Trustee Candidate: Medicine
Joseph N. Chorley, M.D., FACSM
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Fellowship Director for Baylor
Primary Sports Care Program
Texas Children’s Hospital
1. Please list your service to American College of Sports Medicine.
Member-1995 to present
Fellow-2003 to present
Presenter/Expert Discussant of Primary Research and Clinical Cases at regional and national ACSM annual meetings- 1995 to present
Member- Communication and Public Information Committee, 2004-2010
Liaison- Endurance Medicine Special Interest Group, 2005-2008
Member- Ad Hoc Committee for Interest Group Forum, 2006-2010
2. What is ACSM’s greatest strength and how would you make that aspect of the organization even stronger?
I have grown up in the American College of Sports Medicine. Since starting my sports medicine fellowship in 1995, ACSM has provided me with multiple career shaping opportunities.
The ACSM Team Physician courses, which I attended during my fellowship, became a significant part of the foundation of my sports medicine knowledge. As Program Director for the Primary Care Pediatric Sports Medicine Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine, the education of fellows, residents, and students is the most gratifying parts of my job. Building on ACSM's strength in education can be combined with their expertise in exercise physiology to create a clinically relevant exercise physiology curriculum. This could be utilized by training programs to better prepare fellows and residents for clinical practice, community education, and improve their performance on the CAQ Sports Medicine Exam. Additionally to better train physicians, the education available through ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine® program should be required curriculum for all primary care physicians during residency.
Early in my career, an ACSM research award supported my marathon injury surveillance project. Sometime later, I became an active participant in ACSM’s endurance medicine interest group. This opportunity has shown me how clinicians, public health researchers, and exercise physiologists can synergize to produce significant change. These clinical and research collaborations resulted in such changes as interventions to prevent exercise associated hypernatremia; in the design of practical optimal medical coverage for mass participation events; and in exercise physiology research on ultra-marathon athletes. ACSM's mission statement emphasizes the concepts of integration, promotion, and application. I believe that encouraging increased participation of clinicians, academicians, scientists, health and fitness professionals, and their students in interdisciplinary interest groups will result in even more significant collaborations and therefore even greater impact of ACSM on the field of sports medicine.
Finally, one of ACSM's most important assets is the integrity of the information it shares with its members, partners, and the public. The depth and breadth of expertise in sports medicine of its 45,000 members and certified professionals is second to none. As the world of information processing continues to evolve, ACSM and its committee on Communication and Public Information will need to keep pace with this evolution in order to effectively disseminate the important information for which ACSM is known. This will enable ACSM to continue to increase its impact in the application of its expertise.
In my years as a member of ACSM, I have benefited from the opportunities that ACSM has provided. However, I also see ways that ACSM could be even more impactful. As a Board of Trustees member, I hope to continue to use my training and expertise to make ACSM even stronger.
3. ACSM works closely with many other organizations, including associations, companies, philanthropies, and governmental agencies. Indicate those organizations/companies/agencies for which you play an advisory, consulting, or leadership role.