Capsules

Welcome to the Capsules Series! This series is a free, online e-curriculum of high-quality, current, and practical pharmacology knowledge for the EM practitioner. About once a month a new course block is released with lessons and brief quizzes to complete. All modules are written by two pharmacist team members and then peer-reviewed by a separate pharmacist and physician. 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.

What is the Capsules series?

The Capsules series is a free, online e-curriculum of high-quality, current, and practical pharmacology knowledge for the EM practitioner. About once a month a new course block is released, which has lessons to read about (or watch) and brief quizzes to complete. All modules are written by two pharmacist team members and then peer-reviewed by a separate pharmacist and physician. 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.

Why create the Capsules series?

The Capsules series was conceived in response to an observed deficiency of EM pharmacology information in Free Open Access Meducation (FOAM) resources, as perceived by learners.

Twitter poll for capsules

The above graphic details the results of a Twitter-based poll by @FOAMmedstudent. Pharmacology education was listed as the #2 most needed resource in the open-access arena of social media. Thus in 2015, the ALiEMU Capsules series was launched. Although the primary purpose of the series is to provide a longitudinal curriculum on EM pharmacology, a secondary goal is to help U.S. EM residency programs address ACGME III and milestone needs. This series allows residents to claim III conference credit for their asynchronous learning as well as provides residency programs with a means to measure residents on the ACGME milestone of Pharmacotherapy (PC5).

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Acute Agitation

This Capsules module will discuss the pharmacologic background of various agents used in the treatment of the agitated patient.
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Concepts in Infectious Diseases – Part 1

This Capsules module reviews some of the basic concepts that lay the foundation for the use of appropriate antimicrobial agents in the emergency department.
1 hour
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Hospital Acquired Pneumonia

With multi-drug resistant bacteria and promotion of antimicrobial stewardship, the treatment of pneumonia can be a challenge. This Capsule discusses the recent Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) guideline update,…
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Pharmacology of Venous Thromboembolism

This CAPSULE will assist the reader in their understanding and application of current therapeutic interventions for VTE as well as invite the reader to explore the evidence behind these recommendations.
1 hour
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Thyroid Disorders

The approach to thyroid disorders from a pharmacology perspective
2 hours
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Acute Coronary Syndromes

The approach to managing Acute Coronary Syndromes from a pharmacology perspective.
2 hours
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Procedural Sedation and Analgesia in the ED

In this course, we will be discussing the approach to safe and effective procedural sedation and analgesia in the Emergency Department, from a pharmacology perspective.
1 hour
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Pharmacology of Emergency Airway Management (part 2)

Part 2 on strategies of airway management with a focus on pharmacology.
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Pharmacology of Emergency Airway Management (part 1)

The course reviews strategies of airway management with a focus on pharmacology.
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Vasopressors and Inotropes

This course will review the mechanisms and uses of vasopressors and inotropic agents in the critically ill.
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Pharmacology of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock

The focus of this module is to review the pharmacotherapy of some of the sickest patients encountered in the emergency department.