Southern Medical Association Focuses on Women’s Health July 23-28, 2012

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Southern Medical Association (SMA) will hold two conferences focused on important women’s health issues this July at the Kiawah Island Conference Center on Kiawah Island (near Charleston), South Carolina.

Southern Medical Association (SMA) will hold two conferences focused on important women’s health issues this July at the Kiawah Island Conference Center on Kiawah Island (near Charleston), South Carolina. The two conferences, Focus on the Female Patient, July 23-26 and Osteoporosis: Diagnosis, Management and Prevention, July 26-28, offer physicians and healthcare professionals the opportunity to learn more about diagnosis, management guidelines, and new and controversial therapies of common diseases in women with an emphasis on practical clinical knowledge.

The Focus on the Female Patient conference, co-chaired by Veronica K. Piziak, MD, PhD, FACP, Emeritus Director, Division of Endocrinology and Director of Scott & White’s Diabetes Center in Temple, Texas and Mark G. Martens, MD, FACOG, NCMP, Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, New Jersey have selected a stellar faculty to address women’s health relating to cardiovascular diseases, dermatologic issues, common psychiatric illnesses, preventive care and healthy lifestyles, and pain management in addition to a specialty track for obstetrics and gynecology. To supplement the clinical diseases and conditions, C. Wayne Weart, PharmD, BCPS, FASHP, FAPhA, Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences for the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston will lecture on newly released medications for cardiovascular diseases and chronic pain. Richard E. Wild, MD, JD, MBA, FACEP, Chief Medical Officer for the Atlanta Regional Office Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will provide an overview of the newest CMS initiatives and procedures. Visit http://sma.org/female-patient for additional information.

The Osteoporosis: Diagnosis Management and Prevention Conference is chaired by Ronald C. Hamdy, MD, FRCP, FACP, Professor of Internal Medicine and Director, Osteoporosis Center at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. He has invited nationally-recognized thought leaders in the field of Osteoporosis including Nelson B. Watts, MD, Professor of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Michael Lewiecki, MD, FACP, FACE, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, and Sarah L. Morgan, MD, MS, RD, FADA, FACP, CCD, Professor, Department of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. All faculty are Medical Directors of Osteoporosis Centers and are educators with a special interest in osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. The uniqueness of this conference is its sole devotion to a thorough, evidence-based approach to assist healthcare providers to better diagnose and manage patients through medication and diet and to motivate patients to improve compliance and reduce apprehension about adverse effects. Visit http://sma.org/osteoporosis for additional information.

CME/CE credit is available for both conferences. SMA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians, and in November 2011, was awarded Accreditation with Commendation, the highest level of accreditation for CME providers.

Southern Medical Association, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, is a non-profit, physician-led, multi-specialty medical association that promotes the health of patients through advocacy, leadership education, and service. To learn more about the SMA, visit: http://sma.org or call 1.800.423.4992, ext. 620.

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