ALiEM In-Training Exam Prep Book: Emergency Medicine


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Why write this book?

Multiple studies in the education and psychology literature have shown that retrieval practice (also known as test-enhanced learning or practice testing) improves learning retention. With so much information to digest and remember in the field of emergency medicine, this book was written as a free tool for preparing for the In-Training Exam (ITE) or the actual ABEM written board exam. This book aligns with ALiEM’s mission to provide as much open-access resources as possible, and provides an alternative or additional resource to expensive test-question books.

How did this book come about?

This book is a prime example of crowdsourcing experts from around the United States. The idea for this book came about only a short 12 months before its completion and publication. It arose as part of a conversation within the 2015-16 ALiEM Chief Resident Incubator among chief residents around country, who wanted more resources to study from. The conversation rapidly changed from “why aren’t there more people who would write guides and publish study questions…?” to “why can’t WE do it?” In empowered fashion, an editorial team quickly organized. A call for multiple choice questions was announced in the Incubator and the Council of EM Residency Directors (CORD) listserv. The editors reviewed and edited the test questions as they were submitted using our custom online submission form over the academic year. Twelve months later, we are incredibly proud to present the free book in PDF and iBook format.


On November 22, 2016, the 2016-17 ALiEM Chief Resident Incubator team updated this book and created the second edition for quiz sets #1-5 (250 questions total). Broken links, typos, grammar, and erroneous questions were fixed. The editors-in-chief of this book are Dr. Michael Gottlieb, Dr. Rochelle Zarzar, and Philippe Bierny.


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How do I reference the books?

Question Sets #1-5 (Second Edition)

To reference to entire book:

Gottlieb M, Zarzar R, Bierny P, eds. ALiEM In-Training Exam Prep: Emergency Medicine (Question Sets #1-5), 2nd edition. San Francisco: ALiEM Publishing, 2016. ISBN 978-0-9907948-8-2

To reference a particular author:

Author A. In: Gottlieb M, Zarzar R, Bierny P, eds. ALiEM In-Training Exam Prep: Emergency Medicine (Question Sets #1-5), 2nd edition. San Francisco: ALiEM Publishing, 2016.

First Edition

Gottlieb M, Habrat D, Sheehy M, Zidovetzki S, Chou A, ed. ALiEM In-Training Exam Prep: Emergency Medicine. 1st edition. San Francisco: ALiEM Publishing, 2016. ISBN 978-0-9907948-7-5

Question Sets #6-8 (First Edition)

Battaglioli N, Chou A, Callahan M, Dyer S, Gottlieb M, eds. ALiEM In-Training Exam Prep: Emergency Medicine (Question Sets #6-8). San Francisco, CA: ALiEM Publishing; 2018. ISBN 978-0-9992825-1-9

Michael Gottlieb, MD, RDMS

Michael Gottlieb, MD, RDMS

Emergency Ultrasound Director
Rush University Medical Center
Chief Academic Officer
ALiEM Faculty Incubator
Michael Gottlieb, MD, RDMS


Emergency Ultrasound Director @RushEmergency, #FOAMed enthusiast, interested in #POCUS #FOAMus #MedEd. Social Media Editor @AcademicEmerMed.
Adaira Chou, MD

Adaira Chou, MD

Chief Operating Officer, 2015-16 ALiEM Chief Resident Incubator
Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency
Assistant Program Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Maggie Sheehy, MD, MSc

Maggie Sheehy, MD, MSc

Emergency Medicine Global Health Fellow
Massachusetts General Hospital;
Chief Operating Officer,
2016-17 Chief Resident Incubator
Maggie Sheehy, MD, MSc


MGH EM global health leadership and innovations fellow, medical anthropologist, traveler, lover of life, #FOAMed
Maggie Sheehy, MD, MSc

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Nikita Joshi, MD

Nikita Joshi, MD

ALiEM Chief People Officer and Associate Editor
Clinical Instructor
Department of Emergency Medicine
Stanford University
Nikita Joshi, MD


Emergency Medicine Doctor Associate Editor of ALiEM Gun Sense Advocate #FOAMed #Docs4GunSense #MomsDemandAction Tweets represent my own views and opinions