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Osmosis Raise the Line Podcast: August 2020 Update

Osmosis Team
Published on Aug 20, 2020. Updated on Sep 17, 2020.

The Osmosis Raise the Line podcast team has been busy recording brand new episodes with world leaders in medical education. In this month’s highlights from the show, learn:

  • How healthcare workers are fighting systemic inequalities as well as COVID-19

  • What we can do to change the stigma around mental health in the medical community

  • Essential leadership skills for clinicians

  • The philosophical differences between MDs and DOs

  • How companies are starting to offer university tuition as a standard benefit

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Lessons from a Frontline Hospital — Dr. Michael Gustafson, President of UMass Memorial Medical Center

US hospitals are in need of a revamp, and COVID-19 is speeding that process along. In this episode of Raise the Line, Osmosis co-founder and CEO Shiv Gaglani interviews Dr. Michael Gustafson, who has been leading UMass Memorial Medical Center’s considerable pandemic response efforts. 

Dr. Gustafson—one of the first surgeons to earn a Harvard MBA—shares the strategy behind UMass Memorial’s 21-step surge plan, and how the medical center is engaging with the local community to safeguard vulnerable populations and drive efforts to address racial inequalities in public health.  


"It Was the Fifth Colleague I'd Lost to Suicide" - Dr. Adam B. Hill, Riley Hospital for Children

Dr. Adam Hill’s story is a difficult one, but one that must be shared as we work to end the mental health and substance use issues that disproportionately impact clinicians. After losing five colleagues to suicide while in recovery from alcohol use disorder, Dr. Hill decided to write a book about his experiences. Long Walk Out of the Woods details his struggles with addiction and mental health issues while practicing as a doctor, and is a story of recovery and hope.

On September 17, Dr. Hill will be participating in a webinar sponsored by Coverys and Med-IQ, during which he’ll share strategies for maintaining mental balance, and explore ways we can normalize challenging the status quo to make it easier for health professionals to ask for help. Register for the webinar here, and hear more of Dr. Hill’s story in his interview with Osmosis Chief Medical Officer Dr. Rishi Desai in the podcast episode below. 


Why Clinicians Are Often Effective Leaders — Dr. David Skorton, President and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

Bravado is not an asset—knowing how to ask for help is. That’s the crux of this episode of Raise the Line. In his interview with Dr. Rishi Desai, AAMC President and CEO Dr. David Skorton shares wisdom he’s gained from a career spanning five decades, including two university presidencies and heading up the Smithsonian Institution.

During the interview, Dr. Skorton focuses on two essential clinical skills—effective decision-making in uncertain scenarios, and listening before acting—and explains how they’ve served him well as a leader in the medical field. Check out this episode of Raise the Line to learn more about systemic inequalities in the healthcare system, and how the AAMC hopes to rethink the USA’s COVID-19 pandemic response. 


Physicians with a Philosophy - Robert Cain DO, President and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine

What’s the difference between an MD and a DO? They share an initial in their credentials, are held to the same professional standards, and strive to provide the best care possible to their patients. But there are differences.

On this episode of Raise the Line, Dr. Rishi Desai interviews Dr. Robert Cain, President and CEO of AACOM, to explore the philosophical nuances that separate osteopathic from allopathic medicine, and examine how current and future osteopaths are handling the dual public health challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and systemic inequality.  


Your Boss Might Pay for College - Paul Freedman, President of the Learning Marketplace at Guild Education

This fall, millions of students will return to university—but will it be on-campus or online? COVID-19 has thrown universities for a loop, with many students wondering if they’ll ever return to class. In today’s episode of Raise the Line, Shiv Gaglani interviews Paul Freedman, President of the Learning Marketplace at Guild Education, which partners with major companies and non-profit universities to help frontline workers gain education through employer tuition benefits. Learn about the workforce education landscape in the wake of COVID, and how more and more companies are offering university tuition as a company benefit. 


Looking to listen to more episodes right now? Check out our Raise the Line podcast page. Don’t forget to like, share, and subscribe for updates, so you never miss an episode. 

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