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Power Shift: Open Access, High Quality Medical Education

Oct 21, 2013, 6:00 AM, Posted by Pioneer Blog Team

Rishi Desai, Khan Academy program lead - medical partnerships Rishi Desai, Khan Academy program lead - medical partnerships

By Rishi Desai

We’re at a pretty remarkable time in health care education. Things are changing rapidly; good ideas are flying—free online content, shared question banks, mastery-based education, gamification. Some are pretty excited about the potential; many are frankly pretty anxious about these new changes and even more so about the potential for even bigger change. Some might feel lost. At the Khan Academy, count us in the excited camp.  

I came to Khan Academy a year ago to realize my own dream of getting the best health and medicine content out to students. I had big hopes, but astoundingly we are already moving well beyond what I imagined. This summer we identified through our nation-wide MCAT video contest in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Association of American Medical Colleges, 15 new smart, talented, leaders—people, like me, who are ready for this big change and committed to making it happen.

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The Not-Normals Break Through: Update on the RWJF/Khan Academy Project

Sep 5, 2013, 8:00 AM, Posted by Mike Painter

Sal Khan speaking at TED 2011

If you’re going to get ambitious about your next task, don’t go and talk to normal people about it. You’ll only get normal answers. Get out of your comfortable little world and step into a completely alien one. As we say round here, when worlds collide, transformation happens.

Love that passage from Brian Millar’s 2012 Fast Company piece. (Plus, it gives me the awesome chance to nod to the eccentrics and outliers—like Millar’s dominatrix and tattooed hipster set—and their unlikely importance to pioneering, breakthrough ideas).

This week RWJF extended another grant to the Khan Academy; this one for $1.25 million.  I say another as we started this health education journey with Sal, Rishi and the Khan team—right after Sal’s outstanding 2011 TED/Long Beach talk. That discussion resulted in a preliminary 2012 $350,000 bet on this great team. We were intrigued by their big idea—and we thought the world might be too.

What’s that big idea again? Just this: an entirely free, utterly fantastic health education for anyone in the world with a computer and an Internet connection.

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MCAT Training Camp: Final Reflections

Jul 23, 2013, 8:00 AM, Posted by Pioneer Blog Team

Khan Academy MCAT Competition 2013 Finalist Video

Khan Academy recently held a national MCAT Video Competition, a collaboration between Khan Academy, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Of 67 submissions, 15 were selected for an all-expenses-paid weeklong training program facilitated by Khan Academy staff and scholars to create educational tutorials for concepts that will be tested by the new MCAT2015 exam, including human behavior, social sciences, inequality, and diversity. In this post, Khan Academy medical fellow and Pioneer grantee, Rishi Desai, MD, MPH, reflects on the training camp.

By Rishi Desai

The training camp ended, and I feel incredibly mixed. The only feeling of sadness comes from seeing folks head home after having gotten to know them quite well. But having this group, each focused exclusively on figuring out how to share the beauty of the biological, physical, and social sciences through videos, is a truly unique experience. To have us all hanging out together in one hotel for a week is about as intimate and organic as it gets. We started out the week as strangers, and we emerged as brothers and sisters.

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