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Cognovi: collaborative adaptive spaced education

by Francis Deng, AB (Medical Student)

Cognovi is an evidence-based learning system that lets users make flashcards tied to web content, facilitates collaborative card sharing, and promotes lifelong learning through retrieval practice.

Saint Louis, MO Medical Education

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About this project

The problem we solve:
Everyone has forgotten something they learned in school. For physicians, patient lives depend on that information, but medical students retain less than 50% of their basic science knowledge after two years (Custers 2010). That falls to 15-20% by 25 years in practice (Custers 2011). Similar patterns of forgetting apply to clinical knowledge (Sullivan 2013, Emke 2015). Medical students, residents, and physicians are used to cramming and forgetting because medical schools, licensing exams, and continuing medical education focus on short­-term testing, which poorly captures long-term performance (Ling 2008). Research in cognitive psychology clearly shows that repeated, spaced quizzing improves information retention (Larsen 2008), but existing quizzing tools aren’t easily integrated with medical curricula or independent study and make information sharing difficult. Cognovi breaks the “cram, pass, and forget” cycle by promoting long-term retention and collaborative lifelong learning.

About our solution:
Cognovi allows learners and educators to create and share searchable flashcards generated from websites, course materials, scientific literature, or videos. In Cognovi, users highlight web content (eg, sentence, slide, or video segment) and create cards linked to the material. Users can view, rate, and suggest edits to cards. Instructors, journal editors, or CME educators can contribute cards, endorse user cards, and organize coherent decks. Learners add cards to their personal decks by writing new cards, selecting existing cards, or joining sharing groups. Cognovi automatically queues flashcards based on user ratings—difficult cards are scheduled sooner than easy ones. Educators can follow learner performance and alter content to improve retention. Cognovi breaks the cycle of cramming and forgetting using short, daily reviews, encourages learners to create sharable knowledge, and promotes lifelong learning by integrating with any electronic resource and supporting collaboration
Progress to date: Our design process is informed by several years of experience using a spaced repetition study method. We collaboratively developed a set of over 10,000 flashcards on high-yield basic science knowledge. We spent hundreds of hours reviewing these cards on the Anki platform to maintain retention throughout medical school. We shared this card collection with all preclinical students at our school and they have taken to this content and style of learning with enthusiasm. Course directors are now collaborating with students to develop and curate new decks. Ever looking to optimize our process, we have explored programs available for spaced flashcards, collaborative learning, and web-based annotation. Our frustration with the existing products led us to design Cognovi and identify available open-source/free software upon which the final product can be built. We are now looking for software developers and interface designers to help us make Cognovi fully functional.

About Our Team


Mr. Francis Deng, AB (Medical Student)
Medical Student, Medical Student
Location: Missouri
Medical school: Washington University in St. Louis
Bio: Almost-graduate from WashU, Class Marshal and Alpha Omega Alpha. Member of the Board of Directors of the National Resident Matching Program. Editor of First Aid for the USMLE Step 1. Author of peer-reviewed research and letters on medical education. Future medicine intern at Brigham and Women's Hospital and diagnostic radiology resident at Massachusetts General Hospital. Graduate of Harvard College magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.
Title: Medical Student
Twitter: @FrancisDeng
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/francisdeng

About Team Members

Austin Wesevich
Co-founder, AB, BMus
Biography: Medical and public health student at Washington University in St. Louis. Gold Humanism Honor Society member. Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellow through UNC in Malawi. Medical education representative for WashU medical school class. in-Training.org columnist. WashU College Prep Program graduate fellow. Graduate of Washington University summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board Senior Honor Society.
Shruti Mishra
Co-founder, BS
Biography: Medical student at Washington University in St. Louis interested in radiology and medical innovation. Former engineer. Patent holder for endovascular device. Graduate of California Institute of Technology.
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shruti-mishra-a5044866
Jeffrey Gluckstein
Co-founder, BS
Biography: Medical student at Washington University in St. Louis interested in practicing clinical neurology and improving medical education. Member of Alpha Omega Alpha and Gold Humanism Honor Society. Former engineer and teacher. Future medicine intern at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and neurology resident at Partners.
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffrey-gluckstein-4a337b27

About Our Company


Cognovi
Location: Saint Louis, Missouri
Product stage: idea
Sales: Working on it
Employees: 3-5

How We Help Patients

Medicine is a constantly changing field with an ever-growing body of knowledge. Keeping apace with advances in the field while retaining mastery of fundamental facts and principles is difficult for any busy physician. But because your doctor’s fund of knowledge is critical to taking care of you as a patient, we hope to improve these processes. High quality trials in physician education have shown that spaced repetition of questions improves patient care quality in areas like preventing fractures (Dolan 2015) and lowering high blood pressure (Kerfoot 2014). Cognovi is a platform to apply this strategy across topics. Content sharing features within Cognovi encourage doctors to learn collaboratively with colleagues, annotating primary sources of information with flashcards. Schools, professional organizations, and journals could use this platform to promote durable learning in broad audiences. With Cognovi, physicians can be optimally prepared before the next complex patient arrives.

How We Help Education

Medical education currently relies heavily on passive absorption of factoids. Cognovi emphasizes the use of questions that complement lectures, readings, and patient care to ensure that learners effectively form new memories. Trainees would actively engage with literature and course materials to expand their personal knowledge banks. Present curricula pay almost no attention to long-term retention, but without retention, learning is useless. Cognovi focuses on spaced repetition to provide efficient, individually adaptive, longitudinal reviews that cement high-yield knowledge. Medical education is overly siloed. Cognovi harnesses the power of collaboration to generate content and integrates with any web content, breaking down barriers. Cognovi’s integration with curricular materials and existing learning management systems encourages faculty and students to work together. Social sharing, rating, and publishing mechanisms let innovative and high-quality content rise to the top.

How We Help Physicians

Cognovi helps physicians manage a personal database of knowledge that is maintained using spaced retrieval and allows physicians to easily integrate new information as they practice. Cognovi supports flashcard creation by journals, continued medical education resources, or specialty organizations. These cards could be automatically sent to physician or trainee subscribers. Cognovi also creates a platform for connecting physicians and sharing resources. Physicians could share flashcards with colleagues and view flashcards posted by the Cognovi community. Cognovi also supports analysis of flashcard reviews and performance by both users and educators. This data could help physicians understand gaps in their knowledge and allow educators to improve their lessons. Flashcard reviews through Cognovi will be viewable across desktop and mobile applications, allowing physicians to study on-the-go. Cognovi supports efficient learning by physicians and better teaching by educators.

Challenge Mission

Mission: Cognovi will help physicians study and retain information, improving patient care. It will also encourage physicians and knowledge creators to collaborate, shortening the time from paper to patient.
Use of funds: We will use the funds for purchasing a web-hosting client and hiring a software developer and designer for creating a beta web application. Since many students are already using spaced retrieval software, we will focus first on tools for collaboration and internet annotation that integrate with existing technology. Once the most novel features of our product are complete, we will create a fully integrated platform for learning.
Intellectual Property Status: We have not filed for a patent.
FDA Status: FDA clearance is not applicable.
Personal Message: We are a group of medical students who designed Cognovi because it’s the learning tool we’ve been searching for. We want an efficient study method driven by education research. We found resources to help us create flashcards for long-term retrieval, but none of them helped us collaborate with our peers or professors. More importantly, existing tools work best in structured classrooms, but we wanted to support learning and sharing knowledge throughout our careers. Help us build Cognovi!

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    05/20/2016 Chetan Vakkalagadda - Medical Student

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    05/20/2016 Ms. Erica Barnell - Medical Student

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    05/20/2016 Ms. Erica Barnell - Medical Student

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    05/20/2016 Ms. Erica Barnell - Medical Student

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    05/20/2016 Ms. Erica Barnell - Medical Student

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    05/20/2016 Ms. Erica Barnell - Medical Student

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    05/20/2016 Ms. Erica Barnell - Medical Student

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    05/16/2016 OWEN QI - Physician

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    05/12/2016 Ema Zubovic - Physician

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    05/12/2016 Carla Bacon - Private

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    05/12/2016 John Ekman - Medical Student

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    05/12/2016 Ema Zubovic - Physician

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    05/12/2016 John Ekman - Medical Student

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    05/11/2016 Tyler Blazey - Other

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    05/11/2016 Chinglong Ni - Physician

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    05/11/2016 Jeffrey Gluckstein - Private

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    05/11/2016 Robert Rice - Entrepeneur

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    05/11/2016 Jeffrey Gluckstein - Private

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    05/11/2016 Jeffrey Gluckstein - Private

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    05/11/2016 Robert Rice - Entrepeneur

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    05/10/2016 Kavon Javaherian - Medical Student

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    05/10/2016 Austin Wesevich - Medical Student

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    05/10/2016 Austin Wesevich - Medical Student

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    05/10/2016 Nai Yeat - Medical Student

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    05/10/2016 Ramin Lalezari - Private

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    05/10/2016 Nai Yeat - Medical Student

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    05/10/2016 Kavon Javaherian - Medical Student

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    05/10/2016 Austin Wesevich - Medical Student

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    05/10/2016 Nai Yeat - Medical Student

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    05/10/2016 Joseph McDonald - Private

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    05/10/2016 Kavon Javaherian - Medical Student

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    05/10/2016 Austin Wesevich - Medical Student

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    05/10/2016 Nai Yeat - Medical Student

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    05/09/2016 Don Lofgren - Private

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    05/09/2016 Andrew Farke - Private

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    05/08/2016 Jacob Stanley - Concerned Citizen

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    05/08/2016 Jacob Stanley - Concerned Citizen

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    05/08/2016 Akemi Chang - Physician

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    05/08/2016 Jacob Stanley - Concerned Citizen

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    05/07/2016 Tim Chang - Concerned Citizen

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    05/07/2016 Beth Sobba - Other

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    05/07/2016 Tim Chang - Concerned Citizen

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    05/06/2016 Akemi Chang - Physician

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    05/06/2016 DANIEL GLUCKSTEIN - Physician

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    05/06/2016 Nora Quinn - Concerned Citizen

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    05/06/2016 DANIEL GLUCKSTEIN - Physician

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    05/06/2016 alex chang - Nurse

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    05/06/2016 Lourdes Borja - Concerned Citizen

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    05/06/2016 Lisa Gluckstein - Concerned Citizen

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    05/05/2016 Bing Deng - Concerned Citizen

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    05/05/2016 Patrick Newbury - Medical Student

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    05/05/2016 Hong Sun - Concerned Citizen

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    05/05/2016 Bing Deng - Concerned Citizen

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    05/05/2016 Vivian Hor - Physician

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    05/05/2016 Brandon Pleman - Medical Student

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    05/05/2016 Hong Sun - Concerned Citizen

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    05/05/2016 Bing Deng - Concerned Citizen

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    05/05/2016 Vivian Hor - Physician

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    05/05/2016 Bing Deng - Concerned Citizen

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    05/05/2016 Hong Sun - Concerned Citizen

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    05/05/2016 Vivian Hor - Physician

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    05/05/2016 Bing Deng - Concerned Citizen

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    05/05/2016 Hong Sun - Concerned Citizen

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    05/05/2016 Bing Deng - Concerned Citizen

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    05/05/2016 Brandon Pleman - Medical Student

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    05/05/2016 Hong Sun - Concerned Citizen

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    05/05/2016 Brandon Pleman - Medical Student

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    05/05/2016 Hong Sun - Concerned Citizen

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    05/04/2016 Ms. Shruti Mishra - Medical Student

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    05/04/2016 Ms. Shruti Mishra - Medical Student

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    05/04/2016 Mr. Francis Deng - Medical Student

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    05/04/2016 Mr. Francis Deng - Medical Student

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Francis Deng, AB (Medical Student)
Medical Student
Medical Student
Washington University in St. Louis

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