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Learning Strategies For Medical Students – Enhanced By DocTutorials App V 2.023

One of the most challenging aspects of being a medical student is having to deal with a tremendous amount of study material to remember, theoretically and practically. The syllabus of any medical exam is vast, and medical science is proliferating too. Keeping everything learnt in memory feels next to impossible.

Even so, we get well-educated doctors, year after year, totally competent in all they have studied. How do they retain all the knowledge they have acquired? How do they recall everything they need to know when diagnosing a patient for an illness? How do they have space in their minds for more information about new medical inventions and discoveries?

It all comes down to having some specific learning methods for medical study. Psychologists have done quite a bit of research on practices that students in the medical field can use to absorb information better.

Some medical curricula, like those taught by DocTutorials (one of Indias premier online medical entrance exam coaching institutes), are cleverly structured to guide students in distinctly productive ways.

Let’s examine first what psychologists say about knowledge acquisition approaches for students of medical courses – and then examine the curricula at DocTutorials to see how well it is planned.

3 problems medical learners face when mastering large amounts of information

According to Rishi Desai and Shiv Gaglani, in their paper “How To Study In Medical School”, published by MSD Manual, they say, “The volume of information that you need to take in and memorise in medical school is much greater than in college. Some students compare the flow of information coming at them to drinking out of a fire hose.”

They refer to the three biggest hurdles students face in medical courses and suggest how to overcome these:

Rapid forgetting is the first hurdle. The volume of what medical qualification aspirants must know is enormous. It’s easy for students minds to forget as a self-preservation response. The best strategies to combat this are spaced repetition (re-studying material repeatedly at regular periodic intervals) and interleaved practice (testing on memorised materials in a mixed-up fashion).

Passive studying is the second hurdle. It’s what tired minds do when they must imbibe something new or extra to what they have already gleaned. Students may be tempted to read from their textbooks without engaging the mind to absorb the material. By far, testing frequently is believed to be the best way to shake students minds out of disengagement.

Reversion to past behaviours is the third hurdle. It occurs when students in medical disciplines use the same information retention techniques that helped them in earlier education. Psychologists believe there has to be a new mindset born in those studying for medical degrees. If they sense the importance of their future professions as socially-valuable doctors, it will trigger their motivation to assimilate information beyond ordinary levels.

5 simple memory-building techniques medical students will find invaluable

In an article by Windsor.edu titled “5 Science-Backed Learning Strategies for Medical Students”, they have tips for improving study schedules and patterns.

1. Splitting study material into manageable chunks or lots

Students may vary in how much they can absorb in a given study session. So, when breaking up large amounts of study material into smaller manageable chunks, they have to see their individual memory thresholds. This type of study is the opposite of large volumes of overnight cramming before tests.

2. Taking adequate breaks between any two study sessions

Breaks refresh minds – and if two different study sessions on two different subjects are scheduled, breaks will help ease minds out of the first subject and slide into the next one. Staying active during breaks – like taking walks, stretching muscles or doing other chores – can refresh minds faster.

3. Increasing blood to the brain via safe aerobic workouts

Aerobic exercises can have both long- and short-term effects on mind-building ability. They can improve cognition and memory by boosting blood flow to the brain. With their brains getting a good supply of oxygen and vital nutrients, students can energize their sympathetic nervous systems, which are responsible for increased memory.

4. Learning to overcome the Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve

The Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve is a well-known memory model in psychology. Its premise is that information will slip out of memory over time – unless action is taken to keep it there. Researchers say humans will forget approximately 50% of any new information within one hour. So, revising lectures daily is not just a nice thing to do; it’s imperative.

5. Studying before night sleep works wonders for memory

It’s age-old wisdom that the last thoughts gathered before a night’s sleep get deeply embedded into the brain. Scientific research now validates this ancient idea. Also, the quality of sleep at night can help in the process. Deep undisturbed sleep can enhance memory even better.

The upgraded DocTutorials coaching app Version 2.023 enhances ease of study

Following the best practices in medical teaching, DocTutorials has developed its Multi-Disciplinary Approach (MDA) to train its students for tough medical entrance exams like NEET PG, NEET SS, FMGE, INICET and INISS.

The principle that DocTutorials adopts is that education for medical proficiency should be structured for ease of memorising and retention and should have diverse components to it for a 360-degree subject understanding.

With this dictum underlying its coaching methods, DocTutorials new upgraded coaching app Version 2.023 is geared towards enhancing students information absorption capabilities, making them ready for Year 2023.

This new app is replete with enriched, immersive content structured in a user-friendly, experience-centric menu:

  • Video Lectures – with hours of content on the full range of 19 subjects: Enhanced with technologically-superior 2D/3D animations, these videos encourage experiential comprehension of critical topics. They bring theoretical knowledge into the realm of practical reality.
  • 70+ Integrated MCQ Discussion Videos (IMDVs) – featuring expert faculty: These IMDVs can be enlightening for students as they help solve New Pattern MCQs. By watching debates between renowned faculty members, they can get a grip on complex topics with varied nuances.
  • Several tests per subject – in a refreshed Test Series: The Test Series includes a steady schedule of subject tests, revision tests, grand tests and elite tests. These help students assess their subject grasp regularly and replace any exam anxiety with bolstered confidence.
  • Over 17000+ well-chosen questions – in QBank 2nd Edition: DocTutorials is a storehouse of past question papers and New Pattern additions as well. It has Image Based Questions (IBQs) and 17000+ Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs).
  • System Based Integrated Test Series (SBITs) – for in-depth learning: These tests aim to teach students about the human body through its various systems that operate in sync. This method of instruction leads to more a granular understanding.
  • Rigorous Test & Discussion (T&D) sessions – to sharpen focus and skills: These regular tests and discussions with faculty expose students to potential exam questions (supported by images and videos). Such sessions help with assiduous preparation.
  • Interactive Live Sessions – to leverage a wealth of knowledge: These are invaluable opportunities for students to interact with faculty members, clear doubts and queries, go over past exam questions and learn how to prepare for the Quick Revision Programmes (QRPs).
  • Leaderboard tests – for a competitive edge and a reality check: The Leaderboard is a ranking table that shows up-to-date results of quizzes and tests so that students can know how they are faring vis-a-vis their peers – and what areas of study they need to strengthen.

Those downloading, signing up and subscribing to the new DocTutorials coaching app V 2.023 for NEET PG students will be able to lift their medical learning strategies to the next level. The future is already here.

Social Media For Medical Professionals (And Medical Practices)

Social media for medical professionals and practices is a great boon. In many countries, including India, doctors cannot advertise themselves freely. Even if the law should allow it, people would frown on the practice.

But the social media channels are fertile ground for healthcare providers to build their brands and practices through indirect means.

As a medical consultant, you can enhance your thought-leadership through your opinion, build your reach through the quality of content you put out and interact with other specialists in whose company you can shine.

There are many benefits for the medical fraternity in using social media. But there are some areas to be extremely careful about, too.

This article hopes to keep you, the healthcare practitioner, aware of the best ways to use social media to great advantage. All areas of your career should win – your medical practice, your professional brand, your patients and your industry as a whole.

Areas where the medical field can effectively use social media

Social channels are great to work with in situations like these below:

Gaining more citizen engagement and participation in health concerns

Doctors, individually and as a group, can use social media to raise public awareness about health and fitness in general – or about certain diseases in particular. They can answer common FAQs from patients and educate people by sharing valuable content.

Monitoring specific healthcare or cause campaigns at certain peak periods

There are times of the year when hospitals may lead disease-specific or cause-specific campaigns, and a lot of public health monitoring on that topic needs to take place. Social media can help combat misinformation and encourage people’s participation. In cases when campaigns are about a medical crisis (like the recent Covid -19 pandemic), they can help in crisis communication.

Professional networking is among the significant benefits of social media

There is so much evolution in medical technology that doctors can often best keep pace by engaging with other doctors. Social media can cut short professional upskilling time. There could also be times when compliances may change, or special research recruitment drives may be needed, when the use of social media can be indispensable.

Patient care is the most obvious and best use of social media

Here, it is not about individual patients and their health issues but about collective education on the support, facilities, education and public health programmes that patients as groups can avail of.

Best practices to follow when medical professionals use social media

The ideas that work best are listed here …

Set some clear goals for your social media usage as a health professional

Are you planning to use social media to increase awareness of your brand and your expertise? Are you hoping to convey your ideas to others in your industry so that you can all effectively lobby for a worthwhile cause? Are you interested in networking across medical specialisations with experts in diverse fields to enlarge your knowledge base? If you know your goals, you can use social media to gain traction on those targets.

Use the most professional online tone of voice and aim to be authentic

The medical profession thrives on public trust. The authenticity of your tone of voice is at the base of such public confidence in you. Know your audience. Take time to listen to their communities on social media. Have a clear message and deliver it with authority. Cover both the pros and cons of any topic. Be unbiased, factual, honest and sincere.

Limit your own screen time if you’re a very busy doctor and your family needs you

Nothing can be worse for families of medicare consultants if they have to put up with their irregular working hours and also their social media preoccupations. You are a doctor, and you should be the one to tell other people when enough screen time is enough.

Areas that medicare personnel should avoid when using social media

These are some of the big pitfalls to steer clear of …

Don’t offer medical advice to anybody online, not even a standard prescription

As a trained doctor, you have already been taught never to provide any casual medical remedies without looking into the details of any case. It’s the same rule that applies to conversations on social media. If someone asks, “Can we take two paracetamol tablets when a migraine starts?” your answer should be: “Please consult your doctor.”

Be careful when posting about patients – maintain doctor-patient confidentiality

Don’t ever be tempted to allude to a case study if it involves an actual case you have been involved with. It’s far easier to lose trust online than build trust. In extreme cases, doctors have even lost their licences to practice after getting careless with their social postings. So, be very careful.

Avoid conflicts of interest with products or brands that may later say you endorsed them

Never take the names of any brands or products in your social posts or interactions. You never know when a product may misuse your small mistake of mentioning a brand in passing as a medical endorsement in the public domain. For example, don’t say: “I got on my XYZ Treadmill this morning, and guess what …” Next thing you know, people will believe you are pushing that brand.

Some great global social networks for medical professionals

Sermo

This site is amongst the most popular for healthcare providers online. Its focus is to connect verified and credentialed physicians from around 150 countries worldwide. It even has a “virtual doctors lounge” that is very popular.

Doximity

This site targets U.S. based physicians in all speciality areas, with over 70% of all U.S. doctors signed up for membership. But its blog is sought after by other doctors from across the world who want to know the latest from the U.S.

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This resource allows healthcare providers from all over the world to share anonymous images of an ailment, such as x-rays, and compare them to other similar images available on the site. This really helps doctors in remote locations who may be treating patients with rare disorders for which they have no historical data to fall back on. This explains the site’s immense popularity.

WeMedUp

This medical social site has a job board for doctors and hospitals, plus information on healthcare-related events. It stays up-to-date with advancements in medicine.

Some great Indian social networks for healthcare providers

Curofy

This is a healthcare news and updates app. It also allows access to journals, case studies, medical guidelines and video interviews with eminent physicians. There is even a separate sub-section called Curofy MCQ for medical students.

Docplexus

This is the largest network of healthcare professionals in India, with 2.5 lakh members. It enables peer-to-peer discussions, has an informative blog and sends regular press releases to healthcare professionals.

PlexusMD

This is a free app providing access to medical news and career opportunities. It collates news, information, and announcements from 500+ renowned medical sources like Medscape, WebMD, Harvard Medical School, etc.

DailyRounds

This app is a social networking site, medical journal keeper, and a drugs and case database, all rolled into one. It offers substantial coverage of international and national medical events.

DocTutorials is active on social media – detailed, educative, engaging

DocTutorials is present on several social channels, helping students absorb their curricula in a more engaged and interactive way. It also uses social media to keep students, alumni and the larger medical community at pace with the latest in medical science.

Students respond to their Live sessions, participate in quizzes, interact with IBQs and MCQs and view faculty lectures and topical discussions on YouTube. These DocTutorials social handles are really worth a visit:

Instagram

https://instagram.com/doctutorials_

https://instagram.com/doctutorials_ss_

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/doctutorialsss

https://www.facebook.com/doctutorials

YouTube

https://youtube.com/c/DocTutorials

Telegram

https://t.me/doctutorials

In summary …

There are no two opinions about it. If used with care and professional ethics, social media can be a very useful communication tool for medical professionals and practices.

To medical students, especially, social media sites and apps can be great places to get immersed in the culture of top-notch medical traditions. If you’re a medical student, leverage social media – and get inspired to reach for those higher degrees of success.