We found an enormous amount of posts on respiratory topics and thus have divided the content into two modules. This first module will focus on general respiratory issues with airway and pulmonary embolism covered in the second module. Below we have listed our selection of the 15 highest quality blog posts within the past 12 months (current as of April 2015) related to respiratory, curated and approved for residency training by the AIR Series Board. In this module we have 4 AIRs and 11 Honorable Mentions. We strive for comprehensiveness by selecting from a broad spectrum of blogs from the top 50 listing per the Social Media Index.
AIR Stamp of Approval and Honorable Mentions
In an effort to truly emphasize the highest quality posts, we have two subsets of recommended resources. The AIR stamp of approval will only be given to posts scoring above a strict scoring cut-off of ≥30 points (out of 35 total), based on our scoring instrument. The other subset is for “Honorable Mention” posts. These posts have been flagged by and agreed upon by AIR Board members as worthwhile, accurate, unbiased, and appropriately referenced despite an average score <30. All posts will still be part of the quiz needed to obtain III credit.
After reading, please take the quiz. Feel free to ask questions in the blog comment section below. The AIR Board faculty will answer them within 48 hours of posting. Be sure to include your email or contact information where requested in the Disqus blog comment area, so that you will be notified when we reply. We recommend programs give 5 hours (20 minutes per article) of III for this module.
*Special note, as of June 3, 2015, the Peds EM Morsels site is not working. As such, we will not include quiz questions from these references.
* As of July 17, 2015, the Peds EM Morsels site is working.
Take the quiz at ALiEMU
ALiEMU AIR Respiratory Part 1 block quiz
Highlighted Quality Posts
|Dexamethasone for Asthma||Sean Fox, MD||December 26, 2014||PedsEMMorsels: Dex for Asthma||Approved Instructional Resource|
|Episode 59: Bronchiolitis||Sanjay Mehta,MD, Med, Dennis Scolnik, MB, ChB, Amy Plint,MD, MSc||2014||EMCases: Bronchiolitis||Approved Instructional Resource|
|ALiEM-Annals of EM Journal Club: Spontaneous pneumothorax, pigtail catheters, and outpatient management||Michelle Lin, MD||November 10, 2014||ALiEM: Pigtails for PTx||Approved Instructional Resource|
|Why we do what we do: Systemic corticosteroids in acute asthma exacerbations||Brad Sobolewski, MD, MEd||2014||PEM Cases: Steroids for Asthma||Approved Instructional Resource|
|SGEM#96: Machine Head – NIPPV for Out of Hospital Respiratory Distress||Amy Panzenbeck, MD and Kara Otterness, MD, NYU-Bellevue EM Residents||November 19, 2014||SGEM: NIPPV||Honorable Mention|
|SGEM#103: Just Breathe – Inhaled Corticosteroids for Asthma Exacerbations||Ken Milne, MD, MSc||January 17, 2015||SGEM: Inhaled Steroids for Asthma||Honorable Mention|
|Are you giving asthmatics prednisone when you could be prescribing dexamethasone instead?||Brad Sobolewski, MD, MEd||2014||PEM Blog: Prednisone Vs Dexamethasone||Honorable Mention|
|Hemoptysis||Mike Steuerwald, MD, Tyler Winders, MD||February 26, 2015||Taming the SRU: Hemoptysis||Honorable Mention|
|Azithromycin for COPD exacerbations: 2014 Update||Abhishek Biswas, MD||June 27, 2014||PulmCC: Azithromycin for COPD||Honorable Mention|
|The Effect of Oximetry on Hospital Admission for Bronchiolitis||Tessa Davis, MD||September 8, 2014||DFTB: Pulse Ox and Bronchiolitis||Honorable Mention|
|How Long Does a Cough From Respiratory Illness Last?||Salim Rezaie, MD||May 2, 2014||Rebel: Cough||Honorable Mention|
|MRSA in Community Acquired Pneumonia||Joe Lex, MD, Dave Talan, MD||October 6, 2014||Free EM Talks: MRSA in CAP||Honorable Mention|
|Asthma Control||Sean Fox, MD||January 30, 2015||Peds EM Morsels: Asthma||Honorable Mention|
|Meconium Aspiration Syndrome||Jasmine Antoine, BSC, MBBS, MPH||February 19, 2015||DFTB: Meconium||Honorable Mention|
|Adenosine in reactive airway disease||Marian Gaviola, PharmD||March 30, 2015||ALiEM: Adenosine Bronchospasm||Honorable Mention|
If you have any questions or comments, please contact us!
Background Information About the AIR Series
The ALiEM Approved Instructional Resources (AIR) Series is an effort to reward our residents 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 AIR 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 private database, which participating residency program directors can access to provide proof of completion.
Do you belong to a residency program that is not currently participating? No problem! Any one can read the AIR series curated post and complete the quiz for educational value!
If a residency program is interested in participating, please contact us!