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So, as I stated earlier I study medical school in Greece.
There is a course, neuroanatomy, which is pretty tough. Each year students struggle with it and spent days studying. So I was thinking, why not help them learn it while sitting in front of their PCs, answering some questions and using some 3D images? What if you could just sit in front of a screen, for 1/3 - 1/4 or even 1/5 of the time it took you to study and be ready to go and sit for exams? And only pay like 10$ for a 6-month subscription to the software?
At first I thought it's a really nice plan!

Well, my only problem however is... Scale..
There are probably 400 students each year taking the course in my town.. Around 1800 in whole Greece.
But then I thought I could some day add 1-2 more courses, or even better, translate it in English and be able to sell it to every potential English-speaking medical student all over the globe. I'm not sure how or whether you can reach to an audience you don't currently communicate with, but I think it may be worth a shot. (In US there are aprrox. 20.000 graduates each year, and aprrox. 100.000 in EU)

What are your opinions? Making some money right now is better than doing nothing/earning nothing at all.
 

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It sounds like your idea is to create a course to help people pass specific medical school classes. Even though the subject is the same, neuroanatomy, isn't each course going to use a different book, a different schedule, and emphasize slightly different aspects?

Further, what makes you think you can teach the same concept in 20% of the time? I'm not sure if I want that person as my doctor...
 

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No I don't, but I'll learn how to
Don't, Its not worth it. It'll take years if you're studying med at the same time before you'll be able to write a program like the one you're thinking.

You said you're at uni, usually universties have entrepreneurial centers. I would suggest you head out there and explain about what you're thinking about and see if you can have people consult you for free.
 
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It sounds like your idea is to create a course to help people pass specific medical school classes. Even though the subject is the same, neuroanatomy, isn't each course going to use a different book, a different schedule, and emphasize slightly different aspects?

Further, what makes you think you can teach the same concept in 20% of the time? I'm not sure if I want that person as my doctor...
Because in neuroanatomy you just have to learn/memorize the location, neurons and functions of various parts of the Nervous System. It's like learning to describe a 3D structure.
It will be far more effective to answer questions, choose or draw the correct images than study the whole book.

Hmm, yes, each uni will have a different approach.. Maybe someone could mark some parts of it as irrelevant? I don't know about that..
 
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Don't, Its not worth it. It'll take years if you're studying med at the same time before you'll be able to write a program like the one you're thinking.

You said you're at uni, usually universties have entrepreneurial centers. I would suggest you head out there and explain about what you're thinking about and see if you can have people consult you for free.
Yeah, thanks for the info man, appreciate it!
 

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You cant scale it. Every Medical school is different and the curriculum/ exam Qs etc are different. You want to check out what Amboss did in Germany. Totally dominating the market with a much broader application.

What passmed has done in the UK

Also check out Passtest
 
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You cant scale it. Every Medical school is different and the curriculum/ exam Qs etc are different. You want to check out what Amboss did in Germany. Totally dominating the market with a much broader application.

What passmed has done in the UK

Also check out Passtest
Oh I see. Thanks for your input, you are probably right :)
 

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Do you even have any idea or cost how to make the software you're thinking of? Just curious?
No I don't, but I'll learn how to
Don't, Its not worth it. It'll take years if you're studying med at the same time before you'll be able to write a program like the one you're thinking.

You said you're at uni, usually universties have entrepreneurial centers. I would suggest you head out there and explain about what you're thinking about and see if you can have people consult you for free.
The technology is the easy part. There are numerous online course building platforms and even desktop-based coursewares out there... some even totally free. You don't have to learn to code or even hire someone to build a custom software just to create and sell courses (online or offline).
 

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Do you plan to have a video lecture series where you will teach in a white board or ppt?



So, as I stated earlier I study medical school in Greece.
There is a course, neuroanatomy, which is pretty tough. Each year students struggle with it and spent days studying. So I was thinking, why not help them learn it while sitting in front of their PCs, answering some questions and using some 3D images? What if you could just sit in front of a screen, for 1/3 - 1/4 or even 1/5 of the time it took you to study and be ready to go and sit for exams? And only pay like 10$ for a 6-month subscription to the software?
At first I thought it's a really nice plan!

Well, my only problem however is... Scale..
There are probably 400 students each year taking the course in my town.. Around 1800 in whole Greece.
But then I thought I could some day add 1-2 more courses, or even better, translate it in English and be able to sell it to every potential English-speaking medical student all over the globe. I'm not sure how or whether you can reach to an audience you don't currently communicate with, but I think it may be worth a shot. (In US there are aprrox. 20.000 graduates each year, and aprrox. 100.000 in EU)

What are your opinions? Making some money right now is better than doing nothing/earning nothing at all.
 

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Do you plan to have a video lecture series where you will teach in a white board or ppt?



So, as I stated earlier I study medical school in Greece.
There is a course, neuroanatomy, which is pretty tough. Each year students struggle with it and spent days studying. So I was thinking, why not help them learn it while sitting in front of their PCs, answering some questions and using some 3D images? What if you could just sit in front of a screen, for 1/3 - 1/4 or even 1/5 of the time it took you to study and be ready to go and sit for exams? And only pay like 10$ for a 6-month subscription to the software?
At first I thought it's a really nice plan!

Well, my only problem however is... Scale..
There are probably 400 students each year taking the course in my town.. Around 1800 in whole Greece.
But then I thought I could some day add 1-2 more courses, or even better, translate it in English and be able to sell it to every potential English-speaking medical student all over the globe. I'm not sure how or whether you can reach to an audience you don't currently communicate with, but I think it may be worth a shot. (In US there are aprrox. 20.000 graduates each year, and aprrox. 100.000 in EU)

What are your opinions? Making some money right now is better than doing nothing/earning nothing at all.
 

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I will give you a few things to think about. I bielive that prepearing that course will take a long time. But that is OK.
  • It's something you're working on anyways as a medical student.
  • The interest in this topic is growing and I bielive it will grow even more in the future.
  • It will be awesome for your career down the road. Maybe you won't profit millions (Given the limited consumer base) but it will help you in your medical journey.
  • There are people even outside of the medical world that can be interested.
You can do some reaserch and adjust your project according to the major text books used about this course. I bet there are just a few books that are widely used, and they all cover the same topics more or less. Your project can't be an exact copy of one text book/course due to copyright issues anyways. Maybe think of it as a helping hand when it comes to styding the subject.

And one last thing, release it in time for the start of the next study year and it will be easy to promote and spread the word, at your faculty, and worldwide (online).
 

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Record the videos that explain stuff.

Get everyone in a Facebook group and hold live events each week answering questions.

Problem solved. Now go make some money.
 

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  • It will be awesome for your career down the road. Maybe you won't profit millions (Given the limited consumer base) but it will help you in your medical journey.
I am with Chris on this. As a student, you have to give this a try if you think you can create something that can be relevant for a long enough time or be easily kept relevant. (I am not an expert in the medical field so you have to judge that for yourself.)

Best of luck.
 
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The technology is the easy part. There are numerous online course building platforms and even desktop-based coursewares out there... some even totally free. You don't have to learn to code or even hire someone to build a custom software just to create and sell courses (online or offline).
Oh didn't know that. If so, It will be far easier than I expected!


Do you plan to have a video lecture series where you will teach in a white board or ppt?
No, not at all. More like Software with questions+pictures to learn faster.

I will give you a few things to think about. I bielive that prepearing that course will take a long time. But that is OK.
  • It's something you're working on anyways as a medical student.
  • The interest in this topic is growing and I bielive it will grow even more in the future.
  • It will be awesome for your career down the road. Maybe you won't profit millions (Given the limited consumer base) but it will help you in your medical journey.
  • There are people even outside of the medical world that can be interested.
You can do some reaserch and adjust your project according to the major text books used about this course. I bet there are just a few books that are widely used, and they all cover the same topics more or less. Your project can't be an exact copy of one text book/course due to copyright issues anyways. Maybe think of it as a helping hand when it comes to styding the subject.

And one last thing, release it in time for the start of the next study year and it will be easy to promote and spread the word, at your faculty, and worldwide (online).
I am with Chris on this. As a student, you have to give this a try if you think you can create something that can be relevant for a long enough time or be easily kept relevant. (I am not an expert in the medical field so you have to judge that for yourself.)

Best of luck.
Thank you guys, your input really changed my perspective on this :)
 

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Your focus on quality and interactive applications could help many students learn and then actually retain material. Absolutely check out the competition and adapt as needed!

Years ago in dental school, we had a few courses and labs taken directly with the medical students. Consider any relatable curricula in health to expand the market. Thanks for keeping us posted on your thought process!
 

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Would you consider making a flash card deck with images like firecracker/ USMLERx for USMLE exam?


So, as I stated earlier I study medical school in Greece.
There is a course, neuroanatomy, which is pretty tough. Each year students struggle with it and spent days studying. So I was thinking, why not help them learn it while sitting in front of their PCs, answering some questions and using some 3D images? What if you could just sit in front of a screen, for 1/3 - 1/4 or even 1/5 of the time it took you to study and be ready to go and sit for exams? And only pay like 10$ for a 6-month subscription to the software?
At first I thought it's a really nice plan!

Well, my only problem however is... Scale..
There are probably 400 students each year taking the course in my town.. Around 1800 in whole Greece.
But then I thought I could some day add 1-2 more courses, or even better, translate it in English and be able to sell it to every potential English-speaking medical student all over the globe. I'm not sure how or whether you can reach to an audience you don't currently communicate with, but I think it may be worth a shot. (In US there are aprrox. 20.000 graduates each year, and aprrox. 100.000 in EU)

What are your opinions? Making some money right now is better than doing nothing/earning nothing at all.
Oh didn't know that. If so, It will be far easier than I expected!




No, not at all. More like Software with questions+pictures to learn faster.




Thank you guys, your input really changed my perspective on this :)
 

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