Five Questions with CASEM President Tatiana Jevremovic, M.D.

Tatiana Jevremovic, M.D. — current president of the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM)

The Canadian Academey of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM) hosts its annual symposium in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in just a couple of days:  from June 6 to 9 sports medicine clinicians from around Canada and the globe will be attending what looks to be another excellent conference which CASEM is hosting.

This past year Tatiana Jevremovic, M.D. has been serving as the CASEM president.  We thought it would be a good time to catch up with her before the clock runs out on her presidency at the end of this month.

In the midst of all her many, many commitments, she graciously found the time to do this interview.  We were delighted with the results, and we know you will be as well.

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1. CJSM: Where else to begin but by asking you about your year as President of the CASEM. You complete your term at the end of June, after the annual meeting which takes place in Halifax this year. What were your major challenges as president this year?  What were your high points?

TJ: There have been a few high points during my presidency year. We hired a communication advisor that has started elevating CASEM’s profile on social media through infographics and soon-to-be-completed new podcasts. We have met and introduced CASEM to the Public Health Agency of Canada as well as other organizations such as ParticipACTION, and are exploring future collaborations on projects of mutual interest such as concussion and health enhancing physical activity.. We continue to strengthen our professional relationships with friends and stakeholders such at Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC), Canadian Medical Association (CMA), Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), Canadian Concussion Collaborative affiliated organizations (CCC), and others.

It has been an extremely exciting year, and my biggest challenge has been accepting that this role is only for 1 year. I will miss it terribly, but am comforted in knowing that my successor, Dr. Paul Watson, will do a great job. I will also continue to promote the Academy and all of its success in my new role as past president.

2. CJSM: You currently work as an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Family Medicine at Western Ontario and at the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic in London, ON. Can you tell us a little about your background in sports medicine and what you do with your professional time when you are not attending to CASEM Presidential duties? Read more of this post

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FIFA World Cup 2018 — Will There be Concussion Miscues Again?

FIFA World Cup apperances 1930 – 2018 Picture courtesy of Dufo, from Wikimedia Commons

Ah, the long, lazy days of summer have arrived….or have they?

With a caveat that I must be mindful that fellow colleagues in different parts of the world may be experiencing different workloads right about now, I have been feeling of late both a sense of lassitude and a sense of professional, shall we say, anxiety.

My children’s school year has wrapped up — they certainly are in the mode of being lazy.  The multiple school sports I cover as a pediatric sports medicine physician have largely wrapped their respective seasons too.  There is a bit of a lull in my clinics.

On the other hand, in the larger sporting world, the schedule is most definitely heating up.  I find this to be one of the most interesting times of the year for sport.  In the USA, we are in the midst of the NBA and NHL basketball and hockey finals, and MLB baseball offers multiple games daily.  To our north, the CFL has just started its season.  In Europe, the tennis stars Rafael Nadal, Garbine Muguruza and others are experiencing the joys of Roland Garros.  Golf’s U.S. Open is just around the corner.

And, of course, in less than two weeks, the FIFA World Cup kicks off in Russia. The quadrennial event — alongside the Olympics probably the biggest global sporting event on the planet — opens on June 14 and will continue for a month, until the championship game on July 15.

Like many of my colleagues, I am a fan of sport as well as a physician.  I care about who plays, and find myself cheering on certain teams and certain players [Vamos El Tri!]

Like many of my colleagues as well, however, I am also eyeing this World Cup as a doctor, and I approach the event with concerns over how concussions will be handled in 2018. Read more of this post

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.

 

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

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