Improve quality of patient care through multidisciplinary interprofessional education.

Who we are

For over 100 years, SMA has been committed to multidisciplinary, interprofessional education. We were founded in 1906 as a scientific body of physicians dedicated to fostering the art and science of medicine through education. Though medicine has changed a lot since then, our mission has remained constant.

In that time, members and partners have supported that mission through membership, donations, publishing, speaking, and directing our educational programming. Thanks to their contributions, SMA has been able to create thousands of hours of education; publish more than 46,000 scientific peer-reviewed journal articles in the Southern Medical Journal; and provide more than $3.5 million in financial support through scientific research grants, loans, and scholarships.

Foundational Principles

  • Collaboration: We believe in fostering relationships with  entities and organizations with similar and complementary missions and memberships.
  • Engaging academia: We focus on supporting medical schools, residency programs, academic medical centers, and health systems.
  • Employing a proactive youth strategy: We acknowledge the special needs and concerns of medical students, residents, young physicians, and health care providers; and we value their importance to the future of medicine. We support their growth and invest in their future health care careers.

Continuing Medical Education

Since 1983, SMA has been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) as a provider of continuing medical education for physicians. In November 2021, SMA was re-accredited by the ACCME. Our CME Mission: To offer interventions for the multidisciplinary, interprofessional healthcare team that facilitate change and improvement in the learners' ability to deliver better quality of care. SMA offers many different CME options and opportunities to collaborate with YOU to fulfill your CME needs. Earn credits attending our live meetings, complete on-line courses, or let us accredit quality improvement activities you already do within your practice through out SMArt CME Program.

The Southern Medical Association (SMA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. SMA also offers MOC options for acquiring needed MOC Points.

Business of Medicine

SMA Services Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Southern Medical Association (SMA) founded by its members in 1984 to address the business and financial needs of physicians. We know you want to run an efficient practice while taking care of your patients.  To do that, you need help on the business side of medicine.  Since 1906 we’ve been helping physicians transition throughout their careers from Medical School through retirement. We do this by focusing on education and the empowerment that comes from having the knowledge and resources you need to remain strong and independent. We understand; The business side of medicine should be simpler; Simplifying the business side, helps you focus on the practice; Insurance and retirement needs are personal and changing; You need people you trust to provide direction and support when it comes to the business of medicine.

Southern Medical Journal

As the official journal of the Birmingham, Alabama-based Southern Medical Association (SMA), the Southern Medical Journal (SMJ) has for more than 100 years provided the latest clinical information in areas that affect patients' daily lives. Now delivered to individuals exclusively online, the SMJ has a multidisciplinary focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists in all relevant aspects of the profession, including medicine and medical specialties, surgery and surgery specialties; child and maternal health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health and environmental medicine; bioethics and medical education; and quality health care, patient safety, and best practices. Each month, articles span the spectrum of medical topics, providing timely, up-to-the-minute information for both primary care physicians and specialists. Contributors include leaders in the healthcare field from across the country and around the world. The SMJ enables physicians to provide the best possible care to patients in this age of rapidly changing modern medicine.

Research and Education Endowment Fund

In 1986 SMA established an Educational Endowment Fund to provide funding for scholarships, research projects and other programs supporting the educational purposes of the Association. With any gift,  donors may establish memorials for loved ones or recognition for a colleague. Purposes of the Fund are: to provide an investment in the future of medical and health care delivery; to stimulate interest in conducting research; to provide financial aid to deserving medical students; to initiate a professional career development relationship with SMA; and to recognize or memorialize donors and their designees.

It is the policy of Southern Medical Association and it's affiliates to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.