2018: Theresa Whipple MD AMSSM conference

I can't thank you enough for your generous gift of the Spirit of 2010 Award. Because of your generosity I was able to attend the 2019 American Medical Society of Sports Medicine (AMSSM) annual conference, network with leaders in the field, present a case on the national stage, and emphasize Emergency Medicine's place in the field of Sports Medicine. EM is one of the youngest additions to the Sports field, and because of this we are continually trying to prove our worth. We obviously have a unique skill set and are especially adept at the rapid assessment of acute injury and recognizing and dealing with true emergencies. For the last several years a group of EM trained Sports physicians has been conducting a supplemental module at AMSSM that emphasizes the evaluation and treatment of acute ENT injuries, fracture/dislocations, heat related illness, cardiac arrest, and airway management- all topics that we deal with every day, but family medicine, internal medicine, and PMNR trained physicians are less comfortable with. Participants have always found the program high yield and enjoyable, but we are continually trying to find ways to improve. Because of the Spirit of 2010 Award, I was able to create eye models with changeable intra-ocular pressure in order to teach program participants to measure IOP with a tonopen and recognize pressures that are too high or too low. (I had hoped to make a inferior alveolar nerve block simulator as this is a useful block that few outside of our specialty are familiar with, however this turned out to be far too expensive...maybe next year). At the conference this year I was also able to present a case during the poster presentation session, making me a more competitive applicant when applying for fellowships this fall. Attached are photos from the conference. Thank you again for your generosity and helping to make this experience possible for me!

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