AMSSM 2013 Conference in San Diego

The American Medical Society of Sports Medicine (AMSSM) is having its annual meeting in beautiful San Diego, California this year beginning April 17.  We’re less than a week away and very excited for what promises to be a great conference.

As the new editor for the CJSM blog, I am looking forward to meeting new people and seeing old faces, from the Executive Editor of CJSM (and former blog editor) Chris Hughes (a new friend) to people like William Meehan, one of the recipients of this year’s AMSSM Young Investigator Grants and an old and dear friend.

Many of the sessions in the annual meeting’s brochure look very interesting, and the trouble I’m having is making decisions between sessions that take place concurrently.  One particular interest of mine is in patient outcome measures, and so I’ll be sure to be checking out Session #7B on “Quality Measures and Improvement in the Practice of Sports Medicine,” occurring on the morning of April 19 from 10:35 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.

The journal has published articles in relation to this topic in the recent past, including a very fine one authored by Pierre d’Hemecourt’s group in Boston validating the Micheli Functional Scale (MFS), an outcome measure designed to assess back pain/impairment in active young patients.  If you haven’t previously been able to look at that article, or see the MFS, take the time to check out the article in our May 2012 issue here, or you may find the commentary at the excellent blog “Sports Medicine Research:  In the Lab and In the Field” particularly enlightening reading.

So if you see me wandering around on the floor of the conference, be sure to come up and say hi, and let me know if you heard or saw a particularly compelling presentation or piece of research, so I can blog about it on my flight home from San Diego.  See you soon!

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About sportingjim
I work at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio USA, where I am a specialist in pediatric sports medicine. My academic appointment as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics is through Ohio State University. I am a public health advocate for kids' health and safety. I am also the Emerging Media Editor for the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine.

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