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Retain facts that are hardest to learn and most frequently tested 331% longer. Picmonic is the only visual learning resource for medical students that's been research-proven to boost test scores 50%. Since 2012, hundreds of thousands of medical students have trusted Picmonic to help them ace exams and achieve dream STEP & COMLEX scores. With succinct 2-3 min videos, you'll remember more in less time.

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"Wish I’d Used Picmonic Earlier"

Kristen R.
Kristen R.
3rd Year Med Student
Jackson, Mississippi - University of Mississippi School of Medicine

I wish I would have used this my M1 year. That was my hardest year. I actually used Sketchy Medical for the entirety of my M2 year, and I didn't consider using Picmonic until I started to seriously study for STEP1. I originally got it only for biochemistry, but I ended up using it for every subject. I wish I had a time machine to tell my young self about this resource that makes studying enjoyable. It filled so many spots neglected by Sketchy Medical. I also love the ability to make your own. The world is opened up to every hard subject becoming easy. I've also told many people that don't like longer SketchyMed videos to use Picmonic. Great videos, great variety, and new stuff available all the time!

"275: Dream STEP Score"

Martzio
Martzio
Med Student
True Blue - St Georges University School of Medicine

Picmonic has been a huge part of my learning. I just took the first UWORLD simulation exam and I scored a 275 (99% percentile) and it’s definitely because of Picmonic. I used Sketchy.com before & don’t get me wrong, I liked Sketchy Micro & Sketchy Pharm but I hated how it was pretty much almost impossible to review the videos before a test because you have to watch HOURS of videos to get through it I felt like the videos always had a bunch of extra $#!@ that was unneeded & distracted you from the actual facts. I’m not trying to bash Sketchy Medical, but Sketchy.com is for average students who are looking for a passing grade only, while Picmonic is for the students who want to excel because they were the ones who knew that extra small detail that changed their score from a 239 to a 245 or a 249 to 255….because one extra correct question on the actual USMLE can mean a few extra points.

"SketchyMed Missing Many Things"

Justin
Justin
Med Student
Toledo, Ohio - University of Toledo College of Medicine
Sketchy Medical is missing many things you need to know. I turn to Picmonic for learning Biochemistry, vitamins, embryology, musculoskeletal system. The quiz feature is an added bonus that helps me retain what I’ve learned.
Carlos
Carlos
Med Student
Dominican Republic - Nova School of Medicine
I wished I had used Picmonic for Micro because Sketchy Medical is missing many things you need to know, such as exotoxins and endotoxins, a drawing for Moraxella catarrhalis, a drawing for Haemophilus ducreyi, and more.

"Simpler, Effective, High-Yield"

Jacob C.
Jacob C.
Glendale, Arizona - Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

When you want a specific drug, or a simple reminder for a disease then Picmonic is the way to go. Some of Sketchy Medical's videos are 15-30 min long! I don't have time in my study schedule for that most of the time. So I used Sketchy Micro and some drug classes, but use Picmonic for pretty much everything else.

"I Learned More From Picmonic"

Phillip V.
Phillip V.
Med Student
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
Personally, I used both for Pharm. At the end of it, I retained way more from Picmonic. They both have good comparisons, but given my attention span, seeing images that actually sound like our symptoms, vs seeing abstract made things confusing for me. So I stick with picmonics.

"Time Efficient, Better Retention"

Kobby G.
Kobby G.
Med Student

If time is of essence, I'd suggest Picmonic- shorter videos, spaced repetition, frequent updates, personalize your short animations etc. it just does more then just watching videos which equates to better retention.

Why Visual Learners Make the Switch

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10 Key Things SketchyMed Users Don’t Know about Picmonic

10 Key Things SketchyMed Users Don’t Know about Picmonic

Whether you are studying for the USMLE STEP 1 or STEP 2 exams, COMLEX, or just trying to stay on top of what you need to know to be a successful med student, you might want to learn a little more about Picmonic's high-yield visual mnemonic learning system.Read more >
What You’re Missing (if you use Sketchy Medical)

What You’re Missing (if you use Sketchy Medical)

I wish that I would have used Picmonic from the first day of medical school. A lot of classmates we're talking about Sketchy Micro. I used it but in hindsight, I wish that I would have used the Picmonic for Medicine Microbiology cards from the beginning.Read more >
8 Reasons why Students Choose Picmonic over Sketchy Medical

8 Reasons why Students Choose Picmonic over Sketchy Medical

Find out why med students choose Picmonic over Sketchy for their USMLE STEP 1 or STEP 2 prep, or COMLEX exam prep. Picmonic gives you MORE high-yield coverage of subjects, topics and facts, so you can enjoy better results.Read more >

How Med Students use Picmonic & Sketchy Medical

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Using Picmonic and Sketchy Medicine Together to Prep for STEP

Using Picmonic and Sketchy Medicine Together to Prep for STEP

While sharing his "7 Habits for your Second Year in Medical School," part of our "Secrets to Success" webinar series, Bart, a 3rd year med student, explains the differences between Picmonic and Sketchy.com and how he used both tools to study in med school.View clip >
"I Would Not Have Passed Med School without Picmonic"

"I Would Not Have Passed Med School without Picmonic"

Dr. Marc Katz, the author of mykittykatz.com, shares his tips for succeeding in medical school and matching with the residency program you want.View clip >
Master MS1 topics (such as Microbiology and Biochemistry)

Master MS1 topics (such as Microbiology and Biochemistry)

To ensure med school success, Alison explains how she used Picmonic for Biochemistry and Sketchy Micro. Part of her "10 Tips for Thriving During Your First Year of Medical School", in our "Secrets to Success" webinar series.View clip >
Tips for Success in Med School (How I Scored a 275 on Step 1)

Tips for Success in Med School (How I Scored a 275 on Step 1)

There’s no single secret to doing well, but a successful med school graduate happily shares some of the resources he used in his first two years to ace exams and prep for STEP.Read more >
What is the secret to getting a good match for medical residency?

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

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.Read more >
MedStudentTips.com: Sketchy vs Picmonic

MedStudentTips.com: Sketchy vs Picmonic

Take a look at Picmonic vs. SketchyMedical to see how they compare as USMLE® Step study tools.Take a look >

Save up to $350

For coverage of Step 1 & 2 topics, all you need is a single subscription to Picmonic for Medicine with access to 1600+ videos. With Sketchy, you will need two products with less than half the number of videos/topics at a price that is $350 more over two years.

Picmonic Is Different

Picmonic is the only visual learning resource for STEP and COMLEX with powerful creator tools students can use to create the perfect study resource for them. Personalization isn’t something offered by other resources such as Sketchy Medical. Add facts, characters, images and videos. Customization also helps with retention, and can become an integral part of a robust study routine.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is SketchyMedical?

Sketchy Medical is a picture mnemonic visual resource that includes 530+ videos for Micro, Path and Pharm, Biochem, Internal Med, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Surgery and is used as a study resource for Step 1 and Step 2.

Each 10-30 min video has someone drawing out a sketch that is telling a story. The story then relates to facts about a certain topic and uses word associations and visual cues to help students more easily remember those specific facts.

Is SketchyMedical worth it?

Topics that are covered by Sketchy are discussed in depth detail. Comprehensive treatment of specific topics, can be a replacement for lectures or a supplement if one does not absorb the facts through lectures alone.

Is SketchyMedical enough for USMLE Step 1?

Sketchy Medical only covers Micro, Path and Pharm, and Biochem (metabolism only) which is only a fraction of the topics that USMLE Step 1 covers.

What is Picmonic?

Picmonic is a picture mnemonic visual resource that’s research proven to increase retention 331% and increase test scores 50%. With 1,700+ videos Picmonic covers many of the hardest to remember, high-yield subjects, topics and facts that will be frequently tested in classes and board exams. Each 2-3 min video provides a succinct review of high-yield facts for easier, faster and more effective review throughout medical school, and STEP 1 and 2.

Should I use SketchyMedical and Picmonic together?

Many medical students that already use Sketchy use Picmonic to cover the topics that Sketchy does not cover.

What does SketchyMedical cost?

A 12 month subscription costs $369 for STEP 1 plus an additional $269 for STEP 2. A 24 month subscription costs $549 for STEP 1 and $399 for STEP 2. Access to topics covered by Step 1 & Step 2 will cost $950 for 2 years, for a total of 600+ videos.

Does Sketchy have an Anki Add-On?

No, Sketchy does not have an Anki Add-On.

By the Numbers

Over 1 million healthcare students have used Picmonic to ace exams and boards/certifications on their way to becoming successful professionals.

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