A more effective, more affordable Physician Assistant school study resource. Pass PANCE, guaranteed.
Both Picmonic and Sketchy PA turn what you need to know into engaging visual stories you’ll remember forever. So which one is the right PA study tool for you?
Retain the hardest to learn and most frequently tested facts 331% longer. Picmonic is the only research-proven visual learning resource for Physician Assistant students. Our smart spaced repetition learning algorithms automatically adjust to help you forget less and retain more. You’ll be ready for the PANCE at the end of your PA school journey.Learn More
Picmonic has helped make Physician Assistant school understandable and it has helped the information be more digestible. My average grade has gone up 7%, and I regularly use information gathered on this app to help others learn, and even to correct outdated information in powerpoints. I would HIGHLY recommend this for anyone who is an audio-visual learner, or for anyone who is an active person who likes to study on the go.
I love Picmonic. I admit the silly pictures made me skeptical at first, but if you truly commit, Picmonic will help you shine by crushing tests and impressing the attending on your clinical rotations! Commit!!
Picmonic is hands down my favorite study tool for PA school! Not only has it helped me to retain a ton of information during my didactic year of school, but it has done so in a way that doesn't even feel like I'm studying. I love the fact that they have such a wide variety of topics that neatly align with the PANCE blueprint as well. Picmonic definitely helped me maintain a high GPA so far during PA school, and I'd recommend it to anyone else going into PA school or a similar health care career pathway!
|Videos / Topics||1,800+||415+|
|Avg. Video Length||2-3 mins||10-30 mins|
|Daily Quiz with Spaced Repetition|
|Study Scheduler||Coming soon|
|Follow pg-by-pg w/ Popular Books|
|Real Images & Video|
|Board Style Questions|
|Customize & Share Content|
|Study Guides / Workbooks|
|Integrated with Other Study Aids||Lecturio • OnlineMedEd • Osmosis|
|Student Engagement Tracking|
|Validated by Published Research|
|Last Updated 11/2021|
Which mnemonic flashcard resource is best for you? We compare both Physician Assistant student study resources on factors including content coverage, number of videos, number of quizzes, definitions, topic summaries, and features like daily quiz with spaced repetition, study schedulers, custom playlists, real images and videos, flashcards, customizing content, webinar videos, study guides, workbooks, academic infographics, and integration with other study aids. Plus we look at extras like Anki integrations and Add-Ons, alignment with popular textbooks, and mobile apps. PS, We have all those extras!
Picmonic for Physician Assistant
Sketchy for Physician Assistant
|Last Updated 02/2022|
With more than 1,800 two- to three-minute video mnemonics and 12,000+ quiz questions, you’ll boost retention and pass the PANCE or PANRE, while saving time and money! A subscription to Sketchy PA costs about $1,000 ($600 for 24 months + $400 for 12 months) over the three years of Physician Assistant school. For the most comprehensive and effective coverage of PANCE topics, three years of access to Picmonic for PA will save you more than $500.
Picmonic is the only visual learning resource for PANCE and PANRE with powerful creator tools students can use to create the perfect study resource — just for them. Personalization isn’t something offered by other resources such as Sketchy PA. Add facts, characters, images, and videos. Customization also helps with retention, and can become an integral part of your PA school study routine.
Picmonic is the toolkit of choice for Physician Assistant students who want to master hard-to-learn topics and retain what they study 331% longer by harnessing the power of picture mnemonics and spaced repetition (that basically means daily quizzes).
Sketchy PA is a picture mnemonic visual resource featuring 415+ videos for Microbiology, Pharmacology, Systems, Surgery, Nutrition, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Pediatrics. Sketchy is used as a study resource for PANCE. Each 10-30 min video has someone drawing out a sketch that tells a story. The story relates to facts about a certain topic and uses word associations along with visual cues to help students more easily recall those specific facts.
Topics covered by Sketchy PA are discussed in deep detail. Comprehensive treatment of specific topics can be a replacement for lectures, or used as a supplement if you’re not one of those Physician Assistant students who don’t absorb the facts through lectures alone.
The Sketchy free trial period is 14 days. After which you’ll be asked to sign up for a paid subscription to Sketchy PA.
Sketchy PA features 415+ lessons covering micro, pharm, systems, surgery, nutrition, Ob/Gyn, and peds. Your subscription to Sketchy PA also includes 415+ review cards, and is considered a PA school and PANCE study companion.
No, Sketchy doesn’t offer a mobile study app for PA students. Picmonic offers a PA mobile study app you can download for iOS and Android, to enable on-the-go studying — even when you don’t have an internet connection. As of 2021, the Picmonic for PA app has a rating of 4.9 stars out of 5. Be sure to read the reviews in the App store.
According to the Sketchy.com website, the Sketchy Method is based on an ancient Greek memory technique called the “Method of Loci.” This method exploits the power of spatial learning to connect memories with specific objects placed in an imagined physical space.
Picmonic is a picture mnemonic visual resource that’s research proven to increase retention 331% and increase test scores 50%. With 1,800+ video mnemonics, Picmonic covers many of the hardest to remember, high-yield subjects, topics, and facts frequently tested in classes and on the PANCE or PANRE. Each 2-3 min video provides a succinct review of facts for easier, faster, and more effective review throughout medical school and while studying for your PA boards.
Many Physician Assistant students who use Sketchy also use Picmonic to cover the topics Sketchy doesn’t cover.
A 12-month subscription costs $399.99 for Sketchy PA. A 24-month Sketchy PA subscription costs $599.99. Theoretically, you could spend up to $1,000 on Sketchy PA through your three years of PA school and studying for the board exams.
While Sketchy doesn’t have an Anki Add-On, Sketchy PA does offer 415+ review cards. But, Picmonic offers an Anki Add-On! Be sure to download the Picmonic Add-On from your desktop app.
In addition to the newer Sketchy PA product, Sketchy products include Sketchy Preclinical, Sketchy Clinical, Sketchy Nursing, Sketchy Pharmacy, and Sketchy MCAT.
Over 1 million healthcare students have used Picmonic to ace exams and boards/certifications on their way to becoming successful professionals.
*Pass PANCE, guaranteed. Start using Picmonic in your first year. If you do not pass we’ll hook you up with a full refund or double the length of your access free.