Osmosis for Institutions: Introducing Timeline

Osmosis Team
Published on Jan 25, 2014. Updated on Invalid date.

Through our conversations with faculty and administrators whom we've met at the AAMC, AMA, and Medbiquitous conferences we’ve learned that schools - like students - are overwhelmed with medical information.  Where students have to learn more than they can retain, medical schools have to teach more information than they can easily manage.

This problem is exacerbated on an administrative level because medical knowledge evolves, curricula change, and faculty juggle teaching assignments and course materials. Added to these are outside pressures: For accreditation, many schools have to follow rules established by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME); and to that end, schools have created their own processes and technologies to index medical content, track changes, and match keywords to curricular requirements.

Having learned more about these challenges, we quickly realized that we could solve some of these issues using our tech know-how. In fact, we developed a tool that one medical school has already decided to adopt formally, and a few other medical schools are considering adopting:

Timeline can make curriculum review easier by employing powerful, user-friendly web technologies. Administrators and faculty won’t have to index their curricula by hand and won’t have to query a database to see where, for example, geriatrics was covered. Deans won’t have to review printed slides to ensure a topic has been covered. Everyone might be able to have fewer meetings.  In short, we think Timeline can make a hard job easier. And we are already working to improve it.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in Timeline - or other ways Osmosis can be leveraged by institutions - please feel free to contact us at [email protected].

-- Caleb Furnas, M.A.