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Amelia Crabtree

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Dr Amelia Crabtree (MBBS, FRACP) is a Geriatrician at Alfred Health in Melbourne, Australia. Her passion for improvement and innovation is often reflected in her sketch-notes, which she posts on twitter @crabtree_amelia when she thinks they are good enough to share!

Visual Note Taking: an extra tool to help with learning

During medical school, I spent hours scribing lectures, paragraphs from text books, and tutorial notes. Writing repetitively. Scraping to learn and retain every fact my brain could hold. Oh, how I wish I had known about visual note taking back then.

I discovered this form of learning support, also known as sketch-noting or info-doodling, about two years ago. During a meeting, I watched my Department Head scribble and scrawl all over a page. The upshot was a hut on an island and an isolated palm tree, which did not mean much to me, but for him it represented the essence of what was being discussed. I asked what he was doing. He told me about sketch-noting and pointed me in the direction of a couple of well-known authors in the field.

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This is something I want to try aswell! Do you think you could point me in the direction of a couple of well-known authors in the ... Read More
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 5:05 AM
Amelia Crabtree

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Hi Andrew, Sunni Brown and Mike Rohde are two authors I can recommend. Sunni also has a great TED talk called Doodlers Unite!
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 6:06 AM
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Inspiring Your Colleagues!

Thank you Dr. Crabtree! I have printed your sketch-note from this blog and posted in my office. Inspiring to up my game!
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 11:11 AM
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