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. 2020 Apr 15;12(4):e7674.
doi: 10.7759/cureus.7674.

Academic Life in Emergency Medicine (ALiEM) Blog and Podcast Watch: Infectious Diseases

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Academic Life in Emergency Medicine (ALiEM) Blog and Podcast Watch: Infectious Diseases

David Ediger et al. Cureus. .
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The Academic Life in Emergency Medicine (ALiEM) Approved Instructional Resources (AIR) Series and Approved Instructional Resources - Professional (AIR-Pro) Series were created in 2014 and 2015, respectively, in response to the growing need to curate online educational content as well as create a nationally available curriculum that meets individualized interactive instruction criteria for emergency medicine (EM) trainees. These two online series identify high-quality educational blog and podcast content using an expert-based approach. The AIR series is a continuously building curriculum originally based on the Council of Emergency Medicine Directors (CORD) testing schedule. In September 2019, 61 blog posts and podcasts published within the previous 12 months and relevant to infectious diseases were evaluated by eight attending physicians using the ALiEM AIR scoring instrument. In this review, we summarize the accredited posts on infectious diseases meeting our a priori quality criteria per evaluation by the reviewers.

Keywords: cellulitis; emergency medicine; fournier gangrene; free open access medical education; infectious diseases; sepsis; toxic shock syndrome.

Conflict of interest statement

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

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