Approved Instructional Resources – Professional (AIR Pro Series)

ModuleDate ReleasedTopicRecommended III Hours
01Sep 2015Cardiovascular Module2.5
02Nov 2015Trauma Module2.5
03Jan 2016Pediatrics Module3.5
04Apr 2016Critical Care (Part 1) Module2.5
05Jul 2016Critical Care (Part 2) Module3
06Sep 2016Toxicology (Part 1) Module3
07Dec 2016Toxicology (Part 2) Module4
08Apr 2017Gastroenterology Module3.5
09Nov 2017Neurology Module2.5

Take the ALiEMU AIR Pro Quizzes for III EM Conference Credit.

This series has concluded as of January 1, 2018.

Why create an AIR-Pro Series?

We created this series because the AIR Series has clearly filled a niche for III credit at over 65 U.S. EM residency programs. Many programs however struggle to give credit to the upper level resident completing the same material as the junior resident. We seek to use our expertise to determine upper level concepts and assist residency programs to promote asynchronous learning, online education, as well as reward residents who already effectively utilize blogs and podcasts in their lifelong learning plans.

To do this, we searched educational blogs and podcasts in a slightly different manner than the AIR Series.

AIR SeriesAIR-Pro Series
Date of blog post or podcast publicationWithin 12 months of search dateAnytime
Included list of blogs and podcasts for searchOnly the top 50 websites per the Social Media IndexA much broader list of blogs and podcasts maintained at
Included topicsAll topics within a large subject area, as listed on the CORD Tests schedule (e.g. pulmonary, gastrointestinal, …)A limited number of very focused, advanced-level clinical queries within the featured subject area

AIR vs AIR-Pro Series

How do we select the articles?

For each major subject category, 5 EM Chief Residents propose 3-5 advanced clinical questions. Using, an exhaustive comprehensive search is performed, finding all posts answering the clinical questions. These relevant posts are scored by 8 reviewers, among the AIR-Pro Board, using a revised version of the AIR Series scoring instrument. Depending on the redundancy of the highest scoring posts, 2-3 of these are selected to address each preselected question. To decrease any obvious bias, members of the AIR-Pro Board recuse themselves from evaluating posts they wrote or were directly involved in writing.

The AIR-Pro scoring instrument looks at five measurement outcomes, each using a Likert 7-point scale:

  1. Recency
  2. Content Accuracy
  3. Educational Utility for the Senior Resident
  4. Evidence Based Medicine
  5. Referenced

How is the scoring different from AIR?

There are 2 areas where the AIR-Pro scoring instrument differs from the previous AIR Series instrument.

  1. We replaced the Best Evidence in Emergency Medicine (BEEM) domain with Recency. Based on our experience with the AIR Series, we observed that many high-quality, advanced-level blogs and podcasts were older than 12 months old. This 12 month cut-off was created partly to avoid impractically long lists of blog posts and podcasts to review each month. Because the AIR-Pro Series asks very focused questions, we removed this timeframe cutoff. Instead, more recently published posts were slightly favored with higher awarded points.
  2. The Educational Utility domain specifically targeted senior residents and not just residents in general in order to identify more advanced level educational content.

AIR-Pro 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-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, appropriately referenced, and have a score of 26-27. All posts will still be part of the quiz needed to obtain III credit. 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.

More background information about III

Read more at the AIR Series informational page.

I am an EM resident desiring III credit for AIR-Pro content

Please speak with your program director about this possibility. If you are told that the AIR-Pro series is approved for credit at your institution, complete the end-of-module quiz below and your participation will be recorded for your program director. Of course, you are always welcome to take the quiz for your own learning purposes.

I am an EM residency program interested in implementing the AIR-Pro series for III credit

If you already have administrative access to the Google Drive document with all resident participants in the AIR Series, you will automatically have access to the AIR Pro Administrative Spreadsheet as well. If you do not, please contact us for log-in access.

Frequency of AIR-Pro Series Modules

We plan to release new curated lists approximately every 2 months.

Members of AIR-Pro Board

  • Annalee Baker MD, Assistant Program Director, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center
  • Rob Bryant MD, Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Robert Cooney MD, Associate Program Director, Geisinger Emergency Medicine Residency Program
  • Michael Craddick DO, Chief Resident, University of Illinois COM at Peoria
  • George Hughes MD, Chief Resident, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Sam Ghali MD, Emergency Medicine Faculty, University of Kentucky Medical Center
  • Jonathan Giordano MD, Chief Resident, Maimonides Medical Center
  • Michelle Lin MD, ALiEM Editor-in-Chief, UCSF Associate Professor and Academy Endowed Chair for EM Education
  • Travis Manasco MD, Chief Resident, Boston Medical Center
  • Sean McGann MD, Chief Resident, Maimonides Medical Center
  • Meg Pusateri MD, Chief Resident, University of Louisville
  • Lynn Roppolo, MD,  Associate Program Director and Associate Professor, University of Texas Southwestern Department of EM
  • Salim Rezaie MD, Creator & Founder R.E.B.E.L. E.M, Clinical Assistant Professor EM/IM, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • Jeff Riddell MD, Education Fellow, University of Washington
  • Audrey Sanford MD, Chief Resident, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Nana Sefa MD, Chief Residenty, William Beaumont Hospital
  • Seth Trueger MD, Emergency Physician, Northwestern University
  • J. Scott Wieters MD, Associate Editor R.E.B.E.L. E.M, Co-Host EMStud podcast, Director of Undergraduate Medical Education for The Texas A&M EM Residency Program 
  • Fareen Zaver MD, ALiEM AIR-PRO Lead Editor and Emergency Physician, University of Calgary

Michelle Lin, MD
ALiEM Founder and CEO
Professor and Digital Innovation Lab Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
Michelle Lin, MD


Professor of Emerg Med at UCSF-Zuckerberg SF General. ALiEM Founder @aliemteam #PostitPearls at Bio:
Michelle Lin, MD