Osmosis News

Announcing the New, Reorganized, & Enhanced Osmosis Library

Osmosis Team
Published on Dec 13, 2020. Updated on Dec 14, 2020.

We’ve all been spending a lot more time at home in 2020. Inspired by Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method™ and TV shows like The Home Edit, people have been using this time to reorganize and optimize their living spaces to make life a little easier. This year, the Osmosis Content, Product, and Engineering Teams have been working hard on a 2020 “home renovation” project of our own: a huge overhaul of the Osmosis Library! 

We were inspired to update the Osmosis Library after hearing from some Osmosis learners that certain videos were difficult to find on the platform. To solve this problem, we improved the way content is stored, organized, and displayed.

The Osmosis Library Update gives the platform a new look and feel, but there’s much more to this project than a simple facelift. We have completely reconfigured the Osmosis Library so you can find relevant videos much more easily, wherever you are in your learning journey. 

Let’s take a detailed look at what’s changed with this update!

Out with the old, and in with the new

The Osmosis Library will now follow a more logical hierarchy, tracing your journey through your health professional program and serving up relevant content as needed. 

As the majority of Osmosis learners are US-based medical (MD) students, we set off on this pathway first. For these learners, progression looks like this, following the typical medical school journey (from left to right):

Foundational sciences → Organ systems → USMLE® Step 1 review → Clerkships → USMLE® Step 2 review

This new hierarchy is currently only finalized for MD students. Other Osmosis learners—DO, PA, NP, and RN—will see a variation on the above, which may change over time as we add more content for different health professions.


Zooming in on the Osmosis Dashboard before:


Zooming in on the Osmosis Dashboard after:


What does the Osmosis Library reorganization mean for you?

This update makes it significantly easier to find videos that align with your curriculum. If you’re in medical school, your preclinical years likely involve learning information organized in one of two ways: by organ system, or by subject.

  • If your school teaches by organ system, you might be taught a unit on the cardiovascular system, followed by a unit on the nervous system. Within each unit you will typically learn the anatomy, embryology, histology, physiology, pathology, and pharmacology of that system.

  • If your school teaches by subject, you may start with physiology, where you cover the physiology of all of the systems, e.g. the cardiovascular system, nervous system, endocrine system, etc.

The Osmosis Library reorganization accommodates both of these approaches. Now, many videos are “double-shelved,” which means you can find them in multiple places on the platform. Let’s look at an example of how all this works.

The Osmosis Library’s new hierarchy in action

To demonstrate how the new Library is laid out, we will follow a specific topic—Anemia—and trace the optimal path Osmosis MD learners will take as they learn by Osmosis, from their preclinical years to clerkships.

Preclinical: Foundational sciences & Organ systems

Students first encountering Anemia in medical school will begin with videos under the Foundational Sciences and Organ systems categories, like Iron deficiency anemia: Foundations, Beta-thalassemia: Foundations, and so on (note: any video with “Foundations” in the title is a basic pathology video).

Preclinical: USMLE® Step 1 review

Once it’s time to take USMLE® Step 1, students will review concepts they learned in our Foundational sciences and Organ systems videos by moving on to the USMLE® Step 1 Review section. This includes Pathology review (formerly known as High-Yield) videos, e.g. Microcytic anemia: Pathology review. These videos can also be found under Foundational sciences and Organ systems if you'd like to use them while studying for your school exams. This section will also include other Step 1 resources like the revamped Step 1 questions we’re currently working on adding to the platform. 

Clinical: Clerkships & USMLE® Step 2 CK review

As students move into the clinical phase of their education, they can review videos under the Clerkships section of the library. For example, if you are currently in your Family Medicine rotation, this section contains all of the Clinical practice and Pharmacology videos you'd need for that rotation.

Finally, as students prepare for USMLE® Step 2 CK, they will finish up with USMLE® Step 2 CK review to help them prepare for this board exam, watching videos like Anemia: Clinical practice (formerly known as Clinical Reasoning).

What content will I be able to find more easily?

This overhaul will help you discover relevant content more easily and logically, and it also means we can better organize video content you would watch in parallel to the materials that follow your curriculum. 

Videos you can watch in parallel are organized under two categories: Core competencies and Featured series.

Core competencies

This section houses content related to ACGME® core competencies to help develop well-rounded and caring clinicians. It includes:

  • Medical knowledge

  • Patient care

  • Interpersonal and communication skills

  • Professionalism

Featured series

This section houses content outside of the core curriculum, featuring:

  • New series sneak peeks (like ADPIE videos for nurses, new Anatomy content, and videos for aspiring Nursing Assistants)

  • COVID-19 resources

  • Clinical skills

  • Raise the Line podcast

  • Making learning musical! 

Let’s get visual

To get a better sense of the visual upgrade that’s coming to the Osmosis platform, let’s look at some before and after pictures, starting with the dropdown menu—that big grid of subjects and organ systems you encounter when you log in to Osmosis.


Zooming in on the Library dropdowns before:

Zooming in on the Library dropdowns after:


What a glow-up! As you can see, this new navigation menu is much cleaner and easier-to-read, meaning you can identify the content you’re looking for much more easily. 

If you look more closely, you can also see how the content in this example is organized based on progression through the medical curriculum. MD students using Osmosis can now easily select content based on where they are in this journey.

To review the Osmosis Library's organizational updates:

  • Preclinical students can now easily select content by Foundational sciences, Organ systems, and USMLE® Step 1 Path review.

  • Clinical students can now easily find the Clinical practice (formerly known as Clinical reasoning) videos they need to thrive during their clerkships, as well as the Pharmacology and Anatomy clinical correlates videos that would be useful during rotations. For USMLE® Step 2 CK board prep, all relevant videos can be found under this section, including videos double-shelved from other sections of the Osmosis Library.

Enjoy a new & improved experience on Osmosis

To support these content updates to the Osmosis Library, we made a number of changes to the interface. Here’s what’s new:

More consistent navigation

Library navigation is now visually consistent and located on the left side of the screen. We have removed visual clutter to help you discover the videos you want more easily. Let’s take a look:



Zooming in on the old Osmosis Library:

Zooming in on the new Osmosis Library:


Learn Page redesign

We have also improved the design of Learn Pages on Osmosis. The new design includes more helpful information, like where the video you’re currently watching is “double-shelved” elsewhere in the Osmosis Library. 

This information—displayed under each video’s title—helps you connect topics to other subject areas and apply the information you’re learning in new contexts, improving your learning and retention.


 Zooming in on the old Learn Pages:


 Zooming in on the new Learn Pages:


Alright, as a quick recap…

The Osmosis Library Update is a huge step forward for the platform, majorly improving how you discover and consume the Osmosis videos you know and love. You can now:

  • Find videos relevant to your curriculum more easily.

  • Find videos relevant to a particular phase of your educational journey more easily.

  • Find supplementary videos under our Core Competencies and Featured Series collections.

  • Enjoy a better-looking, better-feeling experience on Osmosis! 

Additionally, some video series titles have changed, and we have updated how the series titles are displayed to you:

For now, changes related to video discoverability are available to MD students, but we will roll out these changes for DO, PA, premedical, RN, and NP students in the coming months. The new and improved UI is available to everyone right now! 

Thanks for checking out today’s update! If you have any questions or want to share feedback about your new experience on Osmosis, our Support Team is more than happy to help. Please reach out to [email protected].

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