About Us

We are Learners. Scholars. Artists. Techies. Trekkies. Innovators. Entrepreneurs. Coffee Connoisseurs. Rebels with a cause. Let's get to know each other!

We care about students.

Picmonic "picture mnemonics" were invented to help us when we were medical students -- so we could study more effectively and efficiently and survive the overwhelming study load and tough exams. We figured that if we could harness memory science techniques to help us improve retention for all the facts we needed to learn to excel in school, we should share it and help others. After all, it’s the reason why we wanted to go into medicine in the first place.

Since 2013, our silly pictures and hilarious stories have helped over 710,000 students in medical, nursing, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, and pharmacy programs save time studying, ace their exams, and become successful healthcare professionals.

Ronnie & Adeel

The Picmonic Team

Awards

Founders

Ron Robertson

Ron Robertson

CO-FOUNDER + CEO
Ken Robertson

Ken Robertson

CO-FOUNDER + COO
Adeel Yang, M.D.

Adeel Yang, M.D.

CO-FOUNDER + BOARD MEMBER

Academic Scholars

Dr. JoAnn Zerwekh

Dr. JoAnn Zerwekh

DIRECTOR OF NURSING EDUCATION
Christopher Tenore, M.D.

Christopher Tenore, M.D.

MASTER MEDICAL SCHOLAR
Umang Khandpur, M.D.

Umang Khandpur, M.D.

DIRECTOR OF HEALTHCARE EDUCATION
Obinna Anosike, M.D.

Obinna Anosike, M.D.

MEDICAL SCHOLAR
Jimmy Stevens, PharmD

Jimmy Stevens, PharmD

PHARMACOLOGY SCHOLAR
Brent Hawkins, MPAS, PA

Brent Hawkins, MPAS, PA

PA SCHOLAR
Josh Lawler, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CEN

Josh Lawler, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CEN

NP SCHOLAR
Marlee Liberman, BSN, RN

Marlee Liberman, BSN, RN

MASTER NURSING SCHOLAR
Shelby Tuskey, BSN, RN

Shelby Tuskey, BSN, RN

NURSING SCHOLAR
Megan Curran, RN-BSN, OMS3

Megan Curran, RN-BSN, OMS3

NURSING & OMM
Zurabi (Zuka) Zaalishvili, MS4

Zurabi (Zuka) Zaalishvili, MS4

MEDICAL SCHOLAR
David Willoughby, MS4

David Willoughby, MS4

MEDICAL SCHOLAR
Alex Tran, MS3

Alex Tran, MS3

MEDICAL SCHOLAR
Bartholomew Rzepa, MS4

Bartholomew Rzepa, MS4

MEDICAL SCHOLAR
Joe Hwang, PA-S2

Joe Hwang, PA-S2

PA SCHOLAR
Stephanie Ballard-Stucjus, BSc.

Stephanie Ballard-Stucjus, BSc.

PUBLIC HEALTH SCHOLAR
Bethshaina Moreau, BSN, RN

Bethshaina Moreau, BSN, RN

NURSING SCHOLAR

Past Contributors

Niket Sonpal, M.D.

Niket Sonpal, M.D.

DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL EDUCATION
Maria F Villarreal, M.D.

Maria F Villarreal, M.D.

MEDICAL SCHOLAR
Kyle Navarro, BSN, RN

Kyle Navarro, BSN, RN

NURSING SCHOLAR
Tené Redman, M.D.

Tené Redman, M.D.

MEDICAL SCHOLAR
Shehran Islam, M.D.

Shehran Islam, M.D.

MEDICAL SCHOLAR
Jonathan E. Crosby, D.O.

Jonathan E. Crosby, D.O.

MASTER MEDICAL SCHOLAR
Ibbad Yousuf, M.D.

Ibbad Yousuf, M.D.

MASTER NURSING SCHOLAR
Katy Demitruk, M.D.

Katy Demitruk, M.D.

MEDICAL SCHOLAR
Raj Srinivasan, M.D.

Raj Srinivasan, M.D.

MEDICAL SCHOLAR
Lucas Kane, M.D.

Lucas Kane, M.D.

MEDICAL SCHOLAR
Bob Kagigebi, M.D.

Bob Kagigebi, M.D.

MEDICAL SCHOLAR
Robert Taylor, MS4

Robert Taylor, MS4

MEDICAL SCHOLAR

Board of Directors

Matthew Pittinsky

Matthew Pittinsky

CEO of Parchment Co-Founder of Blackboard
Bobby Babbrah

Bobby Babbrah

Chief Digital Officer, Penn Foster Education COO, LawLogix, SVP Learning Platforms McGraw Hill

HOW THE REVOLUTION BEGAN

Created by Students for Students

Ronnie & Adeel

Hi. I'm Ronnie.

Picmonic started when my co-founder Adeel and I were in med school as a way to survive the overwhelming pressure and study load of tough exams. We sketched silly pictures and came up with hilarious stories to help us remember all the crazy bugs, drugs, and diseases. Truth be told, though, I can't even draw a decent stick figure, so we reached out to friends for help!

Jonny & Ozzie

Jonny & Ozzie Join

A childhood friend Jonny (who is an incredible tattoo artist) joined in and brought along his creative mate, Ozzie. Together, they infused our ideas, sketches, and stories with a new level of creativity that brought everything to life.

Niemann-Pick Disease Picmonic

Memory Science Meets Tattoo Art

The very first topic and sketch we gave them was Niemann-Pick disease, and the masterpiece they created permanently ingrained the facts into our memory. For every topic that we struggled to remember, we'd create a new picture mnemonic. We started sharing them with our colleagues, and soon, everyone wanted in on our secret weapon.

Kenny

Idea Turns Into a Company

The problem was, it took a manual process to explain how the text information translated into characters, and how it all wrapped into an elaborate story. We needed an app to facilitate the process so we could share these creations with our friends along with students at other schools and around the world.

So, we created Picmonic, an online learning system, where anyone, anywhere could create, share, and learn with picture mnemonics.

My incredibly supportive, brilliant big brother, Kenny, quit his cushy corporate job to join us and let us start the company out of his garage (eventually taking over the entire house, even giving up his own room!) to help make our idea a reality. If it wasn't for him taking that first leap, we never would have gotten off the ground in the first place.

We launched our first product for 2nd year medical students in 2013. Thanks to students referring other students, it grew faster than we ever expected. In order to make all this possible, we had to hire a team and raise money, and I had to make the difficult and life-changing decision to drop out of medical school. Even though I was just one year shy of getting that MD, I had felt the power and results firsthand. I knew Picmonic had the potential to empower others and make the difference between failing and passing not just in exams, but in life aspirations. None of us could turn away from that.

I chose to stay with Picmonic and learn how to run a company (despite being a nerdy biochem student who, to this day, hasn't taken a business class). It was a tall order, but it's been the most rewarding decision of my life.

Journey to Help More and More Students

Over the years, Picmonic has grown from a few medical students with a dream to a nationally recognized company helping lead an education revolution. Over 930,000 learners from all over the globe have used Picmonic with great success, and we've begun our expansion efforts by releasing products for nursing, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners, with many more to come.

We've enabled students to customize our Picmonics or create their own to share with classmates, integrated multiple choice quizzes on over 20,000 facts, and created mobile apps for learning on the go. The potential for visual learning is limitless.

Our mission is to empower millions of students to unlock their potential and use the world's first online visual storytelling platform to make learning the impossible, possible.

Picmonic wouldn't exist without an amazing team, supportive friends and family, generous investors, wise advisors, and, most importantly, incredible students around the world willing to challenge the status quo.

Thank you for being part of the revolution.

Ron, Co-founder & CEO