Our Mission:

The purpose of this committee 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.

ICYMI (In Case You Missed it!)

Abstracts from the Inaugural Physicians-in-Training Leadership Conference are now available to view!

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SMA's Annual Scientific Assembly

October 28-30, 2021
Orlando, Florida

Abstract Submissions are now open!

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Abstracts are now being solicited for SMA’s 112th Annual Scientific Assembly for digital poster presentations. This will be the only format for abstract presentations during this year’s Assembly. If your  submission is accepted, you will be allocated a total of 6 minutes (including 1 minute for questions and answers) to present your poster. Please review the guidelines carefully in order to prepare your presentation successfully. 

Who is Eligible to Submit?

Medical Students, Residents, and Fellows

What is the Deadline for Submission?

The deadline for submission of abstracts is July 23, 2021.

PIT Abstract Competition Opportunities:
Spring and Fall

An opportunity to participate by submitting and presenting abstracts is available twice a year, in the Spring, during the Physicians-in-Training Leadership Conference, and in the Fall, during SMA's Annual Scientific Assembly. Cash prizes are awarded for best oral and best poster abstracts presented at each Conference.

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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

What is SMA’s Mentoring Program?


The SMA Physicians-in-Training (PIT) Mentorship Program aims to foster development and growth of both established-physician mentors and physician-in-training mentees through promoting genuine long-term relationships between individuals with differing levels of experience in the medical field. The SMA is the perfect environment for such a program, given that its membership is not limited by specialty or by level of training.

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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!

Meet the Committee Members

Natalie Weiss, BA, BS

Dantwan Smith, MD, MBA
Senior Advisor

Rebecca Fabian
Committee Member

Julie Yi
Committee Member

Christine McEvoy
Committee Member

Isabella Dreyfuss
Committee Member

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“Medicines cure diseases, but only doctors can cure patients.“ – Carl Jung