Common Sense

Common Sense is a bi-monthly member magazine that reports on all AAEM activities and news from the world of emergency medicine. It is delivered to the AAEM membership* six times a year, which currently stands at over 8,000 emergency physicians, residents, and others with an interest in emergency medicine. * International members receive an online subscription only.

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Current Issue: September/October 2018

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President's Message

  September/October 2018

Due Process...Or the Lack of It

Author: David A. Farcy, MD FCCM FAAEM

When I speak at emergency medicine residencies nationwide about what AAEM stands for, it still amazes me that...

  July/August 2018

Coming Back to Life … Let’s Break the Silence!

Author: David A. Farcy, MD FCCM FAAEM

This will not be another article on wellness, but rather about the reality of the effects of lack of wellness...

From the Editor's Desk

  September/October 2018

I’m Mad as Hell and I’m Not Going to Take It Anymore!

Author: Andy Mayer, MD FAAEM

If you have never seen the brilliant movie, Network, you should find it and watch it as soon as you can...

  July/August 2018


Author: Andy Mayer, MD FAAEM

A pilgrimage is a journey or search of moral or spiritual significance.

Featured Articles

  September/October 2018

Highlights of AAEM's Legal Advocacy for Emergency Physicians

Author: Mark Reiter, MD MBA FAAEM; Robert McNamara, MD MAAEM FAAEM; Howard Blumstein, MD FAAEM

In the 25 years since AAEM’s founding, the Academy has been very active in advocacy and legal efforts on behalf of individual...

  July/August 2018

Emergency Medicine at Risk?

Author: Robert Frolichstein, MD FAAEM

You may have heard it said that we really don’t have a health care system, rather a health care mess...

Dollar & Sense

  September/October 2018

How Much Value Can a Financial Advisor Add?

Author: Joel M. Schofer, MD MBA CPE FAAEM

I manage most of my finances, but I regularly get help from a Certified Financial Planner from Vanguard. I figure that it can only help to get an expert second opinion...

  July/August 2018

Size Does Matter...For Your Expense Ratio

Author: Joel M. Schofer, MD MBA CPE FAAEM

Whether you are managing your investments by yourself or getting help, you need to understand one critical concept...

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Past Issues

AAEM Article Series

The Master of AAEM Series

  • AAEM: Now More Than Ever! - Larry Weiss, MD JD MAAEM FAAEM
  • Welcome to the Tribe: Thoughts on Starting Out in EM - Joe Lex, MD MAAEM FAAEM
  • Where Would EM be Without AAEM? - Robert McNamara, MD MAAEM FAAEM

Medical Liability - State by State

  • Part 1: Alabama-Florida
  • Part 2: Georgia-Maine
  • Part 3: Maryland-North Dakota
  • Part 4: Ohio-Rhode Island
  • Part 5: South Carolina-Wyoming
  • The Final Summary

Cracking the Code: Fixing the Crowded Emergency Department

  • Part 1: Building the Burning Platform
  • Part 2: Creating the Analytic Model
  • Part 3: Implementing the Solution