Anki Decks for Clinical Medical Students
Adapted from Flashfinals
Cards = 1307
Notes = 353
Size = 488 KB
Original deck = 166 cards
Created by Husein Essaji
Cards = 1127
Notes = 260
Size = 136 KB
Original deck = 121 cards
Created by Husein Essaji
You will not be able to combine the Rubyfinals and Flashfinals decks. If you have the Flashfinals decks downloaded and would like to download the Rubyfinals Cardiology deck, please delete the Flashfinals Cardiology deck first. The same is true for the Respiratory deck.
Another option is to use an alternative profile (File -> Switch Profile).
The Original Decks!
Here is a download to the original Flashfinals deck. The website, unfortunately, got taken down. However, the author has allowed me to continue providing them here in their new home!
The decks are combined into one. For the individual decks, please see the tags (Browse -> Look on the left hand sidebar)
Is the Deck Free?
Yes, this deck is free!
In the interest of free access to medical education, we have ensured that these decks will remain free forever!
Is All the Information up to Date?
The entire deck is taken from the Flashfinals decks which were made between 2012-15.
Unfortunately, due to time constraints, it is difficult to convert all the cards to cloze flashcards and update everything at the same time.
However, the vast majority of the information is still relevant and applicable today.
Are the Decks Finished/Complete?
Unfortunately, there is still work to be done on the decks.
I am not entirely happy with the formatting and also believe the decks can be updated. However, they are at least all cloze cards now.
If you would like to help me edit the decks, then feel free to use the contact form to let me know.
I Have Found a Mistake! What Should I Do?
Firstly, I’m sorry!
There are so many cards that it is hard for us to keep up with everything that needs to be done for each deck.
Please send me your mistake by using the “contact” page. Let me know which specific card has the mistake and how it can be fixed.
Where is […] Deck?
Making a Rubyfinals deck requires a huge amount of time.
We are trying our best to convert all of the Flashfinals decks, however, it is taking much longer than anticipated.
Please be patient. They will be here at some point!
*Please note that the above question and answers refer to the Rubyfinals decks, not the original Flashfinals decks.
Although they took so long to make, these decks are completely free!
This deck uses the cloze overlapper add on made by Glutanimate.
Every card is tagged to ensure you can find exactly what you want.
I would like to thank Dr Stefan Ebmeier who gave permission to reproduce these decks. He is the editor and author of the original Flashfinals deck.
See the original Flashfinals deck here. Unfortunately, the website has been taken down.
I would also like to thank the other medical students who were and still are involved with the creation of these decks. If it wasn’t for you guys, I would still only have a couple of decks completed!
Contributors include Jon Urquidi:
Jon Urquidi is a graduate medical student committed to education (shown by his 7 years at university so far).
He’s worked to set up an international Wilderness Medicine Training Course for medical students and is working towards teaching qualifications amongst other things.
You can reach him at [email protected]
How to Use These Deck
Although the decks will work without the Cloze Overlapper add-on, I strongly suggest you download it. You will be unable to edit or add cards without it. It is only a few dollars from Glutanimate’s Patreon.
Get the Cloze Overlapper add-on here.
Here are some recommendations on how you should be using these decks:
- Keep the “Don’t general full cloze” unticked
- For those that don’t know, when unticked, you create an extra card which covers all of the blanks. All the cloze blanks are then shown when the answer is revealed. See the image below for an example as to what I am referring to.
- Although it may be difficult, I believe that after you have learned all the cards of a question, you should learn them all together. This really helped me connect the dots and allowed for a picture to form in my head when someone asked for the treatment of a particular disease.
- Add similar cards
- If there is a card about the treatment of heart failure, try not to rely on that card alone. Get information from online textbooks or question banks and make your own cards to supplement the Rubyfinal cards.
- This will also stop you from brute memorising facts.
- Supplement your learning
- As a general rule, you shouldn’t be relying entirely on Anki for your medical school exams. Draw mindmaps, use question banks and teach your friends. Using a variety of techniques will ensure that you cover most of the content you need to know.
- Don’t aim to do every single card
- Even though these Anki decks are made to be used, you shouldn’t try and do every card in them.
- There are too many cards for you to cover in a year of medical school, so don’t get stressed out about having to do 100+ cards a day to keep up. Pick the topics you feel are important and do the relevant cards to that. Accept that you won’t be able to cover everything.
The above image shows what happens when you untick the “Don’t general full cloze” box.
The Story Behind These Decks
After doing research on the best Anki decks for UK medical schools, I was lucky enough to come across the Flashfinals Anki decks. These were long decks that covered a vast array of specialities from Cardiology to Neurology as well as having surgical decks.
Unfortunately, the cards were too long to be of much use. See the below images to see what I mean.
At that point, I did think to create these decks where I converted all the cards to Cloze flashcards.
After much consideration, I emailed the founder of the Flashfinals decks (Dr Stefan Ebmeier). He agreed that I could convert the decks and display them on my website as I see fit (again a big thank you to Dr Stefan!).
I started converting the cards in Cloze flashcards. It was a long and tedious process. Medical school got in the way, ensuring I went at a snail’s pace.
I eventually finished the first two decks: Cardiology and Respiratory. It had taken about one and a half months.
I then got an email from Jon to say how he wanted to be a part of the process. He wanted to use these Flashfinals decks.
After a few emails, things were set into motion. He would set up a team of friends and colleagues who wanted to help and convert the decks into cloze cards.
We are still in the process of converting the decks. But don’t worry! We will continue to work on them until they are all done.
What is Inside in the Decks
This deck has added several components from the original Flashfinals deck.
Above you can see how the Cardio and Resp decks are organised as well as an example of a card.
The deck has created approximated 9 cards for every original card. So if the original Flashfinals deck had 100 cards, the new deck has 900 cards. This is a lot and so I would suggest you pick out the cards that you need.