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: November/December 2018

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President's Message

  November/December 2018

Do You Work at a CMG? AAEM Needs You!

Author: David A. Farcy, MD FCCM FAAEM

By now, the kids are back in school, academic centers are getting swamped with rotating medical students...

  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...

From the Editor's Desk

  November/December 2018

The Tribe

Author: Andy Mayer, MD FAAEM

In my last article, I discussed the sadly common feeling of despair in our specialty...

  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...

Featured Articles

  November/December 2018

Tattered Tarp or New Roof: Who Gets Included in Disaster Recovery?

Author: Heather Star Krause, MD MPH(c)

In the bend of the south Texas coast, a community comes together to reflect on a year gone by since many lost everything...

  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...

Dollar & Sense

  November/December 2018

Rich Grandpa, Poor Grandpa

Author: Joel M. Schofer, MD MBA CPE FAAEM

Unlike Robert Kiyosaki, I only have one Dad. I did have two grandfathers though...

  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...

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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