ALiEM AIR- respiratory module 2023

Welcome to the AIR Respiratory Module! After carefully reviewing all relevant posts in the past 12 months from the top 50 sites of the Digital Impact Factor [1], the ALiEM AIR Team is proud to present the highest quality online content related to related to respiratory diseases in the Emergency Department. 6 blog posts met our standard of online excellence and were approved for residency training by the AIR Series Board. More specifically, we identified 3 AIR and 3 Honorable Mentions. We recommend programs give 3 hours 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 2 subsets of recommended resources. The AIR stamp of approval is awarded only 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.

Take the AIR Respiratory Module at ALiEMU

Interested in taking the AIR quiz for fun or asynchronous (Individualized Interactive Instruction) credit? Please go to the above link. You will need to create a free, 1-time login account.

Highlighted Quality Posts: Respiratory

EMCritIBCC: Asthma Josh Farkas, MDApril 12, 2023AIR
EMCritIBCC: Severe Community Acquired PneumoniaJosh Farkas, MDOctober 11, 2022AIR
EM DocsEmpyema: ED Presentation, Evaluation, and ManagementHeath Garner, MDApril 11, 2022AIR
Rebel EMPigtail Catheter vs Large Bore Chest Tube for PneumothoraxJessica DiPeri, MDDecember 1, 2022HM
The Skeptics Guide to EMHey Ho! High Flow vs Standard O2 therapy for hospitalized children with respiratory failureDennis Ren, MDApril 22, 2023HM
PEM BlogWhy we do what we do: Treatments for severe asthmaBrad Sobolewski, MDAugust 23, 2022HM

(AIR = Approved Instructional Resource; HM = Honorable Mention)

If you have any questions or comments on the AIR series, or this AIR module, please contact us!


  1. Lin M, Phipps M, Chan TM, et al. Digital Impact Factor: A Quality Index for Educational Blogs and Podcasts in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. Ann Emerg Med. 2023;82(1):55-65. doi:10.1016/j.annemergmed.2023.02.011, PMID 36967275



Chris Belcher, MD

Chris Belcher, MD

Editor, ALiEM AIR Series
Assistant Professor and Assistant Program Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Chris Belcher, MD

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