Organizing and contextualizing the world's medical knowledge

June 5, 2017 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Shiv Gaglani Osmosis
Rishi Desai, Osmosis
​Ryan Haynes, Osmosis

Medical knowledge is increasing at an exponential rate, challenging students and educators to keep pace and focus on what is most relevant to clinical practice. Even when appropriate content is identified, there are infinite ways to organize and present it, and students and educators can choose from an growing number of for-profit content vendors and expanse of open education resources. How can medical curricula integrate the best educational content while remaining aligned with institutional mission, sensitive to learner needs and preferences, and appropriate for faculty capabilities?

In this presentation, we describe how Osmosis, a web- and mobile- application, is being used to organize and contextualize high-quality content to supplement existing medical curricula. Using natural language processing, Osmosis reads curricular documents (e.g. lecture slides, course notes), which can be securely uploaded by students or faculty, and links them to popular board-relevant study materials (e.g. FirstAid), high-quality open education resources (e.g. Open Osmosis videos), patient videos, visual mnemonics (e.g. Picmonic), 3D anatomy simulators, and thousands of professionally-vetted formative assessment items (e.g. multiple choice questions and flashcards).  Among Osmosis’s current 75,000 student users and 22 institutional subscribers,120,000 documents (comprising more than 4,000,000 pages of medical curricula) have been uploaded and linked to these resources.

In addition to describing and demonstrating Osmosis content-aggregating capabilities, we will describe case studies from institutions which have overcome common barriers and successfully implemented this new technology in a blended learning model.