So my new friends over at Lecturio reached out and offered me the opportunity to try out their medical education products to review. As someone who is interested in medical education and does medical education research, I was glad to have been offered this opportunity.
What is Lecturio?
Lecturio is a collection of medical education resources to help those in medicine. For medical students, they offer review videos, a USMLE question bank, and a medical magazine. They also offer subject based topics and MCAT prep for those who are not yet in medical school.
Who is it for?
I only checked out the portions of the site relevant to medical school so I can’t comment on other topics or subjects. But it seems like they offer a vast array of medical education videos that can help premed students as well as current medical students.
Let’s be real, not every professor at your school or every topic/ lecture you attend is going to be effective. I really think Lecturio has the potential to be a really useful tool and would benefit MS1’s or even MS2’s who would like to supplement their school’s lecture material. The reason why I say supplement is because I don’t think any study aid or review resource should completely replace the material presented to you in your lectures. However, for those who are visual and auditory learners, I think these videos provide an organized way to learn and reinforce foundations and basic principles in medicine.
I tried Lecturio a couple times during my dedicated study period for the USMLE Step 1. I had already established my own study plan so I didn’t really feel the need to switch it all up to try this product. But I was interested enough to watch a few videos and check it out. As a result, I didn’t watch videos in any particular order and simply watched a couple lectures in a few subjects that were particularly troubling to me (mostly biochem & micro).
Overall I really like the layout of the site. It was easy to navigate and everything was organized well. The videos are very high quality and the information was presented concisely. All of the visuals were easy to understand and were very organized. Plus there are quizzes and tests to reinforce what you learned after the videos.
Lecturio also offers android and iPhone apps but I didn’t try them so I can’t comment on that. If I had known about the apps earlier, I may have listened to some lectures while running or while driving. As an audio learner, this is a great way for me to get some learning in while I do other things.
The Lecturio Youtube Channel also has sample videos and lectures for you to watch before you take the plunge and pay for a subscription. You can also check out their Youtube playlist where they have sample videos organized by topic and lecture.
Overall, the videos seem pretty organized and the ones I watched were easy to understand and helped reinforce concepts. There were many videos so you want to make sure that you have enough time to watch and absorb all of the information. The questions were also a good learning tool.
If you like videos and using outside resources, this may be a great way to reinforce your lecture material. If this seems like it would fit with your learning style then you may want to check them out. If you try it, then let me know how it worked for you!
Disclaimer: A Lecturio subscription was provided to me for my review. I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.