Submitted by 2016 ITPC Faculty Chair
Francis G. O’Connor, MD, MPH, FACSM
On 8-10 November 2016, the ACSM, in conjunction with the Chinese Association of Sports Medicine (CASM), held the first International Team Physician Course (ITPC) in Beijing, China. US representatives included Dr. Carrie Jaworski, FACSM, Dr. Scott Shi, FACSM, Dr. Thomas Byrd, FACSM and Dr. Francis O’Connor, FACSM, the ACSM ITPC Course Chair. Dr. Sandra Hoffmann, FACSM, the education committee lead who worked nearly three years to facilitate this course, also attended with the ITPC faculty, and presented several awards to CASM leaders with Dr. O’Connor on behalf of ACSM. Leads for the CASM were Dr. Zhan Hui, Secretary General, CASM, and Dr. Zhou JingBin, Director of the Sports Trauma Department at the China National Institute of Sports Medicine and the Deputy Secretary General, CASM.
The ITPC course was attended by approximately 180 attendees; the group consisted largely of sports medicine physicians, physical therapists and athletic trainers. The slides for our lectures were all translated into Chinese; there also was concurrent translation as we delivered our lectures and to facilitate questions and answers. By all appearances, and feedback from our hosts, the lectures and dialogue were very well received. The course was considered a great success and the start of more to follow.
To say we were welcomed and treated as “first class” guests would be an understatement. From the moment we arrived in China, we were treated as VIPs with nothing short of fine dining, considerate hosts, and facilitation of sightseeing to include the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, The Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, and tours of National Sports facilities, to include their new orthopedic hospital. We were always accompanied, and supplied with a driver and a guide. It was spectacular to say the least.
Following the conference, Dr. Jaworksi and I had arranged to stay two extra days in Shangahi. CASM arranged for us both to deliver keynote addresses at the 2nd Annual Meeting of the Asian Pacific Conference on Coaching Science at the Sports Medicine University in Shanghai. We traveled by Bullet train to Shanghai, and again, received nothing but the best in accommodations, food and tour consideration. Our point of contact in Shanghai was Dr. Liu Yu, the Dean of the Department of Kinesiology. We met with the University leadership who were all in in establishing closer ties with ACSM, in particular in pursuing strategic goals in Exercise is Medicine.
In summary, the ITPC in China was a huge success. For members of the faculty, it was quite simply the trip of a lifetime.
Pictured from left to right:
Dr. Scott Shi, FACSM; Dr. Fran O’Connor, FACSM, Dr. Sandy Hoffmann, FACSM and Dr. Carrie Jaworski, FACSM
(missing Dr. J.W. Thomas Byrd, FACSM)