27 05, 2015

Announcing 2015-2016 ALiEM Social Media and Digital Scholarship Fellowship

By |May 27th, 2015|Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|0 Comments|Tags:

ALiEM Social Media and Digital Scholarship FellowshipWe are very excited to begin the recruitment for the 2015-2016 ALiEM Social Media and Digital Scholarship Fellowship! The application process for this virtual fellowship is open as of right now to interested Emergency Medicine residents and medical students, including those who are international!

26 05, 2015

Sneak peak at ALiEMU: Free on-demand MOOC-like courses featuring the AIR Series

By |May 26th, 2015|Approved Instructional Resources (AIR series), Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|0 Comments

aliemuWe are incredibly excited to announce the development of our newest project — ALiEMU. This top-secret project has been in the works for only 3 months, but has gained incredible momentum thanks to our all-star team, led by Dr. Chris Gaafary, who is our ALiEMU Chief of Design and Development… while he is not busy being an incoming EM chief resident at the University of Tennessee.

What is ALiEMU? The one-liner is: A free educational website which hosts free, on-demand e-courses, featuring the AIR series as the inaugural course.

25 05, 2015

Therapeutic Hypothermia After Pediatric Cardiac Arrest Out-of-Hospital (THAPCA-OH) Trial

By |May 25th, 2015|Critical Care/ Resus, Pediatrics|0 Comments

Therapeutic HypothermiaCurrently, guidelines recommend therapeutic hypothermia for comatose adults with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). A recent trial of adults with OHCA showed that therapeutic hypothermia with the use of a targeted temperature of 33°C vs maintained therapeutic normothermia of 36°C, did not improve outcomes. There is a paucity of randomized trials of therapeutic hypothermia in children with OHCA, but sometimes adult trials get extrapolated to pediatrics. There are differences between adult and pediatric populations with OHCA, which makes it difficult to extrapolate the results of the adult trials to a pediatric population.

24 05, 2015

I am Dr. Jeremy Faust, Co-Host of FOAMCast: How I Work Smarter

By |May 24th, 2015|How I Work Smarter|3 Comments

How I Work Smarter Logo Dr. Jeremy Faust is a EM resident of many talents. His accomplishment are wide and varied from his many musical awards, to his work with grammy award winning vocal group Roomful of Teeth, to his column in ACEPnews, to his appearance on the Rachel Maddow Show speaking on the Ebola crisis, to his upcoming SMACC Chicago talk. He’s well known in the FOAM world and, for the last year, has been producing quality FOAM core content with Lauren Westafer on their podcast: FOAMCast. Dr. Jeremy Faust, following his own mantra, broke the mold, submitting his How I Work Smarter column despite not being officially nominated. Bold. Follow the link, yall, to discover Dr. Faust’s keys to success.

22 05, 2015

EM Match Advice: VSAS 101 – Securing an away EM rotation

By |May 22nd, 2015|EM Match Advice|2 Comments|Tags:

EM Match iconTo launch Season 2 of our EM Match Advice Series, Dr. Michael Gisondi has recruited another all-star cast of residency program leaders around the United States to share their sage wisdom about the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS). This centralized process to coordinate visiting clerkship rotations first began in 2008 and now almost all medical schools participate. Because anecdotally the VSAS application process has been challenging, we gathered some experts to share their insights in a Google Hangout.

21 05, 2015

Design Challenge | An ALiEM Fellows Project

By |May 21st, 2015|Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|1 Comment|Tags:

Creative-canstockphoto18644829Design thinking is a concept that has recently taken the business world by storm, and more recently it has begun to creep into other fields, like education! At the core of it, the idea behind design thinking is to encourage designers to think about how they might solve problems that are experienced in the world – to think like engineers and architects, and focus on building solutions for end users. As a part of their fellowship, the 2014-15 ALiEM Fellows (Scott Kobner, BS and Sam Shaikh, DO) were each tasked with a different design job a few months ago. Click below to read more about their projects.

20 05, 2015

Ultrasound For The Win! Case – 101M with Altered Mental Status #US4TW

By |May 20th, 2015|Cardiovascular, Expert Peer Reviewed (Clinical), Ultrasound|2 Comments


Welcome to another ultrasound-based case, part of the “Ultrasound For The Win” (#US4TW) Case Series. In this peer-reviewed case series, we focus on real clinical cases where bedside ultrasound changed management or aided in diagnoses. In this case, a 101-year-old man presents after being found down with altered mental status.

18 05, 2015

Ketamine for Excited Delirium Syndrome

By |May 18th, 2015|Expert Peer Reviewed (Clinical), Neurology, Tox & Medications|6 Comments

Delirium canstockphoto11866731Excited delirium syndrome is defined as “a syndrome of uncertain etiology characterized by delirium, agitation, and hyperadreneric autonomic dysfunction” [1]. You may have encountered a patient like this in the ED or prehospital setting. Although the etiology is impossible to determine in many cases, stimulant abuse and other drugs are involved in a majority of cases. An 8% mortality has been ascribed to Excited Delirium Syndrome, resulting from hyperthermia, severe metabolic acidosis, and cardiovascular collapse.

16 05, 2015

I am Dr. Rob Woods, Program Director, Medical Advisor, and STARS Transport Physician: How I Stay Healthy in EM

By |May 16th, 2015|Healthy in EM|0 Comments

How I Stay Healthy logoDr. Rob Woods (@robwoodsuofs) is an individual that is truly committed to self-improvement and, in terms of wellness, he has exceeded. Currently, he is the program director of the University of Saskatchewan FRCPC EM Program, Medical Advisor to Ground Ambulance Services, and a STARS (HEMS) Transport Physician. How he excels in all these jobs and still has time to be known as a loving father and husband, amazing Program Director, and CrossFitter is incomprehensible! But it may have something to do with the fact that he has mastered time management. A great competitor on and off the field, Dr. Woods is never afraid to show his competitive side, which always makes things a bit more fun! Here’s how he manages to stay healthy in EM!

14 05, 2015

Dear Residents: 10 Things Your New Chiefs Want You to Know

By |May 14th, 2015|Expert Peer Review (Non-Clinical), Medical Education|5 Comments|Tags:

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This month starts our inaugural ALiEM Chief Resident Incubator and this post is the culmination of a 7-day intensive writing project by our 100+ Chief Residents. Incredibly we were impressed by the caliber of writing and insightfulness of our members. Congratulations especially to the lead editors, Dr. Melissa Joseph (LAC+USC) and Dr. Jimmy Lindsey (Univ of Chicago). Looking forward to an exciting year ahead of us!