ALiEM Approved Instructional Resources (AIR)

Welcome to the Approved Instructional Resources (AIR) series, exclusively sponsored by the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM)! Since 2014, this series has curated and graded open-access blog posts and podcasts in the field of emergency medicine (EM) over the previous 12 months to identify high quality, social media-based, educational resources for EM residents. This series is one of the most popular initiatives used by U.S. EM residency programs to to fulfill their Individualized Interactive Instruction (III), or asynchronous online learning, conference needs. Below are the AIR blocks along with their suggested number of III conference hour credit.

What is the AIR Series?

The AIR series was created because we have observed residencies struggle in evaluating and recommending blog posts and podcasts that are appropriate and high quality for resident education. The AIR series attempts to address this need by having our team of diverse, expert educators from across the U.S. (AIR Executive Board) collectively vet these open-access social media resources.

  • Best Evidence in Emergency Medicine (BEEM) Score
  • Content Accuracy
  • Educational Utility
  • Evidence Based Medicine
  • Referenced

What are the definitions of the AIR-Approved and Honorable Mention labels?

There are two tiers of AIR labels. The “AIR-Approved” label is awarded to posts scoring ≥30 points (out of 35 total) on our grading instrument. The “Honorable Mention” label is awarded to posts flagged and collectively recognized by Executive Board members as worthwhile to highlight, despite the content scoring <30 points. At a minimum, these need to have scored ≥27 points and still reflect accurate, appropriately referenced, and unbiased content. Quiz content is generated evaluating both AIR-Approved and Honorable Mention posts.