Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Physician in the Spotlight: Dr. Stephen Gardner

Dr. Stephen Gardner, President of the South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners (SCBME), has been a significant and valuable partner to the South Carolina Medical Association (SCMA) in many of its recent endeavors and works tirelessly to support the profession of medicine in South Carolina. He continuously stresses the importance of the relationship between the SCBME and the SCMA and the benefit of having a unified voice to strengthen the work of both organizations on behalf of physicians in the state.

Most notably, he is recognized for his work to align the SCBME and the SCMA as partners to help physicians achieve their 40 required hours of CME set forth by the SCBME.  He has worked with the SCMA for years to develop a process to track CME and allow the SCMA to report it on a physician’s behalf to the SCBME for licensure renewal and compliance. Without his support, many of the SCMA’s recent CME endeavors and success would not be possible.
 
“In my experience personally, and as a member of the South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners (SCBME), the excellent availability of CME credits offered by the South Carolina Medical Association to meet the professional and regulatory maintenance of certification needs of South Carolina physicians through an expeditious and cost effective manner is outstanding! The opportunity to utilize the SCMA in acquiring and registering the necessary CMEs for renewal of your South Carolina medical license provides a certified, reliable method of reporting for South Carolina physicians to assure convenience and compliance,” said Dr. Gardner.
 
In addition to advocating for a strong partnership and our CME programs, Dr. Gardner has been a strong advocate for issues that affect the practice of medicine in South Carolina. Through his leadership role he looks forward to working with physicians to advance clinical work in our state. Examples include diabetes prevention in South Carolina thanks to efforts being led by Dr. Gerald Wilson and promoting telemedicine and health care in schools thanks to efforts being led by Dr. James McElligott.  
 
The SCMA is honored to have physician advocates like Dr. Gardner as a member and looks forward to continuing to work with the SCBME to strengthen the medical profession in our state.