Fort Worth’s Medical School Curriculum to Avoid Burnout and Emphasize Empathy

Fort Worth’s new medical school is taking an original look at curriculum, with flipped classrooms and a focus on provider compassion and communication, and will be using the medical education platform Osmosis to deliver instruction when it opens up this July. The learning will not be focused on the traditional lecture format and will include the Empathetic Scholar’s program for the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine.

Created by Johns Hopkins the former Khan Academy Health & Medicine team, Osmosis is used by over 1.5 million healthcare students worldwide, and is contributing to impending physician shortages at home and abroad. The curriculum is meant to avoid burnout by utilizing a technology-driven focus. The curriculum delivers the necessary content while avoiding unnecessary memorization and regurgitation, emphasizing empathy and allowing medical students to avoid burnout by putting their mental health and well-being first.

“With technology like Osmosis to aid their learning, our medical students will have the skills needed to practice in an era in which medical knowledge is moving forward at an exponential rate,” said Stuart D. Flynn, M.D., founding dean of the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine. “We’re training the next generation of physicians to be inspired by life-long learning, with the patient at the center of our mission.”

“Osmosis is thrilled to be working with the faculty and students at the Fort Worth medical school to achieve their mission of training Empathetic Scholars,” said Owen Willis, Chief Operating Officer at Osmosis. “We’re drawn to collaborations that seek to improve the way future healthcare professionals learn medicine, both in terms of how content is delivered and the supportive activities that enhance their experiences in the classroom and clinic.”