30 09, 2016

MEdIC Case: The Case of the Cognitive Overload

By | September 30th, 2016|MEdIC series|1 Comment

Welcome to season 4, episode 1 of the ALiEM Medical Education in Cases (MEdIC) series! Our team (Drs. Tamara McColl, Teresa Chan, John Eicken, Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos, Eve Purdy, and Brent Thoma) is pleased to welcome you to our online community of practice where we discuss the practice of academic medicine!

In this month’s case, a junior resident deals with some of the harsh realities of emergency medicine when she experiences the negative impacts of cognitive overload when caring for a sick patient.


26 09, 2016

AIR-Pro: Toxicology (Part 1)

By | September 26th, 2016|Approved Instructional Resources PRO (AIR-Pro Series), Tox & Medications|0 Comments

Welcome to the Toxicology (Part 1) AIR-Pro Module. Below we have listed our selection of the 10 highest quality blog posts related to 5 advanced level questions on toxocology topics posed, curated, and approved for residency training by the AIR-Pro Series Board. The blogs relate to the following questions:

  1. Flumazenil in benzodiazepine overdose
  2. Acetaminophen – drawing and timing of levels
  3. Opioid overdoses
  4. Acetaminophen toxicity related to liver transplant
  5. Salicylates and hemodialysis

In this module, we have 6 AIR-Pro’s and 4 Honorable Mentions. To strive for comprehensiveness, we selected from a broad spectrum of blogs identified through FOAMSearch.net and FOAMSearcher.We have a brand new chief resident team and want to thank the out-going team for all of their support!


24 09, 2016

I am Dr. Richard Bounds, Associate Program Director: How I Stay Healthy in EM

By | September 24th, 2016|Healthy in EM|3 Comments

Dr. Richard Bounds is an emergency physician from Newark, Delaware. His habits and beliefs definitely resonate with the philosophy of maintaining every day wellness. Despite being the Associate Program Director, Dr. Bounds uses the strategy of prioritizing to still make time for himself and his family. Here’s how he stays healthy in EM!




23 09, 2016

Ultrasound for the Win! Emergency Medicine Cases: Volume 1 Book

By | September 23rd, 2016|Medical Education, Ultrasound|0 Comments

us4tw-book-cover Ultrasound for the Win

The Ultrasound for the Win! book, available now on Amazon and coming soon to the Apple iBooks Store, is a compilation of real ultrasound cases that have been featured on the blog’s Ultrasound for the Win! Series.

Who is this book for?

This collection of cases is geared towards anyone interested in learning more about point-of-care ultrasound, including medical students, residents, pre-hospital personnel, and physicians.




21 09, 2016

PEM Pearls: Perfecting your pediatric lumbar puncture using ultrasound

By | September 21st, 2016|Pediatrics, Ultrasound|0 Comments

lp_collect-croppedA lumbar  puncture (LP) is a common procedure that every emergency physician must master. Pediatric LPs can be challenging for even the most experienced clinician due to small anatomy, difficulty with patient cooperation, and lack of frequency performed. A successful procedure is defined by obtaining cerebrospinal fluid and/or performing a non-traumatic lumbar puncture. There are multiple variables that lead to a successful pediatric lumbar puncture including provider experience, use of anesthesia, and patient positioning. Success rates for pediatric lumbar punctures are variable, with a large range from 34%-75%.1


15 09, 2016

10 Tips to Become a Successful Interviewer: Do’s and Don’ts

By | September 15th, 2016|Medical Education|0 Comments

successful interviewerAs fall approaches, senior medical students and Emergency Medicine (EM) residency programs alike are beginning to prepare for the upcoming interview season. As part of the process, many programs have current residents interview potential candidates – their future colleagues! For most residents, though they have often been the interviewee, this is the first time they have filled the role of the interviewer. Among all the busy shifts and learning everything you need to know to be an amazing EM physician, there is little time for practice or formal training. To help, we have compiled our top “10 Tips to Become a Successful Interviewer.” Here’s to making this interview season the best one yet!


12 09, 2016

AIR Series: Procedures Module (2016)

By | September 12th, 2016|Approved Instructional Resources (AIR series), Critical Care/ Resus|0 Comments

ALiEM-AIR-Badge only 200x200 proceduresWelcome to the Procedures Module! After carefully reviewing all relevant posts from the top 50 sites of the Social Media Index the ALiEM AIR Team is proud to present the highest quality procedure content. Below we have listed our selection of the 13 highest quality blog posts within the past 12 months (as of June 2016) related to orthopedic lower extremity emergencies, curated and approved for residency training by the AIR Series Board. More specifically in this module, we identified 3 AIRs and 10 Honorable Mentions. We recommend programs give 4 hours (about 20 minutes per article) of III credit for this module.