AAFP National Conference 2018

During this year’s AAFP student and resident conference, I had such a blast returning to Kansas City as a resident and chapter delegate to the Congress of Delegates held in conjunction with the National Resident & Student Conference. The last time I was at the conference, I was a 4th year medical student from Arkansas and didn’t know quite where to start exploring Family Medicine residencies. I remember wandering through the exhibit hall and even stopping in the New Mexico section. It was one of my first exposures to the diverse programs throughout the state, and I was really excited to be able to talk to future FM residents about New Mexico and specifically the Santa Fe Residency Program. Fortunately, the whole 3rd year class of Santa Fe residents were able to go to the conference this year and act as ambassadors for our program – we certainly talked to a lot of students from all over the country and abroad! It was also great to see some of the other residents from Las Cruces, Silver City, and UNM.

I was also grateful to have the opportunity to act as the New Mexico Chapter Delegate to the Congress of Delegates. I was impressed by the AAFP’s attempt to involve more residents and students to make a change to the AAFP itself as well as healthcare in general. Residents and students sit on various committees within the AAFP, ranging anywhere from political action/healthcare policy to Graduate Medical Education policies to informatics. Some resolutions that were passed this year by the Congress of Delegates involved having the AAFP adopt a policy on the health impacts of immigration policy, universal health access, and increasing pediatric mental health funding. It was a great learning experience, and I’m honored to have had the opportunity to represent New Mexico in this fashion.

by Nora Gibbons, MD (The Roadrunner, Fall 2018, page 2)

IMG_2988Photo: (provided by Nora Gibbons) Residents and Faculty of the NNMFMR at the AAFP National Conference of of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, Fall 2018.


Program Update

Greetings from the Northern New Mexico Fm Residency here in Santa Fe! All is well, although it’s hard to believe there is only one month left of this academic year. It will be hard to say goodbye to the PGY3s, but they are moving on to do some exciting things!

Some residents will be going on to fellowships, such as the UNM Rural Health Fellowship, addiction medicine, and geriatrics/palliative care, while others will begin their new jobs right away. Although it is tough to see them go, it will be great to have the current PGY1s join us in Santa Fe from Albuquerque and meet the new interns in a couple of months!

It’s definitely an exciting time of year. On behalf of the residency program, congratulations and best of luck to all of the graduating Family Medicine Residents in New Mexico. Until next time!

By Nora Gibbons, MD (The Roadrunner NMAFP, Pg 5)

Photo: Resident-only Spring Retreat, Taos NM


Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2018! The graduation ceremony will be held on June 30th, 2018 at the Inn & Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In case you will not be able to join us for the celebration, we wanted to share with you what we will be doing following graduation.


Rawan Maali, MD

Rawan will be staying in Santa Fe, along with her husband who is finishing up his residency in Family Medicine. She will be working as a hospitalist at Christus St. Vincent Hospital and also doing some Urgent Care within the community. Rawan has a special interest and talent in dermatology. No doubt she will be using her skills and knowledge to continue serving the community of Santa Fe in any way that she can.


Estevan Apodaca, MD

Estevan has taken a full-time position as a full-spectrum Family Medicine doctor at Guadalupe Regional Medical Center, a critical access hospital in Santa Rosa New Mexico. He will going back to his roots where his family is originally from and looks forward to serving his community and the adventure that lies ahead.

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Gina Lutz, MD

Gina is on her way to Little Rock Arkansas for a one-year fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. The fellowship is a fully accredited by the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education . She will be taking her adopted New Mexican chocolate lab, Bruno, along for the ride. Afterwards, she plans to return to her home in New Orleans.


Catherine Smith, DO

Catherine will be moving back home to Seattle for a one-year fellowship in Addiction Medicine at Swedish Medical Center. She will be board certified in addiction medicine and after completion plans to use this training to help develop addiction programs for different organizations while maintaining full-spectrum family medicine in her practice. She has a special interest in correctional health and hopes to incorporate her addiction training to help develop addictions programs within correctional facilities.


Joanna Mae Souers, MD

Joanna will be entering a new one-year Rural Medicine Fellowship at the University of New Mexico (UNM) that combines working in Guadalupe Regional Medical Center, a critical access hospital in Santa Rosa New Mexico, and further training in Emergency Medicine, ICU and inpatient medicine at UNM. Joanna looks forward to continuing work with the underserved population of New Mexico and exploring more of this beautiful state known as “the land of enchantment”.

NMAFP Winter Refresher 2018

We had a wonderful time at the NMAFP Winter Refresher on Saturday, February 10th at the Hotel Albuquerque. There were many different exhibitors and speakers. Many of the talks were by UNM Family Medicine Faculty including Dr. Robert Surawski’s presentation on “Cultural Competent Healthcare” based on his experience working at Zuni IHS and the Pueblo of Zia.

As a group of residents, Dr. Rawan Maali, Dr. Catherine Smith and myself presented a poster presentation titled, “Point-of-care Ultrasonography (POCUS) Utilization in Outpatient Settings”.  The poster was compiled with different case vignettes and images with special thanks to Tamara Barrett from the University of New Mexico.

There was a lot of interest in our poster that generated great conversation about the growing number of ultrasound applications in the field of Family Medicine. We look forward to the next Winter Refresher and we invite you to join us for the 61st Annual Family Medicine Seminar in Santa Fe, July 26-29th 2018.

By Joanna Mae Souers, MD (PGY-3)


image000000_11.jpg Photos by Rawan Maali, MD


NMAFP Family Medicine Reports

Up here in magnificent Northern New Mexico, we just finished our annual faculty-resident retreat at Ojo Caliente Mineral Spring Resort & Spa. It was a wonderful time to get together as a program and discuss our ACGME self-study, elucidating the strengths and weaknesses of the program, practice team-building exercises, and focus on wellness and resilience.

Some of the key strengths of our program we discussed include that it is a rural program in a culturally rich and diverse community affiliated with the University of New Mexico and La Familia Medical Center, an FQHC that has served Santa Fe since 1972. We also commend the flexible curriculum that allows us to tailor our training to our individual interests and spend time in different communities in rural New Mexico including Zuni, Shiprock, Farmington, Taos, Santa Rosa, Silver City and many more.

We are grateful that we have core and volunteer faculty that are so dedicated to our formation as doctors. We look forward to making our program one of the best in the nation and aim to train residents that are not only competent physicians, but future leaders in the field of Family Medicine and pillars of their community.

(Written by Joanna Mae Souers, MD – published NMAFP Roadrunner, Fall 2017, pg. 5)


AAFP Conference – Kansas City 2017 (PGY-3 residents, left to right, Catherine Smith, Rawan Maali, Joanna Souers, Gina Lutz, Estevan Apodaca)

Northern NM Family Medicine Residency Program

Spring is in the air in Northern New Mexico, which means that we are sweating in the sun one day and watching the snow fall the next. We just had our resident retreat, which included camping and rafting on the Rio Grande as well as lots of great conversation, and a time to bond with each other and focus on wellness. Faculty also recently had a retreat, where they discussed ways to improve feedback and enhance resident’s learning experience.

The graduating residents have taken their board exams and look forward to setting off on new adventures. Kristy Riniker, MD, MPH has accepted a position at the Yakima Valley Farmworkers Clinic in Yakima, WA, where she will be providing outpatient care at a FQHC while fulfilling her NHSC scholar commitment. Thomas Betjeman, MD has been accepted to the Contra Costa/UCSF Global Health Fellowship, where he will be doing full spectrum Family Medicine while continuing his training. Elisa Gutierrez, MD will be staying in Northern New Mexico, splitting her time between working as a hospitalist at CHRISTUS St. Vincent and doing outpatient and OB at La Familia Medical Center. The current interns are almost finished with their first year at UNM and look forward to the move to Santa Fe in July. Their first month will focus on community health to jump start their integration into our wonderful Northern New Mexico community.

  • By Kristy Riniker, MD, MPH (The Roadrunner NMAFP, Spring 2017, pg 11)


Welcome to NNMFMR


Northern New Mexico Family Medicine Residency is a “1+2” Training Program in collaboration with the University of New Mexico (UNM), CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center and La Familia Medical Center. It provides a unique training opportunity at an academic center and unopposed community hospital in a rural setting.

We encourage you to explore this site and contact us if you have any questions.

You can also visit the following websites for more information:

UNM Family Medicine Residency

Christus St. Vincent Hospital

La Familia Medical Center