Course Series

Approved Instructional Resources (AIR)

The AIR series began in 2014, and we are honored for it to be co-sponsored by the Council of EM Residency Directors (CORD) and the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM). It was created because we observed residencies struggle in evaluating and recommending blog posts and podcasts that are appropriate and high quality for resident education. The series attempts to address this need by having our team of diverse, expert educators from across the U.S. collectively vet these open-access social media resources in the domains of Best Evidence in Emergency Medicine (BEEM) Score, Content Accuracy, Educational Utility, Evidence Based Medicine, and Referenced. More specifically, we grade resources published only in the previous 12 months. Read more in the 2016 Journal of Graduate Medication Education publication.

What are the definitions of the AIR-Approved and Honorable Mention labels? There are 2 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.

Series Editors: Dr. Chris Belcher and Dr. Andy Grock

Pediatric EM Point of Care Ultrasonography

The PEM POCUS Series, exclusively authored and sponsored by UCSF Department of EM's Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, launched in 2019. With relatively little focus on pediatric POCUS in the ultrasonography education literature, the intent is to provide expert peer-reviewed tutorials on performing common scans for pediatric EM patients.

Series Editor: Dr. Margaret Lin-Martore
Content Editors: Dr. Aaron Kornblith, Dr. Ashkon Shaahinfar

Bridge to Emergency Medicine

Bridge to EM is a self-paced, 8-week reading and listening curriculum for senior medical students, preparing for their EM internship year. Launched in April 2020, it has garnered over 100,000 views on ALiEM and was featured on the AAMC Innovations page. Learn more about Bridge to EM.

The Bridge to EM curriculum now developed assessment quizzes, badges, and certificates for each week’s learning material, thanks to our sponsor Emegency Medicine Residents' Association. This Bridge 2.0 bundled experience is available for free at ALiEMU. These weekly courses are free on ALiEMU.

Series Editors: Dr. Christina Shenvi and Dr. Timothy Wetzel


This series is a free, online e-curriculum of high-quality, current, evidence based, and practical pharmacology knowledge for the EM practitioner. All modules are written by a pharmacist team member and then peer-reviewed by a separate expert pharmacist, physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner. The Capsules series’ primary focus is bringing EM 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.

Series Editors: Emily Small, PharmD and Bryan Hayes, PharmD

GroundED in EM

GroundED in EM

GroundED is a self-guided, 4-week reading and listening curriculum for third-year medical students interested in Emergency Medicine. Launched in July 2020 originally using Google Forms as a proof of concept, it was wildly popular especially during the pandemic. So we moved this to ALiEMU along with the choose-your-own-adventure patient cases, quizzes, and certificates/badges.

Editor-in-Chief Dr. Andy Little
Editors: Dr. Brian Barbas, Dr. Carmen J. Martinez, Dr. Guy Carmelli, Dr. Laryssa A. Patti
Adventure Co-Creators:Dr. Kaitlin Bowers, Dr. Meenal Sharkey


The SmilER series is a free online dental curriculum for emergency doctors, designed to equip you with the high-yield knowledge you need to know on shift. The series launched in September 2021 with four short modules oriented to fit neatly into your busy schedule. Fill in your dental knowledge cavities from medical school with this series!

Author: Richard Ngo, DMD
Editors: Cameron Lee, DMD, MD; Andrew Eyre, MD, MS-HPEd
Series Editor: Christopher J. Nash, MD