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Osmosis Raise the Line Podcast: May 2020 Update

Osmosis Team
Published on May 28, 2020. Updated on Sep 15, 2020.

The very first Osmosis podcast officially launched last month! Raise the Line features Osmosis co-founder and CEO Shiv Gaglani, MBA, and Chief Medical Officer Rishi Desai, MD, MPH. In each episode, they explore solutions with top experts to strengthen the capacity of our healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. 

To date, we’ve published 17 episodes, featuring a diverse range of guests from ER doctors on the front lines, to CDC policy makers,  leaders in online education, and more. Today on the Osmosis blog, we’re sharing some of the highlights.


Arianna Huffington, Founder and CEO, Thrive Global

May is Mental Health Month, and Osmosis has been making a concerted effort to publish content on topics like stress and burnout. These issues affect current and future health professionals disproportionately at the best of times, let alone during a pandemic. We reached out to Thrive Global CEO Arianna Huffington, who shared her own experiences with burnout while she was launching The Huffington Post, and how that situation inspired her to help others develop better work-life balance practices and lead healthier lives. 

Listen to the full episode to learn how Thrive Global is battling burnout, what they’re doing to support frontline workers through First Responders First, and simple steps you can take to maintain equilibrium between your work and personal lives:


Dr. Poonam Desai, ER Physician in New York City

New York City has one of the highest COVID-19 infection rates in the world. For this episode, we got in touch with Dr. Poonam Desai, an ER Physician who works between two hospitals in NYC’s Upper East Side and Queens. She shares some of the realities of working on the front lines as a pregnant healthcare provider, and how her life was made even more challenging following a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

Listen to the full episode to learn what it’s really like to work in the ER during a pandemic, and get a sense of the many precautions health professionals have to take to prevent COVID-19 from following them home:


Dr. Conrad Fischer, Infectious Disease Specialist, Brookdale Hospital Medical Center

In another account from healthcare professionals on the front lines, we spoke with Dr. Conrad Fischer, Residency Program Director, a Vice Chair of Medicine, and Chair of the Ethics Committee at Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Fischer jumped straight into the interview from a shift at the hospital where he’d been in 10 COVID-positive rooms treating patients. 

Listen to the episode to learn more about the human side of this crisis and gain perspective on a healthcare system that’s truly being pushed to its limits:

Dr. David Shulkin, Former U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Another leader in the New York State healthcare system, Dr. David Shulkin combines clinical and political expertise to offer a unique perspective on the pandemic, having served as Secretary of Veterans Affairs under both Barack Obama and Donald Trump. In this episode of Raise the Line, Dr. Shulkin explores the potential long-term implications COVID-19 has for our healthcare system, and the crucial role telemedicine has to play moving forward:


Donna Meyer, CEO, Organization for Associate Degree Nursing

As CEO of the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing, Donna Meyer is a strong advocate for raising the line and increasing the capacity of the healthcare system by encouraging more nurses to jump into the profession via Associate’s degrees rather than Bachelor’s degrees. Her reasoning? It’s a much more economical option for many people, and an opportunity to get their feet wet and experience the profession before taking on the significant financial burden that often comes with earning a Bachelor’s degree.

Learn more about the future of Associate Degree Nursing in this episode of Raise the Line

Mary Jo Bondy, CEO, Physician Assistant Education Association

The very first Physician Assistant programs sprang up in response to a shortage of health professionals in the 1960s—a crisis we still haven’t managed to overcome almost 5 decades later. In this episode of Raise the Line, Mary Jo Bondy, CEO of the Physician Assistant Education Association, explores how COVID-19 is changing the way PAs are trained, and sheds light on the increasingly prominent role PAs have to play during (and after) the pandemic. 


Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO, Coursera

Many of you have taken our free online course on COVID-19, which is available now over on Coursera. It’s just one example of the incredible potential of online learning, which was set to transform the education system even before COVID-19 forced students off campus. In this episode, Osmosis CEO Shiv Gaglani sits down with Coursera CEO Jeff Maggioncalda to talk about the surge in demand for online resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re curious about what the fall semester might look like, you don’t want to miss this:


Dr. Anne Schuchat, Principal Deputy Director, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dr. Anne Schuchat has worked for the CDC for over three decades and has guided strategic efforts to fight numerous pandemics, from AIDS, to swine flu, to ebola. During her interview with Dr. Rishi Desai, Dr. Schuchat offers insight into how census takers could get involved in contact tracing, questions the reliability of antibody tests, and provides perspective on strategies to begin lifting social distancing restrictions when the time is right. 

If you’ve been looking for some motivation regarding your decision to pursue a career in health science, Dr. Schuchat also has some inspiring words to share for anyone who’s considering joining the front lines to combat COVID-19. Listen now: 


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