CASEM and FIMS: Coming Up!


Pierre Frémont, President of CASEM, Jim MacDonald, CJSM Associate Editor, and Kivmars Bowling, CJSM Publisher: Quebec City, here we come.

The time for CASEM/FIMS approaches:  The Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM) and the International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS) are jointly having their 2014 conference in Quebec City in less than a month. From June 18 to 21 attendees, including the CJSM editorial board, will be enjoying the best of international sport medicine and the longest days of the year in beautiful Quebec City.

CJSM has always had a very close relationship with CASEM:  the academy was the founding organization for the journal.  We now have affiliations with several of the most prominent sport medicine societies around the globe:  the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM); the Australasian College of Sports Physicians (ACSP); and the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (AOASM).  Members of all those organizations will be on hand for the CJSM editorial board meeting we’ll concurrently have with the conference.  It’s a great time to catch up with far-flung colleagues with whom I communicate for most of the year by email, twitter, or Skype/FaceTime.

I’m looking forward to the conference on so many levels.  First, as an attendee, I am excited to sit in on several of the highlighted lectures; I’ll definitely be attending the symposium on “The Growing Athlete,’ the speakers for which include Dr. Lyle Micheli of Boston Children’s Hospital, the man I trained under.   Second, I am very much looking forward to participating in the CJSM Seminar we are offering as a pre-conference course which is free for FIMS 2014 attendees.  We are offering the seminar as a way for attendees to better understand the process behind getting their manuscripts published and to better understand the direction that medical publications, ours included, is taking in the new millenium. Come join us, it will be a productive and fun afternoon.  You can register on-line or on-site.

I will be presenting some original research in poster form on a pediatric back outcome measure, the Micheli Functional Scale (MFS); the original paper validating this measure was published in CJSM in 2012.  As a pediatric sports medicine specialist who sees a lot of back injuries, I use the MFS in my clinic frequently.  Stop by the poster if you get a chance (Friday morning):  we’ll take a selfie and I’ll put you in the blog!

As ever, one of the strongest attractions for such a meeting is the chance to socialize with professional colleagues and make new connections.  I have several friends who will be in attendance, and I am looking forward to the good times we will have together.  Late night crepes will be enjoyed, I’m sure.

If you haven’t had the chance yet, check out the abstracts for the CASEM/FIMS session which we just published in the May issue and are freely available.  If you’re coming to Quebec City, the abstracts will serve to whet your appetite. And if you can’t make it, you’ll get the chance to catch up on the diverse and original research that will be presented.

I’ll be blogging from the event and tweeting (@csjmonline )……so stay tuned!





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 Deputy Editor for the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine.

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