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2018 ACSM Election

Trustee Candidate: Medicine

Laura Q. Rogers, M.D., FACSM
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Department of Nutrition Sciences
Birmingham, AL

1. Please list your previous service to ACSM.

I have contributed to the Annual Meeting for more than a decade through the presentation of numerous original research abstracts and multiple symposia or tutorials. Since becoming an ACSM fellow in 2005, I have served in the following leadership roles: Cancer SIG chair (2007 to 2009) and SHI for Women, Sport, and Physical Activity Committee (member since 2005 and chair since 2013). I have reviewed submissions for Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® and contributed to public information posted on ACSM’s Web site and the ACSM Fit Society Page®. I also reviewed the Consensus Best Practices Document on the Care of Patients with Obesity on behalf of the American College of Sports Medicine in 2016.

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

ACSM is a remarkable and vibrant organization that is committed to high-quality research, excellent clinical care, and impactful public health strategies focused on improving the health of individuals and populations through exercise. Championing a broad range of research topics coupled with applications that improve individual and public health are important ACSM values. My vision for ACSM is to facilitate and advance these aspects of our organization while also focusing on increasing the diversity of our membership and mentoring opportunities. I have served as a member or chair of the SHI-Women, Sport, and Physical Activity committee for 12 years. During my tenure as committee chair, our committee has advanced multiple aspects of ACSM’s SOAR strategic plan (Science – e.g., multiple program submissions, list of experts for MSSE reviews; Advocacy – e.g., support for WomenSport International, fielded media requests; Resources – e.g., Rathbone Breakfast implementation and participant survey regarding programming interests, mentoring program). These experiences have fueled my ongoing interest in making the organization stronger by facilitating and participating in high quality research and scientific program submissions that are also translated in a variety of communication formats for the benefit of the lay public. I also plan to continue championing mentoring efforts to increase diversity and advance the careers of junior faculty members. It would be an honor and a pleasure to serve on ACSM’s Board of Trustees and, in so doing, would allow me to support this outstanding organization as it moves with excellence into the future.

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.

 American College of Physicians (fellow)
Society of Behavioral Medicine (member)
The Obesity Society (member; American Board of Obesity Medicine Diplomate)
American Society of Preventive Oncology (member; program committee 2014 – 2015)
Dissemination and Implementation in Health Annual Conference (regular attendee)


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