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Kick Off Cardio Month With Osmosis

Osmosis Team
Published on Feb 4, 2020. Updated on Feb 4, 2020.

Learn how Osmosis plans to “start with the heart” during American Heart Month.

February is American Heart Month, a time to raise awareness about various cardiac conditions, from angina pectoris to ventricular tachycardia. Valentine’s day is coming up soon as well—so, what better time to start with the heart?

This month, we have a bunch of exciting cardiology and heart-themed content planned, from scholarship announcements and heart health guides from the Osmosis team, to giveaways, Valentine’s day treats, and more. 

We can hear the lub dub! lub dub! of your racing heart already, so without further ado, let’s get started and kick off Cardio Month! 

Osmosis Health Education Impact Scholarship winners announced

This past December, we had the absolute privilege of reviewing hundreds of applications for the Osmosis Health Education Impact Scholarship. So many of you sent in incredible videos sharing your stories of how you embody the Osmosis values and start with the heart, spread joy, have each other’s backs, open your arms, imagine more, and reach further

Thank you to everyone for your stellar applications. You’ve confirmed that Osmosis learners are some of the most motivated and caring future health professionals, and you are destined to achieve amazing things.

This month, we will publicly announce who won each of the six scholarships, share the wonderful videos that they created, and maybe even interview some of the winners. Stay tuned!

Osmosis Health Education Impact Scholarship finalists

Heart health advice from Osmosis Health Coach Ishan Dahal

As a future health professional, you’ve made it your mission to help others lead the healthiest lives possible, but to do that effectively, you need to take care of your own health, too.

Last year we surveyed 600 health professional students and learned that 93.9% of students admit to stress having a negative impact on their education in some way, but only 34% have sought professional help for stress management. Stress can have enormous impacts on your mental wellbeing, and it has demonstrated effects on heart health as well. 

To help you offset the stresses you’re inevitably going to experience during your education and in your career, Ishan Dahal, Health Coach at Osmosis, has put together tips for you to eat and workout your way to a better heart. 

We’ll be sharing these on the blog next week!

Online workout class

Cardiology-themed content on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter

This year, we’re planning on sharing cardiology-related Question of the Day and Make a Diagnosis posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to help you learn the ins-and-outs of the human heart. We’ll also be sharing medications and mnemonics!

Valentine’s Day treats

Life is like a box of Valentine’s chocolates—you might not know what you’re going to get, but it’s guaranteed to be sweet. We can’t tell you what we have in store yet for Valentine’s Day, but we promise you’ll ❤️it.


Osmosis values in the Wild

Start with the heart is the jumping-off point for every other Osmosis value—and last December, we heard the heart-warming story that proves it. 

During the 2019 holiday season, Murfreesboro resident Sarah Barnes started with the heart when she left treats out for Amazon delivery workers. Kyle Smith, who was delivering a package to Sarah’s home, was so overwhelmed with joy that he did a little happy dance right on her doorstep. And Sarah’s security camera caught the whole thing on video!

When this joyful moment went viral, we knew we had to help them share their story with as many people as possible. Check it out below:


Osmosis Electrocardiography Essentials Giveaway

This month we’ll be giving out five copies of one of our most popular textbooks: Osmosis Electrocardiography Essentials. Learn the fundamentals of reading an ECG in eight short chapters. Click the image below to enter!

Osmosis Electrocardiography Essentials giveaway

How does Osmosis Start With the Heart?

To round things off, we asked members of the Osmosis team how they start with the heart at Osmosis:

Start with the heart

“I feel so privileged to work for a company that prioritizes ‘starting with the heart’, whether it be between our team and our users, amongst our colleagues, or in our daily lives. Osmosis makes it easy to show others how we truly care. For example, one out of teammates was going through some personal health issues. I was able to create and send an Osmosis-illustrated postcard as well as send some Osmosis swag. These small acts of kindness are made a big priority at Osmosis, and it allows us to show that we truly care.” - Dr. Maddison Caterine, Director of Curriculum at Osmosis

“I start with the heart by making sure that the person I'm speaking with feels seen and heard. My colleagues at Osmosis start with the heart by creating opportunities for quality time, sharing gifts, and being good listeners.” - Dr. Rishi Desai, Chief Medical Officer at Osmosis

“For me, the most recent example of Osmosis starting with the heart is our annual ‘Osmosis Appreciates You’ tradition. We’re encouraged to send each member of the team a note that expresses why we love working with that person and what makes them special. The team has grown a lot this year so singing everyone’s praises took quite a while, but it was totally worth it! I also deeply appreciate the work our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team is doing to make our content approachable and accessible for all of our learners, whoever they are. This is definitely going to translate into Osmosis learners providing the best care possible.” - Fergus Baird, Content Marketing Manager

Last, but not least: The USMLE® Step 1 Challenge giveaway winner!

A winner has been selected from our USMLE Step 1 Challenge! Congratulations to Aleena D. Be on the lookout for an email from the Osmosis team today. If you didn't win, don't worry—a small consolation prize is making its way to you via email as well. Thank you to everyone who took part!



* The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE®) is a joint program of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB®) and National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME®). Osmosis is not affiliated with NBME nor FSMB.