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 2019

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President's Message

  September/October 2019

EM Physicians Treat All

Author: David A. Farcy, MD FAAEM FCCM

Since my last message, I had the opportunity to represent the Academy in Hawaii for the National Medical Association Meeting and then in the latter part of August...

  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...

From the Editor's Desk

  September/October 2019

Provider Satisfaction

Author: Andy Mayer, MD FAAEM

Your practice, I am sure, is being graded and evaluated based on some sort of patient satisfaction score. You and your department probably receive quarterly to even daily reports of your ability to “wow” your patients.

  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...

Featured Articles

  September/October 2019

Queuing Patients in the Emergency Department: Can It Work?

Author: Andrea Blome, MD

What is queuing theory? Queuing theory originated more than a century ago from the study of telephone delays and congestion.

  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...

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