The clinical experience provider accepted the award from RITA, which celebrates achievements in technology.
Today, AMOpportunities accepted the 2022 Product Innovation award from the Real Innovation Technology Awards. They bestowed the award on AMOpportunities for their virtual clinical experiences, which launched in May 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Each year, the award goes to an organization who has implemented a new product or significantly improved a product.
“This award is close to my heart because it demonstrates the hard work every single employee at AMO put into when launching these rotations at the start of the pandemic,” says Kyle Swinsky, CEO, AMOpportunities. “Based on the immediate success and continued growth of these rotations, this initiative is incredibly scalable. We are at the forefront of medicine and healthcare education.”
AMOpportunities manages clinical training for schools, hospitals, and students globally. When the pandemic hit, all in-person rotations stopped. No longer could international medical students and graduates travel to the U.S. for rotations alongside physicians who could provide them with letters of recommendation and experience that would allow them to become U.S. physicians.
Prior to May 2020, AMOpportunities provided solely in-person training to international medical students and graduates. Within months of the pandemic, the company launched virtual clinical experiences, which allow medical trainees to stand out when they apply for the U.S. residency Match, gaining experience and letters of recommendation they need to officially start their U.S. medical career.
Since the launch, AMOpportunities has created 40+ programs, hosted nearly 700 virtual visitors, and received over 4,500 applications. Total revenue generated from these rotations is nearly $1.5 million.
“We liked the idea and appreciated the speed of the implementation,” say the RITA 2022 judges. “The potential expansion of the tool could transform this field of practice and means the future of medical talent is not halted.”
With these rotations, students learn from a U.S. physician and experience the healthcare system from the comfort of their home. They no longer worry about visa denials or spending thousands of dollars to travel and stay in the U.S.—a savings of up to $4,000 USD per person per month. These rotations are easier to attend, and their low cost/no travel risk allows a greater number of students to receive U.S. medical education.
Telemedicine was slowly on its way to becoming a mainstay of the U.S. healthcare system; COVID-19 dramatically increased its necessity and usage. Virtual healthcare is the future of medicine.