This blog aims to disrupt how medical providers and trainees can gain public access to high-quality, educational content while also engaging in a dialogue about best-practices in Emergency Medicine and medical education. We strive to reshape medical education and academia in their evolution beyond the traditional classroom. We hope you join us in the FOAM movement (Free Open Access to Meducation).



Michelle LinMichelle Lin, MD
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
University of California San Francisco (UCSF)
San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH)

I practice emergency medicine at SFGH with an academic niche in technology and how it can transform the landscape of medical education. I was a columnist for ACEP News on “Tricks of the Trade” for 4 years and am one of the founders of the Clerkship Directors of Emergency Medicine (CDEM). As for 2013, I am on the editorial board for the Annals of Emergency Medicine through my work on ALiEM. Through this blog, I hope to share some of my experiences and blunders, as well as introduce you to inspiring people whom I’ve met along the way, while navigating the academic and clinical waters of EM.

Associate Editors

Teresa ChanTeresa Chan, BEd MD
Emergency physician, Hamilton Health Sciences
Clinical Scholar, McMaster University

I am an emergency physician at Hamilton Health Sciences (Ontario, Canada) with an entry-level academic appointment (Clinicial Scholar) at McMaster University. Currently, I am completing my Masters of Health Professions Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. My areas of interest include Medical Education, FOAMed, EBM and integrating new ideas into both Medical Education and Emergency Medicine. I am proud to be part of the ALiEM Book Club and MEdIC Series.  Looking forward to interacting with folks online and facilitating discussions!

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Bryan D. Hayes, PharmD, DABAT, FAACT
Clinical Pharmacist, EM & Toxicology
Massachusetts General Hospital

I am an emergency medicine pharmacist and toxicologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. After finishing my PharmD degree (2005), PGY-1 pharmacy residency (2006), and clinical toxicology fellowship (2008), I joined the EM team at the University of Maryland as their first EM pharmacist, a role I served in from 2008-2016. We then moved back home to the Boston area to be nearer to family and for the job at MGH. I am board-certified in Clinical Toxicology. I aim to add a unique pharmacy/toxicology perspective on EM-related matters to our outstanding blog team. I’m also the creator and lead editor for our CAPSULES series hosted on ALiEMU.

NikitaJoshiNikita Joshi, MD
Clinical Instructor
Stanford University, Division of Emergency Medicine


I completed my medical training at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. After that I underwent Emergency Medicine residency training at SUNY Downstate / Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, NY. I crossed coasts and relocated to Stanford University where I completed a fellowship in Academic Emergency Medicine. I joined the blog in 2013 and have cherished my experiences with Michelle. Most of all, the blog has given me a venue to pursue my interests in medical simulation, narrative medicine, and medical education.


Salim Rezaie, MD
Assistant Program Director, Emergency Medicine
Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine & Internal Medicine
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA)
Founder/Editor/Author of R.E.B.E.L. EM and REBEL Reviews

I completed my medical school training at Texas A&M Health Science Center, and followed that up with a combined Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine residency at East Carolina University. Currently, I work as a faculty at UTHSCSA in San Antonio, TX in an academic institution where my focuses include medical education, social media as a tool for education (FOAMed), and building the bridges between internal medicine, critical care, and emergency medicine.

brentBrent Thoma, MD MA
Simulation Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Emergency Medicine Resident at the University of Saskatchewan
Editor/Author at BoringEM.org

My educational background includes an MD and MA (Leadership) and I am currently studying simulation at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. In addition to my contributions in the medical education section, I continue to blog on my own site, Canadiem, and am actively researching social media and medical education.

Resident Editor


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Emergency Medicine PGY-4 Resident
University of California San Francisco
San Francisco General Hospital

I went to medical school at East Carolina University and came to San Francisco for my residency education. My interest is in continuing medical education and disaster medicine. I hope that over the next year I can help improve the peer review process for medical blog posts by working with ALiEM contributors and experts in the field to publicly review the articles post-publication.

Submission Editor

Derek SiffordDerek P Sifford, FP-C CCP-C C-NPT EMT-P
Critical Care / Flight Paramedic serving the Henry Ford Health System
Pre-Medical Student, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
Founder, www.HURTRegistry.org

I’m currently a Pre-Medical student at Wayne State University with dreams of becoming a Flight Physician. My interests include prehospital medicine, critical care, trauma, hemostasis, and emergency medicine. I founded the website HURT Registry which is devoted to promoting aggressive and evidence-based bleeding management in the prehospital setting through program transparency and communication.

Featured Contributors

BecklerKristen Beckler, CTRS, CCLS
Child Life Specialist



Javier BenítezJavier Benítez, MD
Emergency physician-to-be@jvrbntz


I went to medical school in SUNY Downstate in New York City where I became interested in emergency medicine and critical care. My other interests include medical education and social media as a tool for medicine. My goals are to practice medicine in an academic institution where I can work closely with medical students and residents. I have used Academic Life in EM as a learning tool and it has proven to be quite effective. It’s an honor to take part on this blog. My hopes are to inspire and educate other learners about the wonderful world of emergency medicine.


Zlatan Coralic, PharmD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Pharm & EM
Emergency Department Clinical Pharmacist
University of California, San Francisco

I finished my PharmD at University of Southern Nevada, just outside of Las Vegas. After doing a pharm residency at UCSF in San Francisco, I helped establish the ED pharmacist program in the Medical Center’s ED in 2009. I spend most of my time working clinically in the ED, precepting pharm and EM residents (love our rezzies), and teaching. My primary interest is multidisciplinary research. It is an honor to be part of the blog and I look forward to learning with you and contributing.


RanneyMeganMegan L. Ranney, MD MPH
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Alpert Medical School, Brown University
Injury Prevention Center of Rhode Island Hospital

I completed EM residency and fellowship (in Injury Prevention/Research) at Brown University…. and 9+ years later, have yet to leave to Rhode Island! My primary public health/research interest is in preventing injury and co-morbid risky behaviors among ED patients (and disseminating these strategies to ED clinicians). My work focuses on 3 topics: 1)  se of technology to facilitate delivery of preventive interventions in the ED setting; 2) ED-based violence screening/interventions; 3) ED-based mental health screening/interventions. I am also very involved with public health on a national level, with a history of leadership roles in both SAEM and ACEP.  I am honored to be a new contributor to ALiEM, and welcome questions and feedback on my posts!



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Geriatric Emergency Medicine Fellow
University of North Carolina


After a PhD in Chemistry at UC-Berkeley and Medical School at Yale, I moved down south for residency at the University of North Carolina. I graduated in 2013 and stayed on for a fellowship in Geriatric EM, with an focus on medical education. My goal is to help bring to the forefront topics of interest within Geri-EM, and to invite discussion about them. Geri-EM is a rapidly growing specialty that will become even more important to the healthcare system, emergency medicine as a field, and to our daily practice in the decades ahead.



Sue Kim
User Experience / User Interaction / Visual Designer

I am excited to work on the redesign of ALiEM! I enjoy creating delightful experiences, making functional and beautiful things, and organizing information. I have a BA in Economics from Stanford University and a BFA in Graphic Design from California College of the Arts.



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