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