The coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has unsettled conventional medical education, hastening a switch to digital platforms and open-access publishing . Rheumatology is a fast evolving academic discipline that stands to gain by this switch . Most rheumatology textbooks are now available in digital formats, and these are complemented with live updating educational hubs such as UpToDate and ClinicalKey . Emerging topics of COVID-19 on these proprietary platforms are now freely available to all specialists . Social media channels, particularly Twitter, are becoming major players in the era of COVID-19 by offering online journal clubs, enabling fast dissemination of influential articles, and facilitating interactive education . Indexed rheumatology journals, in turn, aid online education by opening access to recommendations and other materials that are rapidly changing research and practice worldwide . Research peer review additionally offers learning experience to novice and seasoned researchers and authors . Global rheumatology societies have online learning resources, which are changing their format and geographic reach to meet the changing needs in the times of pandemic . While online teaching lacks emotional connections between mentors and mentees, switch to a more interactive format of education and regular contacts may partly solve the issue . Rheumatologists can take the lead in these challenging times and contribute more to online scholarly activities which are aimed to maintain and enrich education . Key Points • Disparities in rheumatology education are likely to be widened during the COVID-19 pandemic . • Barriers to rheumatology education include limited number of instructors and their limited experience in online teaching . • Online textbooks, didactic materials of indexed rheumatology journals, and frequently updated online educational hubs such as UpToDate serve as a foundation of online rheumatology education . • Online rheumatology education is enriched by peer review and social media activities, which are becoming major players in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.