ACSM Clinician Profile
This issue's American College of Sports Medicine's (ACSM) Clinician Profile features Sheila A. Dugan, M.D., FACSM, who is an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Rush Medical College, Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. She also serves as faculty within the Department of Neurosurgery and the Department of Preventive Medicine. She is comedical director of the Rush Program for Abdominal and Pelvic Health and a coinvestigator at Rush on the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation. She has served as a discussant on the ACSM Roundtable on Exercise in Pregnancy and is active on the ACSM Strategic Health Initiative on Women and the ACSM Sport and Physical Activity Strategic Planning Committee. She also is a member of the Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports, and Occupational Rehabilitation and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
YOU HAVE BEEN AN ACSM MEMBER SINCE 1999. HOW HAS ACSM GROWN AND CHANGED SINCE YOU BECAME A MEMBER?
I have watched as more women have taken on leadership roles. This is important as it reflects the growth in women's sports opportunities for girls and women. In addition, the College has been a leader in understanding sex-based injury patterns.
WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO BE A CLINICIAN IN THE 1990s COMPARED WITH TODAY?
I have transitioned from being a physical therapist to being a musculoskeletal M.D. over the last two decades. In both roles, I have been a strong believer in the necessity of a team approach to care, but it only recently has been that the entire health care system seems committed to transition to a multidisciplinary health care approach. Also, the focus on evidence-based treatment has driven greater collaboration and cross-fertilization between scientists and clinicians, something ACSM has been committed to since its inception.
HOW HAS MEMBERSHIP IN ACSM INFLUENCED YOUR CAREER?
ACSM has given me leadership opportunities and experiences that have given me the confidence to take on leadership roles at my own institution.
HOW DO YOU USE THE ACSM NETWORK IN YOUR DAILY WORK?
I can call on my own panel of ACSM experts and colleagues when I have patient management questions, need to write manuscripts, have opportunities to invite lecturers to my institution, or have program planning responsibilities for other associations.
WHAT IS YOUR BEST ADVICE TO OTHER SPORTS MEDICINE CLINICIANS?
Find an excellent multidisciplinary team to work with in your day-to-day practice of medicine. You and your patients will benefit tremendously.
WHERE DO YOU SEE ACSM HEADING IN THE FUTURE?
In the future, I see ACSM providing opportunities for mentoring a more diverse group of students, practitioners, and consumers.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE ANYTHING ELSE WITH THE READERS OF CURRENT SPORTS MEDICINE REPORTS?
You should continue to make an effort to be an exercise evangelist with your loved ones, colleagues, clients, and patients.