Multidisciplinary Burn Specialists Collaborate to Ensure Continuity of Care

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Southern Medical Association (SMA) will hold its 25th Annual Southern Region Burn Conference at Norfolk Waterside Marriott, November 16-18, 2012.

Especially appreciate ‘stepping out of the box’ philosophy that the Southern Region embraces --- helps to empower all of us in burn care to emerge as leaders/examples!

Southern Medical Association (SMA) will hold its 25th Annual Southern Region Burn Conference at Norfolk Waterside Marriott, November 16-18, 2012. This event is an energizing learning resource for all burn care disciplines at any level of experience. The curriculum focuses on evidence-based medicine, treatment modalities, rehabilitation advances, disaster planning, prevention education, research, outreach programs, and burn units’ work in progress.

Preconference’s include Advanced Burn Life Support courses, a “hands-on” rehabilitation casting workshop, disaster planning, a nurses’ symposium, and a burn product development symposium. In addition, a tour is planned of a U.S. Navy medical unit on an amphibious assault ship or an aircraft carrier to promote information exchange among members of the multidisciplinary team.

The Southern Region is comprised of 14 states with 32 burn centers. The conference rotates each year allowing each burn center in the region an opportunity to host. The program is designed through podium and poster abstracts with Q&A, hot topics panels, as well as invited speakers. The Southern Region attracts highly successful experts transforming burn care in the region including 2012 keynote speakers Tina L. Palmieri, MD, FACS, FCCM, and L.D. Britt, MD, MPH, FACS, FCCM.

Dr. Palmieri is President, American Burn Association, Professor and Burn Center Director, University of California Davis Regional Burn Center, Assistant Chief of Burns, Shriners Hospital for Children Northern California, Sacramento, California. She treats patients with acute burn injury, inhalation injury and soft tissue disorders and performs burn reconstruction for both adults and children. Dr. Palmieri is one of the leaders for Multicenter Trials Research in Burns which brings burn centers together to share information and to perform meaningful outcomes research. Her research focus is analysis of outcomes after burn injury, including both the immediate physical and long-term psychological effects of burn injury on patient quality of life. Dr. Palmieri has more than 100 scientific publications influencing the conduct of burn care nationally and internationally.

Dr. Britt, Brickhouse Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia is the first African-American in the country to have an endowed chair in surgery. He is Past President, American College of Surgeons, and is known as an outstanding role model and educator. Dr. Britt is distinguished professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD. In honor of his dedication and excellence in teaching, Dr. Britt has been the recipient of numerous national and institutional teaching awards, including the Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teaching Award, the nation’s highest teaching award in medicine, which is given by the Association of American Medical Colleges in conjunction with the national medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha. His work in combat trauma care and community service has also been widely recognized. Dr. Britt is the author of more than 200 scientific publications and three books including a recent edition of the highly acclaimed Acute Care Surgery.

CME/CEU credit is available for physicians and nurses 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.

The Southern Medical Association is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by The Alabama State Nurses Association, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Southern Medical Association, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, is a non-profit, physician-led, multispecialty, interdisciplinary 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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