Psychiatry is one of the major subjects you’ll take in the clinical years of med school and a field that’s growing in popularity as a specialty.
Studying psychiatry from pre-made Anki decks can be a smart move to help give you an edge.
The digital flashcards in each of the following decks help you memorize high-yield material for the subject.
The Best Psychiatry Anki Decks
The 4 decks we’ll be looking at are:
We’ll cover some useful resources for studying psychiatry at the end.
- Psychiatry Resident and MS4 Advanced Clinician Deck (best for residency)
- Dorian’s M3 Clerkship Psychiatry Deck (most comprehensive)
- Psychiatry Clerkship Anki Deck (MTB) (best alternative resource)
- Zanki/Anking Psychiatry Anki Deck (most popular)
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 psychiatry learning resources at the end of this article too!
Psychiatry Resident and MS4 Advanced Clinician Deck
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This 635 card deck is designed with Psychiatry Residents and MS4’s in mind, taking the National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative as its main source.
The deck covers the following topics:
- Advanced diagnostic principles
- Basic medical and neurological treatment
- Treatment-resistence illness
- Basic psychotherapy
Here’s an example of the cards you’ll find in this deck…
You’ll see there’s no specific tagging or categorization (that can make it difficult to study specific topics) but cards are formatted simply (front/back) and are quick to review.
Dorian’s M3 Clerkship Decks
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Dorian’s M3 Clerkship Decks have an excellent psychiatry subdeck that’s built on existing cards from Zanki.
It uses the following sources:
- UWorld Psychiatry questions
- Online MedEd (OME)
- First Aid for Psychiatry
- Emma Holliday High Yield Psychiatry Lectures
- National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME)
Here’s how the Psychiatry subdeck is organized…
Dorian’s cards are short and focused on pattern recognition with a maximum of 2 facts to a card.
The deck is designed for rapid review at its core, reviewing key clinical data.
The mnemonics, pictures, and diagrams inside this deck make it one of the best pre-made decks for studying psychiatry.
Dorian advises suspending all cards first (Ctrl + A + J), watching OME, and then unlocking cards by subdeck topic. About a week or two into class, they then recommend starting UWorld questions. The full methodology can be found in the Reddit write-up here.
Psychiatry Clerkship Anki Deck (based on Master The Boards)
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Reddit user u/RandomActsofCaffeine put this Psychiatry Clerkship deck together to help them in their med school studies.
It takes the psychiatry section of Master The Boards USMLE Step 2 CK as its primary source.
This deck is built with rapid review in mind, keeping one fact to a card via the cloze format.
You’ll see it covers all the relevant pharmacology and pathology involved in psychiatry…
The decks’ cards are formatted simplistically, giving you the high-yield takeaway information and contextualizing facts with additional necessary information…
Here’s another example…
Because this deck is thin on neuropsychiatry it could be a good idea to supplement the cards here with those mentioned in our neurology Anki deck article (especially DocZay’s Anki deck).
Zanki/Anking Psychiatry Anki Deck
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Possibly the best Anki deck for psychiatry is the one that lives inside Zanki/Anking Overhaul.
This is the most updated deck on this list and probably the most tried and tested of all medical school Anki decks.
The psychiatry cards are all individually tagged and organized inside this deck meaning you can suspend all the other cards and focus only on the topics you need.
Cards are based on:
- B&B Psychology
- First Aid Psychology
- Sketchy Pharmacology
Similar to Dorian’s deck, the cards are mainly cloze format.
Here’s an example card…
And here’s how the psychiatry section is tagged and categorized…
Anking has a great video on how to honor your psych rotation (while using this deck) below…
Additional Psychiatry Resources
There are several other platforms besides Anki for those of you who are interested.
Depending on how far into the specialty you wish to go, each of these resources goes into varying depth.
Recommended Psychiatry Textbooks
Although it’s not necessary to study psychiatry from textbooks, the following recommendations can be a nice supplement to digital flashcards.
This concise, easy-to-use guide is perfect for carrying with you on the wards and quickly referencing. At 600 pages it’s super-comprehensive too.
If you’re a fan of Sketchy Pharmacology and illustrative mnemonics, this could be worth a look. Mainly designed for nursing students looking to rapidly memorize all clinically relevant psychiatric drugs, it’s a fun and memorable alternative.
Psychiatry & Psychotherapy Podcast
This podcast, from David Puder, M.D., features a lot of interesting episodes on popular psych topics like Alzheimer’s, OCD, psychosis, and more.
Emma Holliday has an excellent 2-hour lecture covering high yield psychiatry topics.
You can check out our complete guide to Emma Holliday’s High Yield Lectures (along with PDF’s) here.
Just as Dorian’s Clerkship Deck recommends, OnlineMedEd is a great resource to run through in preparation for psychiatry. Although you have to sign-up first, the 21 lessons in the Psychiatry section are well worth the entire 5.6-hour runtime.
Also, make sure you run through their 100 psychiatry questions.
Where To Find More Anki Psychiatry Decks
We highly recommend going on Reddit and searching the r/medicalschoolanki community.
You can filter your results to see the most recent and most relevant pre-made Anki psychiatry decks for your studies.
Why Use An Anki Psychiatry Deck?
- Excellent free resource
- Saves time making your own cards while covering the most high yield principles
Top Tips For Using Anki Psychiatry 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 on a whiteboard any crucial new information you learned.
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 psychiatry topics.
The general consensus among students studying psychiatry for clerkships is to review neurology, fluid, and electrolytes, as well as endocrine sections from UWorld as early as you can.
Then move on to the NBME’s Clinical Science Mastery Series practice exams.
Related Anki Questions
If you’re not familiar with Anki, I recommend checking out The Anking YouTube channel.
This offers many useful tutorials and tips for Anki users. It’s primarily designed for med students but the content is just as good for students in other fields.
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Here’s a good primer (as well as a good intro on what they offer) below…
Why Do I Have To Go To Reddit/Ankiweb To Download?
Reddit/Ankiweb is where these decks are uploaded and shared. The original users deserve credit and the opportunity to be thanked for their hard work.
The files for these decks are hosted in these threads created by the deck’s creator.
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