SMA to Hold CME Course on Cardiovascular Disease, Psychiatry and Other Key Topics in New York in December

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The 2012 event will focus on cardiovascular disease, diabetes, psychiatry, dermatology and new drugs.

Physicians learn more and can more easily apply their learning to practice when real-life, difficult case presentations lead the way to understanding, according to Dr. Basile.

Southern Medical Association (SMA) will hold its 9th Annual Conference on Medical Dilemmas in Patient Care at the Grand Hyatt in New York, December 14-16, 2012. Special time is set aside to explore healthcare legislation affecting physician practices. The conference, chaired by Dr. Jan Basile of Charleston, South Carolina, addresses hot topics in primary care with a special emphasis on case presentations.

The faculty are seasoned teachers and experts in their fields of specialty. Dr. Basile is Professor of Medicine in the department of Internal Medicine/Geriatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and treats high-risk patients with hypertension and hyperlipidemia at the University’s Seinsheimer Clinic. He has also participated in numerous large trials, including the JNC 7 report on high blood pressure. Dr. Gary Trager is Founder and Director of the Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology in Huntington, Long Island, New York. The Center, dedicated to cutting-edge endocrinology, has been nationally recognized as a “Center of Excellence.” Dr. Michael Bostwick is Professor of Psychiatry at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he is board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology, with additional qualifications in Geriatric Psychiatry, Addiction and Psychosomatic Psychiatry. Dr. Bostwick is currently in a working group studying suicidal behavior. Dr. Theodore Rosen is Professor of Dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine and Chief of Dermatology at the Houston Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Rosen has published more than 280 peer-reviewed journal articles and has spoken for numerous medical societies in North America, Europe, Asia and South America. Dr. Wayne Weart, a PharmD, is Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcome Sciences at MUSC.
Recognized for his lectures on new drug updates, Dr. Weart impresses attendees with his knowledge and ability to recite extensive information in brief periods of time. Dr. Weart was among the first pharmacists to become a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist. In keeping with the broad changes occurring in health care and the practice of medicine, Mr. William Darling, an attorney specializing in healthcare law, will speak to the many new management issues in health care including accountable care organizations and the overall consolidation of healthcare practice.
The conference will be held at the Grand Hyatt New York in Midtown, Manhattan. This prime location on the fashionable East Side and adjacent to Grand Central Station puts the city’s top attractions, including Rockefeller Center, Times Square, Broadway theaters, Central Park and Fifth Avenue’s world-class shopping, just minutes away. A limited group room rate of $209 per night, plus taxes is offered to conference attendees.

Continuing Medical Education credit is available for physicians attending the conference. Visit for complete information. SMA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide 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: or call 1.800.423.4992, ext. 620.

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