Trustee Candidate: Education & Allied Health
Jonathan K. Ehrman, Ph.D., FACSM, ACSM-CES, ACSM-PD
Associate Program Director-
Program Director-Clinical Weight
Henry Ford Hospital
Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Cardiology
1. Please list your previous service to ACSM.
Since becoming an ACSM member in 1984 I have had the honor of serving the College in the following capacities:
Associate editor, ACSM Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription (10th ed.), 2013-2017
- Senior ‘Umbrella’ Editor, ACSM Certification Texts (Guidelines for Graded Exercise Testing and Prescription and Resource Manual for Guidelines for Graded Exercise Testing and Prescription, Certification Review, Resources for Personal Trainers, Resources for Health Fitness Specialists, Behavioral Aspects of Exercise), 2009-201.
- Co-editor, Journal of Clinical Exercise Physiology. This is the professional journal for the Clinical Exercise Physiology Association (CEPA).
- Senior Editor, ACSM’s Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 6th Edition, 2006-2009
- Committee on Certification and Registry Boards (CCRB)
Member, Executive Committee, 2004-2010
Member, Clinical Exercise Specialist Credentialing Committee, 2000-2004
Chair, Clinical Exercise Specialist Credentialing Committee, 2004-2007
- Membership Committee, 2000-2003
- Task Force for Standards for Health Fitness Facilities, NSF International, 2007-present
- Certification Director for the Clinical Exercise Specialist examination, Michigan Heart and Vascular Institute, 2000-2005
- Ad Hoc Reviewer, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise® since 1996 and ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal® since 2012
- Chair, Free Communication Sessions several times through the years at Annual Meetings
- Presenter of original research at 17 Annual meetings including several symposiums
- Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist (1985) and Program Director (1994)
2. What is ACSM’s greatest strength and how would you make that aspect of the organization even stronger?
I have witnessed ACSM’s growth over the past 30 years as a member and have been professionally satisfied to be a part of this process. ACSM is very strong in multiple areas. One of the most important strengths of ACSM is its ability to translate knowledge into the practice of promoting exercise and physical activity. After all, the collective effort of ACSM’s membership is to help people live healthier lives through exercise and physical activity. This is true whether we are clinicians, basic scientists, epidemiologists, or those with personal trainer and health fitness certifications. We all try to learn about how exercise should be applied and how it will improve the fitness and health of people’s lives. And ultimately it is the ACSM membership who transmit this knowledge into practice with meaningful exercise prescriptions for people to safely benefit.
My experience with ACSM’s certification process over the past decade has positioned me well to advocate for the continued focus of resources to maintain and advance the impact ACSM has on improving public health. I would like to play a role in enhancing the connection between ACSM’s non-certified professionals (the basic scientists, dietitians, epidemiologists, physicians, etc.) and the certification process. This would help with the translation of research into a meaningful and practical message for both certified professionals and clients/patients. Thus, I will continue to be an advocate for the further development of the exercise profession and I pledge to help continue this important work if elected to the ACSM Board of Trustees.
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.
Recently I was a member of the Task Force for Standards for Health Fitness Facilities that developed the NSF International Standard for Health/Fitness Facilities http://www.multibriefs.com/briefs/acsm/qa10-30.htm. This effort was in conjunction with the NSF International of Ann Arbor, MI. The NSF is a leader in certifying products and writing standards for food, water and consumer goods.
Through my involvement in textbook writing I have also developed associations with both Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and with Human Kinetics publishing companies. I have been senior editor on several publications and have provided information to these companies regarding strategies of book content and sales.
In addition to ACSM, I have served on committees with both the AACVPR (Education committee) and the Michigan affiliate of AACVPR (MSCVPR, Guidelines development committee). I have also served on the board of directors of the Midwest Chapter of ACSM. Additionally I maintain memberships with the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) and the Clinical Exercise Physiology Association (CEPA). With the AHA I served as a member of the Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism Clinical Affairs Committee. Finally I am a member of the Sports Medicine Network with USA Swimming where I am available to answer questions regarding exercise physiology as it relates to swimming. In conjunction with USA Swimming I just completed a term as president of Club Wolverine Swimming, Inc. which is one of the leading swim clubs in the USA.
In my work environment I have had the privilege of interacting daily with physicians who have been leaders of important professional organizations such as the president of the American College of Cardiology and the American Medical Association, among others. I have been involved in several NIH funded studies and industry funded studies, and also have interacted with these groups through our cardiopulmonary core lab. I have developed many professional relationships thorough these interactions.