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: May/June 2020

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President's Message

  May/June 2020

Steadfast in the Midst of Uncertainty

Author: Lisa A. Moreno, MD MS MSCR FAAEM FIFEM

Things just don’t feel the same. I would like to say that it’s the excitement of stepping up to my role as the first female President of AAEM, and indeed, that is exciting. But this is not the kind of party a Latinx family from the South Bronx would be having when their mama becomes President.

  March/April 2020

It’s Enough….

Author: David A. Farcy, MD FAAEM FCCM

As, I write my last president’s message, I have been reflecting on the last 27 months. Thank you for the amazing opportunity you gave me to earn your trust and support. My last president’s message will be a call to action.

From the Editor's Desk

  May/June 2020

The Moral Dilemma of COVID-19

Author: Andy Mayer, MD FAAEM

Certainly, there is only one issue which is dominating all thoughts, prayers, and efforts on our planet right now and it is COVID-19. Hopefully where you are, your life and practice will only be incredibly inconvenienced and that your family, your community, and your hospital will be spared the worst of this pandemic.

  March/April 2020

A Thick Skin

Author: Andy Mayer, MD FAAEM

An essential skill for the wellness of any emergency physician is the ability to cordially and professionally interact with the doctors in person or on the other end of the phone whom we contact for admissions, consults, and follow-up. This skill is difficult to teach, but is essential for success from both a professional standing and wellness point-of-view.

Featured Articles

  Special Issue: AAEM Tales of COVID-19

Promoting Social Connection during COVID-19

Author: Wellness Committee

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the implementation of social distancing, which has led to a decreased patient volume from non-COVID-19 related complaints...

  Special Issue: AAEM Tales of COVID-19

My Life was Turned Upside Down by a COVID-19 Antibody Test

Author: Matthew C. Holden, MD

I signed in for my shift at the freestanding emergency room I work at and found that in addition to answering the COVID-19 check in questions...

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Past Issues

AAEM Letters to the Editor

As the editor of AAEM's bi-monthly newsletter Common Sense, Dr. Mayer welcomes your comments and suggestions. You can easily reach Dr. Mayer by submitting letters to the editor using the online form.

AAEM Article Series

The Master of AAEM Series

  • Achieving Great Outcomes in Your Discharged ED Patients - Tom Scaletta, MD MAAEM FAAEM
  • 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

Dollars & Sense

  • Three Questions (May/June 2019)
  • Books, Blogs, and Podcasts to Check Out in 2019 (March/April 2019)
  • Fidelity's Free Mutual Funds and the Resulting Fidelity Mania (January/February 2019)