Dantwan Smith, MD, MBA
Co-Chair of the
Physicians-in-Training Leadership Working Group

Natalie Weiss, BA, BS
Co-Chair of the
Physicians-in-Training Leadership Working Group

Our Mission:

The purpose of this group is to provide a forum to plan and design new educational activities for physicians-in-training with a focus on:

  • Multi-disciplinary networking;
  • Collaborative, low-stress environment surrounded by peers;
  • New ideas from new physicians to new physicians;
  • Education and research emphasis, without any political endorsements;
  • Incorporating physician-to-physician communication/networking early for continued collaboration;
  • Spreading best practices between sixteen regional states and the District of Columbia for improved quality patient care;
  • Enhancing leadership strategies and skills;
  • Support the future of medical education in the South.

Monthly Group Meetings 

Our group meets online on the last Tuesday of each month, at 6:00 pm Central Time. All members are encouraged to join and participate! Joining information is as follows:

Join Zoom Meeting Online:


Find your local dial-in number: https://tulane.zoom.us/u/ahB7bZS7d

Meeting ID: 957 2278 1536

Announcing the Inaugural Physicians-in-Training Leadership Conference

April 16-18, 2021
Tulane University School of Medicine
New Orleans, Louisiana

The Call for Abstracts is now OPEN!


Medical Students and Residents will have an opportunity to:

  • Submit abstracts for oral and digital poster presentations;
  • Participate in hands-on workshops;
  • Network with colleagues from medical schools across SMA’s Southern Region;
  • Participate in interactive activities designed for interprofessional learning;
  • Take home practical information from keynote speakers;
  • Fulfill ACGME requirements related to participation in scholarly activities;
  • Experience one of the best meeting cities in our area - “The Big Easy”!

COVID-19 Virtual Meeting Statement 

SMA will consider alternate plans to host the Physicians-in-Training Leadership Conference as a virtual meeting due to COVID-19, and we are excited to let you know that the Abstract Competition will take place, regardless of our ability to host an in-person meeting in New Orleans. We look forward to receiving your abstract submissions and will keep you posted as decisions are finalized as related to COVID-19.

Outreach Initiatives 

Group Membership

We continue to invite new members to the group, and YOUR help is greatly appreciated! This is a link to our “Outreach” working documents. It is our goal to reach out to all medical schools within our territory (16 Southern states and DC). If you are willing to assist, click the link to review schools that need to be contacted. We have also created a template for extending the invitation!

Sign-up Sheet  Email Template

A Day in the Life Podcast Series

We are looking for students and residents to present interactive online podcasts! The theme is “A Day in the Life,” and the stipulation is that it must relate to an experience as a medical student or resident. Content examples include interesting daily routines, involvement with community outreach projects, best practices, wellness and emotional health as related to being a student/resident, a valuable resource or tip, unexpected experiences, or just about anything of educational value. Do you have something to share or know someone who can contribute?

Complete this form and participate today!

The sessions are recorded and made available on our group’s YouTube channel!

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