Syed M. Rizvi is the founder of REV MED, a medical education learning platform, which was an overnight success reaching thousands across the globe, on social media.
Q: What would you like to see your team accomplish in 2019?
I’d like to see our team go further in research of all the educational information out there. Find it all, see the gaps and attack. The goal is to patch and highlight the areas in which students are struggling with and to make it so simple for students; ultimately, it’s their second language.
Q: What were the most challenging areas in the early stages of the company’s growth?
Our challenges had always been with offering the most aesthetically pleasing content. Hundreds of great material had been deleted and brought back to the drawing board. Early on, we had struggled with gaining traction on social media and did not know much as to how to optimize all the great tools and analytic data for growth & exposure. But once we found our rhythm and executed our plan… the students came running because NOBODY is more hungry than them for knowledge.
Q: Who is your role model or hero?
I have two in mind. Sal Khan (Khan Academy) & Dr. Frank Netter (Surgeon & Educator through art).
Q: What is your favorite book?
Peak of Eloquence.
Q: Do you use any specific method or system to run daily operations?
Yes. We find students and brand ambassadors that work closely with our content. They tell us what students are struggling with. We then take the information to our team, develop the optimal way to teach it, show our strategy & method to our advisory team of Doctors, Nurses & educators, and then surface the lesson.
Q: Why did you choose your present industry at this time?
I struggled with learning and saw others just not fully understanding how to comprehend the vast amounts of information coming at them. At this time, there are educators booming all across YouTube, online platforms & other social media platforms. It’s an industry that communicates and reaches the nursing student from New York, and the group of medical students studying together in Hyderabad, India. This is the time that social media is peaking & for those that jump on, they will be set with a presence for the future.
Q: What is the best/worst moment you can remember in your career?
The best moment is when a clinical video I made, for training doctors, was accepted & published to the American Thoracic Society. The worst moment has to be when I presented a case that I worked on for months, was rejected.
Q: Looking back – if you could advise a younger version of yourself to do something different – what would it be?
It would be to develop a presence online at a much younger age. To start networking and meet like-minded people all over the city you live in.
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