CORDWe very are excited to announce an innovative, joint initiative with CORD (Council of EM Residency Directors) in launching the 2014-2015 ALiEM-CORD Social Media and Digital Scholarship Fellowship! The application process for this virtual fellowship is open as of right now to U.S. Emergency Medicine residents.


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 now has partnered with CORD to provide a chance for an interested and qualified EM resident to get involved and gain experience 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 as exemplified by our recent publications in the literature (e.g. expert peer review in educational blogscurated summaries of the ALiEM-Annals Global EM Journal Club, growth of EM/CC FOAM sites in collaboration with Dr. Mike Cadogan of LITFL) and conference abstracts. We have reached a tipping point where we are ready to serve a mentorship role to someone who is interested in joining our creative, collaborative, passionate, and often frenetic team.

We would like to thank CORD for their generous support of this new endeavor. This is a perfect partnership to shepherd in the new generation of educator scholars in this digitally interconnected world of life-long learners.

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 by:
    1. Uploading their posts, which are submitted in Microsoft Word format into the WordPress system
    2. Copyediting the post before submitting to the Editor-in-Chief for revisions
    3. Providing authors with their official first-week metrics using Google Analytics (e.g. number of page views, number of cities, number of countries)
  1. Contact and engage primary authors of seminal publications that are discussed in blog posts for contribution to the Expert Peer Review process.
  2. 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)
  3. Participate in Twitter on behalf of the ALiEM team
  4. Participate in set, periodic virtual meetings by Google Hangout with members of the ALiEM Editorial Board
  5. Attend the annual ALiEM Editorial Board meeting at the 2014 ACEP Scientific Assembly in Chicago on October 27, 2014
  6. Assist ALiEM Editorial Board with any new projects, if interested

Stipend and Finances

Although the fellowship is an unpaid, one-year position (no one on the blog team is paid), we will provide up to $1,000 to assist with travel and lodging at the ACEP Scientific Assembly for the ALiEM board meeting.


  • Be a current EM resident in the United States during 2014-2015
  • 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 CORD Board of Directors.

  • 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!

Upload these 3 documents in the form below.

Tip: Please check with your Program Director whether you will be able to attend the ACEP Scientific Assembly, if chosen as the inaugural fellow!

Important Dates

  • Application submission: June 6, 2014 at 5 pm PST
  • Notification and announcement of fellow: June 16, 2014
  • Start date of fellowship: July 1, 2014


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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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