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Welcome to the AIR Vascular 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 online content related to vascular emergencies in the Emergency Department. 9 blog posts met our standard of online excellence and were curated and approved for residency training by the AIR Series Board. We identified 3 AIR and 6 Honorable Mentions. We recommend programs give 4.5 hours (about 30 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 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.

Interested in taking the Vascular 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: Vascular Emergencies

EMDocsBlunt CVISimon Sarkisian, DO and Zach Sletten, MD4 Jan 2021AIR
EMDocsCVTTony Spadaro, MD and Kevin Scott, MD21 Sep 2020AIR
EMDocsAortic DissectionDrew Long, MD17 Aug 2020AIR
EMDocsDifficult Vascular AccessRichard Cunningham, MD and Geoffrey Comp, DO27 Jan 2021HM
PedsEM morselsTraumatic Vertebral Artery DissectionSean Fox, MD16 Apr 2021HM
PedsEM morselsBlunt CVISean Fox, MD15 Jan 2021HM
Rebel EMRebel Core: Superficial Venous ThrombosisAnand Swaminathan, MD24 Feb 2021HM
Rebel EMRebel Core: AAAAnand Swaminathan, MD10 Feb 2021HM
Rebel EMBlunt CVISalim Rezaie, MD28 Dec 2020HM

(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! More in-depth information regarding the Social Media Index.

Thank you to the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) and the Council of EM Residency Directors (CORD) for jointly sponsoring the AIR Series! We are thrilled to partner with both on shaping the future of medical education.

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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