Welcome to the AIR Trauma 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 trauma emergencies. 8 blog posts within the past 12 months (as of January 2020) met our standard of online excellence and were curated and approved for residency training by the AIR Series Board. We identified 2 AIR and 6 Honorable Mentions. We recommend programs give 4 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.


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Highlighted Quality Posts: Trauma Emergencies

Pediatric ConcussionMizuho Morrison, DOJanuary 28, 2019AIR
Significance of a traumatic pneumothorax or hemothorax on CT onlyMichelle Lin, MDJanuary 23, 2019AIR
CRASH3Josh Farkas, MDOctober 14, 2019HM
EAST Blunt Cerebrovascular Injury Guidelines ReviewKelly Wong, MDMarch 4, 2019HM
Wounds and Lacerations in the EDJenna Bryant, MD and Joby Thoppil, MD/PhdSeptember 16, 2019HM
Top Trauma Papers 2018-2019Simon Carley, MDMarch 6, 2019HM
Pressure in Polytrauma with TBIKelly Rath, ACNP and Adam Gottula, MDApril 19, 2019HM
Pediatric Cervical Spine InjurySean Fox, MDFebruary 8, 2019HM

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

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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.

From the ALiEM AIR Executive Board and ALiEMU Team

  • Bryant Allen
  • Farhad Aziz
  • Jeremy Branzetti
  • Hari Bhatt
  • Chris Belcher
  • Adam Evans
  • Sean Fox
  • Chris Gaafary
  • Andrew Grock
  • Jacob Hennings
  • Jaime Jordan
  • Nikita Joshi
  • Jay Khadpe
  • Steven Lai
  • Michelle Lin
  • Allie Min
  • Eric Morley
  • Lynn Roppolo
  • Matthew Rosen
  • Kaushal Shah
  • Anand Swaminathan
  • Wes Trueblood
  • Natasha Wheaton
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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