Working for the Physicians of South Dakota

The South Dakota State Medical Association knows how difficult it is to practice medicine in today's health care environment. That's why we offer a wide array of services that help improve the practice of medicine for physicians, residents and medical students. 

SDSMA membership is important because:

We work to improve health care in South Dakota.
Policymakers need physician input.
We provide an avenue for physicians to be an advocate for their patients at the state and local level through opportunities like the SDSMA Doctor of the Day program, and volunteer physician lobbyists.
Involvement strengthens physician voices and our ability to practice high-quality medical care

The SDSMA has a number of benefits and services to help you tackle the challenges you face in your everyday practice, and opportunities to network with other physicians. 

Get updates on current issues in health care to help you survive and thrive in the new health care landscape, find information on the SDSMA's
latest advocacy efforts, and stay up to date on issues affecting the practice of medicine

These benefits include:

  • South Dakota Medicine a monthly journal with information on the latest developments in medicine.

  • Advocacy for physicians and their patients at the state and federal capitals, in the courts and in the regulatory arena.

  • Seminars and webinars to help physicians balance life and work, sharpen their skills in practice management, and train for future leadership positions.

  • Opportunities to be involved in actively advancing, supporting and promoting the association's public health priorities. 

  • A source of contact when you have questions about membership, CME, health law, practice management, medical economics and so much more!

  • COPIC premium reduction - SDSMA members are eligible to receive a premium discount. COPIC is the endorsed medical liability insurance provider for SDSMA members.

  • Members have access to industry low rates and up-to-date payment processing solutions with Best Card, making it easier and faster for patients to pay. Best Card offers a variety of solutions to fit a practice's needs including terminal-based, web-based and mobile, and the SDSMA-endorsed fee structure saves practices $1,600 per year on average.

Stay informed!

As a member, you will receive many of the listed benefits through regular communication from the SDSMA keeping you updated in the many changes in the health care world. Here are a few of the valuable resources provided to you:

  • eNews - A newsletter emailed to members to keep physicians and their staff informed of legislative, legal and public health issues. These newsletters are at your fingertips to keep you informed about significant changes to state and federal health care regulations and programs, as well as SDSMA activities and leadership opportunities. 

  • InSession - During the legislative session, the SDSMA brings you weekly email updates to keep you informed about legislative activities, key health-related bills and action alerts. 

  • Member Directory - This is a valuable resource of up-to-date contact information for member physicians, residents, medical students, and retired members. Upon members logging in, click the "physician directory" link at the top of the page to access the directory.

  • Legal briefs - The SDSMA legal staff produces timely updates and advisories on important issues for physicians and their practice through a series of legal briefs.  

As a member, you also have access to the SDSMA Center for Physician Resources. This includes live presentations, webinars and publications on personal finances, medical practice, and physician leadership. 

See what other SDSMA members are saying about the benefits of being a member:

What Members Are Saying

"Get involved in the politics of medicine from the beginning. Go to meetings, join the organization and take advantage of opportunities.”  -Karla K. Murphy, MD, SDSMA president, 2011-2012

"SDSMA is an organization that is an advocate for quality medical care and high quality standards of care for all patients in South Dakota.”  -Mary Milroy, MD, SDSMA president, 2014-2015