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Osmosis Raise the Line Podcast: October 2020 Update

Osmosis Team
Published on Oct 20, 2020. Updated on Oct 21, 2020.

Have you listened to Osmosis's Raise the Line podcast yet? Each week, Osmosis's Shiv Gaglani (co-founder and CEO) and Dr. Rishi Desai (Chief Medical Officer) participate in engaging conversations with world leaders in health and medical education. Explore some highlights with this October update, including insights from experts on the medical curriculum, an AI-powered mobile app for delivering primary care, osteopathic medicine, menopause, and AFib. Go behind the scenes with the Osmosis team to learn about these health care leaders' backgrounds, and careers, and hear their advice for those entering the field.

What is Really Critical to Medical Education? - Dr. Lawrence Chin, Dean, College of Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University

Dr. Lawrence Chin's journey from neurosurgeon to dean involved a lot of hard work and learning from mistakes. Leadership, he says, is “a skill like any other skill that you learn”—not something you're born with.

In this interview with Shiv Gaglani, Dr. Chin shares what it was like to shift to online learning as a result of COVID-19. So much can be done online, thankfully, but not everything. As Dr. Chin asserts, “You can't learn to be a doctor virtually. It is a social job.” Tune in to hear about the lasting changes that COVID is making to the medical curriculum, how providers can model compassion, and why prospective health care professionals should seize this moment to enter the field.


AFib, the “Electrical Epidemic” - Dr. Aseem Desai, Cardiac Electrophysiologist and Author

Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, is the most common heart rhythm dysfunction worldwide and one of the primary causes of stroke. A progressive disease that Dr. Desai refers to as an “electrical cancer,” each episode of AFib changes a person's electrical cellular architecture and causes more Afib. 

In this episode of Raise the Line, Dr. Aseem Desai talks with Dr. Rishi Desai about his new book, Restart Your Heart: The Playbook for Thriving with AFib. He explores the brain-heart relationship, including the power of meditation, shares how family heart troubles sparked his interest in cardiology, and tackles the common misconception that people with AFib just have to live with it. Plus, he gives valuable advice for students on self-care and asking for help.


There's No Greater Calling – Thomas Mohr, DO, Dean of Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine

In this fascinating discussion, Dr. Thomas Mohr offers listeners a better understanding of the history of osteopathic medicine and how it differs from allopathic medicine. Osteopathic medicine is often characterized as being high touch and low tech, says Mohr, but the distinction between DOs and MDs has become less obvious over time.

Currently, Dr. Mohr, who has helped start three medical schools and over 25 different residency programs, is working in Idaho, which he describes as an area of great need. Listen in to this episode to learn how COVID is impacting the teaching of osteopathic principles and practices, the importance of those very techniques to treating COVID patients, and hear Dr. Mohr's inspiring call to students.


Let Physicians Impact Change – Dr. Bradley Younggren, Chief Medical Officer, 98point6

98point6's leveraging of AI in the delivery of care is unique in the market. The text-based mobile platform stands out not only because of its innovative AI-powered triage system, but in that all of its physicians are “rowing the boat,” so to speak — they are all full-time employees, and have equity in the company. Dr. Bradley Younggren himself has a distinctive background: he served in Iraq as a US Army physician, where he was involved in procuring technology on the battlefield to save lives. 

Dr. Younggren continues to practice emergency medicine, and in addition to his work at 98point6, he is also medical director of emergency preparedness, trauma and urgent care at EvergreenHealth. Join Dr. Younggren and Shiv Gaglani in this episode of Raise the Line to learn more about the 98point6 model, the importance of matching core values in hiring, and how COVID has underscored the need to create actionable information for physicians.


Empowering Menopause - Jannine Versi, COO and Co-Founder, Elektra Health

Menopause is a condition that deserves more attention in the medical field, says Elektra Health co-founder, Jannine Versi. Providers need more education on it, and more data. Estrogen decline is tied to long-term health outcomes, and yet symptoms often take women by surprise. 

Enter Elektra, a platform for women navigating their hormonal health in mid-life and beyond. Through highly individualized care, the company seeks to help women identify and validate their experiences as well as manage their symptoms. Join Dr. Versi as she speaks with Dr. Rishi Desai about her career, her company's approach, and how menopause can be reframed as an empowering experience that transitions a woman into a time of life marked by increased freedom and creativity.


Cutting Through the Morass of Healthcare Information - Dr. John Danaher, Global President of Clinical Solutions, Elsevier

Elsevier, an information and analytics company with roots in publishing, produces roughly 25% of the world's healthcare information. In the mire of misinformation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, this made its role as a trusted source even more important.

In this episode, Dr. John Danaher explains how his company has helped fill a knowledge gap about how to treat and manage COVID. He also shares about his wide-ranging career, which spans all sides of the healthcare delivery continuum, and provides insights into the sector of learning management system platform delivery.


Crossing Borders, Caring for Children - Dr. Jeffrey Burns, Chief of Critical Care Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital   

98% of Dr. Burns' pediatric critical care patients will live and go on to do great things. This knowledge keeps him focused and motivated in a range of life-giving endeavors.

In addition to seeing patients at Boston Children's Hospital and teaching at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Burns is the founder and co-program director at OPENPediatrics, an open-access online community of health professionals which has provided critical support to providers around the globe during the COVID-19 crisis. The collaboration enabled by this platform led to the discovery of the MIS-C entity.

In this episode, find out more about MIS-C, Dr. Burns' work with the CDC and as a medical liaison for the US State Department, and why he feels caring for children is a unique way to bridge divisions in a polarized world. 


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