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Osmosis May 2020 Update: What's New This Month?

Osmosis Team
Published on May 21, 2020. Updated on Sep 15, 2020.

The Osmosis team is dedicated to providing current and future clinicians with the best learning experience possible. This month, we’re bringing you a combined update from our Product and Content teams—but before we get into that, we have an exciting announcement about Osmosis’s latest step in the fight against COVID-19.

Osmosis joins the Coverys Strategic Healthcare Alliance

Today, our partners at Coverys announced the launch of the Coverys Strategic Healthcare Alliance (CSHA). The CHSA consists of Osmosis, Pack Health, VisualDx, Archway Health, and Strategic Risk Solutions, and offers current and future clinicians on the front lines, as well as members of the general public, free and reliable information on how to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. These resources include Osmosis’s COVID-19 video content (more on that below) and our free COVID-19 course.

“The Coverys Strategic Healthcare Alliance has helped bring together a number of mission-aligned companies in the health and health education space. This has really sped up relationship building, and enabled Osmosis to do things that would have taken years, in a matter of months!” said Rishi Desai, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer at Osmosis.

For more information on the Coverys Strategic Healthcare Alliance, see this press release.

Osmosis Product Update: May 2020

Osmosis now officially accepts PayPal

We’re pleased to announce that aspiring Osmosis learners can now use PayPal to join the Osmosis Prime community and start gaining knowledge of health and medicine for the long term!

Build Playlists even more quickly

If you read our previous Product update, you may remember that the team had been working on ways to help students and faculty build Custom Playlists more quickly. Well, we’ve kicked things into overdrive… With this new update, you can build Playlists even faster! 

With streamlined playlist management, you can now search and add directly to a playlist while in the playlist interface. No more double-cross-checking in the library, learn page, or search, to see what is in a playlist—it’s all right there in front of you.

Osmosis Content Update: May 2020

COVID-19 (May Update)

We’ve been updating our COVID-19 pathology video since the pandemic started spreading worldwide. The May update contains up-to-date statistics (based on date of upload) and new information about the possibility of a second wave. You can watch the latest version of our COVID-19 video below, and find more COVID-19 resources here.

Raise the Line Podcast

Osmosis co-founder and CEO, Shiv Gaglani, and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Rishi Desai, have joined forces on a new podcast: Raise the Line. In each episode, they interview leaders in health and medicine to explore solutions to help improve the capacity of our healthcare system in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Subscribe for updates by clicking the image below. We’ll be releasing a rundown of Raise the Line highlights later this week!

New Clinical Skills videos

Much of our Clinical Skills content is still in development, but we were able to accelerate production for some videos in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, as they’re relevant to the diagnosis and management of this disease. These videos include:

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New Clinical Reasoning videos

Osmosis’s Clinical Reasoning series is designed to help learners put the didactic knowledge they learned for USMLE® Step 1 and apply it in clinical scenarios. We’ve added several new videos to this series, including Clinical Reasoning: Anal Conditions and Clinical Reasoning: Neck Trauma.

If your clinical rotations and clerkships have been put on hold due to COVID-19, we urge you to check the Clinical Reasoning Library out so you can stay on track and avoid losing momentum as you study for USMLE® Step 2 CK.

What’s coming up in June?

Osmosis Medical Education Fellowship applications, opening June 1!

Every year, we invite a cohort of Osmosis learners to join the Osmosis Medical Education Fellowship (OMEF) program. This is an incredible opportunity to network with health professional students around the world, host events at your school, write for the Osmosis blog, and even have direct access to the Osmosis team so you can have a say in how Osmosis grows. Imagine: the next great feature on Osmosis Prime could come directly from you!

To learn more about the OMEF program, visit our website.

The Osmosis Health Education Impact Scholarship returns

Last year, Osmosis launched the Health Education Impact Scholarship, and gave out $10,000 in awards to six students who showed us how they plan to embody the Osmosis values in their clinical practice. We received hundreds of applications, and had such a wonderful experience reviewing your submissions that we’re doing it all over again!

To get the wheels turning as you start to think about your application, check out this video and interview from Tyler Thorne, the grand prize winner of the inaugural Osmosis Health Education Impact Scholarship. We’ll be sharing interviews with the other five winners (Grace Benmhend, Nat Jones, Viktoriya Kislyak, Shqiponja Kuka, and Dilan Shah) in the coming weeks!

Brain Awareness Month

June is Brain Awareness Month. We’ve been hard at work planning a variety of fun activities Osmosis learners can do on study breaks to keep their minds sharp and active. There may even be a giveaway involved…

How to Ace USMLE® Step 2 CK: The Osmosis Ultimate Guide

You’ve seen our Ultimate Guide to USMLE® Step 1 and Ultimate Guide to the NRMP® Match. We’ve put together an all-inclusive guide on USMLE® Step 2 CK (with Step 2 CS set to come later this summer) to help you maximize your chances for success on this exam. Step 1 set to become pass/fail, it’s very likely that program directors will place even greater emphasis on residency candidates’ Step 2 CK and CS scores, so you definitely don’t want to miss this!

How to Learn in Medical School online course

If you’re starting medical school in the fall—or just want to sharpen your skills to hit the ground running next year—there’s never been a better time to jump in with our popular course, How to Learn in Medical School. This online course provides tips and strategies informed by learning science to show you how to maximize your study sessions and perform to the very best of your ability in medical school.


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