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6 Ways Osmosis is Helping Me Get Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

Lachlan Hou
Published on Apr 20, 2020. Updated on Sep 15, 2020.

 COVID-19 has swept across the globe and has impacted us in so many different ways, from how we shop, to how we spend our weekends, and even to how we study and learn. As more and more of us are self-isolating at home, we need to make the most of all this spare time. Today, Osmosis Medical Education Fellow Lachlan Hou shows you six ways Osmosis is helping him get through COVID-19 quarantine.

The COVID-19 pandemic means the vast majority of students are no longer able to attend lectures, tutorials, or placements. It’s a huge blocker for us, as these are all valuable, vital experiences that help us grow as health professionals in-training. Without these modes of learning, you must do your best to bring all of these elements back home to continue your medical education. Here are some tips for continuing your studies during quarantine using the power of Osmosis!

1. Continue studying with Osmosis videos, flashcards, & practice questions

Start by identifying which areas of study are going to be impacted most significantly. Although medical schools have made adjustments to compensate for the loss in time, you need to take initiative and ensure the time you do have isn’t wasted. 

Personally, my general surgery rotation has been impacted severely. My plan here is to go over all the topics that would’ve been discussed during this period. I will be watching as many of the related Osmosis videos as possible, as well as doing the flashcards and practice questions.

2. Stay on track with the Osmosis Study Schedule

Another handy tip is to make use of Osmosis’ Study Schedule function and allow Osmosis to do all the heavy lifting for you. Just set whatever topic you would’ve covered in that specific rotation and set the exam date to what the final day of your rotation would have been. This plans out exactly what you have to do each day, providing an optimized plan and simplifying the process for you.

Osmosis Study Schedule calendar view

3. Stick to your plan

 Staying organized has never been so important. Normally, you would have placements or classes during the day, and being part of this engaging, constantly-changing environment makes it easier (in some ways) to stay focused. However, in this current reality, you’re probably sitting in front of your textbooks and computers for the entire day at home. While this is a comfortable space to be in, it’s also full of distractions, which can make it a challenge to maintain focus.

What I like to do the night before my day of study is write down every single thing I have to achieve the next day. This doesn’t just include study topics, but also things I want to do, like a workout, or a recipe I want to try out. Open a calendar app (the one I personally use is Google Calendar) and plan out your day meticulously, to the hour. This makes sure you stay productive and also allows you to keep on task.

Check out more tips on how to stick to your work-from-home plan in these Osmosis blog articles:

4. Keep moving

Don’t let COVID-19 keep you glued onto the couch or the chair. Make sure to keep moving! As you’re now stuck at home, it’s inevitable that you’ll end up eating more and walking less. This means it’s especially important to go for walks to give your mind a break and take in the much-needed fresh air (alone, of course). You might also consider taking some online fitness classes—Osmosis has some yoga classes you can check out here.

It can also be helpful to continuously move your study environment for a change of pace and scenery. Don’t just study at your desk, but move to your kitchen table, living room couch, or, if it’s nice out, the backyard! (Try to avoid your bed—if you begin to associate it with a workspace, you may find it more difficult to sleep.)

5. Stay updated with trusted COVID-19 resources

As future health professionals, we need to make sure we are always informed. You will find many of your friends and family asking you questions about COVID-19 during these times. This provides a very unique learning experience for us as it allows us to practice patient education, infection control, microbiology and so much more. 

As the status of coronavirus is constantly changing so is how your medical schools are adapting to it. Make sure to check your school emails daily to know how your curriculum or lectures change.

 If you want to find out more about COVID-19 go check out their COVID-19 resources page. Osmosis has a ton of great information there for students, health professionals, and even your friends and family who might be interested in learning more about the pandemic.

6. Embody the Osmosis value: “Have each other’s backs”

These are very tough and strange times, but a silver lining is that we are all going through the same thing regardless of where we are. This is a great time to organize events like Quiz Nights or group study sessions with your classmates using video chat applications like Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype, or even apps like Discord. 

Also, make sure to keep in touch with family and friends through video calls and to keep in touch frequently, particularly with relatives who are older adults and might be feeling more isolated. Talk about your day (what you did, your challenges, something interesting you did), play a game, or simply just enjoy each other’s company. A nice way to tell someone you’re thinking of them is by sending one of Osmosis’s spread joy eCards.

COVID-19 has completely changed the way medical schools operate, which means you need to change as well. This can create many new challenges that you may never have faced before. Make sure to stay on top of it all by being organized, keeping active, staying updated, and helping each other through this. Together, we can and will overcome COVID-19 (and our medical exams!) together.

About Lachlan

Lachlan Hou is a fourth-year medical student at Curtin Medical School in Perth, Australia. Born in Sydney, Lachlan moved to Perth to pursue medicine. He has various interests in medicine but is particularly interested in surgery and research. In his spare time, he enjoys watching and playing football (soccer).

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