ALiEM Social Media and
Digital Scholarship Fellowship

2019 Update: We currently are no longer taking virtual fellows

The use of social media in medical education has exploded over the past few years, and as one of the pioneers in the field, ALiEM has now partnered with various organizations to provide a chance for interested residents and medical students to get involved with us! This is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in digital education, medical education, disruptive technologies, and leadership. With five years of experience, ALiEM is uniquely positioned to share innovative ideas and projects and have reached a tipping point where we are ready to serve in a mentorship capacity to someone who is interested in joining our creative, collaborative, passionate, and often frenetic team.


PhotoName, Title, Year
Alissa Mussell, MD
Social Media and Digital Scholarship Fellow

Emergency Medicine Resident
West Virginia University

Matthew Klein, MD
Social Media and Digital Scholarship Fellow

Emergency Medicine Resident
Northwestern University
Matthew Zuckerman, MD
ALiEM-AAEM Social Media and Digital Scholarship Fellow

Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine
University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus

Sam Shaikh, MD
ALiEM-CORD Social Media and Digital Scholarship Fellow

Emergency Medicine Resident
Sinai-Grace Emergency Medicine Residency Program

Scott Kobner, MD
ALiEM-EMRA Social Media and Digital Scholarship Fellow

Medical Student
New York University School of Medicine

Goals of the Social Media and Digital Scholarship Fellowship

  1. To complete a self-identified project where the ALiEM team can serve as a mentor
  2. To gain an in-depth understanding of the workings of a medical education blog, which includes hands-on experience with WordPress, Google Analytics, Twitter, and Google Hangout
  3. To be a co-author in at least one of our PubMed peer-reviewed publications
  4. To role model professionalism on social media platforms
  5. To participate in digital scholarship
  6. To collaborate efficiently with an international team using digital technologies

Responsibilities of the Fellow

  1. Design and work on a scholarly project in social media and digital scholarship
  2. Serve as ALiEM liaisons to some guest authors
  3. Contact and engage primary authors of seminal publications that are discussed in blog posts for contribution to the Expert Peer Review process.
  4. Take leadership role by moderating at least one Google Hangout on Air recording using our YouTube channel (e.g. ALiEM-Annals Journal Club, the ALiEM book club)
  5. Participate in Twitter on behalf of the ALiEM team
  6. Participate in set, periodic virtual meetings by Google Hangout with members of the ALiEM Editorial Board
  7. Attend the annual ALiEM Editorial Board meeting
  8. Assist ALiEM Editorial Board with any new projects, if interested


This varies depending upon the sponsoring organization’s requirements, but generally:

  • Be a current EM resident and/or practitioner in the United States
  • Have an active Twitter account
  • Possess strong internet and word-processing skills
  • Preferably have previous strong experience with social media (although not required)
  • Preferably have some medical writing, copyediting, or journalism experience

Application Process

The following documents will be screened by the Fellowship Director (Dr. Nikita Joshi) and Editor in Chief (Dr. Michelle Lin), with final approval of the candidate by the ALiEM Editorial Team and affiliated sponsoring organization.

  • Curriculum vitae, which includes contact information including a Twitter handle
  • Letter of intent which includes ideas for a proposed scholarly project
  • A document with a sample blog post on any medical topic using any platform or media (limited to 800 words). Or you can just list the URL link to the sample post in this document. This is your chance to be creative!

* check back for updates on application due dates

Future Directions

We hope that in the future, we can partner with other sponsoring agencies which would allow us to open this unique opportunity to the global medical education community. Feel free to contact us if you are interested in a collaboration opportunity.

Nikita Joshi, MD

Nikita Joshi, MD

ALiEM Chief People Officer and Associate Editor
Clinical Instructor
Department of Emergency Medicine
Stanford University
Nikita Joshi, MD


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