Most of med school was memorizing, memorizing, memorizing. We had mnemonics for almost EVERYTHING. If one didn't exist, @ohsteph and I would make one up. "Getting pimped" or being pop-quizzed during rounds or literally any time you're around an attending/resident was very stressful. These are the ones I still remember (which means they worked)!
  1. All Physicians Take Money (Heart valves)
    Aortic, Pulmonic, Tricuspid, Mitral -- the order of listening to the heart valves with the stethoscope from the patient's right upper to left lower chest. I remember this because it's so terrible. I think students now use the much nicer "All Patients Take Meds."
  2. DIG FAST (Symptoms of Mania)
    Distractibility, Irresponsibility, Grandiosity, Flight of ideas, Activity increased, Sleep decreased, Talkativeness
  3. FAT RN (Clinical features of Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura)
    Fever, Anemia, Thrombocytopenia, Renal, Neurologic symptoms. Another awful mnemonic that works.
  4. The 5 W's (Causes of post-operative fever)
    Wind (something in the lungs like pneumonia), Water (urinary tract infection), Walking (deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism), Wound (surgical site infection), Wonder drug (drug fever). I still remember the pilot episode of Grey's Anatomy when Meredith rattled this off like no big deal. So cool!
  5. The 5 F's (Risk factors for Gallstones)
    Fair (Caucasian), Fat, Fertile (1+ children), Female, Forty (> 40 years old)
  6. The 5 P's (Findings in acute limb ischemia)
    Pain, Pallor, Pulselessness, Paralysis, Parathesia
  7. ABCDE (Characteristics of Melanoma skin cancer)
    Asymmetry, irregular Borders, uneven or more than one Color, Diameter larger than a pencil eraser (6mm), Evolution (recent changes in size, color or shape)
  8. OPQRST (Pain evaluation)
    Onset of pain, Provocation or Palliation (what makes it better or worse), Quality of pain (sharp, dull, intermittent, constant), Region/Radiation, Severity (on a scale of 1-10), Time (how long).
  9. TORCH (Maternal infections that cross the placenta and affect the baby)
    Toxoplasmosis, Other (Syphilis, Parvovirus B19, Hepatitis, HIV, chicken pox/Varicella) , Rubella, Cytomegalovirus, Herpes Simplex Virus
  10. HELLP (A very bad variant of pre-eclampsia)
    Hemolysis (breakdown of red blood cells), Elevated Liver enzymes, Low Platelets
  11. Randy Travis Drinks Cold Beers: roots, trunks, divisions, cords, branches (brachial plexus anatomy)
    Suggested by   @AlexandraLouise
  12. Ten Zebras Bought My Car: temporal, zygomatic, buccal, mandibular, cervical branches of the facial nerve
    Suggested by   @AlexandraLouise
  13. SALFOPMS: superior thyroid, ascending pharyngeal, lingual, facial, occipital, posterior auricular, superficial temporal, maxillary arteries. This the weirdest one to me. Just a made up word to remember the branches of the external carotid!
    Suggested by   @AlexandraLouise
  14. SLUDGE: A toxidrome (symptoms of being poisoned) if you ingest the not so fun mushrooms 🍄
    Salivation, Lacrimation, Urination, Defecation, Gastrointestinal upset, Emesis (vomiting)
    Suggested by   @ohsteph
  15. Mad as a hatter 👒, hot as a hare 🐰, blind as a bat, red as a beet, dry as a bone
    Some creepy Alice in Wonderland reference. Basically, what happens to you if you take too much Benadryl 💊
    Suggested by   @ohsteph
  16. The four T's: aka tumors you can find in the anterior mediastinum
    Thyroid carcinoma, thymoma, T-cell lymphoma, teratoma
    Suggested by   @ohsteph
  17. Peanut butter with bread?
    Learned from silly movie about doctors: phlegm bile water blood
    Suggested by   @evan