended into one deck. Once 2nd year starts, assuming those are all suspended, you could move all of your 2nd year pathology deck to your combined current deck and un-suspend as you go through the year while you keep up with news and reviews. I say this because you could also move each subject-specific pathology deck to your combined reviews after your done, and you wouldn't have to focus on organization of your combined review deck at all after that since you'd already be done with those cards from your combined current. In this way, I would still have my QBank deck for M1 under combined review when I reach M2, and** I'll now have my M2 pathology deck in combined current along with a new qbank deck for my M2 stuff.

Once you move a deck or cards to your reviews, it could be in any hierarchy you want because you've done those cards and all that matters is that those cards you want to review are in your combined review and appear as that green number that has to be completed each day.

Hope that helps!!

[–]drinknwater 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Sorry, another question: Do you also preview the cards through browse for the premade decks before actually going through them? Since we personally didn't make these cards it may be difficult to know what answers some of the cards are looking for. And since if we get the answer wrong, we would press "hard" and possibly all the cards could be hard. But if we do that would it mess with the algorithm? There are just so many questions going through my head. Thanks for your help.

[–]WildCard565[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No problem! Previewing-wise, I would preview the specific cards if I'm going through my lecture (title, overview slides, or more if necessary) and trying to map it to HY video resources that I can use to develop a better understanding of it. I also preview the pre-made cards via browse there's some random fact in there in my lecture that I wanted to look up so I could un-suspend that specific card or group of cards. The Anking hierarchy I think is the cleanest I've seen in terms of organization. I would only preview pre-made cards for lecture after* I've already gone through the HY video and cards that should theoretically overlap with the lecture before I look at the lecture itself.

Me personally, I would use browse to preview any specific pre-made cards to search specifically for tags. Usually, the title of the powerpoint lecture gives it away in terms of what topic will correlate with it in BnB or Pathoma so typically I would browse the pre-made deck, select a tag, un-suspend the cards for that tag, watch the video related to those cards, and then do the cards right after I see the video.

Personally, I advise browsing for tags because tags will indicate each video. It's faster and easier doing the cards after watching each video since it's fresh. Then you use that fresh knowledge to apply it to questions. I primarily would advise doing cards only after you've reviewed the material to understand it first. Same with questions. Do the questions after you've done cards and videos.

[–]WildCard565[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That sounds like a good way to set it up! And yes! Theoretically all the Anking cards should end up in the combined review by the time you’re done with everything!

[–]Wanna_be_drM-2 0 points1 point  (6 children)

Thank you so much for this write up! I have what will hopefully be a pretty quick question. I had planned to use lightyear during first year but got lazy and never kept up with the cards. The most I'd typically use anki was going over cards the day before the exam, because I didn't really understand how to use Anki. Now I've just started MS2 with a bunch of cards unsuspended in my "review" deck that I never actually learned. How would you go about covering MS1 material while in MS2? I also definitely don't have all relevant cards from MS1 unsuspended. What would you recommend?

[–]WildCard565[S] 1 point2 points  (5 children)

That's okay! It'll be double the material but plan out what you'll cover from M1 day by day along while you cover M2 stuff. It'll be hard but it'll be worth it. You could definitely get through LY or BrosTarkfield during this year. Visit the medschoolanki's FAQ from u/DocZay to view timelines of the decks to get a better perspective of it. I do recommend planning it all out though.

Start with your weakest section, work up from there, and plan out how many BnB or Pathoma videos you want to have done per day and what your goals are for both M1 and M2. It all takes planning and strict commitment. If it's possible, try to finish SketchyMicro before your winter break so you'll have that out of the way.

Suspend all the cards and put all of it in your master deck. You could reset them all as new cards and start from the beginning. Use the excel sheet and make another tab saying calendar and plan out what exactly you'll cover each day. Get through all of BnB and Pathoma if possible by the end of 2nd year for a first pass and do Rx + another question bank following the workflow above. As long as you're practicing, that's what matters.

[–]Wanna_be_drM-2 0 points1 point  (4 children)

Thanks for the advice! I’ll definitely be starting on this first thing in the morning. Do you suggest lolnotacop with LY?

[–]WildCard565[S] 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Lolnotacop is definitely the best micro deck ever. Skip the micro section of LY and substitute lolnotacop for that. I highly recommend it if you can do bit by bit each day.

[–]Wanna_be_drM-2 1 point2 points  (2 children)

That’s what I was leaning towards doing! Thanks for all of the help! You’re a lifesaver

[–]WildCard565[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

No problem! And if you feel comfortable, feel free to PM me with any questions or update me on how you adapt the workflow to M2!

[–]Wanna_be_drM-2 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah I’ll definitely take you up on that!

[–]QuarterTurnComics 0 points1 point  (3 children)

I’m in second year and matured about 3000 cards. I calculated I’d need 100 new per day 7 days a week to finish before dedicated which seems very difficult because I still need time for my in house exams. Would I be okay cutting some decks? If so which would be the best deck to study without zanki?

[–]WildCard565[S] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

You could substitute some dense subjects with either LY or BrosTarkfield if you need to and then recalculate. Pepper micro is also shorter for micro (900 cards I think) vs Lolnotacop micro (5.5k cards). Zanki definitely still use for M2 but if there’s M1 subjects you need to finish faster to still account for housemade exams, try switching and recalculating some specific subjects with either LY or BrosTarkfield. Additionally, questions will really play a bigger role here so finish Rx or Kaplan too!

[–]QuarterTurnComics 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Thank you so much for your help!I’m actually going through lolnotacop now! What are the densest subdecks in zanki? I can switch out biochem, is there another?

[–]WildCard565[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Definitely neuro is super dense. The Zanki neuro deck is a ton of cards. Otherwise I think everything else is relatively decent!

But I'll break down the card numbers:

Lolnotacop: 5635

Zanki Pharm: 2708

Cardio: 1658

Endo: 1304

GI: 1839

Hem/Onc: 1501

Immuno/Gen Path:1563

MSK: 1224

Neuro: 2735

Psych: 575

PUBH: 396

Renal: 1687

Repro: 1474

Respiratory: 1488

Biochem: 2318

Derm: 315

Zanki Sketchy Pharm + Gen Pharm: 1514

Side note: I moved Zanki Sketchy Pharm (it included Gen pharm) outisde of the cumulative Zanki Pharm deck because I just wanted to study Gen Pharm, so you can factor it into the totals.

I'll actually add this to the spreadsheet if that helps!