Continuing Medical Education

Continuing Medical Education (CME) consists of educational activities that serve to maintain, develop or increase the knowledge, skills and professional performance and relationships that a physician uses to provide services for patients, the public or the profession.

The content of CME is the body of knowledge and skills generally recognized and accepted by the profession as within the basic medical sciences, the discipline of clinical medicine, and the provision of health care to the public [AMA House of Delegates policy #300.988]. CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center is accredited by the New Mexico Medical Society to provide Category 1 PRA credit hours for appropriate programming.  The department has regularly scheduled accredited activities and special CME accredited activities throughout the year.

Upcoming Events:

Stop the bleed

Kelly Smith RN, Trauma Program Manager
Tuesday February 19th & March 12th 2019 (12-1)
CSV Vernick Conference Room at CHRISTUS St. Vincent
2 Part Series
1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ per hour 

Biography: Kelly Smith RN, Trauma Program Manager at CHRISTUS St Vincent Health Systems. She has been a Registered Nurse for 33+ years with the focus of nursing experience surrounding emergency nursing. TNCC instructor. TCAR, TOPIC, AAAM coding, Trauma Base, Tqip, Fema Courses 100, 200, and 700. BLS, ACLS.

Needs Assessment: The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma is leading the effort to save lives by teaching the civilian population to provide vital initial response to stop uncontrolled bleeding in emergencies.

Learning Objectives: It will teach clinicians as well as non-clinical employees the skills and basic tools to stop uncontrolled bleeding in an emergency situation/ Active shooter.

The Myth of the Good Death

Dr Mark HodnickRev. Dr. Mark Hodnick
Thursday February 21st (12-1pm)
CSV Vernick Conference Room
1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Bio: Deacon Mark Hodnick, Ed.D, is an active Roman Catholic deacon who provides pastoral care to the dying and bereavement counseling. Dr. Hodnick is a frequent speaker on the subject of death and dying and conducts workshops on pastoral care of the dying and bereaved.

Needs Assessment: There is a need for a better understanding of how people make their journey towards death, how to care for their spiritual and emotional needs.

Outcomes: Based on the presenter’s research, at the end of this program the participants will have a better understanding of how medical and spiritual care professionals have come to define a "good death" while caring for the dying. Implications for spiritual and emotional care will also be discussed in the presentation.

The Biologic Model of Development and the Common Onset of Anxiety and Depression

John EvaldsonJohn Evaldson, MD
Monday, February 25th 2019 (6:30-7:30pm)
Rio Chama, Abiquiu Room
1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Details & RSVP: Jefferson Davis, MD

Bio: Board-certified psychiatrist for children, adolescents, and adults. Currently, in private practice in Santa Fe which includes the following services:

  • Diagnostic Evaluations and Consultations
  • Individual and Family Treatments
  • Talk Therapies and Medication Treatments

Needs Assessment: Need for psychiatrists to identify the common onset of mental disorder, anxiety and depression by early adolescence. Easily recognize when and why youth are presenting with anxiety and depression.


Seiverling AhrnsJoint Speakers: Elizabeth V. Seiverling MD & Hadjh T. Ahrns MD
Wednesday March 6, 2019 ( 5:30pm-7pm)
CSV Vernick Conference Room at CHRISTUS St. Vincent
2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ per hour

Biography: Elizabeth V. Seiverling MD and Hadjh T. Ahrns MD. Hadjh T. Ahrns MD is the Assistant Professor, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Department of Family and Community Medicine and is the Assistant Professor, Penn State Medical Group Palmyra. Elizabeth V. Seiverling MD Director of the Division of Dermatology. Maine Medical Center and is the Assistant Professor. Penn State Department of Dermatology and Family & Community Medicine.

Needs Assessment: Dermoscopy improves skin cancer detection. Fewer than 6% of family physicians (FPs) are being formally trained to use dermoscopy. There is a need for dermoscopy training for primary care physicians in New Mexico.

Learning Objectives: Dermoscopy improves the sensitivity and specificity for skin cancer identification. However, dermoscopy requires training. The presenters will teach attendees how to operate a dermatoscope and apply an evidence-based dermoscopy triage algorithm.

Cultivating Moral Resilience in Clinical Practices

Cynda Rushton

Cynda Rushton, RN, PhD, FAAN
Thursday, March 7th (12-1pm)
CSV Vernick Conference Room
1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Bio: Cynda Rushton, RN, PhD, FAAN Nurse Planner, Faculty
Dr. Rushton is a nationally recognized expert in bioethics and palliative care. She was the principal investigator of a Nursing Leadership Consortium on End of Life Care and A National Nursing Academy on Palliative and End-of-Life Care funded by the Open Society Institute through its Project on Death in America.


  • Identify sources of moral suffering
  • Define moral resilience and its components
  • Identify strategies to foster moral resilience


Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD • Anthony Back, MD • Cynda Hylton Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN

A useful mnemonic, G.R.A.C.E.® stands for: Gather attention, Recall intention, Attune to self/other, Consider what will serve, Engage and end.

March 8 - 10, 2019
1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ per hour
contact, call 505-986-8518 ext. 112, or visit Registration also available on the Vintranet

G.R.A.C.E.® IS A POWERFUL MODEL OF COMPASSION developed by Roshi Joan Halifax and is a process that cultivates compassion while interacting with others. It draws on neuroscience, social psychology, ethics, and contemplative perspectives. This scientifically grounded training focuses on an intervention that enables one to foster specific elements allowing compassion and resilience to emerge in the process of interacting with others.

Chest Wall Injury Summit

Thursday, March 28 – Saturday, March 30, 2019
Eldorado Resort & Spa, Santa Fe, New Mexico
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

The Sequential Clinical Assessment of Respiratory Function (SCARF) Score: A Dynamic Pulmonary Physiologic Score that Predicts Adverse Outcomes in Critically Ill Rib Fracture Patients.

Background: Current rib fracture scoring systems are limited by a lack of pulmonary physiologic variables, both on admission and over time. Compilation of such information could assist in dynamically tracking a patient’s course with respect to both disposition and allocation of more invasive therapies.

  • New clinical practice guidelines generated by the Chest Wall Injury Society Publications & Guidelines Committee.
  • Clinical advances reported in literature produced by CWIS members and additional thought-leaders in the field.
  • New techniques and/or equipment – both generated by industry and other members.

Cultural Fluency for Working with Sexual and Gender Minorities: A Training for Behavioral Health Professionals

Cultural Fluency 

Learn to increase access and quality of care for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people.

Albuquerque – February 14, 2019; 10:00 – 1:00
Santa Fe – February 26, 2019; 10:00 – 1:00
Farmington – March 28, 2019; 10:00 – 1:00
Roswell –April 4, 2019; 10:00 – 1:00

There is no cost for the training, but space is limited!

If you have questions, please contact Robert Sturm by phone at 505-670-7900
This training is sponsored by: the New Mexico Behavioral Health Services Division, Human Services Department

Child Abuse Recognition and Evaluation

Dr Leslie StricklerDr. Leslie Strickler DO, FAAP
Thursday April 4, 2019 (12-1pm)
CSV Vernick Conference Room
1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Bio: Leslie Strickler DO, FAAP is a professor of pediatrics at the University of New Mexico School of medicine where she works as a child abuse pediatrician and serves as the medical director of the Child Abuse Response Team (CART) and executive director/interim medical director of the Para los Ninos Program.

Needs Assessment:

  • Recent identification of missed cases of child abuse resulting in significant harm/death later
  • Failure of medical providers to recognize abusive injury and/or need for complete assessment
  • Incomplete work-up of abusive injuries

Learning Objective:

  • Recognize red flags for abuse;
  • Verbalize appropriate work-up for potential abuse;
  • Identify resources for child abuse investigation/evaluation;
  • Respond appropriately in future, to decrease the number of missed cases of abusive injury

Being with Dying


May 3 - 10, 2019

Presenters: Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD; Cynda Hylton Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN; Anthony Back, MD; Sensei Al Kaszniak, PhD; Holly Yang, MD; Donna Kwilosz, PhD; Jan Jahner, CHPN; Rev. Corinna Chung; Mary Taylor

Register at, call 505-986-8518 ext. 112, or visit Open registeration also on the Vintranet under the EVENTS tab - 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ per hour

  • The training program addresses the need for healthcare providers to develop knowledge and skills in the psycho-social, ethical, existential, and spiritual aspects of illness and dying, and covers core issues related to the care of people facing serious illness, dying, death, and grieving.
  • The week of training uses many different learning modalities including: didactic and inquiry processes, peer-to-peer learning and dialog, case study and council practice, reflective practices, yoga, G.R.A.C.E.,® and practices enhancing the awareness and importance of professional responsibility.
  • Designed primarily for physicians and nurses, we also accept a small group of administrators, social workers, hospice workers, psychologists, chaplains, and clergy who have experience working with end-of-life care patients.


These activities have been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the New Mexico Medical Society (NMMS). CSVRMC is accredited by the NMMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center designates these live activities for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ each. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

These programs are not receiving any financial support from any commercial interests.