Target Audience

This activity is designed for healthcare professionals including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and allied healthcare professionals of all specialties.

Goals and Objectives

In an evolving healthcare system, physicians are now faced with administrative and regulatory burdens. Healthcare today requires innovative, interdisciplinary physician leaders who will envision and shape the future of the business of medicine. It is imperative for physicians to build business, management and leadership skills, and bring their expertise, experience and unique perspective to the forefront of leadership. The goal of this session is to offer perspectives on the challenges, as well as opportunities for physician leaders in a complex, matrixed organization. At the conclusion of the session, learners should be better prepared to:

  • Recognize daily challenges of the physician leader and how such individuals sustain their commitment to the position and the organization's vision.

Course Information

CME Release Date:   November 19, 2018
Valid for credit through:  November 19, 2019
Course type:  Video lecture

Credits Available

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

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Southern Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of .50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABIM MOC: Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to .50 Medical Knowledge MOC 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.

To receive CME credit and/or MOC points, you MUST complete the activity and the evaluation form. For ABIM MOC points, your information will be shared with the ABIM through the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). Please allow 6-8 weeks for your MOC points to appear on your ABIM records.

AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of .50 hours of Category I credit for completing this activity.

AANPCP: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Healthcare Professionals

For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.  All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:

  • Read the goals and objectives, accreditation information, and author disclosures.
  • View the educational video of the lecture.
  • Study the educational references.
  • Online, choose the best answer to each test question. Learners must receive a passing score of 80%.
  • Complete the activity evaluation and outcomes.

Upon successful completion of the test, evaluation and attestation, your certificate will be processed and emailed from within approximately 1 hour. Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you may login to your account to print a duplicate copy of your certificate.

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Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

As an organization accredited by the ACCME, Southern Medical Association requires everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The ACCME defines "relevant financial relationships" as financial relationships in any amount, occurring within the past 12 months, including financial relationships of a spouse or life partner that could create a conflict of interest.

Southern Medical Association encourages Speakers/Authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, at first mention and where appropriate in the content.

Mark Williams, MD, MBA, JD

Dr. Mark Williams is currently the Chief Clinical and Academic Officer for the Palmetto Health System in Columbia, South Carolina.  Dr. Mark Williams was the Chief Physician Executive for Tenet’s Brookwood Baptist System in Birmingham, Alabama from 2014 to 2017. He is a past president of the Southern Medical Association and from 2008 to 2014 he served as the Chief Medical Officer of the North Mississippi Health System in Tupelo, Mississippi – the largest rural health care system in the United States and the recipient of the 2012 National Malcolm Baldrige Award for Organizational Performance.

He is a 1980 graduate of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and, after an internship in general surgery and a residency year in internal medicine, he completed his post-graduate training in anesthesiology.  He was the chief resident in anesthesiology and completed all of his postgraduate training at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Dr. Williams joined the UAB Department of Anesthesiology after his training and practiced anesthesia at Carraway Methodist Medical Center, a 617-bed Level I Trauma and teaching hospital for over 20 years.

He is a former board chairman of the Alabama Quality Assurance Foundation and from 2006 to 2008 he was the Chief Medical Officer for the St. Vincent’s system in Birmingham, Alabama and chairman of Ascension Health’s Physician Informatics Committee and the Task Force on Disclosure of Unanticipated Outcomes. Dr. Williams is a 2001 graduate of the Alabama School of Law and a member of the Alabama State Bar. He completed the MBA program at Samford University in 1995 and is a former medical director for Alabama Power Company.


  • Dr. Williams has no relevant financial relationships to disclose:
  • Dr. Williams does not intend to discuss off-label or investigational uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not yet approved by the FDA for use in the United States.

Planning Committee
The following planning committee members have no relevant financial relationships to declare:
Donald DiPette, MD
Christopher Morris, MD
Randall E. Glick, BSB/PM MCP
Jennifer Price, MA, SMA CME Program Manager

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