Inspired by @PeterHotez #grandrounds, we started a pilot elective to teach #scicomm & debunking #misinformation to @uchipritzker medstudents

Each student selected a myth to debunk & created an infographic with science/#visualart guidance
#medtwitter #scienceupfirst 🧵
Inspired by @tropical_toxic cover art @TIME assignments, @sara_serritella and I are sharing their work here w/permission.
Students could choose any misinformation to debunk. While some chose COVID19, not all did! They also specified their audience.
2/x
For those skeptical of government creating vaccines by Zachary Newman MS1:

We have risen to the challenge before and accomplished amazing things through working together. The mRNA vaccines show us at our very best. #Getvaccinated #amazingthings #COVID19vaccine #thisisourshot 3/x
For #AAPI family and friends worried about the vaccine on WhatsApp by Esther Wang MS1:

The COVID19 vaccine does NOT mutate your DNA so start your journey to immunity now!
#getvaccinated #thisisourshot #covid19vaccine 4/x
For farmers who believe taking animal dewormer can help prevent COVID19 by Hannah Carr MS1

Think twice before you use your animal's Ivomec(R) wormer medication for #COVID19
#Ivermectin #IDtwitter #Farmers 5/x
For those who think gun violence is solely a #mentalhealth issue by Leena Penumalee MS1

A minority of those who commit #gunviolence have a diagnosed, serious mental illness.
#Mentalhealth interventions are not enough.
support #GunControlNow
#thisisourlane
6/x
For those using #herbalmedicine from Yash Wani MS1:

Herbal remedies have been around as long as people have.
But are you aware of their risks?
While we love using natural products that keep our bodies healthy, be sure to #getthefacts
7/x
Cons of #Keto by Sharbel Ramos MS1:

The #ketodiet sometimes used in medicine, but that doesn’t mean it’s right for you!
Not only is keto difficult to sustain, it can also be bad for your health!
Scan the QR code to learn about a healthier, more balanced option. #nutrition
8/x
For those skeptical about #vegetarian life by Nydia Kung MS1

Know anyone who is vegetarian?
Ever wonder if you should eat a more plant-based diet too? You should!
Here are 4 reasons WHY vegetarian:
#plantbased
9/x
For those with severe period pain by Iris Huang MS1.

Do you have severe period pain?
It's not normal and can be fixed.
Don't suffer in silence.
Talk to your doctor today!
#womenshealthmatters #OBGYN
10/x
For those in Illinois skeptical about safe consumption sites by Catherine Luo MS1 @catsattac
Learn about #Illinois #HB0110 Safer Consumption Services Act, an act to fight the #opioidcrisis.
11/x
#HB0110 expands #HarmReduction services, legalizing #SafeConsumptionSites to prevent #overdose, save lives, & make neighborhoods safer. Know the facts & myths. 11.5/x elections.il.gov/ElectionOperat…
For anyone to know they can save a life by being a good neighbor by Callie Winters MS1

Got Naloxone?
As we come out the pandemic, it is time for communities to come together to combat the #OpioidEpidemic. We can be good neighbors with naloxone to treat opioid #overdose.
12/x
So proud of these students and grateful to our guest faculty @lindsleininger @ShikhaJainMD @evebmd @HaamidtheMD @SusanLopezMD Tejal Shah Serena Dhaon @IMPACT4HC and especially co-faculty @sara_serritella @ChicagoITM @bethenewnorm and our TA @lmordell6 13/x
Also a BIG shout out to Cathy Luo and Naomi Tesema @UChiPritzker students who taught our students about how to use @canva and their experience creating infographics for @CrerarLibrary
guides.lib.uchicago.edu/c.php?g=110557…
Just realized was thinking of @NewYorker but got screwed up!

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