Welcome to the eighth ALiEM Approved Instructional Resources (AIR) Module! In 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.

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 new, 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.

AIR Series: GU/Renal

Below we have listed our selection of the 11 highest quality blog posts within the past 12 months (current as of January 2015) related to genitourinary and renal disease, curated and approved for residency training by the AIR Series Board. In this module we have 5 AIRs and 6 Honorable Mentions. We strive for comprehensiveness by selecting from a broad spectrum of blogs from the top 50 listing per the Social Media Index. We found 5 high quality, AIR worthy articles about the recent New England Journal article “ultrasonography versus computed tomography for suspected nephrolithiasis”. We selected the highest scoring post as an official selection, but included the rest in second table below. They have all scored ≥ 30 as well and are well worth a read or listen.

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 4 hours (just over 20 minutes per article) of III for this module.

Take the quiz at ALiEMU
ALiEMU AIR GU/Renal block quiz

Interested in taking the quiz for fun or asynchronous (Individualized Interactive Instruction) credit? Please go to the above link. You will need to create a one-time login account if you haven’t already.

Highlighted Quality Posts

Article TitleAuthorDateLinkCategory
10 reasons NOT to order a CT scan for suspected renal colicDaniel Firestone, MD RDMSMarch 10, 2014ALiEM: No CT for Renal ColicApproved Instructional Resource
Ultrasound For The Win: 46F with Right Abdominal and Flank Pain #US4TWJeffrey Shih, MDFebruary 24, 2015ALiEM: US4TW Right Abdominal PainApproved Instructional Resource
Does Use of Tamsulosin in Renal Colic Facilitate Stone Passage?Anand Swaminathan, MDAugust 7th, 2015Rebel: Tamsulosin for Kidney StonesApproved Instructional Resource
RCT of ED Renal Ultrasound for renal colicAndy Neill, MDSeptember 22, 2014EMIreland: RCT US for Renal ColicApproved Instructional Resource
Ultrasound For The Win: 22M with Scrotal Pain #US4TWJeffrey Shih, MDFebruary 12, 2015ALiEM: US 4TW, Scrotal PainApproved Instructional Resource
Piperacillin/Tazobactam and Risk of Acute Kidney Injury with VancomycinBryan D. Hayes, PharmD, FAACTMay 20, 2014ALiEM: Pip and Vanco and AKIHonorable Mention
SGEM#71: Like a Rolling Kidney Stone (A Systematic Review of Renal Colic)Dr. Anthony (Tony) SeupaulApril 11, 2014SGEM: Tamulosin for Renal ColicHonorable Mention
Sadly Inadequate Cochrane Review of Renal ColicRyan Radecki, MDApril 21, 2014EMLitofNote: Tamulosin Cochrane ReviewHonorable Mention
Saving Balls 101: Inguinoscrotal MassessCamille Wu, MBBS, FRACSJanuary 31, 2014DFTB: Inguinoscrotal MassessHonorable Mention
PV Card: Testicular Ultrasound for Torsion and EpididymitisScott Kobner, MDJanuary 22, 2015ALiEM: Testicular USHonorable Mention
Saving Balls 101: The Acute ScrotumCamille Wu, MBBS, FRACSJanuary 6, 2014DFTB: The Acute ScrotumHonorable Mention

Extra Resources

Article TitleAuthorDateLinkCategory
Author Insight: Ultrasonography versus CT for suspected nephrolithiasis | NEJMMichelle Lin, MDMarch 24th, 2015ALiEM: NEJM US vs CT Author DiscussionApproved Instructional Resource
SGEM#97: Hippy Hippy Shake – Ultrasound Vs. CT Scan for Diagnosing Renal ColicDr. Tony Seupaul and Dr. Spencer Wright.11/24/2014SGEM: NEJM US vs CT scanApproved Instructional Resource
Farewell, CT Stone ProtocolRyan Radecki9/19/2014EMLitofNote: US vs CT NEJMApproved Instructional Resource
The bell tolls for renal colic CTRob Orman, MD1/23/2015ERCast: US vs CT NEJMApproved Instructional Resource

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us!

Andrew Grock, MD

Andrew Grock, MD

Lead Editor/Co-Founder of ALiEM Approved Instructional Resources (AIR)
Faculty Physician, Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
UCLA Emergency Medicine Department