Medical Summit - Southern Medical Association

Medical Summit and Annual Scientific Assembly
CME Conference
November 2-4, 2017 - St. Petersburg, Florida

Southern Medical Association's premier educational event. Make plans now to join us in beautiful St. Petersburg, Florida for an exciting time of networking, fun, and of course, quality accredited education you can't get anywhere else.

Medical Summit

Unable to make it to Medical Summit?

Attend the meeting via Live Webcast. 2 days for only $400
No time away from home ⋅ No travel costs.

Conference Registration

Call for Abstracts
Abstract submissions must be received by/on June 30, 2017, 4:30 pm Central Time. [Submit]

Choose Full Days or Individual Day Options
Pricing for Nurses and Physicians
Continental breakfast and lunch Mon./Tues.
All benefits of an individual attendee
Trade display area and program recognition
Access to attendee/membership list
Includes registration of 1 attendee

Medical Summit and Annual Scientific Assembly CME Conference 2017

Southern Medical Association's premier educational event. Make plans now to join us in beautiful St. Petersburg, Florida for an exciting time of networking, fun, and of course, quality accredited education you can't get anywhere else.

Physician/Healthcare Professional $695 ⋅ Active /Retired Military $595 ⋅ SMA Alliance Member $135 ⋅ Medical Student/Resident/Fellow No Fee

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 - $695 for physicians & healthcare professionals.

  • Unbelievable Conference Special for Non-Members including AirMed & Journal access.
  • Outstanding Group Rate of $199 on rooms at The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club. (Reservation Deadline: October 3, 2017).

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

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 19.5 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 19.5 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.

Learning Gap/Needs

SMA is committed to meeting the needs of physicians and the healthcare team through multispecialty educational sessions, and strives to provide a mix of education, service and camaraderie that empowers members to achieve both personal and professional goals.  SMA’s Scientific Assembly has always been its “premier” event, providing an  interdisciplinary forum to enhance the sharing of information, knowledge and experience to advance the practice of medicine, and an opportunity for all generations of physicians to interact and learn from each other.

The 2017 Annual Scientific Assembly has been designed and developed to meet the ongoing continuing education needs of its members and constituents. The format includes sessions that will address, through invited guest speakers and abstract presentations, both clinical and non-clinical topics.  This educational activity will enhance the ability of healthcare professionals to better treat their patients, while fulfilling credentialing requirements. Assembly sessions are designed to reduce gaps and increase knowledge in the following areas, identified by needs sources:

  • Bioethics & Medical Education
  • Women’s & Children’s Health
  • Medicine & Medical Specialties
  • Mental Health
  • Surgery & Surgical Specialties
  • Quality Health Care, Patient Safety, & Best Practices
  • Public Health & Environmental Medicine
  • Emergency & Disaster Medicine

Target Audience

Sessions presented will be of benefit to physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and other members of the healthcare team specializing or certified in the areas of internal medicine and medicine subspecialties, family or general medicine, geriatric medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics and adolescent medicine, mental health, and obstetrics and gynecology. Other specialists may also benefit from the wide array of topics.

Learning Objectives

Through a combination of evidence-based didactic lectures, case presentations and abstract presentations, attendees will have the opportunity to gather and exchange information regarding current and emerging treatment options for common patient complaints. After participating in this activity, participants should have increased knowledge and have developed strategies to take back to practice to:

  • Identify diagnostic and management options for a variety of commonly encountered conditions such as diseases of the skin, travel medicine, and commonly encountered mental health disorders.
  • Adapt a reasonable understanding of the current situation with Zika virus and other commonly encountered issues related to travel medicine.
  • Describe recommendations for appropriate labs and testing in adult and pediatric rheumatology patients.

Attendee Information

Faculty Slides – Prior to the conference, faculty presentations will be posted on-line on a password protected webpage.  Registrants may choose to either print the PDF files, if you prefer a paper copy on-site, or download them to your mobile device for viewing.  Download instructions are provided on the  presentations page.  For an additional fee, a printed syllabus including black/white copies of the faculty’s PowerPoint Slides, or a Flash Drive, containing color and black/white copies of the presentations are available and can be purchased when you register for the conference. Items must be ordered and paid for in advance of the conference to allow time for printing/reproducing.

Pre-Test and Post-Test – Registrants will be asked to test their knowledge prior to the conference by completing a Pre-Test. Completion of this anonymous pre-test allows us to evaluate your level of understanding before the meeting to ensure we are delivering the appropriate level of information and helps us to plan the highest quality of CME activities for you and your colleagues in the future.  The same test will be administered post-conference to measure your learning outcomes.

CME Credit and Conference Evaluation – CME credit is handled through an on-line process.  The credit and evaluation link will be provided in your meeting materials and in a post-meeting email. Your CME credit is determined from your completion of an on-line form.  Certificates will be e-mailed to the address you indicate on your submission within two weeks of the meeting.

Disclaimer – The primary purpose of this CME conference is education.  Information presented and techniques discussed are intended to inform physicians of medical knowledge, clinical procedures, and experiences of physicians willing to share such information with colleagues.  It is recognized that a diversity of professional opinions exists in the contemporary practice of medicine, which influence the selection of methods and procedures.  The views and approaches of faculty are offered solely for educational purposes.  The Southern Medical Association disclaims any and all liability for injury or other damages to any individual attending this CME conference and for all claims, which may result from the use of the information presented at this conference.

Registrant with ADA Request – Call SMA to request assistance for special needs.  Most requests received at least two weeks prior to the Conference can be accommodated.  A limited number of handicap accessible villas are available.  Book early and note any special requests to ensure accommodations will fit your needs.  ADA-approved hotel rooms in The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island may also be requested as an alternative to villa accommodations.

CONTACT INFORMATION – Southern Medical Association is the sponsor for this activity.  For questions or to request assistance for ADA special needs, contact SMA at 800-423-4992, ext. 620; by fax to 205-945-1830; by mail, SMA, 3500 Blue Lake Drive, Suite 360, Birmingham, Alabama 35243; website:

Thursday, November 2, 2017

4:00 pm-8:00 pm
Registration Open

6:00 pm-7:30 pm
SMA/SMAA Presidents' Welcome Reception

7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Evening Educational Session
(Medical Errors)*

Friday, November 3, 2017

7:00 am-5:00 pm
Registration Open

7:00 am-8:00 am
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors/View Posters

7:00 am-5:30 pm
SMA/SMAA Hospitality Area Open

8:00 am-12:15 pm
Morning CME Educational Sessions
(Intimate Partner/Domestic Violence, HIV, MACRA/MIPS)*

12:15 pm-1:15 pm
Lunch CME Educational Session
(Social Media and Physicians)*

1:15 pm-5:30 pm
Afternoon CME Educational Sessions
(Medical Marijuana, Oncology)*

5:30 pm-7:00 pm
President’s Social

Saturday, November 4, 2017

6:30 am-6:00 pm
Registration Open

6:30 am-7:30 am
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors/Meet Poster Presenters

6:30 am-12:45 pm
SMA/SMAA Hospitality Area Open

7:30 am-9:30 am
Abstract Session

9:45 am-10:15 am
SMA Presidential Installation

10:15 am-11:30 am
Morning CME Educational Sessions
(Sports Medicine, Financial Preparation)*

11:30 am-12:30 pm
Lunch CME Educational Session
(Concussion Management)*

12:45 am-5:30 pm
Afternoon CME Education Sessions
(Diabetes Panel Discussion, ICU Liberation, Cultural Competency, Women’s Cardiac Health, State of American Health Care)*

*Topics listed above are tentative and subject to change. The schedule, final topics, and invited faculty are being finalized; please check back frequently for updates.

Portions of this activity are developed to meet Florida’s CME requirements.

Location & Accommodations

SMA Group Discounts [HERE]
Deadline: October 3, 2017

To Book Your Reservation:
Call 1-888-789-3090
Reference the group as “SMA 2017 Annual Scientific Assembly” to take advantage of the group room rates.

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

November 2-4, 2017
Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
St. Petersburg, FL
Call (800)423-4992 Ext. 620 for assistance.

The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club - Booking Instructions

Book Online

Leave your worries behind and lie in the lap of luxury at The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club. Satisfy your appetite for culture at popular St. Petersburg attractions, from the Salvador Dalí Museum to the Morean Arts Center. Then enjoy an exciting game at Tropicana Field or relax on one of Florida's countless scenic beaches. After your day of excitement, retreat to the resort and unwind in stylish guest rooms featuring expansive marble bathrooms, plush bedding, and LCD TVs.

SMA's Group Rate:  $199

SMA has negotiated a special group rate of $199 per room, per night, for single or double occupancy, plus state and local taxes (currently 13%). All conferees, families, and guests are requested to book reservations within our block. This ensures SMA can provide conference services and complimentary breakfasts and breaks to all registered attendees.

Reservation Deadline:  October 3, 2017

After this date, reservations will be accepted by the hotel on a space-and-rate available basis. You are encouraged to book as early as possible, as room availability and/or the group rate may be sold out prior to the reservation deadline.

Deposit and Cancellation Policy:

A deposit of one night’s room and tax will be required on booking.  Cancellations made within 72 hours of arrival will forfeit deposit.

Make A Reservation:

By Phone:

Hotel reservations may be made by calling The Vinoy® Renaissance’s Group Reservations department at 1-888-789-3090.  Reference the group as “SMA 2017 Annual Scientific Assembly” to take advantage of the group room rates.


You may also make your reservation on-line by clicking on the direct group reservation link below to take advantage of the group room rates.

Book Online

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

St. Petersburg - Downtown Skyline
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St. Petersburg Dali Museum
Photo Courtesy of St.Petersburg/Clearwater Convention Bureau

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Arts & Culture

Sunshine City - St. Petersburg Trolley

St. Pete Pier


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