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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:

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 registration 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.

Educating Patients about America’s Complicated Healthcare/Financial Complex: the Role of Health Professionals   

Monday, May 6, 2019 at Rio Chama (6:30-8pm)

Presenter: Psychiatry of Santa Fe Speaker: Dr. Lawrence Lazarus

Register at

1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ per hour

BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Lazarus who works in a private practice in Psychiatry. Worked as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UNM and at Rush Medical College. He will discuss periods of transition in the hospital where mistakes often occur (admission to, discharge from the hospital; change of shift; medication changes) and strategies for improving communication and minimizing risk. Nurses, social workers, discharge coordinators, patient advocates and hospital representatives are welcome and will learn about strategies for improving patient care and outcome.

NEEDS ASSESSMENT: Please describe the needs assessment upon which this activity is based (Include any documentation that supports the need for this activity)
  • America's healthcare system has become more complex. Patients worry about obtaining quality healthcare and incurring medically related debt (the #1 cause of personal bankruptcy).
  • Primary care physicians spend less time with patients and understandably focus almost exclusively on their medical problems.
  • Patients require more education about reducing out-of-pocket expenses; choosing how to better navigate our complex system

Hospital to Home: Managing Newborn Weight loss

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at CSV Vernick Conference Room (noon - 1pm)

Presenter: Valerie J Flaherman, M.D., M.P.H.

1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ per hour

BIOGRAPHY: Valerie J Flaherman, M.D., M.P.H. Associate Professor in Residence Pediatrics School of Medicine and Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

NEEDS ASSESSMENT: There are no national benchmarks for newborn readmission rates in the first 2 weeks of life. IHC in Utah has a readmission rate of 1.1% averaged over a 10 year period. At CSV our readmission rate 4.6%. The majority of newborns are readmitted for feeding problems and jaundice which can be preventable. OUTCOMES:
  • Have a better understanding of the number of women affected by delayed lacto genesis II.
  • Understand and use the Newborn Weight Loss Tool (NEWT) and how to manage excess weight loss in a newborn.

Stop the Bleed

Community Classes – Hands on Learning
Thursday, May 16th & 30th (6-7pm)
CSV Vernick Conference Room at CHRISTUS St. Vincent

Presenter: Kelly Smith RN, Trauma Program Manager

1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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.


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.