Membership Levels


As the only membership organization that represents all South Carolina physicians, we strive for membership representation of all specialties and locations across the state. Any physician that is licensed to practice medicine in the state of South Carolina can become a member of the South Carolina Medical Association.


Advocacy. The SCMA is the voice for South Carolina physicians. We provide a constant presence at the State House and work hard to guide you through statewide and national issues affecting the practice of medicine including scope of practice, post-Medicare SGR, ICD transition, and ACA implementation.

Education and Compliance. The SCMA is the only recognized organization in South Carolina by the ACCME to accredit other CME providers. We offer our membership timely and resourceful educational sessions as well as tools for maintaining compliance with CME requirements.

Exclusive Information. SCMA signature publications including MEDweek, The Journal, and the Palmetto Physician, and our website, social media outlets, and more have one objective: to keep South Carolina physicians informed.

Legal Guidance. The SCMA’s Legal Resource Center provides an online question center, legal publications, and the Annual Health Law Symposium designed to answer common legal questions related to the practice of medicine.

Products and Solutions. SCMA subsidiary organizations offer products and services to assist and help meet the needs of South Carolina physicians including financial and insurance resources, practice management solutions, and health insurance plans.


Regular Member: $395
Retired: $197
First Year Practice after Residency or Fellowship: $298
Second Year Practice: $298
Honorary or Dues Exempt: $0
Disabled Physician: $0
Military, Public Health, VA Hospital: $70

Residents and Fellows

The resident section is comprised of South Carolina residents and fellows that are members of the South Carolina Medical Association. This organization strives to provide a forum within organized medicine for the exchange of information among residents and fellows in South Carolina, and to represent the best interest of residents and fellows within the SCMA.

Mission Statement – The purpose of this Section shall be:
• To promote and maintain the Principles of Medical Ethics
• To provide a forum within organized medicine for the exchange of information among residents and fellows in South Carolina and to represent the best interests of residents and fellows within the South Carolina Medical Association (hereinafter referred to as "SCMA") through active participation in their proceeding
• To promote the art and science of medicine
• To preserve and promote the public health

Entity Structure – Any licensed physician in training in an accredited post-graduate training program in South Carolina shall be eligible to join the Section as an active member.

SCMA RFS Trustee to the SCMA Board and AMA Regional Alternate Delegate – Romela Petrosyan, MD
SCMA RFS Chair – Elizabeth "Liz" Helwig, MD
SCMA RFS Immediate Past Chair – Ebele Compean, MD                                AMA Regional Alternate Delegate – Blair Chance, MD

Medical Students

The goal of the Medical Student Section is to provide our state's medical students with an opportunity to get involved in organized medicine. In addition, the SCMA strives to provide resources to help enhance each medical student's educational years.

Mission Statement - The purpose of the Medical Student Section is to provide medical student participation in the activities of the SCMA as well as AMA.

Structure - The Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Governing Council of the SCMA-MSS shall serve as delegates and have the power to vote in the SCMA House of Delegates.

SCMA MSS Board Member shall be elected for a term of one year.

Candidates for the student seat must be currently enrolled at either the Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine, University of South Carolina School of Medicine - Columbia, University of South Carolina School of Medicine - Greenville, and The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) - Spartanburg.


Taylor Lucas, USC Greenville - SCMA Board of Trustee Representative

Dory Askins, USC Greenville - Chair

James "Jay" Rex, MUSC - Vice Chair


Chapter Representatives:

Taylor Head - MUSC
Graham Hall - USC Columbia
Tristan Mackey - USC Greenville
Jimmy Todd - VCOM

Young Physicians

The Young Physicians section consists of SCMA members who are under the age of 40 or who are in their first 8 years of practicing medicine. The beginning of your medical career can sometimes be the most challenging years. That's why the Young Physician Section focuses on accommodating the concerns of young physicians while helping them transition into a well-established physician.



Beginning your medical career can be a challenging time. But, we want to help you make it as smooth as a transition as possible. That's why we have created tools and resources to help you as you establish your career in medicine. Some benefits include:

  • Free subscription to The Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association
  • An abundance of resources and discounts through Financial Services, Inc. and Practice Management Services
  • Weekly E-subscription to Mednews
  • Free Registration to the SCMA Annual Meeting
  • Opportunity to interact with the SCMA Young Physician Section
  • Access to the Resident/Physician Mentor Program and more!



Did you know young physician members of the South Carolina Medical Association receive a discounted membership during their first year as a practicing physician? The financial challenges of a young physician can be daunting, but we do not want to let it stop you from getting involved with organized medicine. Take advantage of your discounted membership today!