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Hardin Library for the Health Sciences is part of the University of Iowa Libraries with many resources for students and trainees in the health sciences. All house staff have access to the UI Hardin Medical Library through the library’s world-wide-web page or through the Graduate Medical Education’s intranet. The library features e-resources that include on-line journals, periodicals, databases, special medical guides and a variety of search and retrieval systems including PubMed.
VisualDx is also available through the Hardin Library and gives general practitioners the ability to build a differential diagnosis that provides specialist information for more than 900 diseases and offers more than 16,000 related images. 
The library includes the John Martin Rare Book Room, a 5,000-volume collection of original works representing classic contributions to the history of the health sciences from the 15th through 20th Centuries. Also included are selected books, reprints, and journals dealing with the history of medicine at the University and in the State of Iowa. 
UI Hardin Library has specially trained librarians who assist with location of materials and train house staff on effective methods of information searches (e.g., effective methods of searching PubMed).

Organizational Web Sites

The American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) is the speciality society of board certified emergency medicine physicians, a democratic organization with over 6,500 members. AAEM believes every individual should have unencumbered access to quality emergency care provided by a specialist in emergency medicine. The Academy supports fair and equitable practice environments necessary to allow the specialist in emergency medicine to deliver the highest quality of patient care. Such an environment includes provisions for due process and the absence of restrictive covenants. 
The American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) is one of 24 medical specialty certification boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. ABEM certifies emergency physicians who meet its educational, professional standing, and examination standards. ABEM certification is sought and earned by emergency physicians on a voluntary basis; ABEM is not a membership association. 
Founded in 1968, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) represents more than 28,000 emergency physicians, residents and medical students. Promoting the highest quality emergency care, ACEP is the leading advocate for emergency physicians and their patients, as well as provide CME resources, news, and leadership opportuniites. 
Emergency Medicine Residents' Association (EMRA) promotes excellence in patient care through the education and development of emerency medicine residency trained physicians. EMRA is the largest and oldest independent resident organization in the world. EMRA was founded in 1974 and today has a membership of more than 10,000 residents, medical students and alumni. 
The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) is dedicated to the improvement of care of the acutely ill and injured patient by improving research and education. To achieve this mission, SAEM influences health policy through forums, publications, inter-organizational collaboration, policy development, and consultation services for physicians, teachers, researchers, and students. SAEM represents excellence and leadership in academic emergency medicine and its values include idealism and quality in all endeavors, nurturing and camaraderie and diversity among members, as well as creative and symbiotic interactions with other organizations.

The Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants (SEMPA) is dedicated to the advancement and promotion of the role of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants (EMPA).  In order to achieve this, they support the professional development of EMPA’s through education, advocacy, networking and research.  SEMPA is the innovative leader and advocate for EMPA’s in the delivery of efficient and high-quality emergency medicine care.




  • https://lifeinthefastlane.com/  Life in the Fastlane:  FOAMed resource featuring posts from multiple emergency medicine experts covering a variety of high yield topics along with one the best EKG libraries available.
  • https://www.aliem.com/  Academic Life in Emergency Medicine:  FOAMed resource featuring daily posts from a globally distributed multi-disciplinary team with more than 1,000,00 page views annually.
  • https://www.aliem.com/aliem-approved-instructional-resources-air-series/  ALiEM:  Approved Instructional Resources.  Asynchronous learning resource featuring selections of the highest quality FOAMed blogs and podcasts that runs parallel with required emergency medicine resident conference topics.   
  • https://emcrit.org/category/emnerd/  EMNerd:  “Nihilistic ramblings” of Dr. Rory Spiegel, attending physician with fellowships in both critical care and resuscitation.
  • https://emcrit.org/category/pulmcrit/  PulmCrit:  Dr. Josh Farkas, Internal Medicine board certified with fellowships in Pulmonary and Critical Care medicine makes frequent posts aimed “to foster critical thinking, free exchange of ideas, and constructive criticism.”   
  • http://www.emdocs.net/  emDocs:  FOAMed resource featuring posts from several emergency physicians including “Developments (literature updates), Oddities (unusual presentations of common conditions and common presentations of uncommon diseases), and Controversies (acknowledging different opinions of current practice).“
  • http://rebelem.com/  REBEL EM:  Created by Dr. Salim Rezaie, “Rational Evidence Based Evaluation of Literature in Emergency Medicine.  We cover a myriad of topics, primarily focusing on evidence-based clinical topics, ECG cases, and high-yield exam review.”   
  • http://pedemmorsels.com/  Pediatric EM Morsels:  Created by Dr. Sean Fox, aimed to “enhance and refine our understanding of pediatric emergency medicine and to augment the care of pediatric patients.”
  • http://www.tamingthesru.com/  Taming the SRU:  FOAMed blog with multiple authors from the emergency medicine residency at the University of Cincinnati named after their “Shock Resuscitation Unit.”
  • http://thesgem.com/  The Skeptics’ Guide to EM:  Dr. Ken Milne has created this FOAMed resource to provide ”high quality, clinically relevant, critically appraised, evidence based information” aimed at significantly reducing the knowledge translation window. 
  • http://www.emlitofnote.com/  Emergency Medicine Literature of Note:  Dr. Ryan Radecki and guests cover “topics of interest to integrity of scientific research and Emergency Medicine.”
  • http://www.freeemergencytalks.net/  Free Emergency Medicine Talks:  One of the original FOAMed resources before FOAMed even existed consists of an extensive library of free emergency medicine lectures compiled by Dr. Joe Lex and now continued by Dr. Jason Hine and the residency at Temple University.   
  • http://emfundamentals.com/  EM Fundamentals“Online asynchronous curriculum for emergency medicine interns using FOAM, primary literature and original content.”    
  • http://www.sonomojo.org/  SonoMojo:  Created by Dr. Jennifer Cotton, a FOAMed based bedside ultrasound curriculum.   
  • http://5minsono.com/  5 Min Sono:  Created by Dr. Jacob Avila and Dr. Ben Smith, has great videos on a multitude of  “basic how-to-do” bedside ultrasound exams.  
  • https://umem.org/educational_pearls/  UMEM Education Pearls:  Frequent posts from the University of Maryland Department of Emergency Medicine which provides focused, relevant, ready to use knowledge pearls.   
  • https://www.emra.org/resources/video-procedure-database/  EMRA Video Procedure Database:  EMRA Education Committee approved list of  easily accessible procedure videos showing safe and proper technique. 
  • https://em.umaryland.edu/page/education/residency/videos_procedures   University of Maryland Rare Procedure Videos:  Good review on some life saving but less frequently required procedures in the emergency department.  
  • http://coreem.net/procedures/  Core EM Procedure Videos:  High quality, thorough and entertaining videos covering core EM procedures aimed at medical students and junior residents.  
  • http://www.thennt.com/   The NNT:  Easily accessible rating system developed to “evaluate therapies based on patient-important benefits and harms as well as a system to evaluate diagnostics by patient sign, symptom, lab test or study,” editorial board includes the University of Iowa’s very own Dr. Dan Runde.