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Mind Mapping for Tomorrow's Doctors: Pablo Buitron de la Vega at Biggerplate Unplugged

With just 15 days to go until Biggerplate Unplugged in New York (#BPUN16), we caught up with Dr. Pablo Buitron de la Vega of USMLE Mind Maps to get his perspectives on the upcoming conference.

Dr. Pablo Buitron de la Vega will share his experience of using mind mapping for medical education, and the innovative approaches that he has implemented to help the future doctors of America pass their USMLE examinations with the aid of mind maps! With just over 2 weeks until Pablo's talk, we put a few questions to him...

What excites you about joining Biggerplate Unplugged in New York?

I am very excited about sharing the work I have been doing with mind maps. As a physician, student and medical educator, mind maps have been a vital tool for the last 6 years. I have been sharing my work mostly with audiences that know very little about mind mapping, so this will be the first time sharing my experience with a community that had the same passion!

Can you give us an idea of what you'll be presenting about at the conference?

I have been implementing the principles of mind mapping as a way to improve medical education, allowing students to understand their own learning process and organize the extensive amount of information they have to absorb. I am confident that medical students can unlock their full learning potential using this method. During the conference I will be presenting the learning theory behind USMLE MIND MAPS (, online learning modules that have been developed to help students prepare for medical boards.

I will also share my experience on using mind maps to improve communication between patients and doctors. For the conference, I will discuss a novel technique that helps to capture patients’ perspectives about their illness. This simple process could potentially help patients to improve their health by more clearly communicating their perceptions and ideas to their health care teams. Imagine if every patient could have their own mind map about their health!

Why would you encourage other mind map users to join the conference?

After working with mind maps for several years, I know that their potential uses are unlimited. I would encourage other mind map users to join the conference to learn about their multiple applications and how they could use them to improve their own work. In my experience, the best way to understand how to improve the use of mind mapping is by sharing ideas with others. The most valuable improvements in my projects have resulted from discussions with others. They will not only learn more about mind mapping but can help others improve their own projects with their ideas and feedback.

What one topic would you most like to see discussed at the New York conference?

During the last couple of years, I have seen many mind map experts develop amazing maps. I am especially interested in knowing more about how they are teaching others to construct powerful mind maps. Improving the methods that we use to teach will also help growing the mind mapping community. A larger, more diverse community can bring new insights on how to continue expanding mind mapping so that we can help more people achieving their goals by using this amazing technique.

Join Pablo, the Biggerplate team, and a host of mind mapping experts and users at Biggerplate Unplugged in New York on 10 March 2016.

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