Welcome to the Gastroenterology AIR-Pro Module. Below we have listed our selection of the 10 highest quality blog posts related to 4 advanced level questions on toxicology topics posed, curated, and approved for residency training by the AIR-Pro Series Board. The blogs relate to the following questions:

  1. Cirrhosis and variceal bleeding
  2. Food impaction
  3. Management of diverticulitis
  4. Airway management in the gastrointestinal bleed

In this module, we have 8 AIR-Pro’s and 2 Honorable Mentions. To strive for comprehensiveness, we selected from a broad spectrum of blogs identified through FOAMSearch.net and FOAMSearcher.

AIR-Pro Stamp of Approval and Honorable Mentions

In an effort to truly emphasize the highest quality posts, we have 2 subsets of recommended resources. The AIR-Pro stamp of approval will only be given to posts scoring above a strict scoring cut-off of ≥28 points (out of 35 total), based on our AIR-Pro scoring instrument, which is slightly different from our original AIR Series scoring instrument. The other subset is for “Honorable Mention” posts. These posts have been flagged by and agreed upon by AIR-Pro Board members as worthwhile, accurate, unbiased and useful to senior residents. To decrease the repetitive nature of posts relating to these advanced concepts, we did not always include every post found that met the score of ≥28 points.

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ALiEMU AIR-Pro Gastrointestinal block quiz

Gastrointestinal 2017: Recommended III credit hours

3.5 hours (20 minutes per article, 30 minutes for articles with podcasts)

ALiEM: Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding: Evidence-Based TreatmentSalim RezaieMarch 12, 2014AIR-Pro
emDocs: Approach to the Sick Cirrhotic PatientBrit LongOct 21, 2015AIR-Pro
PulmCrit: Coagulopathy management in the bleeding cirrhoticJosh FarkasDec 7, 2015AIR-Pro
SGEM: Glucagon for Esophageal Foreign Body ImpactionKen MilneFeb 2, 2017AIR-Pro
BestBets: Use of Glucagon for Esophageal Food Bolus ObstructionJo Lorains & Shweta GidwaniMarch 11, 2015AIR-Pro
CORE EM: Antibiotics vs Observation in Uncomplicated DiverticulitisChristian KoziatekDec 29, 2016AIR-Pro
emDocs: Diverticulitis: Questioning Current PracticeCharley RandazzoApril 15, 2015AIR-Pro
emDocs: Intubating the Gastrointestinal BleederAngela HuaJan 14, 2016AIR-Pro
EMCrit: Intubating the Critical GI BleederScott WeingartJune 21, 2009Honorable Mention
REBEL EM: Glucagon for Food BolusesSalim RezaieJan 2, 2017Honorable Mention


Fareen Zaver, MD

Fareen Zaver, MD

Chief Operating Officer, Chief Resident Incubator 2017-18
Lead Editor/Co-Founder of ALiEM Approved Instructional Resources - Professional (AIR-Pro)
Champion, 2016-17 ALiEM Chief Resident Incubator
Board Member, 2016-17 ALiEM Wellness Think Tank
Deputy Head - Education and Clinical Assistant Professor for Emergency Medicine
University of Calgary Emergency Department
Fareen Zaver, MD


@UCalgaryEM Clinical Educator, interests in transition to practice, gender equity, #FOAMed @ALiEMteam & @WeAreCanadiEM #Meded #genderequity