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Osmosis AAMC Learn Serve Lead 2019 Recap

Osmosis Team
Published on Dec 10, 2019. Updated on Jan 18, 2020.

Several Osmosis team members attended Learn Serve Lead 2019: The AAMC Annual Meeting, the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) largest annual learning and networking event. This year, 4,850+ deans, administrators, faculty, researchers, scientists, residents, and students from over 20 countries attended the conference.

After reflecting on our time and experience at AAMC 2019, we wanted to share with you important announcements along with some of our insights.

First, David J. Skorton, MD (AAMC President and CEO) and Lilly Marks (AAMC Board of Directors Chair) issued a call to action to leaders of the academic medicine community that may impact you and your institution in the years ahead. Specifically, he asked the community to find new ways to improve diversity and inclusion in healthcare, the treatment of and response to mental health and substance use disorders, and the rapidly rising cost of care.

Second, Catherine Johnson (Institutional Engagement at Osmosis) has several key insights from AAMC 2019 that you might consider in planning your future curricula:

  1. The role of e-learning and technology in UME was a hot topic. With the continuing trend of reduced lectures in favor of active, self-directed learning, many faculty want to understand how to best support their students in using e-learning resources and how to practice evidence-based education. From longitudinal curricular support and continuous assessment through Osmosis, to home-grown products like the applied anatomy and virtual dissectors in use at Case Western Reserve, there is no shortage of ways to leverage technology to enhance learning. Further, understanding how students utilize such resources is a core requirement for meeting LCME elements related to CQI and curriculum.

  2. As the Core EPA pilots wrap up, participating programs shared some lessons about implementing (and assessing) EPAs in their curricula. These included implementing structured systems to support workplace-based assessment of competency and trustworthiness in a way that’s easy to document; creating a culture of coaching to help learners grow and improve; and providing faculty development around the EPAs including how to document and give “good” feedback to learners.  

  3. The NBME is expanding support for educators in the form of conferences and professional development workshops. We at Osmosis share this vision and will soon be announcing a community of practice where like-minded educators can collaborate and share best practices with the goal of improving medical education and outcomes.


As in previous years, the 2019 AAMC Annual Meeting brought together a diverse group of people to discuss new challenges and ideas in medical education. After attending the conference, we are even more inspired to continue our work in creating the best possible learning experience for students, faculty, and all stakeholders in medical education.

We hope the insights in this article inspire your plans for the semesters ahead so that you, your students, and your colleagues can have the best possible experience, too.

Interested in providing e-learning resources to your students? Osmosis offers engaging, comprehensive video content that covers more than 1,200 basic science topics. We also offer 16,000+ flashcards and 7,000+ USMLE® and COMLEX-USA® board-style questions—making it easy for you to give your students continuous low-stakes assessments tied to the curriculum. Learn more about how Osmosis can help your students and request a demo today!