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.”


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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