Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)

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

The Southern Medical Association has been resurveyed by the ACCME and awarded accreditation with commendation for 6 years as a provider of continuing medical education for physicians.  SMA’s accreditation period is valid through November 2017.  ACCME accreditation “seeks to assure the medical community and the public that Southern Medical Association provides physicians with relevant, effective, practice-based continuing medical education that supports US health care quality improvement.”

Southern Medical Association designates this Live activity for a maximum of 21 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ACCME - Accreditation with Commendation

MOC - Maintenance of Certification

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 21 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.

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American Academy of Family Physicians

This Live activity, Focus on the Female Patient, with a beginning date of 07/18/2016, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 21.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ASNA Nurse Contact Hours

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Alabama State Nurses Association an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

July 18-21, 2016 – 21.0 contact hours.

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by the ACCME.  Individuals are responsible for checking with the ANNPCP for further guidelines.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has assigned up to 21 cognate credits to this program.

American Academy of Physician Assistants

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

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: