About us - areas of focus for ALiEM

We are a virtually-based, social enterprise, medical education startup.


Who are we? 

What started out as an educational blog in 2009 for Dr. Michelle Lin to store Tricks of the Trade notes, has now evolved into an umbrella organization, housing online educational platforms and virtual communities. Our dynamic, globally distributed team continues to grow now with over 100 volunteer members, compromised of physicians, residents, students, pharmacists, and paramedics. We value dedication and creativity over experience, and welcome all likeminded torchbearers in healthcare.

What is our vision?

To lead as a respected institution in advancing education, career development, and community building globally using digital technologies in emergency medicine and other health professions

What is our 10-year goal?

To be the virtual Silicon Valley for health professions education

Where is our org chart?

We don’t have one! We have a constantly changing and evolving, flat organization, where everyone is trusted to do the right thing for the right reason. We are a team of leaders, trying to make a positive impact on education and healthcare.

This growth occurs despite that the fact that all of our team members are released from their ALiEM responsibilities in order to avoid any unnecessary feelings of guilt or obligation. They are always welcome to return, but we understand that their time is valuable. To our surprise, we have lost very few members and have exponentially grown our team.

What is it like to be part of the ALiEM team? 

We are incredibly proud of our team culture of trust, respect, collaboration, serious creativity, and torchbearer spirit. Because we realize that our accomplished team members can work with any organization they want, we don’t take them for granted. We focus on their professional development, and use any extra funds we have to provide them with special experiences, such as unique swag gifts, group meals, and even team mansions at national conference. Check out our ALiEM Experience Culture Book, modeled after the Zappos Culture Book. Get to know some of our core team leaders on our Meet The Team page.

The Numbers

Our Core Values

Innovativeness

We love creative solutions

We strive to improve the learning and teaching experience in health professions education using technologies.

Inclusivity

We value talent

We value the diversity of our team and readership equally, regardless of age, seniority, title, and background.

Nimbleness

We love adaptive doers

We are agile at operationalizing and executing our ideas, assessing our progress, and quickly adjusting our plans.

Excellence

We have high expectations

We aim to produce quality products, exemplify the highest standards in professionalism, and represent a trusted brand in medicine.

Strategic Alignment, Goals, and Impact

Our ultimate impact goal is to improve the quality and safety of patient care in the Emergency Department. Our 3-prong approach focuses on clinicians and clinicians-in-training, specifically with regards to:

  1. Publishing high-quality, open-access educational information
  2. Improving individualized professional development through ALiEMU courses
  3. Growing effective virtual communities of practice using Slack (Chief Resident Incubator, Fellowship Incubator, Faculty Incubator, Wellness Think Tank)

These 3 priority outcomes are made possible because of our established dissemination platforms (ALiEM blog@ALiEMteam Twitter account, and Soundcloud podcast account), learning management system ALiEMU, and the Slack-based communities. To ensure that we are aligned in our efforts, we longitudinally track critical performance measures involving traffic analytics and community engagement. Read more in our “Demonstrating Impact” Plan.

Plans and Reports

Collaborative Sponsors and Partners

AgileMD Annals of Emergency Medicine EBSCO Health / DynaMed Plus Journal of Graduate Medical Education
American Academy of Emergency Medicine Call9 Emergency Medicine Residents Association U.S. Acute Care Solutions
American College of Emergency Physicians Council of Residency Directors (EM) HippoEM / Essentials of Emergency Medicine  Western Journal of Emergency Medicine

Interested in collaborating with us? 

Please contact us.