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  • Active Voice: From San Diego 2015 to Boston 2016 – ACSM Soars!

    by Guest Blogger | Sep 28, 2015
    By ACSM President-elect Elizabeth A. Joy, M.D., M.P.H., FACSM

    Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

    Elizabeth A. Joy, M.D., M.P.H., FACSM, is medical director for Community Health at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City and practices family medicine and sports medicine at the Salt Lake Clinic LiVe Well Center. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Utah in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. As ACSM’s current president-elect, Dr. Joy chairs the Program Committee – leading thematic focus and planning for the 2016 ACSM Annual Meeting. She has had extensive leadership experience with ACSM, including as a board of trustees member, vice president and, currently, as an associate editor for Current Sports Medicine Reports and chair of the Exercise is Medicine® Clinical Practice Committee. Dr. Joy is widely published in several areas related to her expertise, including physical activity assessment and promotion, the Female Athlete Triad, sports injury prevention and diabetes prevention.


    The 2015 ACSM Annual Meeting in San Diego was the largest meeting in ACSM’s history in regard to total attendance. Thanks to the outstanding program, under the leadership of Larry Armstrong, Ph.D., FACSM, and the ACSM Program Committee, more than 82 percent of attendees rated the annual meeting very good or exceptional. More than 70 percent of basic and applied science attendees applauded program content in their specialties, and 85 percent of physician attendees reported very good or exceptional chances to have their questions answered.

    The opportunities to learn and network with colleagues are key drivers for attendance at the annual meeting — and San Diego was no exception. The multidisciplinary environment at the annual meeting creates an unprecedented opportunity for scientists, clinicians and students to engage and learn from another. 2015 saw an increase in student participation at the annual meeting, representing one-third of all attendees.

    The Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) World Congress and the Basic Science World Congress on Fatigue were centerpieces of the meeting. Physician attendees noted that they would “adopt new exercise participation guidelines” as a part of their clinical practice and would “encourage more EIM treatments.” Feedback on the Basic Science World Congress was equally positive, extolling the quality of the speakers and content.

    Submissions for the 2016 ACSM Annual Meeting in Boston are outstanding. The Program Committee met in Indianapolis earlier this month to sift through these submissions. Annual meeting submissions are reviewed by the 12 topical representatives who reflect the broad categorical interests of our members (e.g., biomechanics and neural control of movement, epidemiology and biostatistics, metabolism and nutrition), in addition to Program Committee members representing clinical medicine and EIM. We repeatedly heard from reviewers regarding the high quality proposals and the difficult task of deciding what to include. The EIM World Congress will kick off the Boston meeting on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 including the first Morris/Paffenbarger EIM Keynote lecture by Mike Pratt, MD, MPH, FACSM, who will talk about the economic costs of physical inactivity. John M. Jakicic, PhD, FACSM, is leading the Basic Science World Congress, which will be focused on energy balance. He shared a sneak peek of the sessions that will be included, and the congress will be nothing short of cutting-edge science in this critically important area.

    The 2016 meeting, which will be held May 31-June 4, is ACSM’s first ever trip to Boston for the annual meeting. Held at the Hynes Convention Center, attendees and their family members will have access to three attached hotels and two shopping destinations for an all-inclusive convention experience. Attendees will be thrilled to learn that the Hynes Convention Center offers free Wi-Fi access and boasts complete cell phone coverage throughout the building.

    As chair of the Program Committee for 2016, I can assure you that Boston will be an outstanding meeting. I encourage you to submit your abstracts and case presentations by the November 2 deadline — you will receive advance information in future issues of SMB, the September issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® and in timely e-blast notices as the deadline approaches. The meeting also will include wonderful social and networking opportunities throughout the week in Boston, including the annual meeting banquet on Friday evening, where attendees have the opportunity to rub shoulders with ACSM leaders and enjoy a wonderful evening hearing from our award winners.

    I hope to see you in Boston in 2016. Please feel free to email me directly with thoughts on how we can make Boston the best meeting ever – eajslc@aol.com.

    In the words of Boston native, John Adams, “Let us dare to read, think, speak and write.” I look forward to hearing from many of you in Boston 2016.

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