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ACP has collaborated with Osmosis to make educational content
from its Medical
Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP) for Students program
available on the Osmosis Med
In 2011 Shiv Gaglani and Ryan Haynes were first-year medical
students at Johns Hopkins who observed that students (themselves
included) were learning to pass exams, but were forgetting much of
what they learned in the intervals between exams. With their shared
interest in neuroscience and technology, the two students embarked
on a mission to increase learning efficiency and break the
"cram-forget" learning cycle. The result of their collaboration is
"Osmosis," an online learning tool that helps students "learn more,
Gaglani and Haynes began with a crowd-sourcing project, asking
fellow medical students to create and share questions related to
their studies. As questions flooded in and they began hearing from
professors and students from other medical schools, the two
students sought to broaden the scope of the project. Their goal was
to create a Web platform and a mobile app that would allow them to
sync to students' class schedules, send push notifications on
topics for upcoming exams, and stream published content to the
Osmosis app. The project would require both time and money.
Ryan Haynes (left) and Shiv Gaglani
giving a presentation at DreamIt Health Demo Day in Philadelphia,
PA. Courtesy of DreamIt Ventures.
Undaunted, Gaglani and Haynes applied for funding, took a year
off from medical school, and with $50,000 from DreamIt Health
launched Osmosis. Since the launch, they received another $50,000
in prize money from the Milken-Penn Graduate School of Education
business-plan competition, $150,000 in grant money from the Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation, and hired two engineers and a
In August 2014, Osmosis partnered with ACP to make educational
content from its MKSAP for Students 5 Digital - Enhanced with
Internal Medicine Essentials program available on the Osmosis Med
platform. The Osmosis Med mobile app, available for iOS or
Android devices, provides push notifications with questions filled
with images, videos, mnemonics, and reference material. Osmosis
feeds can be customized based on curriculum, exam schedules, and
course documents, and allows users to go head-to-head with
classmates by playing the "Osmose with your Friends" game.
For more details and ordering information, go to http://www.acponline.org/pressroom/osmosis.htm.
October 2014 Issue of IMpact
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