Welcome to the fourth 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.

Updated Definitions: AIR Stamp of Approval and Honorable Mentions

In an effort to truly emphasize the highest quality posts, we have now adjusted our selections into two subsets. 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 to highlight regardless of the point score (but still reflect accurate, appropriately referenced, and unbiased content). All posts will still be part of the quiz needed to obtain III credit.

AIR Series: Peripheral Vascular Disease

Below we have listed our selection of the 8 highest quality blog posts within the past 18 months (current as of October 2014) related to Peripheral Vascular Disease, curated and approved for residency training by the AIR Series Board. In this module we have 3 AIRs and 5 Honorable Mentions. We strive for comprehensiveness by selecting from a broad spectrum of blogs from the top 50 listing per the Social Media Index.

Take the quiz at ALiEMU
ALiEMU AIR Peripheral Vascular Disease 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 TitleAuthorDateLinkTitle
PV card: Diagnosis of DVT (ACCP guidelines)Michelle Lin, MDJanuary 24th, 2013ALiEM: DVT DiagnosisApproved Instructional Resource
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): Wells criteria and D-dimers happy togetherWilliam Paolo, MDApril 24th, 2014ALiEM: DVTApproved Instructional Resource
Rivaroxaban (Xarelto) for DVTRob Orman, MDMay 29, 2013ERCast: XareltoApproved Instructional Resource
Approach to Difficult Vascular AccessTerrance Lee, MDJanuary 15th, 2014ALiEM: Difficult AccessHonorable Mention
Mythbuster: No Maximum Dose of EnoxaparinBy Bryan D. Hayes, PharmD, FAACT|March 27th, 2013|ALiEM: Enoxaparin MythHonorable Mention
The Adventure of the Sussex VampireRory Spiegel, MDSeptember 13, 2014EMNerd: VampireHonorable Mention
SGEM#31: She’s Got Legs (Deep Vein Thrombosis and Thrombophlebitis)Ken Milne, MDApril 7th, 2013Skeptic’s Guide: ThrombophlebitisHonorable Mention
Why are we repeating an already negative lower extremity doppler?Andrew Grock, MDOctober 7th, 2013Clinical Monster: Repeat USHonorable Mention

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