December 11, 2015

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2016 Dues Renewal

Members who not yet renewed their 2016 membership will be receiving a copy of their invoice this week. If you prefer to pay online using our new convenient payment portal, please contact member services at

Thank you for your continued support. 

Selling or Closing a Medical Practice

The LSMS has partnered with the law firm of Kantrow, Spaht, Weaver and Blitzer, APLC, to feature guest articles concerning common legal issues facing the medical profession. This article addresses legal considerations when selling or closing a medical practice.  Click here to learn more.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding closing or selling a medical practice, please contact Scott Keaty at or Vice President of Legal Affairs, Wes Hataway at

This information is provided for informational purposes only and with the express understanding that 1) no attorney-client relationship exists or is created hereby, and (2) Neither the LSMS nor its attorneys are engaged in providing legal advice.

American Medical Association (AMA) and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Conference 

LSMS Director of the Educational & Research Foundation Kayne Daigle and Medical Education Coordinator Wendy Newell attended meetings offered by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) in Chicago, IL, December 8-10, 2015.    
The 2015 AMA and State/Territory Medical Society Round Table was held December 8, 2015.  Topics of discussion included a Council on Medical Education update, where AMA discussed they will be moving from a time-based to a competency based medical education system.  This will be further discussed in June 2016.    Other topics discussed were, Maintenance of Certification and Maintenance of Licensure, as well as a nomination request.  The AMA is currently soliciting AMA member candidates for nomination to the ACCME ARC. The application deadline for the position is February 1, 2016, and information on the position will be posted on Any questions regarding the AMA nomination process should be directed to Mary O'Leary, AMA,
The ACCME State/Territory Medical Society Conference was held December 9-10, 2015.  This was a collaborative 2-day meeting that included strategic discussions and exchange of ideas around accreditation best-practices.  ACCME presented data from its Maintenance of Recognition process illustrating the performance of the national CME accreditation system.  Together, the ACCME and recognized state medical societies reflected on opportunities for system improvement and evolution under the ACCME's Markers of Equivalency and Accreditation Criteria.  For more information regarding these criteria or to locate a CME provider visit

December 9, 2016 Board of Governors' Meeting

LSMS President Dr. Dolleen Licciardi welcomed some special guests from the Shreveport Convention and Visitors Bureau to the meeting December 9. We're getting geared up for the 135th Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates Jan. 22-23, 2016, in Shreveport... have you registered? Click here to learn more.


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  Science & Technology  

Volume 167, Number 5 • Sept/Oct 2015 of the Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society is now available at

LSMS 2016 Research Symposium

Thank you to all who submitted abstracts for the 2016 Research Symposium to be held at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates in Shreveport, Jan. 22-23, 2016. 

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