CJSM Podcast 24 — A conversation with Christina Master, M.D. about vision/vestibular dysfunction in children post-concussion

Christina L. Master, M.D. speaking on her work on vision and vestibular dysfunction at recent AMSSM 2018 conference.

“Invest a little time; get a lot of information.”

So says the guest for our newest podcast — Christina L. Master, M.D., pediatric sports medicine specialist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania–in reference to the physical examination for sports-related concussions (SRCs)

If you attended her lecture at AMSSM 2018 I am sure you were as suitably impressed as I was:  Dr. Master is a masterful speaker, and she gave a memorable presentation on the importance of a focused oculomotor exam in the evaluation of pediatric SRCs.

She exhorted the clinicians in the audience to consider a move away from a primarily symptom-based evaluation of their pediatric patients, to one which is more oriented toward looking for physical signs of visual and vestibular dysfunction — in as little as two minutes, a physical exam can provide the clinician with vitally important information.

Not coincidentally, we had just published one of her more recent publications on this very subject in our March 2018 issue: Vision & Vestibular Dysfunction Predict Prolonged Recovery in Children. We thought it would be the perfect time then to have Dr. Master as our podcast guest; the trick was to track her down in all the comings and goings of AMSSM 2018.  We succeeded.

In the podcast, she discusses her research on physical exam findings of vision and vestibular dysfunction which aid in the diagnosis, prognosis, and management of pediatric sport-related concussion.

Take a listen to our conversation: as ever you can find our podcasts on our main webpage or, better yet, subscribe to them on iTunes Read the study itself…..AND…..I’d encourage you to take the CME module covering Dr. Master’s work.

“Invest a little time; get a lot of information.” So true.  Both in the examination room with our patients, and here with us at CJSM.

 

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Five Questions with Dr. Paul Jackson — President of FSEM UK

Dr. Paul Jackson President, Faculty of Sport & Exercise Medicine UK

We have returned from AMSSM18 (the 27th annual meeting of AMSSM), which just wrapped in Orlando.  It is such a large and rich conference that it would be difficult to summarize the entire proceedings.

One of the highlights for sure was a session discussing the importance of ‘exercise medicine’ in our field of clinical sports medicine.  There is a debate in AMSSM, so I understand, of whether to change its name to signal that importance — a change that other societies with which we affiliate [Australasian College of Sport & Exercise Physicians (ACSEP) & the Canadian Academy of Sport & Exercise Medicine (CASEM)] have done previously.

During this session, I couldn’t help but think about another society with which we have more recently partnered:  The Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (UK) (FSEM). It too has put the ‘exercise’ smack dab in the middle of ‘sports medicine.’

We are pleased to announce that CJSM has begun a new initiative with the FSEM (UK) members and fellows, and the journal is now freely available to them.

In the spirit of getting to know a bit more about FSEM (UK), CJSM thought a “Five Questions with the President” interview was in order.  And so I reached out to the man who currently owns that title (Dr. Paul Jackson) to find out a little bit about the history of FSEM UK,  the landscape of the sport and exercise medicine (SEM) profession in the UK,  and what the future holds for SEM both in the UK and in the wider, global SEM community.

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Five Questions with CJSM

1)   CJSM:   Dr. Jackson, you are currently serving as President of the Faculty of Sport & Exercise Medicine (FSEM) in the UK.  Can you tell our readers a little bit about FSEM – how long has it been in existence, how many members have you, what are the guiding principles of the organization?

Paul Jackson (PJ): FSEM is a UK wide body which was founded in 2006. It is an intercollegiate Faculty of the Royal College of Physician of London and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. FSEM(UK) was set up under an Act of Parliament which designates FSEM(UK) as the body responsible for training specialist in Sport and Exercise Medicine in the UK. This involves setting the curriculum for the 5 year Higher Specialist Training programme, setting a Membership Examination to test skills and knowledge and awarding Fellowships to doctors on the General Medical Council Specialist Register in Sport and Exercise Medicine. We consult with and advise Government and other bodies on areas covered by our specialty. We produce positions statements and advice on ethics in SEM (see www.fsem.ac.uk). There are three main areas of activity: Musculoskeletal Medicine, Exercise Medicine and Team Care. We currently have 236 Fellows and 270 Members and will soon open a category of membership for doctors working in other medical specialties who have an interest in SEM. Our office is based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

2) CJSM:   We were delighted to see FSEM members will now have free access to CJSM as part of their membership.  What do you see as the fruits of this relationship?  Read more of this post

Five Questions with Katherine Dec, M.D. — outgoing president of AMSSM

A ‘pride’ of AMSSM presidents, past, present and future; (L to R): Chad Carlson, Matt Gammons, Katherine Dec, Chad Asplund

“I’m going to Disney!”

If you are a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), you have already arrived in Orlando, FL or are heading there, to “the happiest place on Earth”: the annual meeting of AMSSM is taking place at Disney’s Swan & Dolphin Resort April 24 – 29.

I am a member of AMSSM as well as your humble CJSM narrator on this blog, and so I’ll be going as will many other members of the journal. We are all looking forward to it.

In preparation for the meeting, CJSM decided to catch up with Katherine Dec, M.D., the outgoing president of the organization.  Dr. Dec is a sports medicine specialist and Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Virginia Commonwealth University.   I can only imagine how busy she must be preparing for this upcoming week; we at CJSM are grateful she could find the time to be our guest on “Five Questions with CJSM.”

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1. CJSM: We have to begin by asking you about your year as President of the AMSSM. Your term ends during the annual meeting, which takes place in Orlando FL later this month. What were your major challenges this year?  What were your high points?

KD: Challenges and high points were similar for the organization; it was fun, energizing and busy all year on our Board. Social media adds a challenging but high point dimension also. Major Steps this year:  3 year strategic plan drafted; beginning the branding and marketing initiative for AMSSM with the help of a strong task force and collaboration with marketing/strategic organization; bringing W.i.L.L. initiative (Women in Leadership Lead) to AMSSM.

2. CJSM: How long have you worked with Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, and what do you enjoy most about that role? Read more of this post

Sports Medicine in the USA — AMSSM & AOASM coming up

The skyline of Columbus OH — site of the AOASM conference May 2 – 5 2018

At CJSM, we are very fortunate to be closely involved with several of the premier sports medicine organizations around the globe.  Our affiliated societies include our founding organization, the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM); the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP); the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (AOASM); and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM).

We hold these four societies in high esteem, and different members of our editorial board try to visit each group at least once a year, particularly during their annual meetings.  You may remember recent blog posts about visits to CASEM or to ACSEP , posts which highlighted the proceedings at venues from Quebec City to the Gold Coast of Queensland.

We are very excited for an upcoming fortnight (the last week of April and the first of May), where we will be able to ‘hit’ both the AMSSM meeting (Orlando, FL) and the AOASM meeting (Columbus, OH).

If you want to check out the proceedings for AMSSM go here. Advanced registration has closed, but if you were to show up April 24 – 29 in Orlando, you can register on-site at the event itself.

A pow-wow of EICs, including our own Chris Hughes (2nd from left)

We’re excited for so much of the meeting in Orlando, including our annual get together with our sister journals BJSM and Sports Health, where the editors-in-chief (EICs) will discuss “Secrets to Success: Q&A with the editors of premier sports medicine journals.” That session will be taking place at 0700 AM on F 27 April; if you are in Orlando, please come meet our EIC Chris Hughes, as well as the other EICs, Karim Khan (BJSM) and Ed Wojtys (Sports Health).

For AOASM, you can check out the conference agenda and still sign up on line if you go here. Pre-conference workshops take place April 30 and May 1, and the full proceedings last from May 2 – 5.

We will be reporting live from both the AMSSM and AOASM meetings; so be sure to follow the respective hashtags #AMSSM18 and #AOASM2018.  Also, we publish each year the research and case poster abstracts for the AMSSM meeting in our March issue, and so even if you can’t be in Orlando, you can get ‘up to speed’ on some of the SEM information to be shared by checking out those abstracts.

See you in Orlando or Columbus….or see you on line (Twitter: @cjsmonline )

 

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