Welcome to the Infectious Disease Module! After carefully reviewing all relevant posts from the top 50 sites of the Social Media Index the ALiEM AIR Team is proud to present the highest quality procedure content. Below we have listed our selection of the 18 highest quality blog posts within the past 12 months (as of August 2016) related to Infectious Disease emergencies, curated and approved for residency training by the AIR Series Board. More specifically in this module, we identified 2 AIRs and 16 Honorable Mentions. We recommend programs give 6 hours (about 20 minutes per article) of III credit for this module.

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 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.

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Highlighted Quality Posts on Infectious Diseases

Article TitleAuthorDateLabel
EMLyceum: Diarrhea, “Answers”Salil Bhadari, MDNovember 2, 2015AIR
EMCrit: PulmCrit- Neurocritical care of the comatose meningitis patientJosh Farkas, MDDecember 21, 2015AIR
EMCrit: Evidence-based treatment for severe community-acquired pneumoniaJosh Farkas, MDAugust 16, 2016Honorable Mention
EMCrit: PulmCrit: Which patients admitted for pneumonia need MRSA coverage?Josh Farkas, MDJuly 18, 2016Honorable Mention
First10EM: Articles of the month Special Edition: Pediatric UTIJustin Morgenstern, MDFebruary 2, 2016Honorable Mention
PedsEMMorsels: UTI Empiric AntibioticsSean Fox, MDApril 15, 2016Honorable Mention
PedsEMMorsels: Sickle Cell Disease and FeverSean Fox, MDMarch 18, 2016Honorable Mention
ALiEM: Zika Virus: What emergency department providers need to knowLauren Pike, MD and Julian Villar, MDFebruary 15, 2016Honorable Mention
PEMBlog: The Febrile Infant – University of Cincinnati Emergency Medicine CollaborationBrad Sobolewski, MDMarch 1, 2016Honorable Mention
EMDocs: Blood Cultures: When Do They Make a Meaningful Impact on Clinical CareDesiree Brooks, MDApril 23, 2016Honorable Mention
CoreEM: Spinal Epidural AbscessLatrice Triplett, MDDecember 30, 2015Honorable Mention
EMDocs: Fever in the Returning TravelerNazanin Meshkat, MD, Matthew Muller, Keerat Grewal, MD, Anton Helman MDApril 2015Honorable Mention
EMDocs: Lactate in Sepsis: Pearls & PitfallsErik Hofmann, MDMarch 6, 2016Honorable Mention
REBEL EM: Trimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole for Uncomplicated Skin Abscesses?Salim Rezaie, MDMarch 10, 2016Honorable Mention
EMDocs: Updates on Recommendations For STI Treatments & Empiric Therapy: When to Treat and What to Treat Depending on your PatientAdrianna Levesque, MDMarch 3, 2016Honorable Mention
EMCrit: Steroids in septic shock: Four misconceptions and one truthJosh Farkas, MDJuly 12, 2015Honorable Mention
PedsEMMorsels: Bulging FontanelleSean Fox, MDMarch 4, 2016Honorable Mention

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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