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What is a shared medical appointment (SMA)?

A shared medical appointment, or SMA, is essentially a group appointment during which many patients are seen at once for follow-up or management of conditions.
Doctors seeing people one-on-one has been the traditional approach to medicine since the beginning of time. However, shared medical appointments, or SMAs, offer an alternative to this tradition. An SMA for diabetes, for example, is when a small group of people (5 to 10) have their doctor’s visit together in a small conference room over a 90-minute period. They share their medical issues, concerns, laboratory results, frustrations, personal struggles, successful ideas and techniques with each other. Sharing their trials and tribulations, as well as their successes, is tremendously helpful. Most participants love these shared medical appointments.

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