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 2019

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President's Message

  July/August 2019

Boldly Moving Forward: Learning to Be Proactive Rather than Reactive

Author: David A. Farcy, MD FAAEM FCCM

In the past several months, I have been traveling and lecturing to students, residents, and attendings, at both community hospitals and at academic programs...

  May/June 2019

Thank You for Another Successful Scientific Assembly!

Author: David A. Farcy, MD FAAEM FCCM

I’d like to extend my sincere thanks to everyone who made the 25th Annual Scientific Assembly a great success!

From the Editor's Desk

  July/August 2019

The Fox and the Hedgehog

Author: Andy Mayer, MD FAAEM

We all know that an emergency department is a stressful place to work. During any shift we can see, and personally experience, an array of responses to
stress and challenges...

  May/June 2019

Emergency Medicine Wellness Bill of Rights

Author: Andy Mayer, MD FAAEM

Sitting in an airport after leaving the latest AAEM Scientific Assembly is a place for me to reflect upon the last several days...

Featured Articles

  July/August 2019

A Sad But True Story

Author: Andy Mayer, MD FAAEM

The issue of the appropriate role of advanced practice providers (APPs) in our emergency departments has been recently analyzed by a task force...

  May/June 2019

Getting Off the Ground: Developing an ED Patient and Family Advocacy Council to Improve Patient Experience

Author: Jonathan D. Sonis, MD, et al.

Patient experience continues to be a growing area of focus for hospital and emergency department (ED) leaders across the United States...

Dollars & Sense

  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...

  March/April 2019

Books, Blogs, and Podcasts to Check Out in 2019

Author: Joel M. Schofer, MD MBA CPE FAAEM

Whether you like it or not, you have a second job. That second job is managing your personal finances...

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Past Issues

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