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2018 Annual Session May 4& 5 | DeGray Lake


Join fellow physicians at DeGray Lake Resort State Park to share and debate ideas and to have some fun. The meeting will provide educational programs and the opportunity to discuss advocacy efforts and society business. It will also showcase the products and services of select vendors. Get involved to make a difference in the future of medicine for you and your patients.

Inaugural Gala

R. Lee Archer, MD, chair of the Department of Neurology in the College of Medicine at UAMS in Little Rock, will be installed as the 2018-2019 president of the Arkansas Medical Society during the Inaugural Gala on Friday night. Dr. Archer is a 26-year member of the Society and has served on the AMS Board of Trustees since 2009.

Gala attendees will enjoy a festive dinner as the sun sets over beautiful DeGray Lake. Gala entertainment will be by Glen Ward, a professional humorist and inspirational speaker, whose engagements have taken him across America addressing corporations, government agencies, chambers and associations of all sizes.

AMS House of Delegates

The AMS House of Delegates, composed of delegates from component medical societies, specialty societies, members of the board of trustees, AMS past presidents and vice speaker, is AMS’ legislative and policy-making body. Any dues-paying member of the society has full-voting rights. All members are invited to attend the AMS House of Delegates meeting. Any member may submit a resolution to AMS for consideration. Deadline for submission is April 13. Any item of business not submitted by April 13 must have two-thirds consent of attending delegates for introduction at the meeting. Guest speaker will be Gerald E. Harmon, MD, chair of the American Medical Association Board of Trustees. Dr. Harmon is a family medicine specialist who has practiced for more than 30 years in coastal South Carolina.

Educational Programs

Harassment in the Workplace – A Written Policy and Acknowledgement are No Longer Enough |  9:00 a.m.

Sexual harassment and the hot topic of “the Great Awakening” of 2017 are in the news almost daily. Simply having a two-paragraph policy statement prohibiting workplace harassment and a signed acknowledgement of the policy do not guarantee compliance or protect your practice. Is it time to take a new approach to the prevention of all forms of harassment and discrimination claims for your practice? The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) takes such claims very seriously. You should too. Employers must take a systematic approach to this problem. Don’t wait until you have a complaint to reduce your risk.

Kathy R. White, FACMPE, PHR, a senior medical practice consultant for State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company, will address this topic. This session will provide insight on the growing statistics of claims in our country and steps you can take to ensure your practice has a program that promotes an environment free of discrimination.

There Is More To Cyber Than Just Crime!   |   10:30 a.m.

Based on cyber investigations and training, this session will focus on data, metadata, digital evidence, and information surrounding all things digital. For example, where is the data actually at?  What is metadata and why is it so important in investigations? How fragile is digital evidence? Why is memory scraping, slack files, and swap space important to you?

William “Trey” Whatley has been a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation since October 2000. Prior to becoming an agent, he worked as a computer forensic examiner for the FBI. In 2010, he became a member of the Cyber Action Team, which responds to large scale cyber events for the FBI. Whatley has investigated white collar and cyber crimes and currently conducts national security investigations. He is currently on the cyber crime squad and has extensive experience with data storage, acquisition, and recovery.

SVMIC | Register

SVMIC Registration Fees

$75.00 for Physicians | $25.00 for Non-Physicians (non-refundable)

Lunch will be provided beginning at 12:15 p.m. 10% Premium Credit for SVMIC Physician Policyholders 800.342.2239

The 2018 Risk Education Seminar, “A Jury’s Perspective: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly,” will be held in conjunction with the AMS Annual Session. It is almost certain that physicians and providers will be involved in a lawsuit at some point in their careers, which may tempt some to practice defensive medicine. As an alternative, this program offers protective practices derived from jury feedback. Experienced trial attorneys in your state will discuss actual malpractice trials with a focus on jury science. Good and bad practices and behaviors of the entire healthcare team will be explored.


  • Identify juror expectations regarding practitioners’ practices and behaviors.
  • Describe strategies to improve physician-patient relationships after an adverse outcome.
  • Develop protective practices to reduce risk.
  • Recognize how applying jury science can correlate to better patient care.

AMA Credit Designation: The University of Tennessee College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company.  The University of Tennessee College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Hotel Room Reservations

For room reservations at DeGray Lake Resort State Park Lodge, please call 501-865-5851 and mention the Society for a lodge room rate of $130 plus tax for a King or Queen Lakeview or $100 plus tax for a King or Queen Resort View.

Tentative Schedule

Friday, May 4, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Registration

10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Exhibitor Move-in

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | MEFFA Committee Meeting

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | 50-Year Club Luncheon

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | SVMIC Educational Program

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Break with Exhibitors

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | ArkMed-PAC Committee Meeting

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Welcome Reception

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | President’s Gala

Saturday, May 5, 2018

7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Registration

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. | AMS Board of Trustees Meeting

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. | Break with Exhibitors

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | Education Session

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Break with Exhibitors

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Educational Session

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | AMS House of Delegates Meeting


Thank you 2018 Contributors & Exhibitors!

Gold Contributors

AMS Benefits, Inc.

State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company

Silver Contributor

Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care

Bronze Contributor

Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield


AMS Benefits, Inc.

Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield

Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care


State Health Alliance for Records Exchange

State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company

UAMS Physician Relations


2018 Board of Trustees Meeting Dates

  • May 4-5 (Annual Session, DeGray Lake – register below)
  • August 22
  • November 2

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