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: July/August 2022

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President's Message

  July/August 2022


Author: Jonathan S. Jones, MD FAAEM

In my last article in Common Sense, I explained my goals for the Academy and my plans to accomplish them. And while I explained some of the things which I love about emergency medicine and some that I don’t, I didn’t really explain why I joined the Academy in the first place. Two recent, yet completely unrelated events reminded me why I joined and have motivated me to work even harder for the Academy.

  May/June 2022


Author: Jonathan S. Jones, MD FAAEM

It was wonderful to be in person again at AAEM22.  If you made it, I hope you had an excellent time, learned some great things, and made some fruitful connections.  If you couldn’t make it, I hope that you can join us next April in New Orleans.  And if you want to learn some great things, remember that all members have free access to AAEM online which has over 100 lectures with CME credit.  Talks from SA22 have not yet been uploaded but will soon.  And if you want to make some connections, help build the Academy, or just explore an interest, then please check out the multitude of sections, committees, and interest groups.  I especially want to make everyone aware of our two newest interest groups, Rural Medicine and Mature Physicians (the counterpart to the current Young Physicians Section.

From the Editor's Desk

  July/August 2022

Politics Makes for Strange Bedfellows

Author: Andrew Mayer, MD FAAEM

In the past year, Common Sense has started a series of articles focusing on advocacy and politics. These have been a series of interviews of various political figures. These politicians have ranged from members of the U.S. Congress, state elected officials, to even an AAEM member who is running for the U.S. House of Representatives. The topics covered during these interviews try to emphasize health care related matters especially those which would be of interest to the membership of AAEM.

These articles have generated some concerns by some of our members and I wanted as the editor to address these concerns with my opinion concerning this issue.

  May/June 2022

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

Author: Andrew Mayer, MD FAAEM

Every hospital has their own system of dealing with complaints and also of scoring and rating patient satisfaction. The intention of examining complaints and patient satisfaction scores is on the surface a reasonable one if done properly. Who would say that they do not have room for improvement and that there are not patients who did not receive good service or have a legitimate complaint? Every one of us would like to make our patients happy along with improving their health and quality of life. However, we have gone astray.

Dollars & Sense

  July/August 2020

Disability and Life...Another Option!

Author: Mark Borden, MD FAAEM

Young doctors are the ripest of "low hanging fruit" for insurance sales agents. You will have, early in your training, friendly, affectionate, insurance sales people tracking you like a pack of slobbering hounds.

  May/June 2019

Three Questions

Author: Joel M. Schofer, MD MBA CPE FAAEM

As I progress in my career, I find myself getting busier and busier. Some of it is my own doing...

Featured Articles

  July/August 2022

This Meeting Could Have Been an E-mail: How to Succeed in Managing Your Project

Author: Erin Muckey, MD MBA, Akiva Dym, MD, and Anthony Rosania, MD MHA

We’ve all been there. We’ve all had one of “those” meetings. They come in several flavors: The ‘this meeting could have been an email’ meeting. The ‘Groundhog Day’ meeting. The ‘flight of ideas,’ but in reality, a ‘no next steps’ meeting…

On the other hand, we have all experienced a project that never fully launches because organizing over email is also full of roadblocks. Most of us would agree that there is a value in the collaboration, idea generation, and organizational management that comes from gathering stakeholders together in real time. But how do we capitalize on that benefit while effectively managing a project with a diverse group of very busy stakeholders who all have other competing interests for their time? To put it in other words, how do we consistently achieve this ambitious goal and ultimately develop a “unicorn” of meetings?

  May/June 2022

28th Annual AAEM Scientific Assembly: Thank You for Joining Us!

Author: Laura J. Bontempo, MD Med FAAEM, George C. Willis, MD FAAEM, and Christopher Colbert, DO FAAEM

This year’s Scientific Assembly took an innovative and practical look at various topics within emergency medicine that are shaping our field of practice. We were excited to provide the opportunity to expand the conversation on the topics of toxicology, cardiology, critical care, infectious disease, and many more. By combining discussion from leading scholars with innovative medical nuances, we were able to provide a resource to enhance the understanding of our beloved specialty. Additionally, special attention was dedicated to ensuring that participants’ health and safety were maintained throughout this phenomenal conference.

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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


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