Unmuting medical students' education: Utilizing telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

Ariella Magen Iancu, Michael Thomas Kemp, Hasan Badre Alam*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, medical schools have paused traditional clerkships, eliminating direct patient encounters from medical students' education for the immediate future. Telemedicine offers opportunities in a variety of specialties that can augment student education during this time. The projected growth of telemedicine necessitates that students learn new skills to be effective providers. In this viewpoint, we delineate specific telehealth opportunities that teach core competencies for patient care, while also teaching telemedicine-specific skills. Schools can further augment student education through a variety of telemedicine initiatives across multiple medical fields. The explosion of telemedicine programs due to the pandemic can be a catalyst for schools to integrate telemedicine into their current curricula. The depth and variety of telemedicine opportunities allow schools to continue providing high-quality medical education while maintaining social distancing policies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere19667
JournalJournal of medical Internet research
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • COVID-19
  • Curriculum
  • Education, medical, undergraduate
  • Medical education
  • Medical school
  • Telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics


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