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Our Mission

To improve quality of patient care through multidisciplinary, interprofessional education.

Our Vision

Physician-directed educational and leadership activities that include diverse teams of healthcare professionals interacting, collaborating, and learning for the purpose of improving the quality of patient care.



Recognize Excellence

Southern Medical Association members support excellence in science and education though the Distinguished Service, Seale Harris, and Original Research awards.

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Research & Education


Support Young Physicians

SMA members support excellence in science & education through the Research & Education Endowment Fund, started in 1986 to provide financial aid to medical students, residents, and physicians in training.

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Become an SMA Leader

Southern Medical Association leaders serve the membership in pursuit of our common goal, improving the quality of patient care through multispecialty interprofessional education.

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More than 100 Years of Service

Look back over our first 100 years in the video above.

The Southern Medical Association was founded in 1906 as a scientific body of physicians dedicated to fostering the art and science of medicine through education. SMA Members’ commitment to multidisciplinary, interprofessional education has endured for over 100 years.

Since 1906, members have supported SMA’s mission through membership, donations, publishing, speaking, or directing educational programming. This support has been used to create thousands of hours of educational programming, the publication of more than 45,000 scientific peer-reviewed journal articles in the Southern Medical Journal, and investments of millions of dollars supporting scientific research grants and medical student scholarships.

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