Welcome to the third ALiEM Approved Instructional Resources (AIR) Module! In an effort to reward our readers for the reading and learning they are already doing online, we have created an Individual Interactive Instruction (III) opportunity utilizing FOAM resources for U.S. Emergency Medicine residents. For each module, the board curates and scores a list of blogs and podcasts. A quiz is available to complete after each module to obtain residency conference credit. Once completed, your name and institution will be logged into our privatedatabase, which participating residency program directors can access to provide proof of completion.

Updated Definitions: AIRs and Honorable Mentions

In an effort to truly emphasize the highest quality posts, we have now adjusted our selections into two subsets. The AIR stamp will only be given to posts scoring above a new, strict scoring cut-off (≥30 points out of 35 total), based on our scoring instrument. There are also now “Honorable Mention” posts. These have been flagged by and agreed upon by AIR Board members as worthwhile to highlight regardless of the point score (but still reflect accurate, appropriately referenced, and unbiased content). All posts will still be part of the quiz needed to obtain III credit.

AIR Series: Endocrinology

Below we have listed our selection of the 8 highest quality blog posts within the past 12 months related to Endocrinology, curated and approved for residency training by the AIR Series Board. In this module we have 2 AIRs and 6 Honorable Mentions. We attempted to be as comprehensive as possible by selecting from a broad spectrum of blogs from the top 25 list per the Social Media Index.

Take the quiz at ALiEMU
ALiEMU AIR Endocrinology block quiz

Interested in taking the quiz for fun or asynchronous (Individualized Interactive Instruction) credit? Please go to the above link. You will need to create a one-time login account if you haven’t already.

Highlighted quality posts

Article TitleAuthorDateLinkTitle
DKA, “Answers”Anand Swaminathan, MDAugust 23, 2014EMLyceum: DKAApproved Instructional Resource
Bicarbonate: Completely Useless?Andrew Grock, MDDecember 4th, 2013ALiEM: BicarbonateApproved Instructional Resource
Four DKA PearlsJosh Farkas, MDMay 7, 2014PulmcritHonorable Mention
Cerebral Edema and Diabetic KetoacidosisSean M. Fox MDFebruary 21, 2014PedEMmorselsHonorable Mention
Article: Hypotonic maintenance IV fluids in pediatricsWilliam Paolo, MDApril 9th, 2014ALiEM: Hypotonic FluidsHonorable Mention
Insulin Pumps: Understanding them and their complicationsJosh Joseph, MDDecember 11th, 2013ALiEM: Insulin PumpsHonorable Mention
Thyroid Storm: Treatment StrategiesNadia Awad, PharmDNovember 11th, 2013ALiEM: Thyroid StormHonorable Mention
Diagnosing hyperthyroidism: Answers to 7 common questionsTerrance Lee, MDOctober 7th, 2013ALiEM: Diagnosing HyperthyroidismHonorable Mention

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us!

Andrew Grock, MD

Andrew Grock, MD

Lead Editor/Co-Founder of ALiEM Approved Instructional Resources (AIR)
Faculty Physician, Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
UCLA Emergency Medicine Department