Welcome to the second ALiEM Approved Instructional Resources (AIR) Module! In an effort to reward our readers for the reading and learning they are already doing online, we have created an Individual Interactive Instruction (III) opportunity utilizing FOAM resources for US Emergency Medicine residents. For each module, the 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 Google Drive database, which participating residency program directors can access to provide proof of completion.

AIR Series: Head, Ear, Eye, Nose and Throat (HEENT)

Below we have listed our selection of the 6 highest quality blog posts related to HEENT, curated and approved for residency training by the AIR Series Board. We attempted to be as comprehensive as possible by selecting from a broad spectrum of blogs from the top 25 list per the Social Media Index. In fact, we went back more than our usual 12 month cutoff, because of the paucity of HEENT blog posts relevant to Emergency Medicine.

Take the quiz at ALiEMU
ALiEMU AIR HEENT 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

DescriptorArticle TitleAuthorDateBlog SourceLink
Review of tetracaine prescriptions, floaters, appropriate follow-up, and eye ultrasoundEye Emergencies, “Answers”Anand Swaminathan MDJuly 1, 2014EMlyceumEye Emergencies
Review of epistaxis including anterior versus posterior, treatment devices, and antibiotics after packingEpistaxis, “Answers”Anand Swaminathan MDOctober 12, 2013EMlyceumEpistaxis
Review of hyphemasHalf an 8 BallChris Nickson, MD2010Life In The Fast LaneHyphema
Review of the differential diagnosis and clinical distinguishing findings for a red eye.The Red Eye ChallengeChris Nickson, MD2010Life In The Fast LaneThe Red Eye
Review of the many uses of ocular ultrasound in the Emergency Departmentthe ocular ultrasoundChris Nickson, MD2010Life In The Fast LaneOcular Ultrasound
Review of the diagnosis and management of Epiglottitis.Adult Epiglottitis: Not just a hot potatoTanya Viaznikova MDJuly 1, 2014BoringEM (moved to CanadiEM)Adult Epiglottitis

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