Josh Landy from Figure1: “Instagram” for Medicine

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Figure1 has been called “Instagram” for medicine. It provides a visually engaging, crowdsourced bank of privacy-compliant images and cases for medical education. In this series, Figure1 , co-founder, Josh Landy discusses medical education in Canada and offers a preview of why he founded the social photo sharing platform for medicine, Figure1. In part 2, he delves more deeply into how Figure1 is changing medical education and bringing high quality free open access medical education (FOAMed) to the far corners of the world.

Figure 1 Episode (Part 1)

Figure 1 Episode (Part 2)

The QOD(s)

Our questions for the Figure1 series drawn on some high yield topics in medicine especially, cardiac tamponade and tension pneumothorax—essential topics for all levels of the COMLEX and USMLE.

The Interview

Our Guest today is Joshua Landy, a Canadian critical care specialist and co-founder of Figure1. You can read more about why he started Figure1 over at Doctorpreneurs. Plus, follow him on Twitter to let him know how you liked the episode and how you like Figure1.

This Episode’s Freebie(s)

For this episode, leave a review of the show on iTunes (click here or on the little box at the bottom of the browser) and send the screenshot to for your chance to win a Figure1 swag bag with the T-shirt, femur pen, and brain tote bag (not shown) shown below.

…Also in this episode

Music for this episode is used with the permission of Tom Dutton of Forgive Durden. The song is “Life is Looking Up.”


Click the image to view the case discussed in Part 2 of the show over on Figure1

Figure 1 Case

See who you should follow on Figure1 over on the ITB Blog


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How to Prepare for the Medical Boards

Written as a third year medical student, with the info fresh in his mind, Adeleke Adesina, upcoming podcast guest and founder of presents a guide for medical students preparing for the first level of their licensing exam. In the book, which you can read more about on Amazon, (aff link) he presents a plan for how to to study the major topics tested on the board exams and suggests a unique approach to reading and keeping mental notes. Plus, he discusses how to make the best use of First Aid and question banks in the preparation process.

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