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Established in 1906, and headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, Southern Medical Association is a non-profit, physician-led, multispecialty medical association committed to promoting the health of patients through physician advocacy and a culture of leadership which enhances professional development. SMA is dedicated to promoting and supporting physicians as leaders within the healthcare delivery and reform movements. Physicians are the ultimate patient advocate and have a deep commitment to their patients’ health, well-being, and safety. SMA supports physicians with informational and educational programs as tools to allow physicians to articulate and advocate for their profession and their patients.

National Nurses Week is Fast Approaching

National Nurses Week is May 6-12 Don't forget to show your appreciation for all they do. Find great gifts for […]

Developing the Nurse Practitioner and Physician’s Assistant Roles

Support is continuing to grow for more prescribing autonomy for nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs). In Arkansas, a […]

You May Now See the Doctor – Emergency Department or Clinic?  

Research shows that people tend to go to the doctor more when they have insurance. But this appears not to […]



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Our Mission: The Southern Medical Association promotes the health of patients through advocacy, leadership, education, and service.