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:

Urgent Care: History, Function, Appropriate Referrals

Marci Crawford 

Marci Crawford, CFNP
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 (5:30-6:30pm)
The Vernick Conference Room

CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center
1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit


Marci Crawford is a board certified family nurse practitioner who has been seeing patients in the Urgent Care setting for 22 years, both in Minnesota and New Mexico.  She is currently practicing at the De Vargas Urgent Care full time.  She has also practiced in ER and primary care settings. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, she was a staff RN for 17 years  at HCMC, a level one trauma center in Minneapolis Minnesota.   She lives in Santa Fe, NM with her husband.  She is mother of three lovely daughters, and has 4 grandchildren.


Community healthcare providers and patients are unclear regarding appropriate referral of acutely ill or injured patients. Many patients are referred to urgent care who would have been better served in the emergency room based on presenting complaints. Guidelines need to be communicated so the patients are seen in the appropriate outpatient care setting to ensure the best patient outcomes.


  • Participants will have a clear understanding of the history of urgent care clinics and the role they play in the health care delivery system.
  • Health care providers will have a clear understanding of the common criteria used to determine referral of patients to urgent care clinics vs emergency department referral
  • Customers of our community health care systems will have a clear understanding of the use of urgent care.

Compassionate Care: Managing Life’s Closure with Grace, Curiosity, and Joy

David R Grube 

David R Grube, MD
Tuesday October 30, 2018 at 12-1:00pm.
Vernick Conference Room

CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center
1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit


David was born in Eugene, Oregon, and raised in rural Oregon and rural Alaska. He has been a leader in the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians and OAFP Foundation. He was appointed to the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners (now Oregon Medical Board) in 2001, and served seven years (two years as Chair). David has taught premedical and medical students for his entire career. He has lectured regionally and nationally on aid in dying, professionalism, physician wellness, and humor in medicine. He has a special interest in End-of-Life Care and is currently the National Medical Director for Compassion and Choices.


Dying is complicated and can be driven by technical and medical procedures. Health care providers need to remember the importance of compassionate care in all instances. Grace, curiosity, and joy can be components of care for the dying.


  • Honor advance directives.
  • Address their personal weaknesses in providing compassionate care.
  • Apply skills for shared medical decision making.

13th Annual Bioethics Conference: The Ethics of Nudges in Healthcare

Scott Halpern  Nir Eyal 

Scott D. Halpern, M.D., Ph.D. & Nir Eyal, DPhil.
Saturday, November 3rd (8:00am-4:00pm)
The Lodge at Santa Fe

Parking is free
Breakfast & lunch provided on site
6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit


Scott D. Halpern, M.D., Ph.D. is Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania, and a practicing critical care doctor. He is a member of the Steering Committee of Penn’s Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE), having previously served as its Deputy Director from 2011-2017. He is the founding Director of the Palliative and Advanced Illness Research (PAIR) Center, which generates evidence to advance policies and practices that improve the lives of all people affected by serious illness. Finally, he is also founding Director of the Fostering Improvement in End-of-Life Decision Science (FIELDS) program, the nation’s only program that applies behavioral economic principles to understand and improve upon the health decisions made by seriously ill patients, their caregivers, and their clinicians.

Nir Eyal, DPhil. is Associate Professor of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. He is also affiliated with Harvard’s Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, Medical School Center for Bioethics, Law School’s Petrie-Flom Center, and the EJ Safra Center for Ethics. A philosopher by training, Dr. Eyal speaks and writes on a broad range of topics in population and clinical bioethics, including: the ethics of nudging, personal responsibility for health, markets in human organs, the ethical grounds for informed consent, healthcare rationing in resource-poor settings, health inequality, and the fair distribution of risk. Prior to joining the Harvard faculty, where his primary appointment for nine years was at the medical school, Eyal was the Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioethics at the Center for Human Values of Princeton University.


A nudge is a way of framing a set of choices to steer people toward a certain option in order to improve the patient experience, reduce the burden of decision-making, and promote positive outcomes for patients.


  • Explore the underlying ethical principles of using nudges as responsible healthcare providers
  • Enhance skills in using provider nudges to improve patient outcomes
  • Develop strategies for improved communication to facilitate patient decision-making


  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Therapists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Administrators
  • Social Workers
  • Clergy
  • Residents
  • Nurses
  • Students
  • Ethicists
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This program is not receiving any financial support from any commercial interest.

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 – September 27, 2018; 10:00 – 1:00
Santa Fe – October 9, 2018; 10:00 – 1:00
Las Cruces – October 11, 2018; 10:00 – 1:00
Gallup –October 17, 2018; 10:00 – 1:00
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

New Mexico Health Information Collaborative (NMHIC) presents

Uniting New Mexico: Health Information Interoperability
in the Service of all New Mexicans

November 9, 2018
Join us at your choice of two locations:
Memorial Medical Center

2450 S. Telshor Blvd.

Las Cruces, New Mexico
CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center
455 St. Michael’s Drive
Santa Fe, New Mexico


  • Physicians and mid-level providers in any size or type of practice
  • Staff, e.g., nurses, medical assistants, case managers, and others
  • Inpatient, outpatient, and emergency personnel
  • Payers, Insurers, and Self-insured employers
  • Quality Assurance administrators
  • Office and practice managers
  • Health IT professionals
  • Public Health professionals


The New Mexico Health Information Collaborative (NMHIC), your statewide health information exchange, invites you to share our vision of “Perfectly Informed Health Care” for all New Mexicans, regardless of where we provide care.

Participants will:

  • Explore the potential benefits of safe exchange of health information in our
state, the southwest region, and across the nation
  • Discuss emerging healthcare information technologies, payment incentives, and regulations
  • Hear about health information initiatives at the state level
  • Identify “interoperability roadblocks” and brainstorm ways to remove barriers
  • Enjoy an inspiring keynote address by Laura Adams, President & CEO, Rhode Island Quality Institute

Supported by: Memorial Medical Center, the Eli Washburn Memorial for Improving Patient Care through Patient-Centered Collaboration, CHRISTUS St. Vincent Health System, and HealthInsight New Mexico.

Mark your calendar! For more details, and to ensure you get registration
 information when available, e-mail or call (505) 938-9925.

New Mexico Health Information Collaborative - Health Information Exchange (HIE) is an important tool to help you be successful in reducing redundant tests and procedures, facilitating efficient transitions of care, making diagnoses and care decisions based on more complete patient information at the point of care, and in supporting new accountable care and patient-centered medical home care models.


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.