MS2 Class Information – Feb. 2, 2023

Please consider offering feedback on a gamified curriculum work in progress

Please join a Center for Learning and Innovation in Medical Education (CLIME) Work in Progress on April 4, 2023. The presentation is 11 a.m. AK, noon PT and 1 p.m. MT.

CLIME would like to invite medical students to give feedback on Tyler Bland, Ph.D.’s project Medimon: A monster-taming medical education curriculum.

Abstract: The proliferation of e-learning resources in medical education has led to an increase in the use of mnemonic-based learning tools, such as SketchyMedical, which utilizes picture-based mnemonics to improve retention.

While these resources have their benefits, they often lack opportunities for active learning. In an effort to combine the strengths of traditional and e-learning approaches, we are developing Medimon, a gamified curriculum that incorporates both mnemonic-based learning and active learning through video game play. In Medimon, monsters represent various cells, organ systems, and diseases, and are designed with visual mnemonics that highlight key characteristics and symptoms. By actively engaging with these monsters in a game-based setting, medical students can not only improve their retention of complex medical concepts but also enjoy playing a game with the aim of decreasing burnout.

View the current version of the Curriculum:

If you are not able to attend, but would like to give feedback on this project you can do so here:


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Career Advising Student Advisory Board Tip of the Month 

You’re almost done with the Patient Care Phase! Ideally, you have narrowed down your career choices to one to two specialties with a secondary specialty until fourth- year if one of the specialties is not family medicine (FM), pediatrics (Peds), or internal medicine (IM).  Meet with UWSOMOM Career Advising and/or your specialty career advisor to review competitiveness, MS4 electives, and, for a few specialties,away rotation planning. If you want to do an away rotation, get your CV updated!

  • Reviewed by Career Advising Student Advisory BIPOC board member L’Oreal Kennedy. Originally written by BIPOC alum Shanelle Briggs.

In case you missed it, here is the previous newsletter for MS2s.

Have a great week!