With a new mission and purpose, the official voice of emergency medicine is now written by ED physicians, for ED physicians
This “From the Editor” is a landmark article because this will be my first and last “From the Editor” column. If I have something worthy of your time and interest, I’ll bring it to you. I will not write for the sake of writing or speak solely to be heard. I have a message, but that message will be delivered collectively by our Editorial Advisory Board, columnists, and writers. I will find the news that is important to you and strive to make certain it is delivered in a way you find interesting and relevant.
The first decision was clear: the kind of change required to meet the expectations of the readership and the ACEP leadership required a name change and much more.
The ownership of this publication has officially changed hands. This is not my publication. This isn’t ACEP’s publication. This is your publication. ACEP has heard your concerns and is willing to make the changes necessary to bring you back to the table.
You will see a different editorial approach. I have always believed that our publication should be written by emergency physicians for emergency physicians, and with rare exception, that is exactly what you’ll get. Nothing chaps my hide more than a non–emergency physician writing about the practice of emergency medicine. If you haven’t worked a shift, quite honestly, your viewpoint on emergency medicine issues probably isn’t worth my time. When our colleagues possess the expertise, they will be asked to write, and when a topic of interest arises requiring outside expertise, others will be invited into the circle.
When asked to take this post, medical editor in chief of ACEP News, I thought long and hard about what this publication has meant to our specialty in the past and, more important, what it should mean in the future. The first decision was clear: the kind of change required to meet the expectations of the readership and the ACEP leadership required a name change and much more.
It’s time for meaningful discussion and respectful debate, and the place to do it is here and Now. ACEP News is being retired to make way for a new publication with a new mission, purpose, and direction.
ACEP Now will bring relevance to your doorstep every month, providing a forum for meaningful and respectful debate on “our” issues. ACEP Now, The Official Voice of Emergency Medicine, is about what you want to know and need to know, not what others want and think you need to know.