Everyday heroes. Saving lives, one at a time…

I’m the COO here at Osler Technology.  I’ve had decades of experiences building businesses, developing software and helping clients achieve benefits through the use of that software.   But until I got involved at Osler, I was a complete novice in the inner workings of our health care system (still am!).  A recent event reminded me about why we are building Osler.

 

Earlier this week, one of our content editors (and a practicing nurse) witnessed a woman collapse on the steps to a supermarket across the road from our HQ in Noosa Heads, Queensland.  She immediately swung into action and commenced CPR and basic life support activities and called Todd, our founder (and a practicing intensivist), who was up the road having a coffee.   Between the two of them,  they kept this woman alive until transported to Noosa Hospital. 48 hours later, with a new stent in place, she was sitting up in bed, calling Jo & Todd her guardian angels.   Without the lucky coincidence of the timing and location, this woman probably would not have survived.

 

As our CEO remarked,  “Truly amazing to be involved in a software company where our team members actually go on to the street and resuscitate people who have had a heart attack.”

 

We’re building tools to help clinicians acquire new clinical skills and improve their clinical performance,   and to help providers be more efficient in developing and maintaining those skills among their workforce.  We know that these everyday heroes get it right 99% of the time.   But if Osler can help improve clinical governance, patient safety, and help those heroes get it right 99.1% of the time,  then it will be a huge win for public health,  patient safety,  and of course, our amazing team.

How do you set yourself apart in an increasingly competitive intern market?

There once was a time when medical students could look forward to a guaranteed intern position.

Those days appear over – at least, in many jurisdictions.

Competition for intern places is increasing dramatically, and in some regions a surplus of new graduates is leading to the inability to access a position.

Highlighting the problem is information recently released by Flinders and Adelaide Medical Student Societies, supported by the Australian Medical Students Association, demonstrating that current models suggest a short fall of positions in South Australia of 87 intern positions in just 2 years. Almost half of these are domestic graduates.

Figure from post issued by FMSS / AMSS / AMSA

Figure from post issued by FMSS / AMSS / AMSA

In other areas, intern places are still guaranteed, but competition for more coveted training sites remains intense. So much so in fact, that many medical students are actively encouraged by their tutors and lecturers to be building their curriculum vitae from the day they begin medical school.

As one hospital Chief Medical Officer recently stated, interns are increasingly “vanilla flavoured, and the challenge is to look like boysenberry.”

Of course, there are many ways to do so, including research, community service and other pursuits.

Another is developing a portfolio of skills, better illustrating the credentials that a candidate brings to the table, demonstrating both a willingness to evolve their abilities, and evidence of their “work readiness”.

And with the concept of revalidation increasingly discussed among the world’s regulatory authorities such as the Medical Board of Australia, the routine documentation of activity, outcomes and complications may become an important habit to develop.


If you’d like to trial the Osler platform for individuals, you can register to become part of the Osler Community here

 

Hospitals interested in trialling the Osler platform can do so here

 

Osler Community Survey – Give us your views

We’re interested in your opinions about professional and clinical skills development, clinical governance and transparency in healthcare, and your feedback on our product ideas. Osler is developing a revolutionary new approach to professional development.

This survey shouldn’t take more than 8 minutes to complete & your feedback is incredibly valuable. We will distribute a summary of the aggregated results to all respondents at the conclusion of the research.

The best 3 answers to a question in the survey will also receive a free one-year subscription to Osler Community when it launches later this year.

LAUNCH SURVEY

 

Clinical Skills Development