Returning to teaching in COVID-19 — A Guide to Supplementary Resources for Medical Students

  1. Online Webinars — delivered by doctors and senior medical students hosted by multiple platforms. There have been loads of organisations hosting these webinars, some existed pre-lockdown while others have sprung up purely to provide us all with great free content. Some noteworthy providers are: [Becoming a Doctor](http://becomingadr.org) (you can access all of the tutorials they gave oer the summer through their website); [BiteMedicine](https://www.bitemedicine.com/covid-19) (they have made more of their content available to those on a free membership); and [SMILE](https://www.facebook.com/groups/257148981982669/) (which stands for Sustaining Medical Education In a Lockdown Environment, there are a tonne of free webinars posted in this Facebook group which currently boasts almost 14K members). Recommended for spending an hour or two revisiting a topic you feel you’ve forgotten, or as supplementary learning to a missed lecture.
  2. Tweetorials — Many medical educators, doctors and even medical students provide a ridiculous amount of free advice and learning through twitter. There is a fantastically proactive #MedTwitter and #MedStudentTwitter community, where you will almost always be able to find someone happy to answer a specific question if you have one. A ‘Tweetorial’ tends to specifically refer to a twitter thread that may cover a topic or a case study. It is advisable to have a quick check regarding the legitimacy of the author before relying on twitter for information! I would recommend @medtweetorials, who finds and redistributes medical tweetorials from all over twitter. Reccommended for on the go learning and interesting cases to get you in the mood for wards.
  3. Podcasts — Podcasts are a great on-the-move alternative to lectures and textbooks, but often aren’t able to delve into topics with the same depth or focus. Before using podcasts to supplement your learning I recommend checking who’s hosting the podcast (are they going to know more than you) and who’s paying for the podcast (advertisers may ask the hosts of podcasts to promote specific products, content or resources). Recommended for learning while completing other tasks, like exercise, life admin or chores.

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