In rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of weekly conferences for U.S. Emergency Medicine (EM) residencies, our team launched a new initiative called ALiEM Connect. This FREE, live, educational telecast, however, is not just a one-way webinar of premiere speakers. We also incorporate a monitored and curated backchannel discussion on the Slack platform, where participants can answer each others’ questions and popular questions are addressed by the live speaker.

Watch the full All-EM residency graduation celebration on the YouTube platform to see the videostream as well as the real-time comments from celebrities behind the scenes and those watching the event from home.

> ALiEM Connect 3: Level Up – An All-EM Residency Graduation Celebration (June 15, 2020)

Despite the impact it has had on our EM community, we refuse to let COVID-19 get in the way of celebrating the graduation of our senior EM residents and all the residents leveling-up a year. Connect 3 is an 80-minute commencement ceremony for the entire EM community to pause, reflect, and most importantly commend the dedication and perseverance of EM residents. However, this all-EM event isn’t your traditional commencement event. We are sprinkling in our secret sauce of mind-blowing surprises and fun that is fitting of the EM world.

Commencement Speakers

Celebrity Guest Appearances

  • Grey Damon (Actor, “Jack Gibson” on Station 19)
  • Barrett Doss (Actress, “Victoria Hughes” on Station 19)
  • Dr. Angela Duckworth (Psychologist and author of book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance)
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci (Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
  • Emergency the Musical (Cast from the off Broadway musical)
  • Jason George (Actor, “Dr. Ben Warren” on Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19)
  • Herb Lang (Former Harlem Globetrotter)
  • Peter Mansbridge (Former Canadian news anchor of The National and chief correspondent for CBC News)
  • Jana Lee Ortiz (Actress, “Andy Herrera” on Station 19)
  • Danielle Savre (Actress, “Maya Bishop” on Station 19)

Some of the other featured guests who will be celebrating this event with you include:

  • Dr. Jill Baren (President, American Board of Emergency Medicine)
  • Dr. Jenny Beck-Esmay (Assistant Residency Director, St. Luke’s-Mount Sinai West; Editor-in Chief, FemInEM)
  • Dr. Pam Benson (First female EM resident!)
  • Dr. Uché Blackstock (Emergency physician, Founder & CEO at Advancing Health Equity)
  • Dr. Keme Carter (University of Chicago)
  • Dr. Teresa Chan (Assistant Dean for Faculty Development for the Faculty Health Sciences, McMaster University)
  • Dr. Alecs Chochinov (President, Canadian Association for Emergency Physicians)
  • Dr. Ilene Claudius (Pediatric EM, Harbor-UCLA)
  • Dr. Tsion Firew (Columbia University; Special Advisor to the Ministry of Health for the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia)
  • Dr. Fiona Gallahue (President, Council of EM Residency Directors)
  • Dr. Lewis Goldfrank (NYU Langone; Textbook Editor for Goldfrank’s Toxicologic Emergencies)
  • Dr. Glaucomflecken (Ophthalmologist, comedian, speaker @Dglaucomflecken)
  • Dr. Jim Holmes (President, Society of Academic Emergency Medicine)
  • Dr. Jaime Hope (Oakland University William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak; Motivational speaker, author, founder of Dr. Hope Health)
  • Dr. Hannah Hughes (President, Emergency Medicine Residents Association)
  • Dr. Abbas Husain (Staten Island University Hospital; All NYC EM President)
  • Dr. William Jaquis (President, American College of Emergency Physicians)
  • Dr. Dara Kass (Columbia University; Founder of FemInEM)
  • Dr. Lexie Mannix (University of Florida – Jacksonville; Founder of SheMD)
  • Dr. Lisa MorenoWalton (President, American Academy of Emergency Medicine)
  • Dr. Monalisa Muchatuta (SUNY Downstate Medical Center)
  • Dr. Josh Mugele (Residency Director, Northeast Georgia Medical Center)
  • Dr. Rob Orman (Emergency Physician, Glenwood Springs, CO; Creator and Host of ERCast and Stimulus podcast)
  • Dr. Mike Paddock (Regions Hospital / HealthPartners)
  • Dr. Megan Ranney (Brown University; Chief Research Officer, AFFIRM)
  • Dr. Jonathan Sherbino (Assistant Dean, Health Professions Education Research, McMaster University; Founding Editor, ICENet Blog)
  • Dr. Teresa Smith (Designated Institutional Official, SUNY Downstate/Kings County)
  • Dr. Robert Suter (President, American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians)
  • Dr. Anand Swaminathan (St. Joseph’s Hospital; Deputy Editor for EM:RAP, Managing Editor for EM Abstracts and Associate Editor for REBEL EM and REBELCast)
  • Dr. Judith Tintinalli (Senior Textbook Editor, Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide)
  • Dr. Seth Trueger (Northwestern University; Digital Media Editor, JAMA)
  • Dr. Scott Weingart (Stony Brook University, Founder of EMCrit Podcast)
  • Dr. Brian Zink (Senior Associate Dean for Faculty & Faculty Development, University of Michigan; Author of Anyone, Anything, Anytime – A History of Emergency Medicine)

Featured Residents

  • Dr. Gordon Chien (EM resident, Jacobi/Montefiore Residency)
  • Dr. Emily Earl-Royal (EM Resident, Stanford University)
  • Dr. Elaine Hsiang (EM Resident, UC San Francisco)
  • Dr. Andres Maldonado (EM resident, Jacobi/Montefiore Residency, featured in NY Times)
  • Dr. Gracie Maldonado (EM resident, Mayo Clinic)
  • Dr. Aaron Rosenthal (EM resident, Jefferson Northeast)

Exclusive Sponsor

The American Board of Emergency Medicine

Production Team for Level Up
  • Dr. Al’ai Alvarez (Stanford University)
  • Soon-to-be Dr. Bryn Dhir (International American University)
  • Dr. Michael Gisondi (Stanford University)
  • Dr. Mary Haas (University of Michigan)
  • Dr. Adaira Landry (Brigham and Women’s Hospital)
  • Dr. Michelle Lin (UC San Francisco)
  • Dr. Sarah Mott (Emergency Physician, Emergency Care Consultants, Minnesota)
  • Dr. Carl Preiksaitas (Stanford University)
  • Dr. Christian Rose (Stanford University)

> ALiEM Connect 2 (April 23, 2020)

Host: Dr. Michael Gisondi (Stanford University)


  • Jill Baren, MD, MBA (University of Pennsylvania/ ABEM President): ABEM Updates
  • Rebecca Bavolek, MD (UC Los Angeles): COVID-19 in Pregnancy | What we know and what we don’t know
  • Laleh Gharahbaghian, MD (Stanford): Case Reviews |From “Name, Blame, Shame” to “Team, System, Fix ‘Em”
  • Tarlan Hedayati, MD (Cook County): “Slow Your Roll!” | Bradycardias and Blocks
  • Michelle Lin, MD (UC San Francisco): Tricks of the Trade
  • Linda Regan, MD, MEd (Johns Hopkins): The Transplant Patient in Your ED: It’s not all about infection!
  • Lainie Yarris, MD (Oregon Health & Science University): Pediatric Pearls

Participating Residency Programs

  • Adena Regional Medical Center
  • AdventHealth
  • Aventura Hospital and Medical Center
  • Arrowhead Regional
  • Beaumont Hospital – Royal Oak
  • Boston Medical Center
  • Carilion Clinic-Virginia Tech
  • Carolinas Medical Center
  • Coliseum Medical
  • Cleveland Clinic Akron General
  • Cook County
  • Doctor’s Hospital
  • Eisenhower Medical Center
  • Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Hackensack University
  • Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
  • HealthPartners Institute/Regions Hospital
  • Inspira Medical Center Vineland
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Kaiser Permanente San Diego
  • Kent Hospital
  • Loma Linda University
  • Louisiana State University- Baton Rouge
  • Loyola University
  • Memorial Health System
  • Mercy Health St Rita’s Medical Center
  • New York Medical College
  • New York Presbyterian Queens
  • Orange Park Medical Center
  • Orlando Health
  • Ochsner Medical Center
  • Riverside Community Hospital/University of California Riverside
  • Rush University
  • Rutgers NJMS
  • Stanford University
  • SUNY Upstate
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso
  • University of Arizona South Campus
  • University of California, Fresno
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of Central Florida, Ocala
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Illinois, Peoria
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Missouri-Columbia
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pinnacle
  • University Tennessee-Nashville
  • University of Tennessee – Chattanooga
  • University of Texas Southwestern
  • University of Vermont
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Vidant Medical Center/East Carolina University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Wellstar Kennestone Regional Medical Center

> ALiEM Connect (March 25, 2020)


  • Michelle Lin, MD


  • Michael Gisondi, MD: Jaundice
  • Bryan Hayes, PharmD: Boxed Warnings on ED Drugs – Whats the Risk?
  • Adaira Landry, MD: Mentorship
  • Michelle Lin, MD: Tricks of the Trade
  • Salim Rezaie, MD: Walking the Line from Research to Practice
  • Susan Wilcox, MD: Management of Severe Hypoxemia with COVID-19 Pearls

Participating Residencies

  • Arrowhead Regional
  • Augusta University
  • Aventura Hospital & Medical Center
  • Beaumont Hospital–Royal Oak
  • Boston Medical Center
  • Brookdale University Hospital & Medical Center
  • Brooklyn Hospital Center
  • Campbell-Southeastern (CUSOM-SE)
  • Cook County
  • Crozer-Chester Medical Center
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock
  • Doctor’s Hospital
  • Einstein Medical Center
  • George Washington University
  • Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center
  • Harvard (HAEMR)
  • HealthPartners/Regions Hospital
  • Hospital Episcopal San Lucas – Ponce
  • Jackson Health System/University of Miami
  • Kendall Regional Medical Center
  • Kingman Regional Medical Center
  • Lincoln Medical
  • Loma Linda University
  • LSU New Orleans
  • Madigan Army Medical Center
  • Maine Medical Center
  • Maricopa Medical Center
  • Mercy Health-Muskegon
  • Midwestern University Chicago
  • Mount Sinai, Elmhurst Hospital
  • Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
  • NY Presbyterian Queens
  • NY Presbyterian / Columbia-Cornell
  • NYC HHC Coney Island
  • NYU / Bellevue
  • Oregon Health & Science University
  • Rowan University
  • Rutgers NJMS
  • Saint Louis University
  • Southern Illinois University
  • Southside Hospital-Northwell
  • Spectrum Health Lakeland
  • St. Lucie Medical Center
  • St. Mary Mercy Hospital
  • Stanford University
  • SUNY Upstate
  • Swedish Hospital
  • The Ohio State University
  • University Hospitals Cleveland/Case Western Reserve
  • University of Buffalo
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of Central Florida Ocala
  • University of Illinois Chicago
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Pittsburg/UPMC Pinnacle
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Vidant Medical Center/East Carolina Univ
  • Wellstar Kennestone Regional

> Instructions on Joining for Residency Program Leadership

We sympathize with your rushed needs to continue educating residents during this time of crisis. If you wish to use this 2-hour event as part of your residency conference curriculum, we are happy to team up with you. Based on feedback from our first Connect event, we have streamlined the onboarding and attendance tracking process:

  1. If you have a leadership role in a U.S. EM residency program, please complete our brief RSVP form. This will require only your name, email contact information, and residency program name. We will email you with further instructions on preparing for the event.
  2. You will receive a private link for you and your residents to join the ALiEM Connect Slack account. Do not share this link publicly.

If you already participated in our first Connect event, just have your residents return to the same Connect Slack account. The link for the YouTube livestream will be posted at the top of the #announcements channel.

For EM Residents

Before the event:

  1. Download the Slack app to their phone or desktop in anticipation of participating in the backchannel conversation.
  2. Join the ALiEM Connect Slack account using the link provided to you by your residency program leadership.

On the day of the event:

  1. Use either 2 devices or a computer with 2 windows open to allow simultaneous viewing of the telecast and participation on Slack.
  2. Open the ALiEM Connect Slack account and find your program’s channel.
  3. Document your attendance using the method determined by your program (e.g., #prog-hogwarts-univ). It may be as simple as a 👍🏽 emoji when they “check in!”
  4. Navigate to the Slack #announcements channel. The livestream video link is already posted there.

Participants: Rules of Engagement on Slack

The Slack app provides an opportunity for the audience to engage with each other and the speakers. Representatives from the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) will also be on Slack to help allay any concerns and answer your questions regarding ABEM certification during the COVID-19 times.

Because this is done on a virtual, text-based platform where one can’t hear sarcasm or have eye contact, humor and non-constructive statements are discouraged. Here are 5 other rules of engagement:

  1. Professionalism: Be nice and give other members the benefit of the doubt.
  2. Channels: The main conversation will happen in the #event-chat channel. If desired, your program can create new channels for small-group chats.
  3. Threaded conversations: To keep conversations less chaotic on the #event-chat channel, you can respond to comments using the threaded option.
  4. Emojis: We encourage the use of emojis instead of unnecessarily cluttering the channel with “I agree” or “Me too!”. For instance, 👍🏽 emojis could be used to say “I have that same question” under other people’s questions. Popular questions will be posed to the speakers by the moderators.
  5. Privacy and confidentiality: As always, please avoid violating HIPAA privacy rules. Although Slack has upgraded our account to be HIPAA-compliant, you never know if someone is reading over your shoulders.

Will this telecast be recorded for later viewing?

Of course! Check out our ALiEM Interactive Video YouTube account after the event airs. Slack backchannel discussions, however, are only open concurrently with the live broadcast.


We are using the #ALiEMConnect hashtag on Twitter and Instagram. Please feel free to share things on your social media platforms. We will be sharing posts on our @ALiEMteam Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Our Exclusive Sponsor

American Board of Emergency Medicine

Special Thanks

Special thanks to and for donating upgraded platforms for us to use.

The Connect Team

  • Christian Rose, MD (@RoseLikeTheFlwr): Project co-lead
  • Michelle Lin, MD (@M_Lin): Project co-lead
  • Michael Gisondi, MD (@MikeGisondi): Livestream event host
  • Sarah Mott, MD (@Mottse): Slack backchannel moderator
  • Jonathan Bronner, MD (@Bronski_EM): Slack backchannel moderator
  • Tim Montrief, MD (@EMinMiami): Slack backchannel moderator
  • Al’ai Alvarez, MD (@alvarezzzy): Slack backchannel moderator, Digital operations engineer, Twitter co-strategist
  • Moises Gallegos, MD (@moyinscrubs): Twitter co-strategist
  • Bryn Dhir, BA (@BDhir): Twitter co-strategist
  • Carl Preiksaitis, MD (@CMPreik): Digital operations engineer
  • Gabe Sudario, MD (@GabeSudario): Instagram lead
  • Teresa Chan, MD (@TChanMD): Program evaluation analyst
  • Yusuf Yilmaz, PhD (@YusufYilmazPhD): Program evaluation analyst
  • Mary Haas, MD (@MaryHaasMD)
  • Adaira Landry, MD (@AdairaLandryMD)