Focus on Women's Health CME Conference in Kiawah Island, SC
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July 16-19, 2018

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Kiawah Island, SC

ACCME AccreditedABIM - Maintenance of Certification

SMA's Focus on Women's Health Conference is the go-to meeting for any healthcare professional seeking a quality CME opportunity. This four-day conference with an abbreviated daily schedule is perfect for primary care physicians, nurses, as well as those in specialty practice.

Join us in beautiful Kiawah Island, South Carolina to gain updated knowledge on topics such as: menstruation and menstrual disorders in the young/adolescent patient; mental health; menopause; obesity management, cancer screening; and updates on stroke, hypertension, and heart disease.

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Monday, July 16 - Young/Adolescent Patients

6:30 AM
Continental Breakfast

6:45 AM
Welcome and Interactive Knowledge Assessment

7:10-8:10 AM
The Preparticipation Exam and Further Evaluation and Management of Concussions in Adolescents - Dr. Tenley Murphy

8:10-9:10 AM
Teens, Trauma & Turmoil: Forging Resilience in Adolescent Girls- Dr. Jennifer Wells

9:10-10:10 AM
Adolescent Sexual Health - Dr. Lena Merjanian

10:10-10:30 AM
Break: Visit the Exhibitors

10:30-11:30 AM
Early Diagnosis Saves Lives: Endocrinology Screening, Thyroid, Pituitary, Bone Diseases, and Hypertension - Drs. Veronica Piziak & Donald Dipette 

11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Adolescent Gynecology-Pelvic Pain and the Menstrual Cycle: Not Just Little Adults - Dr. Lena Merjanian 

12:30 PM

 Tuesday, July 17 - Child-Bearing Years

6:30 AM
Continental Breakfast

6:45 AM
Interactive Knowledge Assessment

7:00-8:00 AM
Infertility: Patient Evaluation, Treatment, and Advice for the Non-Infertility Specialist - Dr. Nancy Phillips

8:00-9:00 AM
Managing Exercise During Pregnancy - Dr. Tenley Murphy 

9:00-10:00 AM
Mental Health of Pre-Menopausal Women : Post-Partum Depression, Anxiety,
Addiction Disorders -
Dr. Jennifer Wells

10:00-10:15 AM
Break: Visit the Exhibitors

10:15-11:15 AM
Contraceptive Update - Dr. Lena Merjanian

11:15 AM-12:15 PM
Management of Chronic Conditions: Diabetes Types 1 & 2, Obesity, and Dyslipidemia - Drs. Veronica Piziak & Donald DiPette

12:15-1:15 PM
Management of Chronic Medical Conditions: Pre- and Post-Conception: What's Different? - Dr. Adrian Balica 

1:15 PM

 Wednesday, July 18 - Menopause and Beyond

6:30 AM
Continental Breakfast

6:45 AM
Interactive Knowledge Assessment

7:00-8:00 AM
Menopausal Hormone Therapy: Is the Pendulum Swinging Back? - Dr. Nancy Phillips

8:00-9:00 AM
Cases in Osteoporosis/Managing Thyroid Disorders in Older Patients - Dr. Veronica Piziak

9:00-10:00 AM
Bladder Basics - Dr. Adrian Balica

10:00-10:15 AM
Break: Visit the Exhibitors

10:15-11:15 AM
Menopausal Years and Beyond: Mental Health and Life Balance (Panel Discussion) - Drs. Piziak, Phillips, and Wells; Dr. DiPette will moderate

11:15 AM-12:15 PM
Exercise in an Aging Population - Dr. Tenley Murphy

12:15-1:15 PM
Helping Your Patients Select Food Plans Wisely - Dr. Veronica Piziak

1:15 PM

Thursday, July 19 - Hot Topics Across the Lifespan (Concurrent)

6:30 AM
Continental Breakfast

6:45 AM
Interactive Knowledge Assessment

7:00-8:00 AM
Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) for the Generalist: How it is Used & Why it Matters - Dr. Michael Wagner

8:00-9:00 AM
Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) for the Generalist: How it is Used & Why it Matters - Dr. Michael Wagner

9:00-10:00 AM
Hypertension Guidelines Update: Where Are We Now? - Dr. Donald DiPette

10:00-10:15 AM
Break: Visit the Exhibitors

10:15-11:15 AM
Cancer Screening Update: Paps, Mammos, Ovaries - Dr. Nancy Phillips

11:15 AM-12:15 PM
Cardiovascular Disease Update: Hypertension, Cardiac Disease, Stroke - Dr. Donald DiPette

12:15-1:15 PM
OB/GYN Cases That Taught Me Something New This Year - Dr. Nancy Phillips

1:15 PM

Thursday, July 19 - Hands-On Ultrasound Breakout Session (Concurrent)

7:00 AM-11:15 AM
Pearls at the Bedside: An Approach to Augmenting the Physical Exam with Pocket-sized Ultrasound - Dr. Michael Wagner

This session is limited to 20 attendees.  Registration is open now.

"Pearls at the Bedside: An Approach to Augmenting the Physical Exam with Pocket-sized Ultrasound", will be presented on Thursday, July 19th by Michael Wagner, MD, FACP, RDMS. Dr. Wagner is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, SC. There he serves as the Director of Internal Medicine Ultrasound Education for the residency program.

In this workshop, attendees will review the multi-organ ultrasound physical examination that is routinely used and taught, applicable to both the inpatient and outpatient setting. Attendees will review REAL CASES highlighting its clinical utility when performed routinely as well as the literature showing changes in clinical care of the patients, particularly the elderly. This workshop will describe how the examination can be scaled for the beginner with limited skills and for the clinician with more extensive POCUS experience, as well as recommendations for when and how to layer different applications.

This course is available to only 20 participants so reserve your spot today! The course is available as an add-on event and can be attended separately; however, attendees to the complete conference will receive an additional two-hour didactic lecture on "Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) for the Generalist: How It Is Used and Why It Matters".

Register today!  If you have any questions or need assistance, feel free to call Vicki Johnson at 800-423-4992, ext. 124.

SMA Resort Reservation Discounts
SMA Room block is SOLD OUT.  Reservations can still be made through the hotel.

Make Your Hotel Reservation Now
To make your reservation, please call Villa Reservations at (800) 654-2924 and provide the agent with booking number #14442.

You can also download this Reservation Form and mail, fax, or email it to the Reservations Department at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

Travel Assistance:
Call Fadwa at (800)423-4992 Ext. 109.

The Resort is located on a beautiful barrier island near historic Charleston, South Carolina and features five incredible golf courses, and activities for family and individuals. Visit Things To Do @ Kiawah

Kiawah Island Golf Resort - Booking Your Reservation

SMA’s Group Reservation Deadline

June 14, 2018. After this date, reservations will be accepted by the hotel at its discretion and subject to prevailing rates and availability.  Note:  You should book as early as possible as the group block and rate may sell out prior to the hotel’s reservation deadline stated above.  Refer to your hotel confirmation for cancellation policies.

**Update: The SMA group block is sold out. Reservations are still available at the resort, but will be subject to prevailing rates. If you wish to be added to a room block waiting list,  please call (800)423-4992 ext. 124.  Individuals on the waiting list will be notified in the case of cancellation. 

Villa Accommodations

East Beach One (1) Bedroom Scenic View Villa Call for Rate*
East Beach Two (2) Bedroom Scenic View Villa Call for Rate*
East Beach Two (2) Bedroom Ocean View Villa (Sat to Sat Only) Call for Rate*

*Taxes and Fees: A Resort Service Fee of 9% per villa per day will apply to all guest rooms utilized. The Resort Service Fee includes on demand, on-island transportation to all resort owned venues via the existing resort vehicles, 800 and local phone calls, credit card access calls, and in-room coffee. This service charge is subject to change.  Rates are presently subject to 12.5% tax (taxes are subject to change). The maximum occupancy at Kiawah is two (2) adults per bedroom. Children under the age of 18, when accompanied by an adult and staying in the same room, are free of charge.


One and two-bedroom villas located in the East Beach section of Kiawah Island include features such as full kitchen, dining and living areas, washer/dryer, screened porches or decks, and various amenities.  Daily housekeeping is included in room rates.  Check-in time:  4:30 pm; Check-out time:  10:30 am.

 Registrant with ADA Request
Call SMA to request assistance for special needs.  Most requests received at least two weeks prior to the Conference can be accommodated.  A limited number of handicap accessible villas are available.  Book early and note any special requests to ensure accommodations will fit your needs.  ADA-approved hotel rooms in The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island may also be requested as an alternative to villa accommodations.

To Book Your Reservation

By Phone: Call Kiawah Island directly 1-800-654-2924.  Any requests for special room arrangements must be made at the time of this call. 

 Kiawah Island Golf Resort Reservation Deposit and Cancellation Policy
A deposit equal to a two night’s stay is required to hold each individual’s reservation.  Such deposit shall serve to confirm the reservation for the dates indicated, and upon check-in shall be applied to the stay.  The Kiawah Island Golf Resort will confirm your reservation directly to you when your deposit is received.  Cancellation notice must be received by Kiawah Island Golf Resort at least 14 days prior to day of arrival and a cancellation number obtained for refund of deposit from the Resort.

Cancellation Policy:  All conferences are subject to cancellation. SMA will not refund travel costs if the meeting is cancelled. Refunds are not given for inclement weather. Registration fee refund requests must be submitted in writing to the SMA. A refund of your registration fee, minus a $50 administration processing fee, will be granted if notice is received by July 7, 2018. After this time, SMA will have incurred all related costs regarding your planned registration, therefore, no refunds will be granted. We urge you to register and book early because rooms often sell out prior to the cutoff date.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Southern Medical Association designates this Live activity for a maximum of 24 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ACCME Accredited

American Board of Internal Medicine -
Maintenance of Certification Knowledge Points

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 24 MOC knowledge points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Cognate Credits

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has assigned up to 24 cognate credits to this program.

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)

This Live activity, Focus on Women's Health CME Conference 2018, with a beginning date of 07/16/2018, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 24.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Alabama State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Up to 24 contact hours are available; attendees should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and
Other Healthcare Professionals

Continuing education requirements vary from state to state. Many national accrediting organizations, such as AAPA, ANCC, AANPCP, as well as state boards, recognize ACCME-approved AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM and these credits may be used as such toward continuing education requirements.

Upon completion of attendance attestation and evaluation, all non-physician professional attendees will receive a certificate of attendance stating that these conferences are certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. It is the responsibility of each professional attendee to understand the requirements for license renewal.  SMA encourages all attendees to contact their state or national licensing board(s) and/or professional organization(s) to become familiar with their policies for acceptable continuing education credit.

Physician  $675.00
Healthcare Professional  $595.00
One Day Only  $225.00
Two Days Only  $450.00
LIVE Webcast - All 4 Days  $495.00
LIVE Webcast - One Day  $195.00
LIVE WEBCAST - Two Days  $390.00
Hands-On Ultrasound Course Only  $295.00

Great Group Rates on Villas at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

Can’t make it to Kiawah Island this year?  

No need to miss out on quality CME! Join the LIVE conference webcast and receive the same number of credits as if you attended the conference in person.

All 4 days for only $495 ⋅ Individual days for only $195 each ⋅ No time away from home ⋅ No travel costs.

Broadcast Information

  • The day of the broadcast, plan to sign-in 15 minutes prior to the start time.
  • Access by the website by clicking the link in your confirmation email.
  • Approximately one week prior to the Conference, you will also receive instructions via email regarding accessing the on-line syllabus materials, as well as instructions for claiming CME/CE credit.

SMA Webcast - Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Live Webcast?

A webcast is streaming audio and video of a conference, which you may watch live from your home or office computer.

Can multiple people from my company watch the webcast?

Yes; however, only the registered attendee will receive CME/CE credit.

Will I be able to ask questions through a chat session while watching the webcast?

At this time, you will not have the ability to ask questions during the live broadcast.

How long do I have access to the lectures following the course?

The broadcast will be available on-demand approximately 7 working days after the event.

NOTE:  In order to claim CME credit, you must watch the LIVE event.  Credit will NOT be awarded for watching the sessions “on-demand” after the conclusion of the conference.

Can I watch from my iPhone, iPad, or smart devices?

For best viewing results, the preferred format for viewing the webcast is on a PC or laptop computer.  You may view on smart devices (ie, Kindle, iPad, iPhone, etc); however, the graphics may not be as clear.

Will I need to install software in advance?


Will I need access to both the internet and a telephone?

All of our sessions are delivered via your personal computer or laptop’s speakers with access to the Internet.  Dial-in is not available.

How will I claim my CME credit?

After watching the sessions LIVE, you will be emailed a link to evaluate the sessions, and to claim CME credit.  You must attest that you watched the event “live” in order to claim the credit.

May I view the webcast on my Mac?


What is the minimal transfer rate for the Internet Connection (streaming rate)?

You will need a high speed connection, 5mbps minimum

Exhibiting at the Women’s Health Conference provides your company access to physicians, nurse practitioners, midwives and other professionals specializing or certified in the area of women’s health.

If you would still like to exhibit, please contact Kendra Blackmon at (205)-421-4164

2018 Exhibitor Listing

Astellas Pharma Inc.

Astellas Pharma Inc. is a Japan-based company mainly engaged in the pharmaceutical business. ... The Company also engages in the research and development of ophthalmology pharmaceuticals through its subsidiaries.

Astellas Pharma Inc.

Mylan Inc.

Mylan is a global healthcare company focused on making high quality medicines available to everyone who needs them. Our heritage of being a provider of generic pharmaceuticals goes back to our founding in West Virginia in 1961. Today, we are passionate

We have one of the broadest and most diverse portfolios, with more than 7,500 marketed products that include prescription generic and brand-name medicines, and consumer healthcare products. Our healthcare services help patients to access products and adhere to medication regimens to help promote better health outcomes.

We now offer products in more than 165 countries and territories. And depending on the market, our products are distributed through retail channels, by healthcare professionals or in institutional settings.

We have a strong track record of developing new products, particularly complex and difficult-to-formulate medicines. Our approximately 50 plants around the world manufacture tens of billions of doses of medicine annually, and each site adheres to stringent quality standards, regardless of location.

Our most valuable asset is our global workforce, each member of which is a passionate supporter of our cause to deliver better health for a better world.

NORCAL Mutual Insurance Company

NORCAL Mutual Insurance Company is a policyholder-owned and directed medical professional liability insurance carrier dedicated to ensuring the availability of affordable and relevant coverage for physicians and healthcare professionals. NORCAL Mutual is one of the top ten MPLI carriers in the nation, based on direct written premium. The company has been recognized by A.M. Best for its financial strength and stability with an “A” (Excellent) rating for more than 30 years.

Norcal Mutual

Skinologic/KAG Services

SKINOLOGIC is a company that offers advanced led light therapy treatments for a variety of skin issues.


 THINX is the innovative period solutions company known for our range of period-proof underwear.

TS Medical USA

TS Medical USA distributes FDA approved low-intensity combination light therapy class II medical devices for healthcare professionals.

Southern Medical Association would like to acknowledge the following companies for providing financial and in-kind grant support for the Focus on Women’s Health Conference.

Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals
Fujifilm Sonosite, Inc.

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