GAMA Reports
Message from the Executive Director 
 Now that midterm elections are over we can focus on the task at hand which is preparing for a new gubernatorial administration and identifying key legislation that will affect our members and the practice of health care in New Mexico. GAMA's Board of Trustees, Advocacy and PAC Committees have been meeting regularly to discuss the issues that will surface in the 2019 legislative session beginning January 15th. The list of bills that may be introduced include: medical malpractice, surprise billing, prior authorization, maintenance of certification, scope of practice, cannabis legalization, and a newly revised gross receipts tax bill. Every day new possibilities arise so please watch your inbox for important updates on when bills will be heard and how you can help by contacting your elected officials.
Join your GAMA colleagues on January 8, 2019 for our annual meeting with the installation of new officers and an inspiring presentation on working with refugees by Dr. Sam MacBride.
GAMA's legislative day is set for Thursday, February 7, 2019 in Santa Fe. We have confirmed our speakers and will be contacting the Governor-Elect's office for a meeting with her just as soon as we have her new contact information.
Details for both events are provided in this newsletter, and we will be sending updates just as soon as they are available.
On behalf of the GAMA staff and our Board of Trustees we wish you and your families the happiest of Thanksgiving holidays.
The GAMA Foundation held a kickoff fundraiser on Tuesday, November 13th at the Red Door Brewery. Everyone enjoyed the camaraderie and learning about the exciting program ideas the Foundation is planning for the membership. Donations totaled over $3,000 for the evening. If you could not attend and would like to make a contribution please mail a check to the GAMA office, 7770 Jefferson, Suite 420, 87109 or go to our web site to donate. Your contribution is tax deductible.
Attendees at the GAMA Foundation fundraiser took a brief respite from the festivities for a photo op. Left to Right, Roger Cronk, MD, Cordelia Sever, MD, Mihaela Bujoi, MD, Howard Gogel, MD, Mark Chiu, MD, Sam MacBride, MD, Harvey White, MD, Kirby Gabrys, MD, Paul Sanchez, MD and Angela Sanchez, MD.
Aid in Dying CME Garners Rave Reviews

The newly organized GAMA Foundation recently sponsored a 3-hour CME on Aid in Dying. Over 80 people attended to listen to a diverse group of physicians and legal experts share their experiences and opinions in a neutral forum for learning and discussion.

Dr. Steve Kanig offers his insights as the Chair of the AMA delegation from New Mexico on the AMA's position on medical assisted suicide.

Dr. David Grube, Medical Director of Compassion & Choices in Oregon, explains the genesis of the the current Oregon law and the personal relationships that forged his commitment to advocate for medical aid in dying.
Check out these lovely Kentucky Derby beauties at the UNM SOM Reunion Dinner Saturday, October 27. From left to right: Dr. Heather Brislen, Dr. Cordelia Sever, Dr. Mihaela Bujoi, Dr. Sandra Lapham and Dr. Barbara McGuire.

GAMA Pain Management
CME Webinar

GAMA has earned a two-year extension for their
popular online pain management webinar until October 2020.

All licensed New Mexico physicians are required to complete 5 hours of Pain Management CME every 3 years. GAMA has produced a quality webinar with renowned healthcare professionals available on the GAMA website  . The webinar is only  $98  for GAMA members. This webinar is available until October 2020!

Presenters and Topics are:
  • Epidemic of Pain and Unintentional Opiate Overdose Deaths - Robert Twillman
  • New Mexico And Federal Regulations, Steve Jenkusky, MD
  • Best Practices Pain Management for Patients with Chronic Non-Cancer Pain - Joanna Katzman, MD
  • Appropriate Use of Non-Opiate Medications for Patients with Chronic Non-Cancer Pain - Joanna Katzman, MD
  • Prescribing and NM Overdose Death & Education on Legislation for Naloxone Use in NM - Michael Landen, DO
  • Training on the Prescription Monitoring Program - Shelly Bagwell, R.Ph
E. Michael Lewiecki, MD, is named Fellow
of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
The New Mexico Clinical Research & Osteoporosis Center is pleased to announce that E. Michael Lewiecki, MD, has been elected Fellow of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR).
Dr. Lewiecki is Director of Bone Health TeleECHO at University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, President of the Osteoporosis Foundation of New Mexico, and Vice President of the National Osteoporosis Foundation. He is a consultant in osteoporosis and metabolic bone diseases, clinical researcher for treatments to improve skeletal health, educator, and author of over 280 publications in peer-reviewed journals.
The Fellow of the ASBMR designation recognizes long-term members who have made outstanding contributions to the field of bone and mineral science and have published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. Fellows are nominated by their peers, evaluated and selected by a review committee, and approved by the ASBMR Council.
 In an interview, Dr. Lewiecki stated, “I am honored to be recognized by my peers and look forward to continuing my work to improve the care of patients with disorders of bone and mineral metabolism.”
Click the link below for presentations from the 2018 Bone Symposium
and information on the 2019 program


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