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About the Academy

The Academy is a corporation organized under the provisions of the Education Law of the State of New York, by virtue of a charter granted by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York, under date of September 27, 1963. The Suffolk Academy of Medicine is the educational arm of the Suffolk County Medical Society. The purposes of the Academy shall be to establish, conduct, operate and maintain an Academy of Medicine to provide educational opportunities and training of a postgraduate nature for members of the medical profession and to diffuse among the people knowledge of the achievements of scientific medicine.

2018-2019 SAM Officers 
Keith W. Harris, DO
Richard Schoor, MD
Ani Bodoutchian, MD, MBA
Linda Efferen, MD, MBA

Dorothy Lane, MD, MPH
Aaron Kumar, MD, MBA



The purpose of the Suffolk Academy of Medicine (SAM) CME mission is to help maintain the best possible health care for the residents in Suffolk County by providing sufficient “quality” continuing medical education within Suffolk County to meet the educational needs of physicians and other health care professionals practicing in Suffolk County. To keep CME relevant and cost effective SAM makes it unnecessary for our physicians to leave the County to meet their CME needs.
To achieve its purpose, the SAM maintains a sound educational program within our consortia of community hospitals and specialty sections in accordance with the educational principles stated in the Essentials and Criteria of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and related standards for commercial support. SAM maintains a Continuing Medical Education Committee responsible for sponsored or cosponsored CME programming and for reviewing applications for our joint-sponsorship and to provide liaison through the Directors of Medical Education with our community hospitals in order to participate in the planning and evaluation of community hospital programs.  SAM also maintains a cooperative working relationship with SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine, which is the other institution in Suffolk County accredited to award Category 1 credit, including co-sponsorship of selected programs.
 Content Areas
SAM designs activities with CME content areas that will include that body of knowledge and skills generally recognized and accepted by the profession as within the basic medical sciences, the discipline of medicine and the provision of health care to the public. The content of each activity is based on the perceived and documented needs of a specific or target group. The content frequently includes the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, and is presented within the context of desirable physician attributes (e.g., the ACGME/ABMS general (core) physician competencies, the IOM competencies). Recommendations for patient care are evidence-based and free of commercial bias. Specific areas of content to be addressed include health issues of particular importance to the population on Long Island.
Types of Activities
The types of educational activities will include directly sponsored courses, regularly scheduled departmental and cancer conferences at consortium community hospitals and periodic jointly sponsored specialty society educational programs. These CME activities utilize lectures, seminars and workshop formats with audio-visual technologies, such as PowerPoint slides, computer projection, video and/or audio teleconferencing.
 Target Audience
The target audience for SAM CME activities is physicians and other health care professionals in Suffolk County, particularly those on the staffs of our consortium of community hospitals, members of the local specialty societies, and the Suffolk County Medical Society membership. SAM provides information about upcoming CME programs on our web site at www.scms-sam.org.
Expected Results
The SAM CME Committee will evaluate the effectiveness and modify the overall program continually to make improvements and maintain high standards. The evaluations will include review of overall program outcomes in addition to an examination of learner outcomes of individual CME activities, to assess effectiveness in meeting activity objectives, which are based on educational gaps. The methods used will include self-reported changes in knowledge, competence and performance and where possible chart audited changes in practice performance. While, due to limited resources, our current expectations do not include measurement of patient outcomes, that is a goal for the future.
Reviewed  04/09/19
For a list of current CME Events held at the Suffolk Academy of Medicine consortium of hospitals, please click here.


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