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ALiEM Blog and Podcast Watch: Toxicology


Introduction: The WestJEM Blog and Podcast Watch presents high-quality open-access educationalblogs and podcasts in emergency medicine based on the ongoing Academic Life in Emergency Medicine(ALiEM) Approved Instructional Resources (AIR) and AIR-Professional (Pro) series. Both series criticallyappraise open-access educational blogs and podcasts in EM using an objective scoring instrument. Thisinstallment of the blog and podcast watch series curated and scored relevant posts in the specific topic oftoxicology emergencies from the AIR-Pro Series.

Methods: The AIR-Pro Series is a continuously building curriculum covering a new subject area everytwo months. For each area, eight EM chief residents identify 3-5 advanced clinical questions. and FOAMSearcher to search blogs and podcasts, relevant posts are scored byeight reviewers from the AIR-Pro editorial board, which is comprised of EM faculty and chief residentsat various institutions across North America. The scoring instrument contains five measurementoutcomes based on seven-point Likert scales: recency, accuracy, educational utility, evidence based,and references. The AIR-Pro label is awarded to posts with a score of ≥28 (out of 35) points. An“honorable mention” label is awarded if board members collectively felt that the blogs were valuableand the scores were > 25.

Results: A total of 31 blog posts and podcasts were included. Key educational pearls from the six highqualityAIR-Pro posts and four honorable mentions are summarized.

Conclusion: The WestJEM ALiEM Blog and Podcast Watch series is based on the AIR and AIR-ProSeries, which attempts to identify high-quality educational content on open-access blogs and podcasts.This series provides an expert-based, crowdsourced approach towards critically appraising educationalsocial media content for EM clinicians. This installment focuses on toxicology emergencies.

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