Top Articles for Med Students

We care about student success. We regularly invite upperclassmen, professionals and our subject area scholars to write articles that can help students succeed on their journey through medical school. We post these articles to our blog. You can also sign up to access our Free Med School & STEP Prep Resource portal.


5 Ways to Thrive Your First Year

We’re not claiming the road to becoming a doctor is easy or even moderately difficult. It’s extremely difficult, but some students make it even harder than it has to be. Don’t be one of those students. Instead, follow our advice and med school study tips below to be the shining star of your class starting from your first year.


Top Med Resources and Channels for Medical School Students in 2020

Being in medical school is one of the most significant education and career paths out there. Between classes, studying, clinicals, applying for residency, and so much more, knowing where to turn for advice, insights and levity for the world in which you are currently living isn’t just important; it’s essential.


Tips for Success in Med School (How I Scored 275 on USMLE STEP 1)

My approach was to create a framework with the information to help me retain it better. I would learn a topic and review it before I watched class lectures so I had a better understanding of what I was learning in class. This process helped me remember all of the little details better.


Why Med Students “Fail” USMLE Step 1 Exam (And How to Make Sure You Pass The First Time)

If you have any hopes of going into a competitive specialty or the field of your choice, then you need to pass the USMLE Step 1 with flying colors. The first time. You can’t retake the step component to simply improve your score. Once it’s done — it’s done. So you have to make the most of your Step 1 opportunity. Here’s what med students like you might be doing when you study for Step 1, and what you should be doing instead.


What is the secret to getting a good match for medical residency?

IT ALL STARTS YOUR FIRST YEAR! Recently, Picmonic asked a few med students to share their match day stories. Meet Samuel B. Wood, an OMS-IV at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. Hear about the moment he received his match, how his choice of resources helped him get there, plus his thoughts on the comparison between the popular mnemonic resources for visual learners in medical school.


Picmonic and First Aid = Top STEP 1 Scores; The #1 Visual Learning Resource for First Aid

Every year, as medical students prep for STEP 1 with First Aid for the USMLE they use Picmonic to increase retention for high yield topics as they go. Picmonic helps students get the most value out of First Aid, by making it easy to review high yield facts and commit them to long term memory as they study. The Picmonic First Aid 2020 Playlist is hot off the digital presses covering over 1,200 topics that follows First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2020 page by page, to help you increase those final exam scores, and ultimately crush Step 1.

Top Recommended Resource for Med Students

From classes to board exams, students say Picmonic helps them master material faster so they are less stressed and score higher.

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John S. Little Rock, Arkansas - University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

Picmonic has been key to my study strategy throughout M1 and M2. It helped me secure at least three perfect exam scores, and I plan to use it extensively for board preparation.

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Andrea A. True Blue - St Georges University School of Medicine

Picmonic has been instrumental throughout my med school journey. I may have not been the top of my class but these bizarre picmonics have helped me remember heart murmurs, brain vasculature and more. When I don't have it I feel lost lol. I always end up coming back and hope this will help me overcome the hurdle of STEP 2 CK! Thanks picmonic I <3 you!

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Jordan T. Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine

While it may sound like an exaggeration, I owe picmonic for the majority of my success throughout medical school. Being a very visual learner, I found that the picmonic’s unique method of quick, re-watchable, unforgettable stories stuck in my mind unlike anything else, including several other well-known resources that I tried. Not only was picmonic invaluable for both STEP 1 and 2, but it helped immensely when getting pimped by attendings on clerkships. I found that the things I had learned through picmonic were always the easiest to recall when asked questions under pressure. I could not thank picmonic any more profusely for their work and for being such a dependable, valuable resource.