Mnemonics article structure

Mnemonics articles are a special type of article with specific style requirements outlined below. 

Mnemonics have a long tradition in the teaching of medicine and many of the most memorable ones are at least somewhat vulgar or unexpected. This is probably one of the reasons they are memorable. Although we (Radiopaedia) have nothing intrinsically against whatever mnemonic you find useful and all of us probably know some frankly unpleasant mnemonics, our site aims to be welcoming to all visitors, regardless of gender, race, sexuality or cultural differences. As such we have fairly restrictive guidelines as to what are unacceptable features in a medical mnemonic.  

Unacceptable mnemonics are those that contain overt swearing or that could be interpreted by a reasonable person as representing racist or sexist sentiments or describe acts of exploitation, torture or non-consensual sexual acts. Acknowledging the existence of consensual sex is, however, ok provided they are not explicit. 

If you are not sure, it probably is best to not include it. 

Mnemonic article structure

The title of the article should:

  • relate to the topic that the mnemonic relates to, not the actual mnemonic, e.g. Salter-Harris classification, not SALTR
  • relate to the specifics of the mnemonic, e.g. branches of the facial nerve, not facial nerve
  • be suffixed with (mnemonic) e.g. broad ligament content (mnemonic)

The actual mnemonics should be added as synonyms, but not included in the listing.


Introductory paragraph with mnemonic in bold and a link to the topic of the mnemonic. The initial paragraph will introduce the mnemonics in a bullet-list:

  • first mnemonic
  • second mnemonic
  • third mnemonic etc.

See rickets (mnemonic) as a single mnemonic example

If the mnemonic is alliterative, e.g. Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, To Feel A.... there is no need to repeat it again in the heading.

  • M: letter in bold
  • N: colon punctuation in bold
  • E: no other bold in the rest of the bullet
  • M: link to appropriate articles

An introductory little statement may be helpful to explain the specifics of the mnemonic, e.g. ordering of the list by incidence.

  • the bulleted list
  • worth adding related articles
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rID: 22279
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Article structure for mnemonics
  • Mnemonic article structure

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