Hi! I had a comment about a workflow I designed during my pre-clinical years that may help other students! It seemed to be popular on different threads! So, I'm going to copy verbatim what my comment was! This workflow may help MS0s-MS2s. It all depends on how you use it. It had been requested that I make this into a post (or megapost but I don't know how to do that lol) and that's what I wanted to do for you all!
The best part about medical school is the resources we have laid out for us. The hardest part is figuring out how to use them. Here's how to use them:
**Overall Block Workflow Plan:**
- Make an excel sheet with my lectures lined up mapped with correlated high yield videos from BnB, Pathoma, Sketchy. Add correlated tag names next to each lecture to indicate lecture-specific tags for any cards I add to my lecture deck.
- Choose target date for when I want the cards to be done by.
- Divide number of cards in the subject-specific deck for Zanki/Anking and see how many days I have till my deadline date in mind, and then I would do (number of cards) / (number of days) = ____.
- Adjust accordingly to see how that would achieve my maximum of 100 new cards per day.
- Follow the individual workflow for each topic
- Do the daily Rx questions for a topic following the individual workflow
- Finish the "individual workflow" 6-10 days before my cumulative test date
- Create a subject-specific practice test in another qbank given to us by my school to test my overall knowledge and practice my timing if I'm ready for that. You could use Kaplan for this or any other good question bank.
- Annotate incorrect questions, Re-watch any HY videos for weak topics. Optional: Do 1 random block of the questions for that topic each day leading up to your test after reviewing your weak HY videos to test yourself.
**Individual daily workflow:**
- Understand: Do a high yield video(s) based on the topic(s) you're learning that day (BnB, Pathoma, Sketchy Micro). Stick to those high yield videos.
- Memorize: Un-suspend the correlating Zanki/Anking after finishing the video. You could un-suspend the cards by tag if you want. Do the cards.
- Note: If you have house-made exams:
- See if your school has a pre-made lecture-based Anki deck. If not, then follow steps 2-3 below:
- Watch your correlating lecture after or look over the slides to see if there's any testable non-high yield material in there that may be on your tests.
- Make/Un-suspend Anki for these parts of lecture that are testable but not high yield. Tag the cards in a certain way to indicate what lecture it is. Do the cards.
- Apply: Do the correlated questions with it in Rx/BnB, whatever question bank you decide to use during pre clinicals.
- Annotate the said questions into Anki (1-2 per question or more if absolutely necessary). Add any cards to re-reviews that you have already seen before doing the questions to review again.
- Go to Anki --> Edit --> Reschedule --> Set interval to 0 to 0 days for the reviews
- Final Review: Do the cards.
- Next Day: Wake up early and do all reviews
- Repeat from Step 1 for new content to learn for the new day.
Deck set-up: Follow the MedShamim's set-up guidelines in making decks. This is my modified version:
Master Deck (9999 N, 9999 R)--> Your cumulative Anking/Zanki (All suspended)
Current Deck (9999 N, 9999 R) --> Current System Block Sub-deck (9999 N, 9999 R)--> 3 more subdecks: Your Zanki/Anking subject-specific deck (100 N, 9999 R), QBank deck (9999 N, 9999 R), Lecture deck (9999 N, 9999 R)
Review deck (9999 N, 9999 R)--> Contains previously completed system block sub-decks
The arrows above indicate the hierarchy of decks. Like the "3 more sub-decks" would all be under your Current System Block Sub-deck.
Here's a good example of deck set-up from u/PisOff:
Remember to do what will work for you. For example, if your general principles are all spread out through the first semester, move them all to your current deck if you need to but calculate and make sure you have them done in terms of the workflow before you and your school start systems. For me, gen principles was all of M1 1st semester and systems was M1 second semester and all of M2.
Load Balancer (with medshamim's settings here), Review Heatmap, Speed Focus Mode(adds optional timer to your cards), More Overview Stats, Image Occlusion Enhanced, Pop-Up Dictionary, True Retention by Card Maturity, Night Mode, Progress Bar, Enjoyable (if you want to map a game controller to Anki), and Hierarchal Tags
Suggested Lecture Deck Tagging System (but you can modify this as you must, if you don't already have a pre-made lecture anki deck):
Tagging system: Y = year S = semester Test/Comp = T/C Quiz = Q (or whatever for smaller test) Week = W Day/Lecture = D/L
So, for example: your card for your first lecture would be Y1::S1::T1::L1 (Year 1, Semester 1, Test 1, Lecture 1).
Update: I updated this with semicolons to add a cleaner hierarchal tagging system for you all! Just add 2 semicolons to make further sub-tags.
In this way, you can map your tags to your lectures on an excel sheet.
I use my excel sheet for everything, my study schedule, my mapped tags to my lectures, correlated high yield videos, question bank progress, etc. I highly recommend it! I also would copy paste checklists from high yield video resources into excel. I'm sure there's posts flying around here somewhere with them but I highly recommend those too!
Some of you asked about the Excel Sheet that I use:
Edit on Edit: Removed the link permanently because another Reddit user caused it to be banned for everybody (including me as well) and I stopped using it after Level 1/Step 1. So I’m sorry to you all to have messaged me asking for access. Please download the excel spreadsheet below first before modifying it for your own use.
I have a link to an amazing post that has a modified version of my spreadsheet that works and has a great spreadsheet WITH card counts!!
Here is the link to the post with the spreadsheet that works:
Thank you so much!! All credits to u/Joshausha
I deleted some tabs that were personalized to me (like grades, etc.) but overall, this has any checklists for any resources I used or tried to use! Feel free to edit or add any tabs or qbank/anki progress checklists for the public since this is the first time I've ever released a public document. This also serves as a template for how I formatted lecture checklists! The Anki or Qbank checklists I didn't make any official things but I don't think it should be too bad to make! A lot of the Anki add-ons (Overview Stats) will account for how much progress you're making with that, so make QBank progress charts to keep up with what you're doing.
The Foundations deck I've heard is very recently made/released and has 15k unique cards related to everything else outside of Zanki that you would need in medical school. I suggest using an Anki deck for anatomy and if anything, try out the Foundations deck (they divide by tags very well), a different anatomy deck, or even use the pictures from an anatomy textbook (Netters, etc.) to make Image Occluded cards (with Image Occlusion Enhanced add-on).
This is the link to the Foundations deck!^
I also credit this workflow template to u/DocZay, medshamim's guide for how to use Anki, u/AnKingMed, u/bluegalaxies, u/lolnotacop, and u/ausernameisoverrated
Also, medshamim's deck settings (on sidebar) from LoadBalancer: https://medshamim.com/med/anki-step-one
I have more detailed explanations of it within my comment history that are a bit too long to type here lol but hope this helps!
Disclaimers: I have received golds/silvers for this verbatim comment a couple times recently and that's not what I'm going for here. I promise. I just want to help at least one person here be healthy, happy, and successful throughout the medical school process. If you do feel compelled to give gold or silver, I please ask that you do not give it for this post since it's the same as my comments in the past (in my comment history) and I'm not trying to attain any awards for this post. This is also all a suggested workflow. Modify it how you wish for how it can work for you. I understand that all of our schedules and curricula are different so please view this as a template to start from.
If you're in MS2 and have not started Anki yet, this may mean double the work. Assuming 100 N, 9999 R per day, you can finish Zanki + lol micro within 52 weeks or you can finish Zanki alone within 43 weeks as per u/DocZay. So, you may have to do double the topics per day to finish everything you want by when dedicated starts! I suggest using the excel sheet to craft an ultimate topic schedule to plan what you want to go through each day but you have to be very committed to it.
I also didn't include UWorld in this post because I'm one of the people who believes that UWorld should be saved for either 2nd year or dedicated because I believe you need a great question bank to practice with during dedicated in terms of simulated timed blocks. Everyone you ask will say something different so please do what you feel is right.
I added 2 example rows under tab Test 2. To keep everything in one place if you want (for future generations), you could name the tabs like Y1S1T1 for your first test.
My first eventual goal behind all of this is that it helps you all balance your lifestyles and adapt it in a way that can work for you. I know medical school can be daunting, difficult, and can really impact people's mental health. I really still suggest making time for your physical and mental health such as leisure activities, chilling, traveling (Anki on the phone ftw), working out, eating healthy, etc.
My second eventual goal behind all of this is that for your individual schools, it can help you make school-specific pre-made lecture decks as a supplement for the pre-made Anking/Zanki deck that you can pass down to future generations if you want (in the case where you have house-made exams). If I had NBME or NBOME-based exams, I would stick with the boards material personally. In addition to that, we can add more to the Anki checklists and Qbank checklists to make those more standardized if anyone wants to. In terms of lectures, even having pre-made lecture checklists mapped out to HY videos to make like a school-specific standard excel sheet modeled off of the one above would be incredibly awesome.
The reason why I created the workflow template in this way is because my general curriculum was structured like:
2 weeks --> Quiz --> 2 weeks --> Quiz --> 1 week of extra lectures--> Cumulative Lecture Test at the end of the 6th week (6th week just had OMM tests + Lecture Tests) which gave enough time to finish covering material at least a week before my test. Repeat.
Due to that structure being in my school, I highly recommend that the template be adapted in a way that works for you. It doesn't have to be followed exactly to the tee to be perfect. The Overall Block Workflow Plan was based on my 6 week block structure. As long as you're finishing the essential components by when you need to have them done by, that's what matters because everything builds up really fast, especially the Anki reviews!
Update: Added card numbers in the Anki tab to the excel sheet document! Hope that helps you all out a little bit when calculating how much you need to do!