Medical Dilemmas CME Conference in New York City
Medical Dilemmas in Patient Care CME Confernce

20th Annual
Medical Dilemmas: A Patient Care CME Conference

Planned and Hosted by Dr. Jan Basile, former SMA President

December 15-17, 2017
Westin Hotel Times Square
New York, NY

Make plans now to join SMA in New York City for the magic of the holidays; networking; fun; and of course, quality accredited education to complete your 2017 year-end requirements.

Unable to make it to New York?

Attend the meeting via Live Webcast only $595 for all 3 days.
No time away from home ⋅ No travel costs.

Conference Registration

Pricing for Nurses and Physicians
All benefits of individual attendee
Trade display area and program recognition
Access to attendee /membership list
Includes registration of 1 attendee

Medical Dilemmas 2017
A Patient Care CME Conference

New York City, New York - The Big Apple
A trip to New York City is the experience of a lifetime. With more to see and do in one small area than just about anywhere on earth, there is something for everyone. Visit famous attractions like Times Square, Central Park, Yankee Stadium, the Empire State Building, and the Statue of Liberty, just to name a few.

A great opportunity to complete your CME requirements for 2017.

Veronica K. Piziak, MD, PhD - 2016 Conference Chair
We hope that you will come to the Focus on the Female Patient meeting.

It offers an overview of the newest developments, the diagnosis and therapy of common problems in your patient population, and specialty topics in both Internal Medicine and OB/GYN.  Our faculty is available during the meeting and at breaks and is happy to answer your questions about problem cases.

Conference Details

New Budget-Friendly Conference Fees - $895 for physicians & healthcare professionals.

Register by October 6 and it's only $795

Attend the meeting via Live Webcast only $595 for all 3 days.
No time away from home ⋅ No travel costs.

Special Rates for Students, Residents, Fellows, and Active Military

Outstanding Group Rate at the Westin New York Times Square

Non-Member Conference Special!

The quality of continuing medical education is reason enough to attend, but what you get this year is unprecedented, with outstanding benefits that you won't find anywhere else.

Registration includes:  AirMed Travel Insurance , Online access to the SMJ,  Online Event Lectures.

There is nothing additional that you need to do - by registering for the Full Conference (physician or healthcare professional) and attending, you automatically receive the special price and additional benefits. Within a week of registration, you will receive a packet in the mail explaining all your new benefits and how to use them.

CME / CE Credits Available

  • AMA

  • ABIM MOC Points

  • Other Healthcare Professionals

ACCME Commendation

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 CreditsTM

Southern Medical Association designates this Live activity for a maximum of 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABIM - Maintenance of Certification

American Board of Internal Medicine - Maintenance of Certification Points

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 16 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.

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 the conference is 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.

Friday, December 15

6:15 am - 7:00 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast

7:00 am – 8:00 am
The Hypertension Landscape in 2017: The NEW Guidelines are Here
Jan Basile, MD

8:00 am - 9:00 am
COPD 2017-An Update on All Things New
Roger Seheult, MD

9:00 am - 9:15 am

9:15 am - 10:15 am
The Recognition and Management of Personality Disorders
Robert Albanese, Jr, MD

10:15 am - 11:15 am
Vaccines in Women: A Look at HPV and Zoster
Anne C. Ford, MD

11:15 am -11:30 am

11:30 am -12:30 pm
Obesity is a Chronic Disease-Understanding the Pathophysiology, Evaluating the Patient
Donna Ryan, MD

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Sleep Apnea-When to Consider, How to Diagnose, What to Do
Roger Seheult, MD

1:30 pm

Saturday, December 16

6:30 am - 7:00 am
Continental Breakfast

7:00 am – 8:00 am
The Role of The Routine Female Gyn Exam in 2017
Anne C. Ford, MD

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Resistant Hypertension: The New Guidelines
Jan Basile, MD

9:00 am - 9:15 am

9:15 am - 10:15 am
The Recognition and Management of Depression
Robert Albanese, Jr, MD

10:15 am - 11:15 am
A Case-Based Update on Heart Failure: Focus on the 2017 Guidelines
Jan Basile, MD

11:15 am - 11:30 am

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Bariatric Drugs, Devises, and Surgery-A Case Based Presentation
Donna Ryan, MD

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Inappropriate Use of Psych Meds in 2017-What You Need to Know
Robert Albanese, Jr, MD

1:30 pm

Sunday, December 17

6:30 am - 7:00 am
Continental Breakfast

7:00 am – 8:00 am
Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening In Woman: An Update
Anne C. Ford, MD

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Cases in Psychiatry for the Primary Care Clinician
Robert Albanese, Jr, MD

9:00 am - 9:15 am

9:15 am - 10:15 am
Cases in Women's Health for the Primary Care Clinician
Anne C. Ford, MD

10:15 am - 11:15 am
Cases in Hypertension and Heart Failure for the Primary Care Clinician
Jan Basile, MD

11:15 am

Jan N. Basile, MD, FACEP (Conference Chair)

Dr. Basile is Professor of Medicine, Seinsheimer Cardiovascular Health Program in the Division of General Internal Medicine/Geriatrics of the Medical University of South Carolina. He is the former Chief of Primary Care Service Line for the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, South Carolina.

Jan Basile

Robert Albanese, Jr, MD

Dr. Albanese is the program manager of the Professionals in Crisis Program and an associate professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine. He is board certified in psychiatry, internal medicine and psychosomatic medicine.

Prior to joining Menninger, Dr. Albanese held such positions as chief of the Medical Service at the Boise Veterans Administration Medical Center in Boise, ID; medical director of the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit at the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center in Charleston, SC; and psychiatrist for the Combat-related PTSD Residential Program at Bay Pines Veterans Administration Medical Center in Bay Pines, FL.

Dr. Albanese is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a governor of the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry.

He earned his medical and bachelor's degrees from East Carolina University and completed his internal medicine and psychiatry residency at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

Robert Albanese, Jr, MD

Anne C. Ford, MD

Dr. Ford has been a member of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Duke University School of Medicine since 1998.  She completed her undergraduate degree at Duke University, medical school at UNC – Chapel Hill, and residency at Emory University.  She has a strong passion for women’s health, especially primary care prevention, and has worked within the Duke system and the greater Durham community, encouraging holistic wellness care for women across all economic strata.

Anne C. Ford, MD

Donna H. Ryan, MD

Dr. Ryan is Professor Emerita and interim Executive Director at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LA.  Her research has focused on obesity and diabetes and she was an investigator on the teams that developed and executed the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), POUNDS Lost, DPP (Diabetes Prevention Program) and Look AHEAD Studies.  Dr. Ryan’s continuing interests focus on translation of effective weight management into primary care practices, especially in diabetes prevention and reversal.

Dr. Ryan’s scholarly activities include authorship of more than 200 original publications and 45 books, chapters and reviews, primarily in the field of obesity.  She is Associate Editor-in-Chief or Obesity. She served as co-Chair of the Expert Panel that produced the AHA/ACC/TOS 2013 Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Obesity and was a panel member of the 2015 Endocrine Society Systematic Evidence Review and Guidelines for Medications that Affect Body Weight. She is President-Elect of the World Obesity Federation.

Donna H. Ryan, MD

Roger Seheult, MD

After earning his medical degree in 2000, Dr. Seheult completed residency and fellowship training in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, and Critical Care Medicine in 2007 at Loma Linda University (LLU) Medical Center. He is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the LLU School of Medicine, LLU School of Allied Health – Physician Assistant Program, and an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine. He is boarded in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, Critical Care Medicine, and Sleep Medicine. He currently practices at Beaver Medical Group in Banning and Redlands Community Hospital in Redlands, California. He is the Medical Director for a sleep laboratory in Palm Desert, California.  Dr. Seheult is also the Co-founder of - an on-line medical education website and YouTube Channel.  He is the recipient of the Golden Lung Award for teaching 2 years in a row at the UCR School of Medicine.

Roger Seheult, MD

Registration Fees

Physician / Healthcare Professional $895
Register by October 6 and it's only $795

Active Military Physician / Healthcare Professional $795
Register by October 6 and it's only $695

Student / Resident / Fellow $495
Register by October 6 and it's only $395

One Day ONLY $325

Live Webcast - All 3 Days $595

Payment Method Options

By Credit Card – Click here to submit your registration on-line – it is safe, secure, fast, and easy!  You may also call our meeting services division – 800.423.4992, ext. 620, for personal registration assistance when paying with a credit card.  SMA accepts VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.

By CheckDownload, print and complete the registration form and mail along with a check for the appropriate registration fee.  Checks should be made payable to Southern Medical Association.  Mail to Southern Medical Association at the address below.

By Purchase Order – SMA realizes that in some instances, a Purchase Order (PO) process may be required by your institution.  If you are registering with a PO, you can complete the on-line registration process and include the PO number or you can mail the conference registration form with a PO form.  Check payments must include the PO number and the registrant name or a list of names if more than one name is associated with the PO.  Mail to Southern Medical Association at the address below or listed on the form.

Late or On-Site Registrations:  Although in most instances SMA will accommodate last-minute or on-site registrations (space permitting), we encourage you to register prior to the meeting so that materials can be prepared and made ready for you.  There is the risk that materials could run short without an advance registration and preparation.

Incomplete Registrations: Conference registrations submitted that are incomplete or without a form of payment will not be processed.

Confirmation E-mail: You will receive an email confirmation of your registration.  Please check the information carefully to confirm that your registration was processed correctly.  If you have any questions or need assistance, call our office – 800.423.4992, ext. 620.

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 December 8, 2017. After this time, SMA will have incurred all related costs regarding your planned registration, therefore, no refunds will be granted.

SMA Address:  Mail Registrations to: Southern Medical Association, Attn.: Registration, 3500 Blue Lake Drive, Suite 360, Birmingham, AL 35243.  The SMA office is not open on the weekends to accept express packages.  Contact SMA with questions or if you need assistance – 800.423.4992, ext. 620.


Watch SMA’s educational sessions in live streaming video over the Internet, and earn CME credit!

If you are unable to travel to New York, your personal computer can provide access to the live conference from your office, home, or anywhere an Internet connection is available. NOTE: Schedule times are for the Eastern Time Zone.

Attend the meeting via Live Webcast only $595 for all 3 days. 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

Other Technical Requirements

  • Windows:  x86 or x64 (64-bit mode support for IE only).  1.6-gigahertz (GHz) or higher processor with 512-MB of RAM, sound card and speakers.  Internet Explorer 7+, Google Chrome 12+, and Firefox 3.6+
  • Mac:  A Mac running Mac OS 10.4.11+ (Browsers must be in 32-bit mode), an Intel Core Duo 1.83-gigahertz (GHz) or higher processor with 512-MB of RAM, sound capabilities, and Safari 5.5+, Google Chrome 16.0+
  • Internet Connection:  A Cable or DSL internet connection (200 kbps+) is highly recommended for the best experience.  A low speed modem connection (56k) can be used, but is not recommended and buffering is to be expected.
  • IMPORTANT – If you are planning to view any online course from a place of work, it is HIGHLY recommended that you first check with your IT department and/or Network Administrator to make sure that:
    • You are allowed access to install programs on your computer and
    • You are allowed access to view online streaming media.

Location & Accommodations

Westin New York at Times Square

Westin New York Times Square
SMA's Group Rate $269

Hotel Reservation Deadline
November 23, 2017 5:00pm (Eastern)

To Book Your Reservation
Call 1-888-627-7149
Reference "SMA 2017 Medical Dilemmas Conference"

[Book Online]

The Westin New York at Times Square stands at the crossroads of the world - at the corner of 43rd Street and 8th Avenue. The hotel's ideal central location showcases spectacular views and puts you within steps of more than 40 Broadway theatres, some of the finest businesses, world-famous shopping, famed Restaurant Row, Times Square, and exciting entertainment venues.

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

The Westin New York at Times Square

SMA's Group Rate: $269
Traditional – Single or Double Occupancy – $269.00 per room, per night, plus taxes and fees (taxes and fees are currently 14.75% plus $3.50 per night occupancy tax – subject to change without notice.)

Hotel Reservation Deadline: November 23, 2017 5:00pm (Eastern)
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. Any cancellation after booking must be done no later than 24 hours prior to confirmed arrival date in order to avoid penalty.

To Book Your Reservation
Call 1-888-627-7149
Reference "SMA 2017 Medical Dilemmas Conference" to take advantage of the reduced room rate.

[Book Online]

The Westin New York at Times Square
270 West 43rd Street
New York, New York 10036

The Westin New York at Times Square offers a refreshing hotel experience in the heart of Midtown Manhattan and central to Times Square and all the shows, shopping, and fine dining you could ask for.

The Westin New York at Times Square stands at the crossroads of the world - at the corner of 43rd Street and 8th Avenue. The hotel's ideal central location showcases spectacular views and puts you within steps of more than 40 Broadway theatres, some of the finest businesses, world-famous shopping, famed Restaurant Row, Times Square, and exciting entertainment venues.

  • Adjacent to the E-Walk - entertainment/retail complex
  • Near the New York fashion, financial, and commercial districts
  • Just blocks from Grand Central Station and Penn Station
  • Close to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
  • Steps from American Girl Place New York®, Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), Empire State Building, Rockefeller Plaza and Fifth Avenue
  • 9 miles from LaGuardia International Airport
  • 15 miles from John F. Kennedy International Airport
  • 16 miles from Newark Liberty International Airport

Upscale Accommodations

  • Plush Heavenly Beds® for untold comfort and ultimate renewal
  • Westin's invigorating Heavenly Bath®
  • Dual-line phones, including one cordless phone
  • Voice mail, data ports and high-speed or wireless Internet
  • 47" Flat Screen HD TVs
  • iHome clock radio with iPod docking station
  • Individual climate control
  • All rooms non-smoking
  • Hair dryer and deluxe grooming amenities
  • Coffee maker
  • In-room refrigerated refreshment center
  • In-room, laptop-sized safe
  • Custom-designed terry bathrobe to envelop you in comfort
  • Complimentary use of the Westin WORKOUT® Health Club

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

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