Are you in medical school to pass exams, or to become a competent doctor? Passing an exam by memorising lists won't make you the latter. Many med schools don't require rote learning - I did very little of that as a med student, myself.To be fair, medical school requires a substantial amount of memorising... There are plenty of things which don't really take much by understanding or clinical reasoning that you just need to 'know'. And exams, especially earlier on, just *love* to test how many of the weirder little details you've managed to memorise.
My point is that memorising lists isn't enough, even if your med school creates the false impression that it is by passing you based on that alone ("pass" means "good enough to graduate and work, right?"). Like I said, you can choose to do enough to pass, which may well be spitting out lists like a performing seal, or you can actually learn stuff contextually and understand what the lists mean - and yes, if you don't have clinical exposure, that's harder, but not impossible. And again, not all med schools are like yours, particularly those that incorporate clinical exposure into the "pre-clinical" years.Passing exams is something you have to do before you become a doctor at all, let alone think about being a competent one... It's easy to down-play exams after you've passed them haha. It isn't students' fault that they have to focus on passing exams, either.
I'd suggest that if memorisation is your main strategy to cope with the volume of material you need to know, unless you are a savant, it's not going to end well.I agree entirely that it isn't even close to sufficient. I was arguing that it is still necessary though, to some extent, given the sheer volume of information you need to pick up during medical school.
I'm not sure how you got 'main strategy' out of 'necessary, though, to some extent'... The vast majority of my learning is done on the wards, backed up later by some reading around the things I've just seen.I'd suggest that if memorisation is your main strategy to cope with the volume of material you need to know, unless you are a savant, it's not going to end well.
I was using the general form of "you" (moreover, to those like the OP who may think memorisation is the key to study) - not you specifically. Apologies, including your quote there did look as though I was implying the singular "you".I'm not sure how you got 'main strategy' out of 'necessary, though, to some extent'... The vast majority of my learning is done on the wards, backed up later by some reading around the things I've just seen.
Nope - I suppose this illustrates a point for future applicants to research the syllabus and examinations of potential med schools, as certainly they don't all examine silly stats to a great extent. BTW, not sure how you jumped to the conclusion that I "hate" the concept of students studying for exams. I don't recall suggesting anything of the sort.But if you have a better way to learn, for example, exact % prevalences of various diseases (something we need to know for those exams you hate us studying for - if never again afterwards) than simple memorisation, I'm all ears.
There are a lot of different techniques for learning information (learn, not memorize!) and I think that early medical school is almost more about finding out how you best learn than the actual content. There is absolutely only one good way to find out how you best learn - practice and experiment. As Chinaski said many people (including myself!) thought I could get away with the same techniques I used in high-school: reading something a few times, using it once or twice and then leaving it until the exams when I would read over it again. I found out pretty quickly that this didn't exactly work.What techniques do you use to memorize information (schemas, terminology, pictures, exact data etc.) [...] how do you memorize information?
I certainly agree with this premise, though I think my opinion is a bit separate from yours. I feel that memorization is an important step in developing a contextual understanding for a lot of things in medical school but that it's only one of the first steps. There are a lot of topics in medicine that require a broad understanding of the topic before you can delve deeper into them and many of these require some element of memorization to hold information in your head until you make those links. Similarly, for examinations I feel that there is a difference (as you describe) between studying to understand the topic and studying for exams - often exam study came in the week or two before them & largely involved practice/memorization of key exam topics.Are you in medical school to pass exams, or to become a competent doctor? Passing an exam by memorising lists won't make you the latter. Many med schools don't require rote learning - I did very little of that as a med student, myself.