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2018 ACSM Election

Trustee Candidate: Medicine

Molly B. Conroy, M.D., M.P.H., FACSM
Professor and Chief, Division of
General Internal Medicine
University of Utah
Department of Internal Medicine
Salt Lake City, UT

1.  Please list your previous service with ACSM. 

I joined ACSM in 2005 and became an FACSM member in 2014. My previous service to ACSM includes active participation and leadership in the following committees and groups: Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity (now the Diversity Action Committee), Exercise is Medicine for Underserved Populations, Minority Health and Research Interest Group, and the Obesity Subcommittee. My leadership roles within these committees and groups include past service as the co-chair of the Minority Health and Research Interest Group and current service as the chair of Exercise is Medicine for Underserved Populations.

 2.  What is ACSM’s greatest strength and how would you make that aspect of the organization even stronger? 

ACSM’s greatest strength continues to be its diversity. As a physician member of ACSM, I enjoy the opportunity to work with ACSM members from different disciplines. Together, members from all ACSM interest areas are making progress towards a better understanding of the science of physical activity and the best ways to promote physical activity in both health care and community settings. I have been honored to participate in committees and groups within ACSM that play an active role in maintaining and increasing the diversity of ACSM members and fellows. As a member of the Diversity Action Committee, I have served on the selection committee for the Leadership Diversity Training Program (LDTP) for the past 5 years. My observation from the experience of one of my own physician protégés who is a past LDTP participant is that staying connected to ACSM during the intense period of residency training can be challenging, even for a person deeply committed to the ACSM mission. As a Trustee, I would be interested in working with the LDTP and physician leadership at ACSM to explore ways to help such trainees stay connected with the organization, even when attending meetings in person may not be possible. Potential ideas include greater connection though both regional chapters and exploring potential opportunities through Exercise is Medicine® initiatives.

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.

 I am currently an active member of the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM). Within SGIM, I participate as a member of the Association of Chiefs and Leaders in General Internal Medicine (ACLGIM) given my current role as Chief of General Internal Medicine at the University of Utah. I have recently joined the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN), an NIH-funded initiative to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in biomedical science. My collaboration with NRMN has already begun and includes serving as a coach for their upcoming grant-writing course and inviting them as a featured speaker for the 2017 ACSM Annual Meeting Diversity Symposium, for which I served on the planning committee. I believe that SGIM and NRMN are two organizations whose missions are aligned with ACSM and with which stronger ties could be established. Because increasing and retaining physician membership is a priority for ACSM, SGIM mentoring programs that are tailored for physician needs could inform our efforts, as could NRMN programs which employ a variety of in-person and online programs for training mentors and protégés.



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