Why create the AIR Series?

We created the Approved Instructional Resources (AIR) series because we have observed residencies struggle in evaluating which blog posts and podcasts are appropriate and high quality for resident education. Often residents independently access FOAM resources available online, but do not receive training credit for this. We seek to use our expertise to bridge this divide by assisting residency programs to promote asynchronous learning, online education, as well as reward residents who already effectively utilize FOAM resources.

 

What is III and how does this count for credit?

In 2008, the Council of Residency Directors (CORD) in Emergency Medicine as well as the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) endorsed a change in the education hours requirements for residencies. Previously, five hours of educational conference time was required per week. The new recommendation allows residencies to decrease their conference time to four hours per week with an additional one hour of documented asynchronous learning outside the classroom. This asynchronous learning opportunity has been termed Individualized Interactive Instruction (III).

More specifically, the 4 III criteria are the following:

  1. The program director must monitor resident participation. – We provide PDs administrative access to the Educator Dashboard on ALiEMU, the learning management platform for the AIR Series.
  2. There must be an evaluation component. – We have a post-module quiz.
  3. There must be faculty oversight. – We have faculty who are automatically emailed whenever there is a comment placed in the blog. If there is a question, we reply in a timely fashion.
  4. The activity must be monitored for effectiveness. – We have an internal QI process as well as a post-module survey to incorporate learner feedback.

We thus feel that this ALiEM AIR Series abides by these III requirements.

How are the AIR articles selected?

The 9-person Executive Board reviews numerous FOAM resources and scores each on an objective grading system designed for this series. We curate relevant posts from top blogs and podcasts, as graded by the Social Media Index, with the inclusion criteria of publication date within the past 12 months. If this list of posts is insufficient, we broaden to a longer time interval. We do not claim an exhaustively comprehensive search, but feel that we ultimately highlight quality posts for residency education.

The cumulative highest scoring posts from each module are selected. To decrease any obvious bias, members of the Executive Board recuse themselves from evaluating posts they wrote or were directly involved in writing. Our scoring tool looks at five measurement outcomes, each using a Likert 7-point scale:

  • BEEM Score
  • Content Accuracy
  • Educational Utility
  • Evidence Based Medicine
  • Referenced

Definitions: AIR Stamp of Approval and Honorable Mentions

In an effort to truly emphasize the highest quality posts, we have now adjusted our selections into two subsets. The AIR stamp of approval will only be given to posts scoring above a new, 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 to highlight regardless of the point score (but still reflect accurate, appropriately referenced, and unbiased content). All posts will still be part of the quiz needed to obtain III credit.

The actual grading instrument can be viewed in this AIR Series Grading Tool PDF.

AIR Modules

Go to the ALiEMU Courses page (filtered for AIR Series only) to take all the courses and quizzes. Of note, we will be retiring courses if they are older than 3 years for the sake of content accuracy, as evidence evolves over time. As of January 2021, over 40,000 certificates have been awarded for AIR courses.

I am an EM Resident desiring III credit

Please speak with your program director about this possibility. If you are told that the AIR series is approved for credit, complete the end-of-module quiz and your participation will be tracked. Of course, you are always welcome to take the quiz for your own learning purposes.

I am an EM residency program interested in implementing this series for III credit

Updated January 2021:

Please read more on coaching and our Educator Dashboard. Please contact us if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

Sponsorship

The AIR Series is generously support and sponsored by the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine and the Council of EM Residency Directors.

ALiEM AIR Series | Neurology 2022 Module

Welcome to the AIR Neurology 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 neurological emergencies in the Emergency Department. 5 blog posts met our standard of online excellence and were curated and approved for residency training by the AIR Series Board. We identified 2 AIR and 3 Honorable Mentions. We recommend programs give 3 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.

Take the AIR Neurology Quiz at ALiEMU

Interested in taking the AIR 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: Neurological Emergencies

SiteArticleAuthorDateLabel
EMDocsCauda Equina Syndrome: Why do we miss it? How to improve?John H. Priester, MD and Mark Bisanzo, MD13 Jun 2021AIR
EMCritSpinal Epidural AbscessJosh Farkas, MD25 Feb 2022AIR
Clinical MonsterMust Be Blood on the BrainMolly Piccione, DO3 June 2021HM
EMCritNeuro emergencies in pregnancyJosh Farkas, MD23 Feb 2022HM
EMCritNeuro-onc emergenciesJosh Farkas, MD2 June 2022HM

(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.

ALiEM AIR Series | CVA 2022 Module

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Welcome to the AIR CVA 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 CVA emergencies in the Emergency Department. 7 blog posts met our standard of online excellence and were curated and approved for residency training by the AIR Series Board. We identified 2 AIR and 5 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.

 

Take the AIR CVA Quiz at ALiEMU

 

Interested in taking the AIR 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: CVA Emergencies

SiteArticleAuthorDateLabel
EMCritTime is Brain – AIS part 1Casey Albin, MD and Neha Dangayach, MD15 Feb 2022AIR
EMCritTime is Brain- AIS part 2Casey Albin, MD and Neha Dangayach, MD30 Mar 2022AIR
EMDocsDiagnosis and Neurointerventional Management of Large Vessel Occlusion Acute Ischemic StrokeZack Brady, MD and Maggie Moran, MD28 Mar 2022HM
EMdocsIntracerebral Hemorrhage: Diagnosis, Emergency Management, and PrognosisDaniel Bak, MD and Matthew Siket, MD, MSc, FACEP11 Oct 2021HM
EMCritIBCC – SAHJosh Farkas, MD8 Jun 2021HM
EMCritIBCC – AISJosh Farkas, MD12 Jun 2021HM
ALiEMAre Thrombolytics Safe for Acute Ischemic Strokes in Patients on DOACs?Bryan D. Hayes, PharmD, DABAT, FAACT, FASHP and Mike O’Brien, PharmD2 Apr 2022HM

(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.

ALiEM AIR Series | Non-ACS Cardiology 2022 Module

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Welcome to the AIR non-ACS cardiology 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 non-ACS cardiology emergencies in the Emergency Department. 12 blog posts met our standard of online excellence and were curated and approved for residency training by the AIR Series Board. We identified 5 AIR and 7 Honorable Mentions. We recommend programs give 6 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.

Take the AIR non-ACS cardiology Quiz at ALiEMU

Interested in taking the AIR 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: non-ACS Emergencies

SiteArticleAuthorDateLabel
EMCritPericardial tamponadeJosh Farkas, MD11/10/2021AIR
EMCritMonomorphic VT stormJosh Farkas, MD11/29/2021AIR
EMCritTorsade de pointesJosh Farkas, MD11/22/2021AIR
EMCritBradycardiaJosh Farkas, MD11/20/2021AIR
EMDocsTranscatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Complications in the EDSam Rouleau, MD11/15/2021AIR
Peds EM morselsPediatric VADChristyn Magill, MD25 June 2021HM
EMCritCardiogenic shock & severe LV failureJosh Farkas, MD11/25/2021HM
EMCritRight Ventricular failure due to pulmonary hypertensionJosh Farkas, MD8/20/2021HM
EMCritEndocarditisJosh Farkas, MD7/4/2021HM
EMCritAtrial Fibrillation (AF) & Flutter complicating critical illnessJosh Farkas, MD2/8/2021HM
EMDocs Left atrial appendage closure: procedure basics, complications, and managementKC Collier, MD12/6/2021HM
EMDocsElectrical cardioversion in the ED: who crashes and how to improveRachel Lynn Graves, MD7/6/2021HM

(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.

ALiEM AIR Series | ACS 2022 Module

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Welcome to the AIR ACS 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 ACS emergencies in the Emergency Department. 7 blog posts met our standard of online excellence and were curated and approved for residency training by the AIR Series Board. We identified 4 AIR and 3 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.

Take the AIR ACS Quiz at ALiEMU

Interested in taking the ACS 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: ACS Emergencies

SiteArticleAuthor(s)DateLabel
EM CasesReciprocal Change and Occlusion MIJesse McLaren, MD10 Aug 2021AIR
EM CasesWellen’s Syndrome, Re-occlusion, and MIJesse McLaren, MD13 Jul 2021AIR
EM CasesHyperAcute T waves and Occlusion MIJesse McLaren, MD4 May 2021AIR
EM CasesST elevations mnemonic and Occlusion MIJesse McLaren, MD12 Jan 2021AIR
Rebel EMThe OMI/NOMI ParadigmSalim Rezaie, MD and Tarlan Hedayati, MD3 Oct 2021HM
Dr. Smith’s ECG blogAccuracy of OMI ECG findings versus STEMI criteria for diagnosis of acute OMISteve Smith, MD and Pendell Myers, MD12 Apr 2021HM
emDocsCocaine and ST elevationBrannon Inman, MD and Lloyd Tannenbaum, MD10 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.

ALiEM AIR Series | OB/Gyn 2021 Module

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Welcome to the AIR OB/Gyn 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 OB/Gyn emergencies in the Emergency Department. 8 blog posts 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.

Take the AIR OB/Gyn Quiz at ALiEMU

Interested in taking the OB/Gyn 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: OB/Gyn Emergencies

SiteArticleAuthorDateLabel
ALiEMDoxycycline vs Azithromycin: 2020 CDC Guideline updateKory London, MD13 Jan 2021AIR
emDOCsEclampsia in the EDKyrra Engle, ScM, Alessandra Della Porta,Zoe Kornberg, MD, MPH, Kasha Bornstein24 May 2021AIR
RebelEMRespiratory failure and airway management in the pregnant patientMarina Boushra, MD31 Dec 2020HM
RebelEMPostpartum HemorrhageAnand Swaminathan, MD11 Nov 2020HM
emDOCsPelvic UltrasoundDiana Halloran, MD and Matthew R Klein, MD, MPH14 Jul 2021HM
emDOCsDisseminated Gonococcal InfectionYenimar Ventura, MD; Muhammad Waseem, MD, MS17 May 2021HM
emDOCsNon-Pregnant Vaginal BleedingEmily Guy, MD and Julie T. Vieth, MBChB18 Jan 2021HM
emDOCsED Evaluation and Management of Non-Obstetric Abdominal Pain in the Pregnant PatientMarina Boushra, MD6 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.

ALiEM AIR Series | Vascular 2021 Module

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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

SiteArticleAuthorDateLabel
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.

ALiEM AIR Series | Endocrine 2021 Module

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Welcome to the AIR Endocrine 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 endocrine emergencies in the Emergency Department. 7 blog posts met our standard of online excellence and were curated and approved for residency training by the AIR Series Board. We identified 4 AIR and 3 Honorable Mentions. We recommend programs give 3.5 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 Endocrine 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: Endocrine Emergencies

SiteArticleAuthor(s)April 10, 2021Label
EMCritWernicke’s EncephalopathyJosh Farkas, MDOctober 14, 2020AIR
EMCritHyperosmolar Hyperglycemic State (HHS)Josh Farkas, MDJuly 31, 2020AIR
EMDocsHyperglycemic Hyperosmolar State: ED presentation, evaluation, management, and complicationsRachel De Andrande Pereira, MD, Muhammad Waseem, MD, and Mushtaq Godil MDJanuary 2, 2020AIR
DFTBDiabetic KetoacidosisDani Hall, MDJanuary 27, 2020AIR
ALiEMIs Lactated Ringer’s Solution Safe for Hyperkalemia Patients?Bryan Hayes, PharmD, DABAT, FAACT, FASHP and Mike O’Brien, PharmDApril 10, 2021HM
EMDocsDecompensated Hypothyroidism: Why do we miss it, and how do we improve?Faiz Ahmed, MD and Brian Meier, MD, MSc-GHNovember 30, 2020HM
EMDocsCritical Hyponatremia: Pearls and PitfallsNikita Desai, MD and David Jang, MDJanuary 13, 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.

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