4 Best ENT Anki Decks (2021)

ENT, or ears, nose, and throat (otolaryngology) is a common medical school elective and an important medical specialty.

Studying ENT from pre-made Anki decks is one of the best ways to introduce yourself to core topics and achieve real mastery over the material.

The digital flashcards in each of the following decks can help you do exactly that!

Best ENT Anki Decks 

The decks we’ll be looking at are: 

  1. Visitor’s ENT (based on numerous resources)  
  2. Lightyear ENT Deck (based on ENT Secrets) 
  3. Panacea ENT Deck (Anatomy focused) 
  4. AVSM Deck (best for rapid review)

Each of these decks is formatted and structured differently, suiting those with varied learning styles. They also differ in size, meaning some will be faster to run through than others.

We recommend taking a look at each and checking out the card examples first before downloading.

We’ve also included some helpful ENTil learning resources at the end of this article too!


1. Visitors ENT Anki Deck

Deck Name:Visitors ENT 
Cards:981 
Card Format: Basic 
Year of Upload: 2018 
Required Plugins: N/A 
Download size: 15 MB 
Download link: Visitors ENT 

This deck is ideal for those with an interest in ENT or those who have a mandatory ENT clinic/exam. 

It consists of 981 cards formatted in a basic front-to-back flashcard style with several cloze deletion type cards also.

All cards have been tagged by structure…

It covers all the major ENT subtopics, including:

  • Allergy
  • Anatomy
  • Ear
  • Epistaxis
  • Esophagus
  • Examinations of the Nose
  • Facial Injuries
  • Facial Nerve
  • Imaging
  • Infections
  • Injuries
  • Nasopharynx
  • Rhinitis
  • Physiology
  • Throad
  • Tonsils
  • Tumors

As references, it uses Dope anatomy (including in our article; best Anki anatomy decks), Zanki and lightyear (covered in this article; what’s the best Anki deck for Step 1?), and Medscape’s web information.

Here is a sample card on otitis media: 

And there’s another flashcard sample from Visitors, this time based on laryngeal papilloma…

Download Visitors’ ENT deck here 


2. Lightyear ENT Anki Deck 

Deck Name:Lightyear 
Cards:761 
Card Format: Basic 
Year of Upload: 2020 
Required Plugins: N/A 
Download size: 23.6 MB 
Download link: Lightyear 

This deck contains 761 cards. It is suitable for anyone who is preparing for/currently on their ENT rotation. 

It was made alongside the popular review book ENT Secrets. The creator u/Lightyear recommends this book as one of the most useful resources for medical students doing ENT rotations to learn about the specialty.

The cards are formatted in a basic front-to-back style and cover all the major high-yield facts and concepts. All flashcards have been tagged by individual chapter names, making this deck super easy to run through.

Here is a sample card on branches of the external carotid artery…

Having a good anatomical understanding of the different vessels in the body is crucial for specialties like ENT. It is a concept that is often overlooked so we highly recommend brushing up before clinical rotations! 

This is another card on the radiological signs of acute epiglottitis…

Knowing specific terminology such as “thumbprint sign” is useful considering attendings/residents will sometimes ask for your opinion on a scan.

Download the Lightyear Anki ENT deck here 


3. Panacea ENT Deck 

Deck Name:Panacea 
Cards:4692 
Card Format: Basic 
Year of Upload: 2020 
Required Plugins: Hierarchical Tags 
Download size: 136.8 MB 
Download link: Panacea 

Panacea’s Anki deck is ideal for those who are studying for ENT, specifically if they wish to review the anatomy in further depth. 

The information was sourced from various areas, including:

  • Prepladder Notes 
  • Marrow Notes 
  • Marrow Q Bank 
  • Thieme Atlas of Anatomy 

The cards are mainly formatted as short cloze deletions to allow the user to quickly cover the highest yield information. Image occlusion style cards have also been used to help you memorize locations of key structures.

According to the deck creators, you should be able to average around 600 cards per hour. 

This deck is a big one with a total of 4692 cards.

Every card has a PrepLadder/Marrow field attached and relevant images from Thieme Atlas of Anatomy, Dhingra, and Google Images.  

The cards for ENT have been hierarchically tagged by the creators making them easy to reference and work through.

Here’s how Panacea is structured…

And here is an example card on peritonsillar abscess…

It covers the clinical presentation and how such pathology will present on physical examination.

Here is another card on the treatment of otitis media…

It covers pharmacological management in both children and adults. The orange text has the exact pathogens that are sensitive to Amoxicillin- this is high yield to know as often this is the main information needed when prescribing antibiotics for an infection. 

Download Panacea’s ENT Anki Deck here 


4. AVSM Deck 

Deck Name:AVSM 
Cards:6364 
Card Format: Basic 
Year of Upload: 2021 
Required Plugins: N/A 
Download size: 531 MB 
Download link: AVSM 

This deck by u/AVSM_ankiboi is ideal for those wanting a multi-purpose, comprehensive deck for medical school. 

The Redditor used this resource alone for their university exams and it proved valuable for them. 

The ENT section consists of only 457 cards. You’ll need to download the entire deck (531 MB) and then focus on the tags solely for ENT. 

The deck is heavily Internal Medicine focused and contains multiple high yield boxes and tables with consolidated information. 

They have also Extras from many other disciplines like Surgery and Dermatology. 

Some cards will be long and irrelevant. If this is the case, those can easily be deleted or suspended from the deck. 

This is a sample card from the ENT section…

It discusses the most common causes of adenoid hypertrophy. Memorizing the image would be handy as a visual aid to picture if asked about the different etiologies. 

Here is another card on Cottle’s classification…

The table is useful to understand the difference between varying degrees of nasal septal deviation. 

Download AVSM here 


Additional ENT Study Resources

Podcast

BackTable ENT

BackTable ENT is a nice auditory learning resource you can use on the move that covers all the fundamental material that ENT specialists deal with on a regular basis.

Some of their episodes run over an hour but they can be very useful if you want a more contextualized (and clinical) learning experience!

Video

Paul Bolin, M.D. Crash! Medical Reviews

Paul Bolin has some excellent (and free) YouTube videos on all the major ENT concepts you’ll find covered in the decks above. Check them out here and maybe use these as a primary resource to first learn the material before moving on to memorizing via Anki.

Where To Find More Anki ENT Decks 

We highly recommend going to AnkiWeb.net and r/medicalschoolanki and looking at the ENT offerings.

You can filter your results to see the most recent and most relevant pre-made Anki decks via search.

Why Use An Anki Pre-Made Deck?

  1. Excellent free resource
  2. Saves time making your own cards while covering the most high yield principles
  3. Gives you more time to do practice questions!

Top Tips For Using Anki ENT Flashcard Decks 

There can be lots of information on some cards which can be overwhelming. Our top tip is to keep it SIMPLE and make sure you are actively practicing cards on a regular basis. 

Keep reviewing the cards where possible, i.e. once you have finished your set for the day, briefly make a mental note or write down where your study session ended.

If you’re studying from a large multi-subject pre-made Anki deck, make sure you use tags and suspend (ctrl + J) all other cards outside of the usual EM topics.

The same goes for making sure you only cover the topics you’ve already studied in your primary learning resource!


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