ACSM Clinician Profile
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is proud to feature Christopher C. Madden, MD, FACSM, in this issue’s Clinician Profile. Dr. Madden practices sports and family medicine at Longs Peak Family Practice in Longmont, CO. He is currently the first vice president of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and has served two terms on its Board of Directors and on various committees for the organization. He also has served on various committees within ACSM and is currently a section editor for Current Sports Medicine Reports. Dr. Madden edits and authors a number of texts, chapters, and articles in sports medicine. He also serves as a clinical professor at the Department of Family Practice, University of Colorado Health Sciences. On a personal note, Dr. Madden loves to ride mountain bikes, hike, trail run, mountaineer, read, travel, practice yoga, and spend time with his family.
You Have Been an ACSM Member Since 1998. How Has ACSM Grown and Changed Since You Became a Member?
ACSM has grown larger, I have come to know more members, and the quality, breadth, and depth of the Annual Meeting content has improved considerably. Technology and strong leadership have helped evolve the organization, and we can accomplish much more in a short time than we used to. It is a pleasure to be associated with such a positive-minded organization.
What Was It Like to Be a Clinician a Decade or Two Ago Compared to Today?
There was less “business” between patients back then. Now, there is so much more technology in medicine, and with the health care transformation movement, it feels challenging to find enough time to do everything. It is the patients who bring you back to awareness and keep you on the level that matters most.
How Has Membership in ACSM Influenced Your Career?
Good friendships, education, advocacy, and involvement with the organization helped me become the physician I am today.
How Do You Use the ACSM Network in Your Daily Work?
I use the ACSM network mostly through my professional relationships, some academic interaction through editorial work, and patient web access.
What Is Your Best Advice to Other Sports Medicine Clinicians?
Always focus on service for patients. Have gratitude for the opportunity to touch so many lives. Be wise and selfless — use your knowledge in an active way that impacts positive change. Get involved, pace yourself, and stay involved. Remember that everything counts, actions and inactions, large and small. Never underestimate the power of your words as a healer.
Where Do You See ACSM Heading in the Future?
Forward, with good intention.
Would You Like to Share Anything Else With the Readers of Current Sports Medicine Reports?
This is a great journal. It reminds me of the original Physician and Sportsmedicine. It is full of good clinical and useful information. Start reading it and you will see.