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  • Friday, June 3 at the Hilton Garden Downtown Sioux Falls

    Join us for the 2022 SDSMA Annual Leadership Conference! With presentations, discussions, networking opportunities and social events, the Annual Leadership Conference is a great time to share ideas and learn.

    Program (PDF)

    This year's theme is social determinants of health. Physicians have long experienced the impact of the social drivers of health and recognize that the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age have a major influence on patient health and the cost of health care in America. The social drivers of health have a profound impact on not only the health of patients, but on physicians' ability to advance health equity. Health outcomes and reducing health care costs cannot be improved without addressing the social determinants of health. This means physicians need strategies and structures in place to support efforts to address it.

    The conference is a benefit of your SDSMA membership. There is no conference registration fee (ticket purchase required for some events and meals).


    Featured Speakers

    8:45-9:45 am

    "The Pillars of Ethics in Medicine" — Ann Freeman Cook, PhD Learn more about Ann Freeman Cook, PhD

    9:45-10:45 am
    "Understanding Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health: A New Era for Health Care Professionals
    " Leonard Egede, MD, MS Learn more about Leonard Egede, MD, MS


      8:00-8:45 am AMA Update 
      • Hear from the president of the American Medical Association, Gerald E. Harmon, MD, about critical issues that impact physicians, patients, and the health care environment at the national and state levels.

      8:45-9:45 am The Pillars of Ethics in Medicine
      • Ann Freeman Cook, PhD Develop deeper insight into the four principles of medical ethics -- autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice – under which physicians work.  See how these tenants allow physicians to practice clinical medicine and how conflicts arise and lead to the need for some moral elements to overrule others in difficult medical situations. 

      9:45-10:45 am Understanding Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health: A New Era for Health Care Professionals

      • Leonard Egede, MD, MS Learn about conditions that limit opportunities, resources, power, and well-being of individuals and populations based on social class, race, ethnicity, and the social determinants of health. Hear about ways physicians can address the complex web of social forces that leads to health disparities including understanding community-identified needs, increasing inclusivity and diversity among students and faculty, integrating solutions into your work, and improving community understanding of social inequalities while improving health outcomes.

        10:45-11:45 am Health Disparities in South Dakota and Improving the Health of South Dakotans

        • Listen to the panel discussion with Leonard Egede, MD, MS; Mary Carpenter, MD; Jennifer Tinguely, MD; Teresa Bormann, MD; moderated by State Health Secretary Joan Adam.

        12:00-1:15 pm SDSMA PAC Lunch — Being an Effective Advocate for Medicine 
        • Join us for the SDSMA PAC Lunch (ticket required) to hear from Kai Sternstein of the American Medical Association's Advocacy Resource Center.

        1:45-2:30 pm USD SSOM Student Poster Session

              Additional Presentations/Policy Council

              1:30-5:00 pm

              • Medical School Update – Tim Ridgway, Dean, University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine; Vice President, Health Affairs

              • Medical Student Poster Session

              • Fostering Wellness During Turbulent Times –  Beth Jensen, DO; and Craig Uthe, MD

              • COPIC Update

              • South Dakotans Decide Healthcare Campaign Update

              Awards and Scholarship Recognition

              6:30 pm Social and Dinner

              • Join us for a fun-filled Membership Mixer (6:30 pm), and continue the celebration with dinner (7 pm, ticket required) where physicians who have made significant achievements will be honored, incoming SDSMA president Dr. Lucio Margallo II will be inaugurated, outgoing and incoming officers will be celebrated and welcomed, and medical student scholarship recipients will be recognized. You won't want to miss it!

              Thank you to our 2022 Annual Leadership Conference sponsors!













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              2600 W 49th St Ste 100
              Sioux Falls, SD 57105
              Phone: 605.336.1965 | Fax: 605.274.3274

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