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Join us Live, On-site in Lake Buena Vista, or Virtually!

We hope you will join the SMA Family of Medicine October 28-30 in the heart of the Walt Disney World® Resort, at the award-winning Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort... your gateway to Central Florida’s greatest theme parks and attractions!

Because of the current public health situation, SMA's Annual Assembly is currently being planned in a hybrid format: members who prefer to be in physical attendance are invited to join us at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, but there will also be an option to attend and participate virtually.

We believe this is the safest approach for the well-being of our audience of healthcare providers and we are excited that a hybrid event makes it possible to broaden the learning opportunities and engagement at this time.

Member Rates
Physician (Member) On-site and Virtual Fees $250
Allied Health (Member) On-site and Virtual Fees $225
Healthcare Administrator (Member) On-site and Virtual Fees $225
Resident (Member) On-site and Virtual Fees $50
Student (Member) On-site and Virtual Fees $25
Guest (Member) On-site and Virtual Fees $50
Non-Member Rates
Physician (Non-Member) On-site and Virtual Fees $350
Allied Health (Non-Member) On-site and Virtual Fees $325
Healthcare Administrator (Non-Member) On-site and Virtual Fees $325
Resident (Non-Member) On-site and Virtual Fees $100
Student (Non-Member) On-site and Virtual Fees $50
Guest (Non-Member) On-site and Virtual Fees $100
Cancellation Policy: If your plans change and you must cancel, a written request for a refund must be emailed to: [email protected]. A refund of your registration fee, minus a 25% processing fee, will be granted if your request is received on or before October 13, 2021. No refunds will be granted after this date.

Join old friends and meet new ones as Thursday, October 28 begins at 5:30 pm Eastern time with the membership General Session, keynote address from the Dr Robert D and Alma W Moreton Original Research Award recipient, followed by a Welcome Reception from 6:30-7:30 pm.

Friday, and Saturday, October 29-30, will showcase the work of our physicians-in-training abstract presentations, as well as keynote presentations and a lunch session of interest to all attendees. Also on Saturday, make sure to attend the SMA 2022 Presidential installation and Physicians-in-Training awards ceremony!

Tentative Schedule of Events (lecture times subject to change)
Eastern Time Zone

Thursday, October 28, 2021 Session
12:00-7:00 pm Welcome/Registration Check-in Hospitality Area
1:30-4:30 pm SMA Leadership Forum (invitation only)
5:30-5:45 pm SMA Member First General Session/Welcome
5:45-6:30 pm Dr. Robert D. and Alma W. Moreton Research Award and Commemorative Lectureship:
The Paradoxical Role of Intestinal Stromal Cells in Healing and Disease,
Don W. Powell, MD
6:30 pm Welcome Social Event
Friday, October 29, 2021 Session
7:30-8:00 am Breakfast Session: AMA Presidential Address
Gerald Harmon, MD, AMA President
Christopher Morris, MD, SMA President
8:00-9:30 am Autism Spectrum Disorder--New Research, Diagnosis, and Management,
Anuja Mehta, MD, Shirin Hasan, MD, and Lisa Spector, MD
9:30-10:15 am Diabetes: New Medicines, New Monitoring
Julio Leey, MD
10:15-10:30 am Refreshment Break
10:30 am-12:30 pm Medical Students/Residents Competition
12:30-1:15 pm Lunch Break
1:15-3:09 pm Medical Students/Residents Competition
3:09-3:24 pm Refreshment Break
3:24-5:30 pm Medical Students/Residents Competition
5:30 pm Adjourn
Saturday, October 30, 2021 Session
7:30-8:00 am Breakfast for Attendees
8:00-9:30 am Medical Students/Residents Competition
9:45-10:30 am An Evidenced-based approach to Chronic and Acute Pain Management: Getting Away from Opioids,
Philip Hartman, MD
10:30-11:15 am Beyond the OR: Perioperative Evaluation and Management,
Christopher D. Jackson, MD, FSSCI
11:15-11:30 am Refreshment Break
11:30 am-12:15 pm
  • 11:30 am -12:00 pm - 2022 SMA Presidential Inauguration
  • 12:00-12:15 - 2021 SMA Research & Education Endowment Fund Scholarship Award Recipients
12:15 pm Adjourn


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

Southern Medical Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Hotel Rates and How to Book Rooms

Book Your Reservation at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

SMA has contracted a limited number of guest rooms at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Before booking, please read the following carefully:

Cut-off Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Reservation requests received after 5:00 pm eastern time at the Hotel on the cut-off date will be accepted at the Hotel’s prevailing rate, based on availability.

Room Rate:  
SINGLE occupancy - $239.00 per night (run of house)
Each additional person: $25.00 per night (Children under 18 years of age may stay for free in their parents' room using existing bedding.)

Important Notes:
This rate does not include state and local taxes, currently 12.5% per night.
In addition, there is a mandatory resort service package. An additional charge of $30.00 per night, plus taxes will automatically be added to your guest room account.

Room Deposit
A deposit equal to one night’s stay is required to hold each individual’s reservation. Such deposit shall serve to confirm the reservation for the date(s) indicated and, upon check-in, shall be applied to the first night of the reserved stay. This deposit is refundable if notice is received at least five (5) days prior to arrival and a cancellation number is obtained. All deposits shall be charged at the time the reservation is made.

Early Departure Fee
In the event that a guest with a confirmed reservation for a guest room within SMA’s guest room block departs prior to the guest’s reserved check-out date, the guest shall remain responsible for all reserved room nights remaining on the guest's reservation.

No Show
Guests who fail to utilize any room nights of a confirmed reservation (ie, a “no show”) will be responsible for one room night of the confirmed reservation at SMA’s contracted rate. You are required to provide a deposit when making your reservation.

Parking Charges
Valet Parking Rates: Day Use Valet $37.00 plus tax each exit.
Overnight Valet $37.00 plus tax per day.

Self-Parking Rates: Day Parking $27.00 plus tax each exit.
Overnight Guest Parking $27.00 plus tax per day.
The above parking rates are subject to change.

Resort Services Package
The mandatory Resort Services Package of $30.00 (exclusive of tax) per room per day includes unlimited domestic long distance and local calls, complimentary bottled water replenished daily, high speed internet access, unlimited admission to the fitness centers featuring the WestinWORKOUT ®, $30 off spa services of $175 or more at The Mandara Spa during each day of your visit (1) offer per room per night, a complimentary S’more Kit given to guest each day of their stay to be used at the Campfire & S’mores each evening, and complimentary 30-minute Swan Paddle Boat ride. Unless otherwise instructed, the Resort Services Package will be posted to the individual attendee’s guestroom account. This rate rate is subject to change.

Reservation Methods

  • Reservations can be made via the Internet utilizing the Hotel’s online Group Reservation System. Visit this link
  • Reservations by phone: Call 1.800.227.1500 during business hours of 8:30 am to 8:00 pm, Monday through Friday. When you call, make sure to mention you are attending the Southern Medical Association Annual Scientific Assembly to take advantage of our group rate.

Hotel Cancellation
* If your plans change and you must cancel your attendance at the conference, it is YOUR responsibility to cancel your hotel reservation.
* The required hotel deposit, provided when registration was made, is refundable if notice is received BY THE HOTEL at least five (5) days prior to arrival and a cancellation number is obtained.

On occasion, travel websites may lure you with minor “discounts”, but please realize there are restrictions and penalties associated with these “deals.” By booking directly with our host hotel using our group code, you’re guaranteed conference benefits. 

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