The Digital Classroom: How to Leverage Social Media for Infectious Diseases Education

Saman Nematollahi, Daniel J. Minter, Brooke Barlow, Nathanial S. Nolan, Jennifer O. Spicer, Darcy Wooten, Nicolas Cortes-Penfield, Ashley Barlow, Miguel A. Chavez, Todd McCarty, Emily Abdoler, Gerome V. Escota

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Social media (SoMe) platforms have been increasingly used by infectious diseases (ID) learners and educators in recent years. This trend has only accelerated with the changes brought to our educational spaces by the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Given the increasingly diverse SoMe landscape, educators may find themselves struggling with how to effectively use these tools. In this Viewpoint we describe how to use SoMe platforms (e.g., Twitter, podcasts, and open-access online content portals) in medical education, highlight medical education theories supporting their use, and discuss how educators can engage with these learning tools effectively. We focus on how these platforms harness key principles of adult learning and provide a guide for educators in the effective use of SoMe tools in educating ID learners. Finally, we suggest how to effectively interact with and leverage these increasingly important digital platforms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S237-S243
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
StatePublished - May 15 2022


  • digital strategy
  • infectious diseases
  • medical education
  • social media
  • virtual learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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