Let us now praise social media: #AMSSM15

pam and me

With a good friend….whom I just happened to meet in person today! Tekia Thompson, AMSSM

Much can be written–and has been written–about the perverse behaviors and relationships that can form around social media.  Anyone who has spent time blogging or tweeting can tell you about being verbally blasted by trolls.

But I’m here to write about, briefly, the greatness of social media:  the way it can make the world flat, to borrow a concept of Thomas Friedman’s.

Time differences and geography need not be a barrier to forging powerful relationships, and I’m reminded of that strongly today.

It is the first day of the annual meeting of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, and it’s already shaped up to be a great one.  I just wrapped up a faculty development session and am soon to sit down and hear some of the world’s experts on football medicine (that’s soccer to us Yanks).

When I was checking in, the first person I wanted to meet was @TheAMSSM, a.k.a. @PamTekaDegraw…or, rather, Tekia Thompson, the communications manager and one of the fabulous staff of the AMSSM. I’ve communicated with Pam for months via email at times, but mostly via direct message on twitter; we’ve chatted about a variety of issues relating to AMSSM and CJSM. I feel as if I have come to know her.  Nothing can replace the excitement of finally meeting her first hand; but as I reflect on how we’ve become colleagues and friends, I realize the warmth of our greeting today was informed by a true sense of a relationship already formed…..thanks to twitter.

The same situation applies to my growing collaborations with Jon Patricios, as I wrote in one of my more recent blog posts. We’ve skyped, and emailed, and tweeted; I’ve conducted a podcast interview with him.  We’ve worked on one talk and will do so with another at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) in a month.  I’ll see him here in Florida (he is the South African travelling fellow to AMSSM) and I’ll get to see him later this year in South Africa (I’ll be one of two travelling fellows to SASMA).  But for all of this, I may have met Jon I think physically 2 or 3 times–the depth of our relationship owes to the ‘flatness’ of the virtual world.

The subject of that ACSM talk is the power of social media for sports medicine clinicians, and if you’re in San Diego for the conference be sure to hear from Jon and AMSSM member @MizzouSportsDoc (er, Aaron Gray, M.D.) and me about why a tool like twitter should belong next to your goniometer.


Beautiful Hollywood, Florida

So–here’s to social media and it’s power to influence for the better our profession of sports medicine! Make sure to follow the hashtag #AMSSM15 this week to stay on top of the proceedings even if you are not physically here in Hollywood, Florida. And take a look at our #ReturnToPlay collection, which we’ve made free until the end of the month to celebrate the theme of #AMSSM15

Cheers, and we (that is @CJSMonline) hope 2 c u on twitter!



Ultrasound in Sports Medicine

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Dawn Thompson, MD using the sports med doc’s ‘stethoscope’

The subject of ‘sports’ or ‘musculoskeletal’ (MSK) ultrasound in sports medicine is one of the hot topics in our profession….all around the globe.

It’s been a particular focus here at CJSM since the beginning of the year, when we published two important documents about the subject in the January 2015 issue:  the AMSSM Position Statement on Interventional Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Sports Medicine and the AMSSM Recommended Sports Ultrasound Curriculum for Sports Medicine Fellowships.

One of the more popular CJSM podcasts we’ve ever produced was the interview I conducted with the lead author of those statements, Jonathan Finnoff, with whom I’m looking forward to catching up at the AMSSM annual meeting taking place this week in Florida.

The issue of ultrasound in sports medicine is not of interest uniquely to Americans, however.  And so I reached out to our newest editorial board member, Junior Associate Editor Dawn Thompson, from the UK, for her perspective from ‘across the pond.’

Dr. Thompson, as well as being a new member of the CJSM Editorial Board, is a member of the  European College of Sports Medicine and Exercise Physicians (ECOSEP) Junior Doctors Committe and a fine writer.  You can expect more guest blog posts coming from here, I’m sure of that.

Thanks Dawn for the post.  And I hope soon to see many of you–reading this post, checking out the position statements, and listening to the podcast–in Florida or elsewhere!


Dawn Thompson

As a newly qualified doctor interested in pursuing a career in the increasingly popular and competitive field of Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM) I find myself faced with the same decisions and questions I’m sure many of my peers are also troubling over. For any aspiring SEM doctor what is the best route into the specialty? The options are fairly endless: General Practice, Emergency Medicine, Orthopaedics or even General Medicine seem to be on the cards. Should I complete any post graduate course or qualifications and if so which? And of course the holy grail of any individual lusting over a career in SEM – how do I get practical hands on experience with a sports team or professional athletes?! Read more of this post

CJSM Podcast 8: A Conversation with South Africa’s Jon Patricios

Our newest podcast guests jsm-podcast-bg-1Jon Patricios, M.D., the current president of the South African Sports Medicine Association (SASMA) and the 2015 Travelling Fellow of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM).

Dr Patricios is currently Director of the Morningside Sports Medicine Unit and a sports physician at The Centre for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics in Johannesburg. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine (UK), and the International Sports Medicine Federation.

Dr. Patricios has been a team physician to school, club, provincial and international sports teams in rugby, cricket, soccer, athletics and basketball.  He is a member of the Cricket South Africa and SA Rugby medical committees and the Rockies Comrades Marathon Panel of experts. He is chief medical officer for the MTN Qhubeka cycling team and the Kaizer Chiefs Football Club; founder and Director of Sports Concussion South Africa; sports concussion consultant to World Rugby; and serves on tribunals for the South African Institute for Drug Free Sport.

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Dr. Jon Patricios, President of the South African Sports Medicine Association

He has authored a case report on thoracic outlet syndrome in CJSM and is someone I have collaborated with on a talk focused on the use of social media by sports medicine clinicians, given in Orlando, Florida  at the 2014 meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine.

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Jon Patricios, Speaking at ACSM 2014 on Social Media for Sports Medicine Clinicians

Somehow, among these many duties, he found the time to sit down for a chat, which you will find here in the podcast.  Thanks Jon, and we’re looking forward to seeing you soon in Hollywood, Florida at #AMSSM15 !

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The 2015 Meeting of the American Society for Sports Medicine


Site of the 24th Annual Meeting of the AMSSM

The 24th meeting of the American Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) is taking place in 10 days in Hollywood, Florida, and we could not be more excited.

The first person plural is appropriate here, as indeed it is not the ‘royal we’ that is excited:  a significant number of this journal’s Editorial Board will be present at the meeting, ranging from the Editor in Chief, Chris Hughes (coming in from the UK) to Associate Editors such as Tom Trojian (Thematic Issue editor) and the illustrious Doug McKeag (Editorials co-editor), one of the first presidents of the AMSSM.  We’ll be having our annual Editorial Board meeting and dinner on Thursday April 15, in the midst of the proceedings.

We are the official journal of AMSSM, and as we do with each meeting of our partner society we are publishing in our March 2015 issue the research poster , research podium, and case podium abstracts for the meeting’s proceedings.

In honor of the meeting’s theme for 2015, “Return to Play,” we have selected seven recent articles published in the CJSM whose focus is on that topic, and we have made them freely available until April 30; check out the “Return to Play” collection here.

We’ll have a lot coming your way from the proceedings:  updates on the meeting itself; an interview with Jon Patricios of South Africa, the 2015 AMSSM travelling fellow; twitter pics and more.  So be sure to follow the blog, our twitter feed (#AMSSM15 is the hashtag), and if you’re on site in Florida look us up:  we’ll have a booth, and we’re eager to see you.


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