Commandment 4: Study dynamically not statically
Reading is often the most common way in which people study, and honestly that is the best way. But as you experience more and more information, reading may become a mindless task with no clear benefit. Engage with the material and use dynamic strategies to help make the material alive for you. Using static study tactics may in the end impede your ability to develop important clinical connections.
So when you say dynamic study strategies what are you talking about?
That is a great question. The difficulty with higher-level education is the material is difficult and does not appear to get any easier. When you engage with the material using tactile tools like writing on paper, a white board or drawing pictures or images you use other parts of your brain to retain information. Think of your brain as one large empty box with different compartments, the goal in school is to remember as much as you can. If you do not use every compartment then you are not optimizing your abilities. I relied heavily on using audiovisual supplements in school because I learn best from conversational tools. I thought audiovisual is a great way to supplement your reading to help use spatial and visual recognition.
Static strategies have worked in the past why should I switch now?
That is also a fantastic point. You do not have to do anything that makes you uncomfortable. The overall goal is to find the way that works best for you. If reading alone works well, then by all means continue with that. But when reading starts to slow you down or is not as efficient, don’t be afraid to use active learning tools to find a way to take your education to the next level.
Medicine to me is a dynamic discipline that is focused on conversation and education. Physicians when communicating with their patients often educate them on what is happening. That is why I felt so compelled to using audiovisual dynamic conversation based resources because at the end of the day how we learn medicine is how we should practice medicine.