Osmosis Medical Education Network, Palestine
Published on Jan 13, 2022. Updated on Jan 14, 2022.
In the scope of the current dramatic revolution taking place in the medical education field, it’s an essential responsibility to empower our fellow medical students with the needed tools and knowledge to cope with the process. This helps them to thrive through their academic career and eventually reflects the desired impact on a better healthcare field. In this article, hear from Mohammad Aldalou, our Medical Education Fellow and Osmosis Medical Education Network - Palestine’s founder and general director, and how his work attempts to embody this vision of an improved healthcare system.
Osmosis is a medical education global movement that is oriented towards transforming the way medical and health science students learn with an inspiring vision and values that have truly changed a lot of my perspectives since I’ve joined the Osmosis Medical Education Fellowship Program. I've observed the great potential that could be equipped through this movement; thus, I decided to take my responsibilities to the next level, applying the five values of Osmosis in different ways.
What is Osmosis Medical Education Network-Palestine?
Osmosis Medical Education Network - Palestine is an autonomous platform to recruit and gather Palestinian Medical students and medical education advocates who aspire to get equipped with sufficient tools to optimize the medical education process. It is dedicated to empowering a team of Palestinian leaders who are able to spread the Osmosis culture & needed values to learners across the nation. It functions as a sub-community within Osmosis Medical Education Network, unlocking new tools and means to reach further, amplifying its overall vision, mission, and values.
Why Osmosis Medical Education Network-Palestine?
I observed and touched the global dramatic revolution taking place in medical education. Our educational system is falling apart and malfunctioning when it comes to providing most of the basic tools—mainly those related to professionalism—which I readily got exposed to during my fellowship. I felt my colleagues' lack of capacities in this regard and the negative tangible impact it had on their academic careers. This was the reason that made me willing to introduce these perspectives and make an intervention through an organizational structure on the national scale with systemized approaches of recruitment strategies, action plans, databases, work regulations, and—most importantly—sustainability throughout the upcoming period.
What are Osmosis Medical Education Network-Palestine’s objectives?
- Connecting and linking active Palestinian medical students across the nation with each other to exchange capacities achieving intradisciplinary collaboration.
- Connecting and linking Palestinian medical students with international students and professionals enrolled in Osmosis Medical Education Program, exposing them to different medical systems and experiences followed in other countries and areas.
- Advancing the student's understanding of different topics in medical education, career planning, and development.
- Exposing the Palestinian medical students to scientific techniques of learning, providing them with the opportunity to educate themselves and their peers.
- Initiating a studying groups system for basic and clinical sciences among the Palestinian Medical Students using the Osmosis platform.
- Empowering students to read and publish scientific articles and research by enhancing their theoretical and practical skills.
- Expanding the Palestinian medical students' knowledge on postgraduate opportunities and different examinations.
What are Osmosis Medical Education Network-Palestine’s focus areas and methodology?
OMEN-Palestine themes cover all major medical-students related interests and they are Medical Education, Research Education, Soft Skills, career development, focusing on three original osmosis pillars: Better Education, professionalism, higher efficiency. Our methods are as follow:
Engagement: Engaging the medical and paramedical students closely through applying good promotion strategies in addition to introducing them to the platform. Enrolling them into the various events, workshops, lectures, panels that will be provided directly from the network or past opportunities from the Osmosis Organization.
Empowerment: Achieving the vision of Osmosis comes through empowering the medical students with sufficient competencies, enabling them to demonstrate good knowledge and skills in medical education and curriculum. The tools of empowerment can vary as the following:
- Resources and documents: Over the previous period, Osmosis has developed numerous sets of valuable resources on various topics—some even with open access—which will be sufficiently exposed and promoted to act as a sustainable source of knowledge.
- Events and workshops: Organizing interactive events and workshops on different topics throughout the year is another strong tool of empowerment. Speakers will vary between OMEF, Osmosis team members, specialized external experts, and even students.
- Online Campaigns: Different campaigns will be organized starting from introducing Osmosis, the network, the techniques followed in Osmosis, the license examinations’ systems in different countries and the role of Osmosis, postgraduate opportunities, and other campaigns that can relate to the Osmosis values.
- Studying Groups: Organizing multiple sets of studying groups for the basic and clinical sciences and linking them to the usage of Osmosis materials with continuous follow-up, monitoring, and encouragement. It’s also expected to initiate a study group for USMLE Step 2, hyperlinking it to Osmosis Workplace as a pilot study.
- On-field events: Organizing physical events like workshops, lectures, and on-ground rounds will come last in the ladder of empowerment.
Networking: Initiating and sustaining multiple communication channels between all stakeholders in the medical education process in Palestine underneath the umbrella of Osmosis Platform is reflected through the name of the proposed body “Network.” In addition, we will seek initiating channels with other OMEFs in distant universities in the form of online events and conjoint study groups, which will reflect the impact aspired by Osmosis on a larger scale.
Partnership: After establishing a good ground for the network with proven success stories, we will seek partnerships with colleges’ administrations and with other students’ clubs and bodies through linking them with Osmosis to reach further.
What is Osmosis Medical Education Network-Palestine’s structure?
OMEN-Palestine management team is designed to develop, execute, mentor, and report all the activities of the organization, it is responsible to carry out any general task which is of permanent importance for the internal management of OMEN-Palestine. OMEN-Palestine management team consists of 6 committees as follows:
- Steering Committee: Mohammad Aldalou, Shahid Idais, Abdallah Ramdan, Yousef Albaba.
- Membership Committee: Hamza Abu Daqqa, Zahra Hijazi, Tasneem Alsharif
- Logistics & Operations Committee: Said Abd Jawwad, Reem Alawnaa, Manar Al Khodari
- Medical Education Committee: Nizar Marzouqa, Hanaa Mousa, Afnan Radaydeh
- Research Committee: Mariam Salah, Refqa Skaik
- Publications Committee: Issa Aldababseh, Weam Mughainm
As an Osmosis Medical Education fellow, how to establish your own Osmosis Medical Education Network?
First, you need to engage with your colleagues, gather inputs, and analyze and assess what they are struggling through: What are the gaps they are touching in your educational system? Then, discuss and propose the concept idea of your intended network to estimate the predicted engagement and turnout.
Second, recruit a number of your talented colleagues to be a focus group for managing and working on your network.
Third, detect your stakeholders, your recruitment approaches, and through which platform you’ll be functioning. Promotion (e.g., online introductory campaigns) and external representation are very good approaches to recruit your stakeholders (e.g., mainly your medical colleagues).
Fourth, set your plans, goals, and objectives along with your focus group and start working on them.
Fifth, keep monitoring, following up, and evaluating your progress and detect any needed changes or areas of improvement.
Sixth, you can solidify your structure by creating internal work regulations, communication guidelines, and databases.
Throughout the whole process, keep in touch with our program team in Osmosis.
Mohammad Aldalou is a sixth-year medical student at Al-Azhar University Palestine. A Palestinian dreamer and a passionate healthcare advocate, he is dedicated to unlocking the potentials and the capacities of youth, as he believes this is the best investment for a better future.