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The Southern Medical Journal (SMJ) is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists.

CME Mission

The mission of the continuing medical education (CME) program of Southern Medical Association is to plan, conduct, evaluate, and continuously improve educational activities with emphasis on evidence-based clinical and research topics.  These activities are designed for diverse teams of healthcare professionals to foster professional development, and enhance the provision of quality, and disease prevention.  The expected results are to foster teamwork across specialties and professions and improve professional competence, performance in practice, and public health.


The CME mission of the Southern Medical Association (SMA) is to advance the health of patients through advocacy, leadership, education and service through the continuing professional education of healthcare professionals with responsibility for, or interest in, caring for people.  SMA works towards providing quality health promotion programs aimed to engage and empower healthcare professionals and communities to choose health behaviors, and make changes that reduce the risk of developing chronic disease and other co-morbidities.

Types of Activities

Activities will be designed to enhance knowledge, competence, performance, or patient outcomes with innovative and effective learning formats that may include live activities, enduring materials, journal-based education, and performance improvement projects.  The CME Program encourages innovative use of new technologies and approaches to enhance physician learning skills and the translation of changes into practice.  The CME program will seek partnerships with other health related entities to expand the scope of learning as relates to physician practice and the practice team.  The CME Program is integrated with SMA’s mission to extend CME to community-based physicians throughout the southern states.

Content Areas

The Office of Continuing Medical Education’s (OCME) CME Program supports the strategic priorities of the SMA. Content addresses those priorities including areas such as risk management, public health, the practice environment, leadership and administration, public policy and tools for performance improvement. The CME Program provides a forum for the exchange of information and ideas on current practice trends, evidence-based medicine and the delivery of high quality, equitable and cost effective care.

Target Audience

Learning activities will be directed to SMA members, the broader physician community, their practice/clinical teams, and interested healthcare professionals.

Expected Results

The SMA CME Program will enhance physician knowledge, competence, performance or patient outcomes.  The impact of educational activities will be evaluated utilizing assessment tools that demonstrate qualitative and/or quantitative measures of change,                                                               

Education Planning Committee

The planning committee members assess proposals that offer development ideas for the benefit of the healthcare community and SMA members. Committee members take into consideration the needs of education/training by reviewing activity outcome summaries, recent completed studies and journal articles. When making decisions, that takes into account a wide range of factors, including community healthcare concerns and pressing national priorities. The role of the committee is to define the theme of the education, determine topics and content, invite guest planners and recruit speakers.  The format is determined by the best way to offer learners the opportunity to engage in education. The committee is accountable for designing and coordinating the educational and non-educational activities that define the CME Program and SMA’s Mission. The committee assists the SMA Education Committee with its responsibilities for SMA’s mission, vision and strategic direction.

The planning committee is responsible for developing, modifying and evaluating the strategic plan/goals and objectives of the CME Program.

Randall E. Glick, BSB/PM MCP

Randall E. Glick, BSB/PM MCP

Executive Director

Kendra Blackmon

Director of Operations

Susan M. Gonzalez, MS, BS

Director of Education and CME Compliance
Dr. Christopher Jackson, Southern Medical Association President, SMA Presdient

Christopher D. Jackson, MD, FACP, FSSCI

Medical Program Director


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