We are excited and proud to introduce a new series as part of the recently announced ALiEMUCapsules: Practical Pharmacology for the EM Practitioner.

The Capsules series’ primary focus is bringing Emergency Medicine pharmacology education to the bedside. Our expert team distills complex pharmacology principles into easy-to-apply concepts. It’s our version of what-you-need-to-know as an EM practitioner. We hope you enjoy it.


The Capsules series was conceived in response to a perceived deficiency of emergency medicine pharmacology information in Free Open Access Meducation (FOAM) resources.

Additionally, in 2012 The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and The American Board of Emergency (ABEM) created 23 milestones for which all EM residents are evaluated during their residency. The Pharmacotherapy milestone is #5.

It got me thinking: What if we created an online curriculum focused on practical pharmacology for the EM practitioner that also incorporated evaluations for each level of the milestone?


Capsules will be the first series to fully take advantage of our new Learning Management System (or LMS). A new module will be published each month starting July 2015. We have more than 25 topics planned over the next few years.

The Capsules series will be composed of separate course modules. Each course module will be broken into multiple lessons which can further be separated into topics. A quiz will be provided at the end of each lesson or topic to reinforce key learning points. All modules are written by two pharmacist team members and then peer-reviewed by a separate pharmacist and physician. In addition, the quizzes will be structured with questions assessing levels 1-4 of the ACGME EM milestones. We are hopeful they may be adapted by EM residency programs as an evaluation method.

By breaking down modules into smaller chunks, we allow learners to save their progress and learn on their own time. We also built this platform to be “mobile first” so that learners have a great experience on any device.

The Team

[flex] [person name=”Bryan Hayes, PharmD” title=”Creator and Lead Editor, Capsules Series” image=”https://www.aliem.com/wp-content/uploads/Hayes-CircleSM.png” twitter=”PharmERToxGuy”] Bryan is the ALiEM Chief Science Officer and a featured podcaster on EM:RAP. He is an EM Pharmacist and Toxicologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Assistant Professor of EM at Harvard Medical School. Bryan’s passion is taking complex pharmacology and therapeutics education to the bedside in an easy-to-understand manner.[/person] [person name=”Chris Gaafary, MD” title=”ALiEMU Chief of Design and Development” image=”https://www.aliem.com/wp-content/uploads/ChrisGaafary-Circle.png” twitter=”CGaafary”] In July 2015, Chris will serve as a chief resident at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga. When he isn’t working in the ED, he strives to invent creative ways to improve patient care and medical education through innovative technologies.[/person] [person name=”Derek Sifford, FP-C, CCP-C” title=”ALiEMUConsultant, Technical Design” image=”https://www.aliem.com/wp-content/uploads/Sifford-circle1.png” twitter=”Flightmed1″] Derek is the Submission Editor for Academic Life in Emergency Medicine (ALiEM) as well as the Editor-in-Chief of the HURT Registry project (www.hurtregistry.org). He is a pre-medical student at Wayne State Universitry in Detroit, Michigan striving to become a Flight Physician in the future. His interests include prehospital medicine, critical care, trauma, statistics, and the use of technology to foster growth and innovation within the field of medicine.[/person] [/flex]

We have assembled an outstanding team of pharmacists from around the country to create and review each module. In addition, we have several highly-respected physician colleagues to peer-review each module after review by our pharmacist team.

ALiEMU Capsules Pharmacist Team

Team MemberRoleAffiliation
Nadia I. Awad, PharmD, BCPS
Associate EditorEmergency Medicine Pharmacist, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Craig Cocchio, PharmD, BCPS
Associate EditorEmergency Medicine Pharmacist, Trinity Mother Frances Hospital
Jill Logan, PharmD, BCPS
Associate EditorEmergency Medicine Pharmacist, University of Maryland Medical Center
Rob Pugliese, PharmD, BCPS
Associate EditorEmergency Medicine Pharmacist, Thomas Jefferson University
Meghan Groth, PharmD, BCPS
Author & Copy EditorEmergency Medicine Pharmacist, UMass Memorial Medical Center
Zlatan Coralic, PharmD, BCPS
AuthorEmergency Medicine Pharmacist, University of California San Francisco
Kyle DeWitt, PharmD, BCPS
AuthorEmergency Medicine Pharmacist, University of Vermont Medical Center
Chris Edwards, PharmD, BCPS
AuthorEmergency Medicine Pharmacist, University of Arizona Medical Center
Douglas Gowen, PharmD, BCPS
AuthorEmergency Medicine Pharmacist, Glens Falls Hospital
Michelle Hines, PharmD, BCPS
AuthorEmergency Medicine Pharmacist, University of Maryland
Colleen Martin, PharmD
AuthorEmergency Medicine Pharmacist, Nyack Hospital
Glenn Oettinger, PharmD, BCPS
AuthorEmergency Medicine Pharmacist, Thomas Jefferson University
Wesley Oliver, PharmD, MS
AuthorEmergency Medicine Pharmacist, Baltimore Washington Medical Center
Gabrielle Procopio, PharmD, BCPS
AuthorHackensack University Medical Center
Jamie Rosini, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, DABAT
AuthorEmergency Medicine Pharmacist, Christiana Care Health System
Cole Sloan, PharmD
AuthorEmergency Medicine Pharmacist, University of Utah
Adam Spaulding, PharmD, BCPS
AuthorEmergency Medicine Pharmacist, Boston Medical Center
Matthew Stanton, PharmD, BCPS, SPI, DABAT
AuthorEmergency Medicine Pharmacist, Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin
Paul Takamoto, PharmD
AuthorEmergency Medicine Pharmacist, University of California San Francisco

ALiEMU Capsules Physician Colleagues

Team MemberBackground
David Juurlink, BPharm, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto
Professor and Chair of Emergency Medicine, Rutgers NJMS
Michael Winters, MD, FAAEM, FACEP
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine, University of Maryland


Bryan D. Hayes, PharmD, DABAT, FAACT, FASHP

Bryan D. Hayes, PharmD, DABAT, FAACT, FASHP

Leadership Team, ALiEM
Creator and Lead Editor, Capsules and EM Pharm Pearls Series
Attending Pharmacist, EM and Toxicology, MGH
Associate Professor of EM, Division of Medical Toxicology, Harvard Medical School
Bryan D. Hayes, PharmD, DABAT, FAACT, FASHP


EM Pharmacist & Toxicologist @MassGeneralEM | Asst Prof @HarvardMed/@EMRES_MGHBWH | @ALiEMteam leadership | Capsules creator, ALiEMU | President, ABAT | #FOAMed