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2018 State Convention

This year we're adding more exhibitors, more door prizes and more CEUs.


Saturday March 24th

    7:00-8:00am:            Breakfast & Registration

    8:00-10:00am:          Cannaboids 101 – Melissa Mentle

    10:00-11:00am:        CASA – Taryn Sietsema

    11:00-11:30am:        Break – End of Silent Auction

    11:30-1:30pm:          Call to Freedom – Becky Rasmussen

    1:30pm:                    Closing

Registration Fees


Members                           Non-Members

$75 daily rate                                 $105 daily rate

$100 both days                              $130 both days





Registration is due by March 3rd. Please make checks payable to SDSMA and mail them to:

Suzie Weir

48255 256th
Garretson, SD 57030

Registration Forms can be printed here.

Friday March 23rd

   7:00-8:15am:            Breakfast & Registration

   8:15-8:30am:            Welcome

   8:30-9:30am:            Kidney Disease & The Big Ask – Jerry Schrier

   9:30-9:50am:            Break – Vendor Rounds

   9:50-10:30am:          State Meeting

  10:30-11:30am:         How to Manage my Boss (even when he is a                                            doctor) - Mary Sand

  11:30-12:30pm:         Lunch & Meetings

         11:30-12:00pm:         Northern Plains

         12:00-12:30pm:         Sioux Empire

  12:30-1:00pm:           Break – Vendor Rounds

   1:00-2:00pm:            American Cancer Society

   2:00-3:00pm:            Suicide Prevention in Primary Care – Sheri                                                Nelson

   3:00-3:20pm:            Break – Vendor Rounds

   3:20-5:20pm:            Workplace Violence – Homeland Security

   5:20-5:45pm:            Break – Vendor Rounds – Prep for Knowledge                                          Bowl

   5:45-7:45pm:            Knowledge Bowl (Extra CEUs) & Mixer

The executive board has added a knowledge bowl that offers extra CEUs. The knowledge bowl will consist of questions relating to the medical assisting field and be played similar to Jeopardy. The game will be played in groups of at least five people. Teams can be determined at the convention. There will be free heavy appetizers and a cash bar.

Who wants to free prizes!? 

For every item, and/or $5 donated, attendees will receive one free entry into the door prize drawing. Our fundraiser organization Call to Freedom is in need of the following items

Toiletry Items:

  • Mega Toilet Paper Rolls

  • Tooth Paste

  • Deodorant

  • Make-up (foundation, blush, eyeliner, mascara)

  • Body lotion/spray

Other items:

  • Black/Navy Socks

  • Black gloves

  • Women’s underwear (M-XL)

  • Bras (34-42 C-DD)

  • Pajama Pants (M-XXL)

  • Long Sleeve Tops (S-XXL)

  • City Bus Passes

Gift Cards:

  • Walmart

  • Target

  • Lewis

  • Hy-vee

  • West Mall 7

  • Restuarants, etc.

For more details on items needed or how you can help this organization visit

Back by popular demand...

We are returning to the Hilton Garden Inn Sioux Falls South due to the reviews we received from last years attendees.


Rooms will be available Thursday and Friday night at $109/night. You will need to mention the SD Society of Medical Assistants when calling to reserve at the group rate. Deadline is March 2nd. 


Call: 605-444-4500

Address: 5300 South Grand Circle

Sioux Falls, SD 57108


Reserve rooms online by clicking here


2018    FUNdraisers

Raffle - A Chance to Give Back!

This year’s raffle will benefit Call to Freedom..

At registration for each item (examples above in blue boxes) or $5 donated you will receive one ticket. NO limit on how many tickets you can earn. 

Winner will have their 2019 State Convention registration paid!

Silent Auction

State Officers are gathering some great items for the silent auction. There will be something for everyone! You will need to attend to see just what we have for you!

Heads or Tails

We're bringing more beads to this years convention! So break out your dollar bills, get your beads and try your luck at this exciting game of chance. Remember, the more beads you purchase, the more opportunities you have at winning the pot.

For our 2018 convention we're seeking sponsors for our breaks and meals. If you know some one or a business that would be interested, please have them e-mail the state at As sponsors are acquired they'll be listed here.

Need something to do with your free time in Sioux Falls?

The Hilton Garden Inn South is a quick five minute drive from The Empire Mall.

The Empire Mall offers stores such as

  • Macy's 

  • JCPenny

  • Dicks Sporting Goods

  • Younkers

  • Old Navy

  • Victoria Secret

  • Bath and Body Works

  • The Children's Place

and more; over 180 stores total. Click here for more information.

Places to Eat Near By

Restaurants within a mile of the hotel include:

  • Spezia Italian Restaurant

  • Tokyo Japanese

  • Qdoba

  • Noodles and Company

  • Royal Palace Chinese

  • Honey Baked Ham

  • Panera Bread

  • Marco's Pizza

  • McDonald's 

  • Taco John's

However, there are many more within 5 miles of the Hotel


Nothing above appealing? Visit the Attractions and Entertainment page of the Sioux Falls website here.

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