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Improving the quality of patient care — and building the community that makes it possible. At SMA, Since 1906, SMA has been more than a medical association.

We’re a family of medicine, committed to multidisciplinary, interprofessional education for, and by, our members. To that end, we provide:

● Fully accredited CMEs, both in person and online
● Over 45,000 peer-reviewed scientific articles — and counting — in our Southern Medical Journal
● Research grants, loans, and scholarships to help members open new frontiers in medicine

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SMA's Annual Scientific Assembly - Early Registration Discount! - Southern Medical Association 01/12/2024

Taking place October 24-26, 2024 in Atlanta, Georgia, SMA’s Annual Scientific Assembly will offer educational sessions, cutting edge research, and networking opportunities. Don’t miss this chance to earn CME and MOC credits while staying at the forefront of medical advancements.

To enjoy our exclusive early bird discount, register for the Assembly by May 31, 2024. Visit SMA.org/ASA2024 or call (800) 423-4992 for more details and to register.

SMA's Annual Scientific Assembly - Early Registration Discount! - Southern Medical Association Taking place October 24-26, 2024 in Atlanta, Georgia, SMA’s Annual Scientific Assembly will offer educational sessions, cutting-edge research, and networking opportunities. Pre-Conference courses that will include presentations on pain management, addressing controlled substance prescribing practi...

Call for Education Committee Members - Southern Medical Association 12/11/2023

SMA is currently seeking members to join our Education Committee. As a committee member, you’ll play a pivotal role in shaping the future of medical education. The education committee will serve the Association through content review, content recommendation, speaker recommendation, and procurement, as well as offer direction with regard to grants and sponsorships.

If you’re ready to make a difference and help shape SMA’s educational landscape, please visit sma.org/leadership and complete the form at the bottom of the page.

Call for Education Committee Members - Southern Medical Association SMA is currently seeking members to join our Education Committee. As a committee member, you'll play a pivotal role in shaping the future of medical education.

11/11/2023

Happy Veterans Day to all who serve. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

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Congratulations to this year’s scholarship recipients who together received more than $13,000 in scholarship funds and thank you to our generous donors who made these awards possible.

Congratulations to SMA’s 2023 Scholarship Recipients - Southern Medical Association 11/09/2023

Congratulations to this year’s scholarship recipients who together received more than $13,000 in scholarship funds and thank you to our generous donors who made these awards possible.

Congratulations to SMA’s 2023 Scholarship Recipients - Southern Medical Association Southern Medical Association’s Physicians-in-Training Committee is pleased to announce the winners of the 2023 SMA Scholarships! These scholarships are funded annually through the support of donations to SMA’s Research and Education Endowment Fund and SMA’s Southern Legacy Endowment Program.

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The Southern Medical Association (SMA) is currently accepting abstracts for its 4th Annual Physicians-In-Training Leadership Conference taking place February 16-18, 2024, at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee.

Presenters will compete in person for monetary awards totaling $9,400:

ORAL ABSTRACT AWARDS
- 1st Place $3,000.00*
- 2nd Place $2,000.00
- 3rd Place $1,000.00
*1st Place Program $1000 Sponsorship

POSTER AWARDS
- 1st Place $1,000.00
- 2nd Place $800.00
- 3rd Place $600.00

Please view the link in our bio for more information. The deadline for submission is November 15th, 2023.

Physicians-In-Training Leadership Conference - Southern Medical Association 11/07/2023

The Southern Medical Association (SMA) is currently accepting abstracts for its 4th Annual Physicians-In-Training Leadership Conference taking place February 16-18, 2024, at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee.

Presenters will compete in person for monetary awards totaling $9,400:

ORAL ABSTRACT AWARDS
- 1st Place $3,000.00*
- 2nd Place $2,000.00
- 3rd Place $1,000.00
*1st Place Program $1000 Sponsorship

POSTER AWARDS
- 1st Place $1,000.00
- 2nd Place $800.00
- 3rd Place $600.00

Please view the link below for more information. The deadline for submission is November 15th, 2023.

Physicians-In-Training Leadership Conference - Southern Medical Association the PHYSICIANS-IN-TRAINING LEADERSHIP CONFERENCEDedicated to the future of medicine by developing tomorrow’s leaders of medicine, SMA’s Physicians-in-Training Leadership Conference provides opportunities for Medical Students and Residents to: present their research through abstract competitions ...

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What began in August with over 100 Medical Student and Resident abstract submissions, concluded at the 2023 Annual Scientific Assembly in Greensboro, North Carolina at the Top 20 Live Competition. Congratulations to the winners of this year’s 2023 Abstract Competition!

ASA 2023 Abstract Winners Announced! - Southern Medical Association 11/02/2023

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Abstract Competition!

ASA 2023 Abstract Winners Announced! - Southern Medical Association Congratulations to this year's 2023 Abstract Competition Winners, which featured live abstract presentatiopns from Medical Students and Residents!

10/22/2023

Sadie Elisseou, MD is a primary care physician in the Boston VA healthcare system, a Clinical Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Adjunct Instructor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, and a nationally recognized expert in the field of trauma-informed care (TIC). Dr. Elisseou's award-winning curriculum on ‘trauma-informed physical examination’ is now taught at medical schools across the country. Dr. Elisseou is the co-founder of the National Veterans’ Health Administration TIC Collaborative and a member of the Trauma Informed Health Care, Education and Research (TIHCHER) collaborative and the Harvard Medical School TIC Steering Committee. She enjoys building platforms to train healthcare professionals in trauma-informed resilience.

10/21/2023

Gerald E. Harmon, MD a family medicine specialist for more than 30 years in coastal South Carolina, became 176th president of the AMA in June 2021. In South Carolina Dr. Harmon has held several leadership positions in the South Carolina Medical Association, including chairman of the board and president. Dr. Harmon serves as a clinical professor at two of South Carolina’s medical schools and is a member of the clinical faculty for the Tidelands Health Family Medicine residency program while regularly precepting physicians in training.

10/20/2023

Desirée Burroughs-Ray, MD currently works as an academic hospitalist at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and Regional One Health. She serves as faculty advisor for the Internal Medicine Resident Wellness Committee and has presented at national meetings to assist other residencies in promoting wellness. She was recognized two years in a row with the Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center Teaching Award by the University Of Tennessee College Of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and was awarded the American College of Physicians Tennessee Chapter Woman of the Year award for 2022. Since 2020, Dr. Burroughs-Ray has served as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at University of Tennessee Health Science Center and was appointed Associate Program Director of their combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency in 2021.

10/19/2023

Dr. Christopher Jackson serves as Associate Professor of Medicine, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, and Senior Associate Program Director for Curriculum at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) Internal MedicineResidency. A native of Augusta, GA, he graduated from Emory University with a degree in Biology and Sociology. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree at the Medical College of Georgia. He completed his internal medicine and chief residency year in patient safety and quality improvement at UTHSC before joining the faculty in the Division of General Internal Medicine and the Center for Health System Improvement in 2019.

10/18/2023

Sara Paul has been named the 2023 Distinguished Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) Member Award winner. An advanced practice cardiovascular nurse since 1985 and is currently a heart failure nurse practitioner at Catawba Valley Cardiology in Conover, NC.

10/17/2023

Donald DiPette, MD, FACP, FAHA is currently the Health Sciences Distinguished Professor at the University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, South Carolina. He has previously held the positions of Special Assistant to the Provost for Health Affairs, Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of South Carolina. Previously, he was Interim Senior Executive Dean and Chairman of Medicine and Professor of Medicine at the Texas A&M Health Sciences Center College of Medicine.

10/15/2023

Pragna Patel, MD, is the Chief Medical Officer at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Patel is an internist in Atlanta, Georgia and is affiliated with Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She received her medical degree from State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

David Netscher, MD, Elected as SMA President-Elect Designate - Southern Medical Association 10/03/2023

David Netscher, MD, Elected as SMA President-Elect Designate - Southern Medical Association The Southern Medical Association (SMA) is pleased to announce the election of David Netscher, MD, as President-Elect Designate, 2023-2024. Dr. Netscher will serve as SMA President for the year 2025-2026.

09/29/2023

David Page, PhD, works on algorithms for data mining and machine learning, as well as their applications to biomedical data, especially de-identified electronic health records and high-throughput genetic and other molecular data. Of particular interest are machine learning methods for complex multi-relational data (such as electronic health records or molecules as shown) and irregular temporal data, and methods that find causal relationships or produce human-interpretable output (such as the rules for molecular bioactivity shown in green to the side). He is a James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics and Chair of the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Department at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, NC.

SMA's 2023 Annual Scientific Assembly will be held October 26-28, 2023
at the Grandover Resort and Spa, Greensboro, NC. If you are interested in registering, click the link below.

https://sma.org/asa2023/

09/27/2023

Jared Pelo, MD, an Emergency Medicine physician and innovator. Dr. Pelo helps lead the ambient clinical intelligence team at Nuance, as the Chief Medical Information Officer. Dr. Pelo’s passion is the intersection of technology and healthcare. With a deep understanding of complex systems and artificial intelligence, he creates solutions that make healthcare more functional and efficient. He is a board certified emergency medicine physician in Lynchburg, VA and a graduate from the University of Utah School of Medicine.

SMA's 2023 Annual Scientific Assembly will be held October 26-28, 2023
at the Grandover Resort and Spa, Greensboro, NC. If you are interested in registering, click the link below.

https://sma.org/asa2023/

Listen as Drs. Carter Labares and Errington Thompson Discuss Physician Wellness - Southern Medical Association 09/27/2023

Listen as Drs. Carter Labares and Errington Thompson Discuss Physician Wellness - Southern Medical Association Drs. Errington Thompson and Carter Labares discuss physician well being and burnout.

09/24/2023

Michael R. Kosorok, PhD, is W. R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Biostatistics and Professor of Statistics and Operations Research at UNC-Chapel Hill. His research expertise is in biostatistics, data science, machine learning and precision medicine, and he has written a major text on the theoretical foundations of these and related areas in biostatistics (Kosorok, 2008, Springer) as well as co-edited (with Erica E. M. Moodie, 2016, ASA-SIAM) a research monograph on dynamic treatment regimes and precision medicine.

SMA's 2023 Annual Scientific Assembly will be held October 26-28, 2023
at the Grandover Resort and Spa, Greensboro, NC. If you are interested in registering, click the link below.

https://sma.org/asa2023/

09/22/2023

Rhonda Y. Williams is an author, coach, emotional intelligence strategist, and international speaker. Her past life includes executive roles such as Chief Nursing Officer & Hospital CEO. After a pair of dueling life crises, Rhonda decided to STOP THE MADNESS! Rhonda is on a mission to assist organizations and leaders in the pursuit of leadership excellence through mastery of self and unbridled enthusiasm for learning. She is the CEO of Dream Life Leadership Academy, LLC and the founder of Leadership Above the Grind Training and Development Academy. Rhonda is a 4x author and the host of The Coffee with Rhonda Show.

SMA's 2023 Annual Scientific Assembly will be held October 26-28, 2023
at the Grandover Resort and Spa, Greensboro, NC. If you are interested in registering, click the link below.

https://sma.org/asa2023/

09/21/2023

Autry J. Parker, MD is a native Memphian, board certified, fellowship trained anesthesiologist specializing in the interventional treatment of severe spinal and neuromuscular pain. With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Parker was an early pioneer in the comprehensive treatment of pain. His combined Medical and Public Health School graduation thesis at Yale University was used to develop the early protocols for patient controlled analgesia (PCA) that remain in broad use today.

SMA's 2023 Annual Scientific Assembly will be held October 26-28, 2023
at the Grandover Resort and Spa, Greensboro, NC. If you are interested in registering, click the link below.

https://sma.org/asa2023/

09/20/2023

Ankur Patel, MD, MBA, FAAP is a board-certified Geriatrician, Author, Podcast Host, Speaker, Pharmacist, and Chief Medical Officer. He has more than twelve years of experience caring for the elderly in multiple settings, including acute care, post-acute care, nursing home, and the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). His expertise lies in innovative approaches to advancing quality of life, decreasing the cost of care, increasing revenue, and improving efficiencies.

SMA's 2023 Annual Scientific Assembly will be held October 26-28, 2023
at the Grandover Resort and Spa, Greensboro, NC. If you are interested in registering, click the link below.
https://sma.org/asa2023/

09/15/2023

Davis Bradford, MD is an internist in Birmingham, Alabama and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital and Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He received his medical degree from University of Alabama School of Medicine and has been in practice between 6-10 years.

SMA's 2023 Annual Scientific Assembly will be held October 26-28, 2023
at the Grandover Resort and Spa, Greensboro, NC. If you are interested in registering, click the link below.

https://sma.org/asa2023/

09/15/2023

Robert Baillieu, MD, MPH, FAAFP, serves as a physician and senior advisor at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). In this role Dr. Baillieu has contributed to work on national policies related to the treatment of opioid use disorder and stimulant use disorder, while also contributing to multiple publications available in the SAMHSA Store. He is also involved in departmental evaluation efforts that seek to assess and promote best practices in treatment.

SMA's 2023 Annual Scientific Assembly will be held October 26-28, 2023
at the Grandover Resort and Spa, Greensboro, NC. If you are interested in registering, click the link below.

https://sma.org/asa2023/

09/14/2023

Gene Lambert, MD, MBA, FACP, FASAM is the medical director and director of clinical operations for the Addiction Consult Service, part of the Substance Use Disorders Initiative at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has practiced hospital medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital for the past twenty years, and previously served as director of hospital medicine. He completed a fellowship in Addiction Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2019. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. He is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

SMA's 2023 Annual Scientific Assembly will be held October 26-28, 2023
at the Grandover Resort and Spa, Greensboro, NC. If you are interested in registering, click the link below.

https://sma.org/asa2023/

09/14/2023

W. Howard Hall, MD is currently practicing gynecology with Blue Ridge Women's Care in Morganton, after more than two decades of busy OB/GYN practice. He earned his medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed postgraduate training in OB/GYN at Greenville Hospital System in Greenville, SC. Since becoming part of Carolinas Healthcare System - Blue Ridge, Dr. Hall has held numerous leadership positions within the system, including President of the Medical Staff. In addition, he is a past President of the Piedmont OB/GYN Society in Hickory. Member of the North Carolina Medical Board since 2019.

SMA's 2023 Annual Scientific Assembly will be held October 26-28, 2023
at the Grandover Resort and Spa, Greensboro, NC. If you are interested in registering, click the link below.

https://sma.org/asa2023/

Listen to Dr. Sara Paul Preview Her Assembly Presentation on Heart Failure and Cardiac Arrest 09/07/2023

Listen to Dr. Sara Paul Preview Her Assembly Presentation on Heart Failure and Cardiac Arrest

Listen to Dr. Sara Paul Preview Her Assembly Presentation on Heart Failure and Cardiac Arrest Dr. Sara Paul, a nurse practitioner in a private cardiology practice in Western North Carolina, and SMA President Dr. Lee Carter, an internal medicine specia...

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Our Story

The Southern Medical Association was founded in 1906 as a scientific body of physicians dedicated to fostering the art and science of medicine through education. SMA Members’ commitment to multidisciplinary, interprofessional education has endured for over 100 years.

Since 1906, members have supported SMA’s mission through membership, donations, publishing, speaking, or directing educational programming. This support has been used to create thousands of hours of educational programming, the publication of more than 45,000 scientific peer-reviewed journal articles in the Southern Medical Journal, and investments of millions of dollars supporting scientific research grants and medical student scholarships.

Our Mission

To improve quality of patient care through multidisciplinary, interprofessional education.

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