About Fareen Zaver, MD

Lead Editor/Co-Founder of ALiEM Approved Instructional Resources - Professional (AIR-Pro)
Champion, 2016-17 ALiEM Chief Resident Incubator
Board Member, 2016-17 ALiEM Wellness Think Tank
Clinical Lecturer, Emergency Physician
University of Calgary Emergency Department
22 01, 2017

Emergency Medicine WELLNESS WEEK – An international collaboration & call to action!

“Dear colleagues. The unbearable has happened…last Friday we discovered that one of our residents was tragically taken from us… It appears that the resident took their own life in response to acute grief…”

– Dr. Christopher Doty (Program Director, University of Kentucky EM Residency Program)


Wellness weekCalling ALL Emergency Medicine (EM) physicians – residents and attendings alike! 
It shouldn’t take Dr. Doty’s story or the loss by the resident’s family, friends, and colleagues suffered in order for us to recognize the importance of wellness. Our specialty is known to be high risk and it is surprising that we are so late to the game to try and change that. Well, together we can. We are a strong group of people. We see, hear, touch, and smell things that would make the average person nauseous. We are problem solvers and leaders.

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27 12, 2016

AIR-Pro: Toxicology (Part 2)

Welcome to the Toxicology (Part 2) AIR-Pro Module. Below we have listed our selection of the 12 highest quality blog posts related to 5 advanced level questions on toxicology topics posed, curated, and approved for residency training by the AIR-Pro Series Board. The blogs relate to the following questions:

  1. One-pill-could-kill ingestions for pediatrics patients
  2. Decontamination techniques
  3. Physostigmine
  4. Alcohol Withdrawal
  5. High dose insulin therapy

In this module, we have 8 AIR-Pro’s and 4 Honorable Mentions. To strive for comprehensiveness, we selected from a broad spectrum of blogs identified through FOAMSearch.net and FOAMSearcher.

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4 12, 2016

ALiEM Book Club | Show and Tell by Dan Roam

“Its all about the audience” is a nice sentiment, but only half true”
― Dan Roam, author of “Show and Tell” book

show-tell bookPublic speaking and presentation building skills are critical aspects of medical education and academic careers. Despite how important it is to develop these skills, many educators often “wing it” or copy the same boring format they have seen in the past. Show and Tell: How Everybody Can Make Extraordinary Presentations by Dan Roam is a worthy investment for anyone seeking to improve their public speaking skills. And this concise book stands out among the plethora of books available in this genre; not only is it refreshingly simplified, but it is also uniquely visually appealing.

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26 09, 2016

AIR-Pro: Toxicology (Part 1)

Welcome to the Toxicology (Part 1) AIR-Pro Module. Below we have listed our selection of the 10 highest quality blog posts related to 5 advanced level questions on toxicology topics posed, curated, and approved for residency training by the AIR-Pro Series Board. The blogs relate to the following questions:

  1. Flumazenil in benzodiazepine overdose
  2. Acetaminophen – drawing and timing of levels
  3. Opioid overdoses
  4. Acetaminophen toxicity related to liver transplant
  5. Salicylates and hemodialysis

In this module, we have 6 AIR-Pro’s and 4 Honorable Mentions. To strive for comprehensiveness, we selected from a broad spectrum of blogs identified through FOAMSearch.net and FOAMSearcher.We have a brand new chief resident team and want to thank the out-going team for all of their support!

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5 07, 2016

AIR-Pro Series: Critical Care (part 2) Module

Welcome to the Critical Care (Part 2) Block!

Below we have listed our selection of the highest quality posts related to 4 advanced level questions on critical care topics posed, curated, and approved for senior residents by the AIR-Pro Series Board. The blogs relate to the following questions:

  1. Advanced ventilatory management
  2. Submassive pulmonary embolism management
  3. Hypotensive intubation
  4. End of life discussion

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-Pro stamp of approval will only be given to posts scoring above a strict scoring cut-off of ≥28 points (out of 35 total), based on our AIR-Pro scoring instrument, which is slightly different from our original AIR Series scoring instrument. The other subset is for “Honorable Mention” posts. These posts have been flagged by and agreed upon by AIR-Pro Board members as worthwhile, accurate, unbiased and useful to senior residents. Only the posts with the AIR-Pro stamp of approval will be part of the quiz needed to obtain III credit. To decrease the repetitive nature of posts relating to these advanced concepts, we did not always include every post found that met the score of ≥28 points.

Take the quiz at ALiEMU
ALiEMU AIR-Pro Critical Care (Part 2) block quiz

Interested in taking the quiz for fun or asynchronous (Individualized Interactive Instruction) credit? Please go to the above link. You will need to create a one-time login account if you haven’t already.

Highlighted AIR-Pro posts

Article Title Author Date Link Title
Taking ownership of the ventilator Evan Miller & Maxim Dzeba April 21, 2016 EM Docs: Ventilator management AIR-PRO
Mechanical ventilation in ARDS: 2014 update Matthew Hoffman May 12, 2014 PulmCCM: Mechanical Ventilation AIR-PRO
Thrombolysis for submassive pulmonary embolism Chris Nickson Jan 7, 2016 LITFL: Thrombolysis for submassive PE AIR-PRO
Controversies of thrombolytics for pulmonary embolism Brit Long May 28, 2016 EM Docs: Controversies in thrombolytics AIR-PRO
How to intubate a patient with hypotension Scott Weingart Aug 5, 2013 EM Crit: Hemodynamic kills AIR-PRO
Intubating the critically ill patient Zach Radwine Jan 6, 2014 EM Docs: Intubating the critically ill AIR-PRO
DNR means do not treat… and other end of life care myths Ashley Shreves Aug 2014 EP Monthly: DNR means do not treat AIR-PRO
Dominating the vent: Part 1 Scott Weingart May 24, 2010 EM Crit: Dominating the vent (1) Honorable Mention
Dominating the vent: Part 2 Scott Weingart June 1, 2010 EM Crit: Dominating the vent (2) Honorable Mention
Pulmonary embolism treatment options Scott Weingart & Oren Friedman July 14, 2014 EM Crit: Pulmonary Embolism Honorable Mention
Critical care palliation Scott Weingart & Ashley Shreves Feb 18, 2013 EM Crit: Critical care palliation Honorable Mention

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us!

20 04, 2016

AIR Pro Series: Critical Care, Part 1 (2016)

Below we have listed our selection of the 12 highest quality blog posts related to 5 advanced level questions on critical care topics posed, curated, and approved for residency training by the AIR-Pro Series Board. The blogs relate to the following questions:

  1. Ultrasound fluid assessment
  2. Ultrasound in critical care
  3. Vasopressors for critical care patients
  4. Peripheral intravenous vasopressor administration
  5. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation basics

In this module, we have 8 AIR-Pro’s and 4 honorable mentions. To strive for comprehensiveness, we selected from a broad spectrum of blogs identified through FOAMSearch.net.

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