A useful resource for M3/M4!

Ever get frustrated with poor teachers? Dustyn Williams did during his time in medical school, so he combined his frustration with his passion for teaching to make a resource to help students survive the clinical years. I had the opportunity to talk with Dustyn about his website, onlinemeded.org, a little while ago and wanted to share this great resource with all of my readers!

First of all, what exactly is Online Med Ed? It started as Dustyn began making videos during M4 and residency. The website officially launched in 2014 and provides these videos for FREE. Yes, FREE. These videos don’t tell you everything about each topic, but they tell you what you need to know about a topic. As Dustyn said, he wants a student to make the right choice in the clinic to save lives. The material he provides on this website is designed to help you do that.

How is this different from medical school teaching? For example, say you were on your OB/GYN rotation and wanted to know more about contraceptives. The medical school may bring in an expert who gives a 2 hour lecture on different contraceptives and their mechanisms of action. On the other hand, Online Med Ed has a 15 minute video that is a general overview of contraceptives that focuses on what you will most commonly need to know in the clinic. Basically, it is a lot more efficient. Obviously it does not cover the material as thoroughly, but is a good starting point for learning the material.

These free videos are just the start of what is offered by Online Med Ed. They know that not everyone learns the same way, so they have expanded to providing other tools such as notes, downloadable audio, study questions, clinical cases, and flashcards (available with a premium subscription). They’re also using technology to help you use these tools most effectively. This includes a schedulizer to help plan your studying throughout your clinical rotation and reminders through the application to promote forced repetition for longer retention.

Check this out in your clinical years of med school!

Curious why my cat, Smeagol, is the featured image for this post? Check out onlinemeded.org and you’ll understand. 🙂

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Hanna is a MD/PhD student at the University of Illinois and an aspiring physician scientist who aims to specialize in hepatobiliary cancers. She is also passionate about teaching, leadership, and advocacy. The energy she once used to pep up crowds as a college marching band member is now directed toward exciting and educating others about science and medicine, especially through her tweets at @MDPhDToBe and her blog at www.mdphdtobe.com.

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