COVID-19 Resources

The SCMA has compiled state and federal resources to facilitate answers on COVID-19 for South Carolina physicians.

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Opioid Crisis

Through the Opioid Risk Prevention Partnership, SCMA is sharing resources to help physicians and clinical care teams facilitate conversations with patients who have acute pain, chronic pain, and addiction. The Partnership aims to support medical providers’ efforts to have conversations with patients about pain, and the appropriate use of alternatives to opioids in pain management.

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SCMA Annual Meeting

The SCMA has been aggressively monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, at this time, we feel that we cannot risk the safety of our physicians, staff, and exhibitors and have decided to cancel the 2020 Annual Meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 30 - Sunday, May 3, 2020.

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We are the physicians who care for South Carolina.

The South Carolina Medical Association is the largest physician organization in the state, representing more than 6,000 physicians, residents, and medical students.

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The South Carolina Medical Association is the only membership organization in South Carolina that represents physicians of all specialties and geographic locations.


The SCMA is the voice for South Carolina physicians. SCMA has a constant presence at the South Carolina State House and SCMA staff works methodically to guide SCMA members though statewide issues affecting the practice of medicine.


The SCMA offers our members timely and resourceful educational sessions for maintaining compliance with CME requirements.

Online CME Courses

Control Substance Training




1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

Many continuing medical education (CME) courses are available on pain management and opioid misuse. However, few CME activities provide guidance that can be used in real-life clinical situations. The guidance presented in this CME is primarily derived from publicly available sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) opioid prescribing guidelines, Oregon State Resource for Professionals Treating Pain, Acute Pain Management: Meeting the Challenges by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and current National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recommendations on the treatment of opioid use disorder.

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Live CME Courses


July 24

Should I Stay or Should I "Let It Go" - Accelerating Post Pandemic Partnerships

Live Webinar

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September 25

2020 Trustees Administrators and Providers (TAP) Conference

Hilton Head Island Hilton Head, SC

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Save The Date

South Carolina Medical Association Executive Committee Meeting

July 15

South Carolina Medical Association Columbia, SC

South Carolina Medical Association Executive Committee Meeting

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South Carolina/North Carolina Societies of Otolaryngology Annual Meeting

July 24

This event has been canceled. Please check back for more information.

The Omni Grove Park Inn Asheville, NC

Join your colleagues for the SC/NC Societies of Otolaryngology Annual Meeting.

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South Carolina Medical Association Board of Trustees Meeting

August 27

South Carolina Medical Association Columbia, SC

South Carolina Medical Association Board of Trustees Meeting

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June 29, 2020

Safety, liability concerns move to forefront as more employees return to work

As businesses reopen and workers return to their jobs, a feeling of angst underlies the hope of getting back to normal. Employees are afraid of getting COVID-19 at work, and business owners worry about being sued if a worker does get sick.

June 19, 2020

Joint Statement on the Spread of COVID-19 in South Carolina - SC BCBS, SCHA and SCMA

Every day we see reports of COVID-19’s impact on the people of South Carolina. We have watched these numbers closely, and we are concerned about the health and safety of our citizens. All of us can help. Wearing a face mask in public is one way to help slow the spread of this disease. This is a new disease,but there is growing medical evidence that wearing face masks along with handwashing, social distancing, testing and isolation can successfully limit the spread of the virus. What do we know?

June 7, 2020

South Carolina Family Physician Chosen as AMA President-Elect

The American Medical Association (AMA) today announced the election of Gerald E. Harmon, M.D., a family medicine physician from Pawleys Island, S.C., as the new president-elect of the nation’s premier physician organization. Following a year-long term as president-elect, Dr. Harmon will assume the office of AMA president in June 2021.