Dylan Stephenson, Author at Southern Medical Association

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Did you miss SMA's Southern Regional Assembly?

Review some of the highlights from this year's Assembly

SMA Presidential Installation

Philip Hartman, MD
SMA 2019-20 President

"While respecting the one hundred and thirteen year old organization we represent, we must continually evolve to draw in new members and provide value to our current members. While once upon a time, physicians joined organizations because “This is my specialty,” or “This is my region” or even “I believe in this mission,” Today's young physicians look more for return on investment. We also place a high value on work-life balance."

Installation of New Leadership

Along with the installation of the new SMA President Dr. Philip Hartman, SMA also installed new leadership -- Dr. Christopher Morris is the new President-Elect and Dr. Donna Breen assumed the role of the President-Elect Designate. New committee members were also recognized. We would like to say thank you to all the newly installed members of our SMA Membership for your commitment to serve and lead SMA.

Young Physicians' Day

On the Saturday session of the Assembly, SMA hosted a Young Physicians' Day Abstract Competition. We started off the morning with Poster Presentations. It was a great morning of SMA Leadership and other Physicians walking around learning about the research done by Residents and Medical Students. Following the Poster Presentations, we had Residents/Medical Students/and Fellows presenting Oral Abstracts in front of the audience of the Assembly.  

2020 Southern Regional Assembly

AT THIS TIME, SMA WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE OUR NEW COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS.

NEW MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Karan Pastora, BS

Dantwan Smith, MD, MBA

NEW EDUCATION COMMITTEE MEMBERS

David S. H. Bell, MD

Christopher Jackson, MD

Errington Thompson, MD

Natalie Weiss, BA, BS, MS

NEW BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE MEMBER

Karan Pastora, BS

NEW ALLIANCE COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Stella Brown, BA

Dr. Alicia Hodge

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR COMMITMENT TO SERVE AND TO LEAD SMA.

Christopher Morris, MD
President Elect 2019-20

Christopher R. Morris, MD, a board certified rheumatologist with more than 25 years’ experience, is in private practice in Kingsport, Tennessee at Arthritis Associates. Additionally, he has served as a clinical educator for internal medicine residents at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Norton Community Hospital in Norton, Virginia, and Johnston Memorial Hospital, in Abingdon, Virginia.

A native of Springfield, Illinois, Dr. Morris received his undergraduate degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and received his medical degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. He completed his Internship and Residency at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, and Rheumatology fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Dr. Morris is an active member of the Southern Medical Association (SMA) and currently serves as the Chair of the Education Committee. He previously has served as an SMA Councilor for the state of Tennessee, as well as a member of several of the Association's Education Design Groups. Additionally, Dr. Morris has served on 5 Committees for the American College of Rheumatology, currently serving on the Government Affairs Committee, which advocates for the specialty of Rheumatology, as well asfor the patients with arthritic diseases.

In her own words,

I am an Otolaryngologist practicing general ENT and allergy for the past 30 years in Marksville, Louisiana after finishing my residency at Tulane Medical Center in 1988. I graduated from University of Alabama Medical School cum laude in 1983. Also, I completed a fellowship in Otolaryngic Allergy in 1992. I am proud to serve the needs of a semirural small town community and take care of adults and children with ear, nose, and throat problems who would have to travel many miles for their care.

Practicing in a small community was very new to me when I first came here. I grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana and was educated in the public and parochial schools there. Living in a smaller community remained a challenge for me in adjustment, but I have come to realize that this environment is perfect for me. I get to know my patients and their families, and their extended families, and relatives, which engages me in their lives, both as a medical doctor, friend and mentor. It is truly the best of both worlds and I have come to treasure my practice as a small town doctor in this community.

I joined the SMA in 1984, while I was a resident and I have been a member ever since. I enjoyed the collegiality as well as the learning experience. It is a big organization with a small town atmosphere in that we are emboldened to learn from the experts in a spirit of congeniality and relaxed learning experience. It is an organization where everyone has equal time, every question has equal value, and everyone has the right to understand the concepts that are being presented. No question or thirst for knowledge is too little and everyone is included in the quest for medical knowledge and skills in the healing arts.

Donna Breen, MD
President Elect Designate 2019-20

Philip Hartman, MD
SMA President 2019-20

Originally from Southwest Ohio, Dr. Hartman received his bachelors of science in Biology at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia and returned to the Cincinnati area for medical school at the University Of Cincinnati College of Medicine.  After medical school, he became a board certified Family Physician through training with St Elizabeth Healthcare of Northern Kentucky. He practices broad-based, integrative family medicine in an outpatient setting for infants through the elderly, performing numerous procedures, acupuncture for the treatment of pain and traditional Western medicine for other chronic disease states and ailments such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and drug addiction. He is passionate about providing for his patients' needs with high quality, evidence-based care.

He regularly teaches medical students from his own alma mater as well as the University of Louisville, holding a gratis associate faculty positions at each. Taking his mission abroad, he has left the country numerous times to see patients in Belize and Haiti.

While serving as the Councilor to the State of Kentucky for the Southern Medical Association, he strove to bring other physicians the tools they needed to enjoy practicing excellent medicine. He continues that through his leadership as President of SMA.

In his spare time, he enjoys reading suspense novels and participating in outdoor activities with his wife, three children and two dogs. He also enjoys farming and attempts to play an active role in the production of as much of his family's food as possible through raising fruit trees, crops, chickens, fish and bees.

The work of talented medical students and residents was on display Saturday, November 2, during SMA’s Southern Regional Assembly in Birmingham, Alabama. With more than 40 poster and oral abstract presentations, meeting attendees had the opportunity to interact with the presenters while hearing interesting case studies and learning about various fields of research. Prizes were awarded for the best posters and oral abstracts and SMA would like to recognize the winners:

Travel Award Winner

Given in Recognition of the Highest Submission Score Received for the Abstract
Marshall University Surgery Resident Radiation Safety
Ruth Pula Gerola, BSN, MD

Congratulations to all of our presenters! Each of you helped make SMA’s Southern Regional Assembly a success! For a complete listing of all posters and oral abstracts presented at the Assembly, please visit https://sma.org/presentations.

Presented by:
Stanley (Stan) G. Harris, PhD

Ethics and Motivating Change in a Millennial Workforce

Credits: 1 | ABIM MOC Points: 1

As healthcare leaders and practitioners, you are expected to change to meet demands or capitalize on opportunities. Sometimes you get to guide the change from the beginning and other times you are expected to implement a change determined by someone else. Regardless of the impetus, how do you help change efforts succeed particularly given the historical odds of success? Only about a third of change efforts accomplish their designed purposes, another third fall woefully short, and a third fail. In this presentation, and drawing from over 25 years of research on the “Building Readiness for Change” model by Achilles Armenakis and Stan Harris, you will explore the five key concerns that underlie individuals’ decisions to resist, comply with, or support changes and examine them in your own context. You will also gain insight into the six leadership behaviors that can shape these concerns to build change support and enthusiasm.

Presented by:
Joni Wyatt

Opportunities in Value Based Reimbursement

Credits: 1 | ABIM MOC Points: 1

As the healthcare industry moves to value based reimbursement, providers and health systems are often caught in the crossfire of new regulations, new reimbursement models and the potential for government incentives or penalties. Thriving in this new environment requires an understanding of new regulations, knowledge of the available reimbursement models and the ability to access risk and reward associated with each opportunity. The goal of this activity is to present information on new types of reimbursement models, the infrastructure needed to make them successful and how they may impact current revenue and patient care. Concepts around the integration of value based care as part of a long term strategy will also be discussed, along with processes to ensure successful implementation.

Presented by:
Nneka Unachuwku, MD, FAAP

Career Development: Lifelong Learning - Don’t Stop at MD, Think Like an Entrepreneur

Credits: .50 | ABIM MOC Points: .50

The health care industry is in the middle of a disruption. For the first time in decades, less than 50% of practices are physician owned. This is despite the fact that the research shows better patient outcomes with physician led systems. While there are many reasons for this, one of the major reasons is because physicians lack business skills and so avoid the business of medicine altogether. Physicians need to add business skills to their clinical skills in order to not only take great care of their patients but to also build the thriving systems needed.

Presented by:
Robert Martin

Marketing and Promoting Your Medical Practice

Credits: .75

Approximately 1 out of 5 of healthcare professionals do not have a website, making it harder for new patients to find them. SMA's Business of Medicine Simplified Conference will provide information to improve communication skills, develop relationships, and better engage patients through the use of tools and techniques available via internet marketing.

Presented by:
Kayla Blakely, DPN, CRNP, NP-C

State of Rural Health in the South

Credits: 1 | ABIM MOC Points: 1

The primary care workforce across the United States has significantly aged. In Alabama alone, predictions forecast Alabama will require a 23% increase in primary care providers within the next 10 years to meet the demands of the growing and aging population. The decline in primary care providers available and the lack of access to healthcare in rural areas creates a challenge. Overcoming the provider and access shortage can be accomplished through implementing interprofessional teams, philanthropic partnerships and academic-practice partnerships. The goal of this activity is to introduce the concepts needed to help a clinician become proactive in improving rural health and identify ways to implement new partnerships.

Presented by:
Teddy Gillen

MedMal 101: Contracts, Claims, and Risk Management

Credits: .75

The past 5-10 years have been a 'buyers market' for independent physicians in search of medical malpractice insurance coverage. Pricing has been going down year over year and more carriers are entering the market. In the last year, we have seen 7 insurance companies go insolvent. Underpriced coverage, large judgements, reinsurance availability and carriers operating at an underwriting loss are factors pointing towards a hardening malpractice marketplace. It is important that independent physicians understand their options. Malpractice contracts can be complicated, and sometimes even confusing for a provider who is navigating the selection of the best possible contract, at the best possible rate, or to meet a specific need. The goal of this activity is share insights on claims trends and the other forces that determine pricing; examine the basics of medical malpractice insurance terms, and the various contracts available to the independent physician; and provide tips on risk management strategies to mitigate risk to malpractice claims.

Presented by:
Teddy Gillen

MedMal 101: Contracts, Claims, and Risk Management

Credits: 1 | ABIM MOC Points: 1

Technology in every industry in business has been able to make things more efficient, automate processes, and reduce costs. However, in healthcare thus far, things have been the absolute opposite or extremely stagnant. Technology has yet to gain the same the traction and in some ways has taken a few steps backward. It has not done what we have all expected would occur; improve the quality of care for patients and improve the quality of life for providers, reduce healthcare costs, improve throughput, and make things so much easier. Why?

Presented by:
G. Richard Holt, MD, MSE, MPH, MABE, DBE

Publishing a Manuscript

Credits: .50

Medical research, clinical studies, and knowledge sharing through scientific publications are all foundational to the profession of medicine. Preparing scientific manuscripts properly is a foundational capability for medical students, resident physicians, and practicing physicians. In particular, the Southern Medical Journal is a multidisciplinary journal which strives to provide a format for sharing of clinical information across specialties with the goal of excellence in patient care. Properly preparing a manuscript for submission to a medical journal is both an art and a science, and many manuscripts fail to meet the standards set forward by a specific journal. The goal of this activity is to enhance the knowledge of the attendees in manuscript preparation, and to provide resources for that goal.

SMA Online CME Courses make it easy to obtain AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

Courses are available to anyone and are free to SMA Members.

The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s 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.

Southern Medical Journal Vol. 112 • No. 11 • November 2019

Women’s & Children’s Health
Provider Practice and Perceptions of Pediatric Obesity in Appalachian Kentucky
Timothy S. Thornberry, Jr, PhD, Valery R. Bodziony, MS, and David A. Gross, MPA

Commentary on “Provider Practice and Perceptions of Pediatric Obesity in Appalachian Kentucky”
Inés María Anchondo, DrPH, RD

Teen Driving Education in a Pediatric Emergency Department: Effectiveness of a Toolkit
Zoza Grace Spears, MD, Brittany Schoen, BSN, RN, Tiffany Thompson, RN, BSN, Michele Nichols, MD, William King, MPH, DrPH, and Kathy Monroe, MD

Role of Physician Gender in the Modern Practice of Obstetrics and Gynecology: Do Obstetrician-Gynecologists Perceive Discrimination from their Sex?
Mark Turrentine, MD, Mildred Ramirez, MD, Lauren Stark, MPP, Carrie Snead, MA, and Jay Schulkin, PhD

Bioethics & Medical Education
Curriculum Enrichment Across the Medical Education Continuum Using e-Delphi and the Community Priority Index
Hamisu M. Salihu, MD, PhD, Deepa Dongarwar, MS, Erik D. Malmberg, PhD, JD, Toi B. Harris, MD, Jennifer G. Christner, MD, and William A. Thomson, PhD

Public Health & Environmental Medicine
Patients and Guns: Florida Physicians Are Not Asking
Melanie G. Hagen, MD, Babatunde Carew, BS, Marie Crandall, MD, MPH, and Zareen Zaidi, MD, PhD

Medicine & Medical Specialties
Frequency of β-Blocker Use Following Exacerbations of COPD in Patients with Compelling Indication for Use
Nathan Pinner, PharmD, Wesley Oliver, PharmD, MS, Tara Veasey, PharmD, Jessica Starr, PharmD, Sarah Eudaley, PharmD, Amber Hutchison, PharmD, and Kurt Wargo, PharmD

CME Article: Impact of β-Lactam Allergies on Antimicrobial Selection in an Outpatient Setting
Rachel A. Ness, PharmD, BCPS, Jessica G. Bennett, PharmD, Whitney V. Elliott, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP, Amanda R. Gillion, PharmD, BCPS, and Debendra N. Pattanaik, MD, MBBS, FACR, FAAAI

Scratching the Surface of the Antivaccination Phenomenon
Faysal Alhasan, MD, Leen Makki, MD, and Steven Lippmann, MD

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In a interview with Resident/Fellow liaison, Brenda Thompson, gives career transition advice such as interviewing techniques, contract negotiations, and many for tips for surviving your residency and transition into your new career.

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With SMA Connect, a new member benefit, Southern Medical Association (SMA) members gain a powerful resource by which members can connect, exchange knowledge and share solutions.

SMA Connect, is a cloud-based, private member-only online community. The community includes an open forum for general member discussion, as well as Board of Directors and Committee forums for facilitating communications and document sharing. Other communities planned for launch include Medical Student and Residents forums.

Richard Campbell, Nancy Ferren, and Peter Jameson with Veritas Medical Real Estate Advisors share their expertise and insight into navigating the world of medical real estate. They discuss how medical and residential properties differ and why each physician’s medical real estate needs are unique.

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The health care industry is in the middle of a disruption. For the first time in decades, less than 50% of practices are physician owned. This is despite the fact that the research shows better patient outcomes with physician led systems. While there are many reasons for this, one of the major reasons is because physicians lack business skills and so avoid the business of medicine altogether. Physicians need to add business skills to their clinical skills in order to no only take great care of their patients but to also build the thriving systems needed.

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As the healthcare industry moves to value based reimbursement, providers and health systems are often caught in the crossfire of new regulations, new reimbursement models and the potential for government incentives or penalties. In this podcast, Joni Wyatt will present information on new types of reimbursement models, the infrastructure needed to make them successful, and how they may impact current revenue and patient care.

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Is the internet helping or hurting your practice? Approximately 1 out of 5 of healthcare professionals do not have a website, making it harder for new patients to find them. In this podcast Robert Martin will provide an insight of how to improve communication skills, develop relationships, and better engage patients through the use of tools and techniques available via internet marketing.

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In this informative podcast, Madelaine Feldman, MD provides awareness about the industry of Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs), including formulary construction and utilization management tools, how PBMs impact actual cost to employers and/or patients, legislation which might impact PBMs and drug prices for patients, and insight about the withdrawn rebate rule.

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Healthcare consultant Dr. Dianne Love discusses the current managed care landscape, including differences in the urban and nonurban/rural markets and strategies to help physicians navigate managed care. She also talks about how physicians might can gain a strategic advantage in this changing healthcare environment and use the information to maximize reimbursement.

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In this podcast, Stanley (Stan) Harris, PhD, Luck Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate and International Programs in Auburn University’s Raymond J. Harbert College of Business, discusses various types of change, provides insight into why some physicians might be resistant to change, and offers tips to help empower those facing transitions.

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Jeff Gorke, MBA, is a Managing Director in the management consulting group leading Stout’s healthcare advisory and consulting area; he is also a contributing editor to Forbes.com. In this podcast he shares information regarding contracting and reimbursement; additionally, he provides some key tips designed to empower providers with the information they need to succeed in today’s business of medicine environment.

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Jeff Gorke, MBA, is a Managing Director in the management consulting group leading Stout’s healthcare advisory and consulting area; he is also a contributing editor to Forbes.com. In this podcast he discusses physician practices and employment and offers some key tips designed to empower providers with the information they need to succeed in today’s business of medicine environment.

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In a September 2018 report from the FDA, according to industry estimates, 500 million smartphone users worldwide will be using a health care application by 2015, and by 2018, 50 percent of the more than 3.4 billion smartphone and tablet users will have downloaded mobile health applications.

Join us for Choice Apps That Will Help Make Your Practice Run More Smoothly. Drs. Andy Mohan and Reza Sadeghian will discuss the various aspects of healthcare applications and benefits to your patients and practice.

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Telehealth is a collection of means or methods for enhancing health care, public health, and health education delivery and support using telecommunications technologies. Telehealth encompasses a broad variety of technologies and tactics to deliver virtual medical, health, and education services.

Join us for Health Technology Insights, Telehealth: What, Why, and How Can It Work For You? Drs. Andy Mohan and Reza Sadeghian will discuss the various aspects of telemedicine and how to use this information to the benefit of your patients and practice.

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