Osmosis featured on the AAMC's MedEdPortal

Osmosis Team
Dec 2, 2014

Osmosis has been featured in AAMC's MedEdPortal.

From the website description:

"Formative assessment has been shown to improve medical student performance and retention, but many learners lack access to formative assessments because faculty members have limited time to create such resources and acquiring existing commercial review banks is expensive. In response, we developed a collaborative learning platform for medical student self-assessment called Osmosis (http://osmosis.org/). Osmosis is a web- and mobile-learning platform that provides free access to thousands of crowd-sourced high-yield practice questions and explanations. The quality of these questions and resources is enhanced through a novel social rating and commenting feature.

Since Osmosis was launched at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in January 2012, approximately 250 students in the first and second year classes have spent over 2,400 hours answering more than 5,000 questions over half-a-million times (~2,000 questions answered/student). In addition, over 1,500 Creative Commons-licensed images and YouTube videos have been shared. Usage data and reception by students indicate that the platform fits well into busy schedules and that participants value its role in promoting collaboration and self-assessing knowledge gaps.

In August 2013 we also released a free iOS app in the iTunes store. The app applies the testing effect and spaced repetition by sending medical students push notifications with short clinical vignettes as well as factoids. The Osmosis Med app has been downloaded by over 2,500 medical students, including 500 international students, who have answered the questions more than 75,000 times. Due to this activity, the app reached the Top 100 Free Education apps on the iTunes Store in August 2013.

We are currently developing additional features for the Osmosis platform related to knowledge retention and curricular design. Since the vast majority of questions and resources on Osmosis are shared under non-restrictive licenses such as Creative Commons, we are making Osmosis available to peer institutions. It is our hope that more students and faculty members will benefit from, and contribute to, the Osmosis library.

* Presented at the 2013 AAMC Annual Meeting MedEdPORTAL Poster Session on "Excelling in Health Education Assessment.""

You can read more at the MedEdPortal!