Why Do Students Use Picmonic and Pathoma?

We frequently hear this question from first-year students – “I’m using *Pathoma*. Should I use Picmonic too? Isn’t it the same thing…?” In our student surveys, second-year students often write in their advice about what helped them the most from the beginning of medical school. We’ll help close the confusion loop and share why students are using both resources as they embark on their med school journey, and recommend you do, too!

Strategy #1

Students use both products at the same time — Pathoma to gain a stronger conceptual understanding of the material, and Picmonic to cement in the details. Improve your retention of the key facts you learned in Pathoma by using Picmonic’s picture mnemonics and intelligent retention-building quizzes.

“Pathoma helps explain it, Picmonic gives you a picture of it you’ll never forget.”
“Pathoma is great for a deeper understanding of how and why, to help reinforce the facts that Picmonic helps you to memorize.”
“I’d recommend going through one of Pathoma’s chapters, then play Picmonics and reference Pathoma as you go. Try to imagine what will show up on the Picmonic based on what you’re learning in Pathoma. And then you can go through Picmonic and associate the real images/concepts with the Picmonic characters.”

Bottom line: Pathoma will help you understand the concept and Picmonic will help you remember the important high-yield facts.

Strategy #2

Picmonic Playlists are dynamic guides that follow Pathoma (and other books) page by page, telling you exactly which “Picmonics” to study along the way. Students love using Picmonic’s book reference of Pathoma, to go page-by-page, topic by topic.

“Check out the Pathoma section in Picmonic.”
“Use Picmonic’s page system guide for Pathoma.”
“Read Pathoma page by page, and use Picmonic for visual aid.”

Bottom line: Picmonic topics are mapped page-by-page to Pathoma, making it simple to use both resources in sync.

Strategy #3

Students use Picmonic for pathology if they don’t have time to watch Pathoma.

Picmonic has the quick and dirty facts in shorter videos than Pathoma. You can search for individual things rather than having to view an entire topic.”

Bottom line: Picmonic videos are ~2 minutes long, so you can quickly learn any topic if you’re short on time.

Strategy #4

Students customize Picmonics with additional info found in Pathoma. Picmonic offers a “customize and create” feature that allows students to add facts to Picmonics and create new ones if desired.

“Add facts to Picmonics that correspond to Pathoma topics and review the corresponding Picmonics as you watch Pathoma.”

Bottom line: Picmonic’s customization features enable you to add information directly to each Picmonic image, so you have everything you need in one visual, memorable place.

Strategy #5

Students use Picmonic’s quiz bank after watching Pathoma videos. Quiz yourself by book chapter to maximize retention of everything you are studying.

“Test yourself on Picmonic after reviewing a chapter or section in Pathoma.”

Bottom line: Picmonic has over 15,000 quiz questions to help you assess what you’ve learned in Pathoma. If you miss a question, you can watch a quick Picmonic video to lock in the details.

Strategy #6

Students watch Picmonic videos before and after doing Pathoma.

“Read and listen to Pathoma lectures in the morning, review Picmonic at night then space my revisions.”
“Use the Picmonic videos as you cover topics in Pathoma!
“Do Picmonics before watching the Pathoma videos.”
“I usually take notes when using Pathoma, when I go back to them and find areas that I don’t remember well I will look them up in Picmonic.”

Bottom line: Student learning preference is key, watch Picmonics before or after Pathoma, whatever works best for you.

Study smarter, not harder. Using Pathoma and Picmonic together from the first day of medical school will give you the greatest amount of learning benefit and save you time during board prep your second year of school.

Ron Robertson

Ron Robertson, Co-founder & CEO, Picmonic Inc.

Ron Robertson founded Picmonic as a 3rd-year medical student at the University of Arizona. He’s at the helm of Picmonic’s mission to lead and inspire a new era of learning through innovative and effective educational solutions. Ron holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of San Diego with a focus on memory science, is the product visionary behind Picmonic, and is involved in every aspect of the company.

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