“Thankful” — AAEM President Jonathan S. Jones, MD FAAEM

Dear AAEM Members,

Near year’s end, I reflect on what I am thankful for and what I am hopeful for. There is plenty of time to focus on the negative, but it’s even more important to focus on the positive.

I am thankful for my family, my wife Barbara, my daughter Catalina, my parents, my brother, and all my extended family. I am thankful for my dog Libby. I am thankful that we are (mostly) healthy.

I am thankful to be an emergency physician. While often stressful, it is more often wonderful. I am thankful for the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM).

I am thankful for friends, many of whom I have met because I am an emergency physician and especially through my involvement with AAEM.

I am thankful that I have a safe and comfortable place to live and work. I am thankful to be an American. I am thankful for the natural beauty of the world. I am thankful for this and so much more. The list would take many pages.

What am I hopeful for in 2024? Mainly that those things which I am thankful for in 2023 will continue. But also, that in some way, even if only in a small way, I can do something which helps others have things to be thankful for. Effectively, I am hopeful that my presence on this Earth makes a positive impact.

And I am hopeful that if you make a list, that AAEM has done something this year to earn a spot on that list. I and all AAEM leaders and staff are thankful that you have entrusted us to work for you.

Thank you.

Jonathan S. Jones, MD FAAEM
President, American Academy of Emergency Medicine