Target Audience

This activity is appropriate for physicians in all specialties.  Content may also be valuable to practice managers, consultants, or other professionals with an interest in trending issues related to U.S. health care.

Goals and Objectives

There is a growing number of physicians choosing to advance their learning in the business world with the pursuit of advanced business and administrative degrees. Few are totally informed on exactly what it takes to leave a clinical practice and devote themselves to a full-time administrative medicine role. This activity will provide a possible road map to success, reveal some of the pitfalls encountered along the way (from clinical to administrative work), and illustrate the necessary skills, according to the speaker, which are necessary for a successful transition. Upon completion of the activity, learners should be better prepared to:

  • Identify a skill set necessary for success in the physician executive arena.
  • Gain insight into the barriers of a successful career as a physician executive.
  • Offer the use of a decision tool to provide the correct career path when decision points are met.
  • Implement necessary skills to successfully transition from the clinical to the administration side of healthcare and how best to acquire these skills.

Course Information

CME Release Date: April 22, 2019
Valid for credit through: April 22, 2020
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 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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 [email protected] 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.

Dianne B. Love, PhD, is a healthcare consultant specializing in the development and strategic management of physician organizations. She has developed more than 75 physician organizations -  both multi-specialty and single specialty. Since forming DB Love & Associates in 2000, Dr. Love has developed Group Practices Without Walls (GPWW), physician-owned ambulatory surgery centers and physician-owned short-stay surgical hospitals.  Dr. Love is the founder and served as the director of the MBA for Physicians Program at the University of Houston, Clear Lake, where she is an Associate Professor of Healthcare Administration. Dr. Love is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

Stephen W. Nesbit, DO, MBA, has over 35 years experience as a board certified family physician with half of those years focusing on physician executive roles.  His clinical experience ranges from a rural solo family practice in West Texas, including OB, emergency medicine, to ownership of multiple extended-hour clinics in Southeast Texas.  In his physician executive roles he has had senior management responsibilities for quality, medical management, credentialing, physician recruitment, service line operations, provider contracting/relations and population health plan operations.  For the last 18 years, Dr. Nesbit has held chief medical officer roles in both health plans and hospitals, which includes his present role as Chief Medical Officer, HCA Gulf Coast Division, based in Houston, TX.  HCA GCD is the largest division in the HCA family of hospitals which includes some 18 facilities.


The following individuals have stated that they have no relevant financial relationships occurring within the past 12 months to disclose.

Dianne B. Love, PhD
Stephen W. Nesbit, DO, MBA

Waldon Garriss, III, MD, MACP

Jennifer Price, MA

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