Southern Medical Association Focuses on Women’s Health this July 24-27, 2013

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Physicians and healthcare professionals will learn more about diagnosis, management guidelines, and new and controversial therapies of common diseases in women with an emphasis on practical clinical knowledge.

Southern Medical Association (SMA) will hold two conferences focused on important women’s health issues July 24-27, 2013 at the Kiawah Island Conference Center on Kiawah Island (near Charleston), South Carolina. The two conferences, Focus on the Female Patient and Osteoporosis: Diagnosis, Management and Prevention 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 is 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. Offered in collaboration with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, stellar faculty have been invited to address women’s health relating to hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, gastroenterological disorders, infectious diseases, osteoporosis, preventative medicine/lifestyle changes, and other timely topics. A track devoted to obstetricians and gynecologists will focus on genetic testing, office screening for early and late menopausal patients, new devices and drugs, common office procedures, and contraception. This activity is designed to detail evidence related to diagnosis, management guidelines, prevention strategies, and new, as well as controversial, therapies in women’s health – across the lifespan. Visit 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, Tennessee. Offered in collaboration with the Medical University of South Carolina’s Center for Osteoporosis and Bone Health in Charleston,    the expert faculty will update primary care providers about recent developments in the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis, increase their level of comfort managing patients with osteoporosis and provide information about when to refer a patient for specialist’s care. Topics to be covered include exercise and lifestyle changes, nutrition across the ages, hormone therapy, pharmacological management of osteoporosis, the role of the interdisciplinary team, secondary osteoporosis, and many more. 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 for additional information.

Taking place over the same dates and same time allows you additional content options – without additional charge. Why? Because when you register for one conference, you are welcome to “move between” the two conferences.

Both activities are approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. 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: or call 1.800.423.4992, ext. 620.

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