Happy New Year! Now that 2016 is upon us, we wanted to both wish you the best for the new year as well as take a moment to share with you – our users, partners, and friends – what Osmosis accomplished during a very productive 2015. We’ve come a long way since our two co-founders, Ryan and Shiv, first started talking about the concept behind Osmosis as anatomy teammates their first semester of medical school! Read on to learn more.
This post would be far too long if we tried to cover everything, which is why we’ll summarize the events into a few major categories below:
Osmosis is increasingly being recognized by medical students, residents, and physicians (among many other learners) as a truly unique & innovative platform. This has helped us grow our user base by almost 3x in 2015! We also have grown from having one institutional partner to having 10, showing that Osmosis is not only for students, but also for faculty & administrators! In addition to these great numbers, we are incredibly driven by what our users have to say about Osmosis and how it’s helped them. Here is a sample:
“I want to thank the Osmosis team, I have seen dramatic improvements in my grades since I started using it. I have recommended it to a lot of my classmates.” – F.B., M1 at the University of Puerto Rico
As you can see from the picture above, our team has grown significantly. In addition to a shared vision and drive, one of the things that makes the team special is that we are users of our own product. We have premedical & medical students in addition to residents and physicians on the team. Notably, we added our first ever Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Rishi Desai, who came to us from his previous role as Head of Medicine & Health at the Khan Academy. It’s also been our privilege to add incredible content editors and producers, such as Vishal, Tanner, Kyle, Lisa, and Zeeshan, to the Osmosis Team!
We have been fortunate to be recognized for our progress and vision towards creating the most powerful learning platform. Most recently we were named the Overall Winner at the 2015 QS Stars/Wharton Reimagine Education Conference. You can read about it more in The PIE News and QS Digital Solutions, which said “[Osmosis] makes our doctors better, faster, and is already being used by tens of thousands of students. What could be more important than that?”
Publications & Press
In addition to a number of popular media publications and press features, such as our popular “5 Study Techniques Every Clinical Student Should Know” (Medscape) and this BostInno feature article, we have kept to our roots by publishing two peer-reviewed academic papers, bringing our total up to four papers. We believe in evidence-based education and spend most of our time and efforts on true innovation based in solid R&D:
• Annals of Internal Medicine: The association between confidence and accuracy among users of a mobile web platform for medical education.
• Innovations in Global Health Professions Education: Open Osmosis: A Library of Open Educational Resources (OER) for Medical Education.
Related to our commitment to data-driven and evidence-based education, we have had the privilege to receive grants from major health and medical institutions. 2015 was the year we completed our Pioneer Grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which is a terrific organization that we’ve had the privilege to work with. The culmination of our grant was the launch of Open Osmosis (open.osmosis.org), which provides thousands of open access medical education resources to tens of thousands of learners around the world. We also were very fortunate to be a key part of a multi-institutional team (Osmosis, University of Illinois-Chicago, and University of Central Florida) that received a prestigious Stemmler Award from the National Board of Medical Examiners.
Partnerships & Collaborations
The Osmosis team is committed to delivering the best resources at the right time to learners everywhere. To this end we have had the privilege to partner or collaborate with some of the leading global medical and health institutions & companies, including Medscape, Picmonic, Elsevier, ReelDx, kenHub, the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, WikEM, Radiopaedia, DermNetNZ, CONSAMs, and medical editors at Wikipedia! We look forward to further strengthening these collaborations and partnerships, as well as creating more that help us accomplish our mission of making the most powerful, efficient, and enjoyable learning platform.
In 2015 we released more than 5,000 clinical vignette-based questions, making Osmosis the largest bank of practice questions for medical education available. However, Osmosis is far more than just a question bank. We also have more memory anchors, patient anecdotes, images, videos, and references than any other tool available to medical students. Most recently, we’ve begun creating incredible pathophysiology videos that are now also being hosted on Wikipedia, such as on this article about jaundice.
Conferences & Presentations
Finally, 2015 was a whirlwind of presentations and conferences. Below is a sampling of these events where Osmosis was featured and a few pictures:
- Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) – Baltimore, MD (November)
- Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) – Washington DC (November)
- Harvard Macy Institute – Boston, MA (October)
- Anticipation and Medicine – Bremen, Germany (October)
- Stanford Medicine X – Palo Alto, CA (September)
- American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) – Chicago, IL (September)
- American Board of Anesthesiology Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Summit – Raleigh, NC (May)
- Josiah Macy Foundation – Washington DC (April) – this resulted in the publication of Enhancing Health Professions Education Through Technology
- World Innovation Summit on Health – Doha, Qatar (February)
The above are some of the highlights of a fantastic 2015, though there were so many other things that made 2015 awesome. Here is to an even more incredible 2016!