Continuing Medical Education

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Accreditation Statement

Natividad is accredited by the California Medical Association (CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

REQUIRED: To receive CME Credit, completed Activity Evaluation Forms (paper or digital) must be submitted to the CME Coordinator to receive CME Credit for all activities or to apply for CEU Credit (where applicable).

Natividad Grand Rounds Podcast Series

Target Audience:  Natividad Medical Center and Monterey County Community providers and clinical professionals.

Medical providers practicing in the acute care hospital and trauma center setting must evaluate and treat the widest breadth of clinical presentations in all of medicine.  Diagnosis and management of these disease processes change frequently and keep up to take with relevant changes and new evidence is difficult to do.

Natividad's CME Program has designed this series to address this in an alternate format - easily accessible during these times.  

The Natividad Grand Rounds podcast series is comprised of separate episodes — each episode is eligible for up to 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™.  To obtain credit for an episode, you must complete the Activity Reflection by submitting a reflective statement (a few sentences) for each podcast episode  you complete.  A link will be provided in each Episode Description. 

Desired Outcomes:

  • Discuss evidence and consensus-based recommendations for practice improvement.
  • Effectively translate the acquired strategies into improved diagnostics and subsequently implement a better treatment plan for patients.

CME Activity Flyer (PDF)

Podcast Access Anywhere

You can listen to our CME podcasts ANYWHERE.  By Desktop or Mobile.  To request an INVITATION to Natividad's Grand Round Podcasts, click HERE

Desktop App

  1. Go to
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Mobile App

Podcast FAQ

Watch a video on how to set up your uStudeio subscription

On campus, you can access our Natividad Podcast/Videocast FAQs HERE.

Claim Credit

The Natividad Grand Rounds podcast series is comprised of separate episodes — each episode is eligible for up to 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™.  For Continuing Education Contact Hours, Provider approved by California Board of Registered Nursing - Provider No. CEP 1670 .

To obtain credit for an episode, you must complete the Activity Reflection by submitting a reflective statement (a few sentences) for each podcast episode  you complete.  A link will be provided in each Episode Description in the Mobile or Desktop App.  Your Certificate of Participation will display when you complete your Reflective Statement.  Print it or Save it for your records.  For Natividad Credentialed Providers, your submission will also be automatically recorded on your Natividad CME Transcript.  

CME Podcast Handouts

Podcast Handouts - access available to Natividad Staff only.  If you require a specific handout and are a community provider or clinician, please email the CME Program

Just Ask!... COVID-19

Dr. Shira Shafir, our presenter for our new weekly podcast episodes on COVID-19 would like to address your questions.  You can submit a question on COVID-19 HERE and Dr. Shafir will try to present the information on the next podcast episode.  

During these unprecedented times, Continuing Medical Education activities are being designed to accommodate the new learning events we are all experiencing. 

If you are leading or participating in meetings which are designed to address the current public health and other issues related to COVID-19 or the expected outcome from such meetings may produce an improvement in response to the public health crisis (including improved teamwork, communication, and/or patient care), then, Natividad's CME Program can award CME credit for your time and participation in such meetings.

This form MUST be completed prior to the meeting and submitted.  You will be asked to complete one page of paperwork at the conclusion of the activity so that the results and attendance can be documented.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Cynthia F. Johnson, your CME Program Manager at 831-783-2597 or email

Online COVID-19 Meeting Planning Application and Forms

MUST be completed prior to the scheduled activity. Online COVID-19 Meeting Activity Planning Application 

MUST be completed after the activity.  PDF iconCOVID-19 Meeting Activity Documentation

Podcast Handouts
Suggest a CME Topic
Mission Statement

The purpose of our Continuing Medical Education (CME) program here at Natividad is to provide accredited Continuing Medical Education Activities to our medical staff to knowledge, competence and performance so they are able to provide the best medical care possible to our community.

As we design our activities using accreditation criteria, we expect the following results:

  • We will present unbiased accredited Continuing Medical Education Activities;
  • We will help our learners fulfill their requirements for licensure and maintenance of certification;
  • We will close the gaps in learners’ knowledge and competence relating to cultural diversity and disparities;
  • We will demonstrate improved competence of our learners through use of an evaluation tool at our activities;
  • We will use accredited Continuing Medical Education Activities to help the hospital meet its strategic plan and make improvements in hospital systems of care, with an emphasis on the following areas identified, in conjunction with the Leapfrog Group semi-annual survey:
    • Inpatient Care Management
    • Medication Safety
    • Maternity Care
    • Infections and Injuries.
CME Committee Members

Amish A. Shah, MD, Anesthesia Service DirectorCommittee Chair 

Brian G. Aguilera, MD, OB
Ana A. Arias, MD, Family Medicine
Christopher L. Carpenter, MD, Pediatrics Service Director
Peter Chandler, MD, OB Service Director
Anthony Galicia, MD, ARU Service Director
Charles "Chad" Harris, MD, Quality Administration, Chielf Medical Informatics Officer
Teri Ransbury, MSN, RN, Corporate Compliance Officer
Erin Schwarz, CEO/Principal Consultant - Vivacity Consulting
Craig A. Walls, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer
Jason Warren, PharmD, Director of Pharmacy
George E. Wilcox, MD, Pathologist

CME Committee Elevator Speeches

CME is education for doctors, nurses and other medical professionals that allow them to learn about the newest and best information available so they can continue to give great patient care.

I participate because I like to be one of the Stewards of Natividad. On the CME Committee, we are minding the gaps in hospital processes and patient care. The Natividad CME program is meaningful to me:

  • it’s free,
  • the education is directly related to our practices,
  • it’s easy and convenient to participate, and
  • it contributes to improvements in patient care.

It also allows us to earn the credits we need to get our licenses renewed and Board re-certifications.

PI-CME Materials


Did you know that most Performance Improvement Projects can earn you CME credit?

PI‐CME, as defined by the American Medical Association, is an activity that is a “structured, long‐term process by which a physician or group of physicians can learn about specific performance measures, retrospectively assess their practice, apply these measures prospectively over a useful interval, and re‐evaluate their performance.”




PI-CME Performance Improvement Brochure

PI-CME Participant Tracking Spreadsheet

PI-CME Evaluation Form

PI-CME Sample Approval Letter

PI-CME Application Documentation

PI-CME Activity Disclosure Form


Apply for PI-CME Activity ONLINE

Point of Care CME Credit

Get CME Credit for Point of Care Literature Search at One Click… Just Ask!     Your Medical Library’s Search Engine

Have a Clinical Question?  Get CME Credit for Your Search in our Evidenced-Based Literature Library Collection

Point of Care CME


Natividad’s Internet Point-of-Care (PoC) activity is an approved CME activity designed to facilitate quality improvement through self-directed, online learning on topics relevant to the practice setting.  The learning activity is driven by a reflective process in which clinicians document their clinical questions, the sources consulted from the evidence-based medicine literature and the application to practice.

Databases to be utilized:

Use the resources made accessible through Natividad’s intranet:  The Allen Santell Memorial Medical Library One Click… Just Ask! evidence-based discovery service.  Type GoLibrary in your IE browser on Natividad’s campus.

Desired Outcomes:

  • Review evidence-based medical literature to answer a clinical question(s)


Databases and journal subscriptions have been chosen to ensure independence, lack of commercial bias and valid content.  All planning committee members have disclosed that they do not have any financial relationship with a commercial interest relevant to this activity.  There is no commercial support for this activity.


Natividad Medical Center is accredited by the ICalifornia Medical Association (CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Natividad Medical Center designates this internet point-of-care activity for a maximum of .5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  Credit forms/records are tracked by the CME office.  Credits will appear on the transcript under the heading, “Point-of-Care.”  CME credits may be earned for each qualifying search performed, to a maximum of 20 credits per year.

PoC CME Credit Flyer

Earn CME by Reading UpToDate

Clinicians can use the time they already spend researching clinical questions with UpToDate toward continuing professional development requirements at no extra cost, with no additional testing. Redeem your credit right from your mobile devices, including through the UpToDate mobile app, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Integrating UpToDate into an EHR/EMR also streamlines both the clinical workflow and access to CME/CE/CPD.*

Clinicians can use credits earned from UpToDate to fulfill MOC CME requirements of some ABMS Member Boards including the ABIM.

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Earn CME by Reading Dynamed

Physicians and nurse practitioners using DynaMed to inform and support their clinical decisions are eligible to earn continuing medical education (CME) credits and continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours, respectively, for this internet point of care (PoC) activity. Physicians in certain specialties may also be eligible to earn Part II Maintenance of Certification (MOC) points (See Accreditation/Credit Designation). The American Medical Association (AMA) Physician's Recognition Award and credit system describes internet point of care (PoC) CME as self-directed, online learning on topics relevant to a physician’s clinical practice from a database whose content has been vetted by an accredited CME provider.

Learning for this activity is based on a reflective process in which a learner 1) identifies a problem in practice, 2) accesses content in search of an answer from DynaMed content, and 3) documents the clinical question and the application to practice. Physicians conducting structured online searching and learning may claim 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for the documented completion of the three-step learning cycle. A maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ may be claimed per year for this activity.


Earn CME by Reading AccessMedicine

This Point-Of-Care product on Access Medicine allows physicians to research a topic and receive credit for that research.



Learning from Teaching

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is now available to physicians to recognize "faculty learning" associated with the preparation for, and teaching of, medical students, residents, and fellows at Natividad.

You can earn credit for the learning associated with the preparation and teaching of an original presentation for medical students, residents, and fellows at Natividad.

  • Learning must be paired with teaching.* You must engage in some new learning that is applied to the teaching activity.  Credit will be awarded based on a 2 :1 ratio to teaching time.  Credits will be rounded to the nearest 15 minutes (.25 credits).
  • Learning from teaching credit may be earned by preparing for:  lectures, developing case studies, supervising clinical or simulated activities, teaching clinical skills, and/or mentoring QI/PI projects.
  • Credit may be claimed only once for teaching the same content, even if being presented to a different audience.
  • Educational material that is used in the learning process should be independent of any pharmaceutical or device company.
  • One application form should be completed for each learning activity and submitted to the CME Program.
  • In order to receive credit, you must submit an application form within 6 months of the teaching

Natividad Medical Center is accredited by the California Medical Association (CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Natividad Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ per 1 hour of teaching medical students and/or residents/fellows.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Because this activity is a self-directed educational activity, Natividad is not required to identify, mitigate, or disclose financial relationships for the planners or learners. 



*A key concept for learning from teaching is that you are being provided credit for your preparation that is then employed in the teaching setting.  It is not actually credit for teaching. 

Learning from Teaching Flyer & Application for Credit

Application For Credit - Click HERE

Learning from Teaching Flyer (PDF)

For Natividad Credentialed Providers

To request a copy of your current Natividad CME Transcript, click HERE and state your name and the period of time you wish your transcript to cover.

Cultural and Linguistic Competency & Implicit Bias - Laws & Resources

Physician Leadership Development Program (CME) - with Dr. Christopher L. Carpenter, MD, Chief of Staff

Physicians will work with Dr. Carpenter to create a self-directed learning plan to include Accel5 (Book Summaries, Articles, & Videos).  Together, you will assess your gaps in leadership, communication, and/or business skills and select content to address those gaps. You, as a Leaner, will also participate in individual and group discussions with Dr. Carpenter, about the content to continue to refine your learning plan and work towards your goals in Leadership Development here at Natividad.   

(Duration:  3 months activity – new sessions every quarter)

For more information on this CME Activity, contact

Target Audience:  Geared to all physicians.

Desired Outcomes:

  • Discuss consensus-based recommendations to enhance leadership, communication and management within the healthcare setting.
  • Effectively translate the acquired strategies into practice.

This activity includes:

  • Access to the online platform Accel5;  this platform includes thousands of highly-rated books, videos and other resources focused on various leadership topics – 7.5 hours
  • Group discussion to review resources with all participating learners – 1 hour
  • Monthly regularly scheduled meetings (3 sessions) with Dr. Carpenter to discuss learning objectives and learning plan progress; Dr. Carpenter will provide feedback to learners during meetings– 1.5 hours
  • Upon completion of activity, learners will provide a Reflective Statement:


Natividad Medical Center is accredited by the California Medical Association (CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Natividad Medical Center designates this other (live, online enduring) activity for a maximum of 10.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Professional Practice Gap(s):  Facing challenges in quality, safety, patient centeredness and cost, healthcare is evolving to adopt leadership practices of highly effective organizations (Goonan & Stoltz, 2004). It is important that physicians take a proactive role in these healthcare reforms (Becher & Chassin, 2001; Porter & Teisberg, 2007) as effective physician leadership has been shown to improve performance (Pronovost et al., 1999; Wholey et al., 2014).

Educational Format:  This activity will include individualized sessions, small Group Discussion/Roundtable discussions and online enduring materials.

Designed to Change:  Knowledge and Competence/Skills/Strategies

Desirable Physician Attributes Addressed:  Vision, integrity, interpersonal skills, effective communications, diversity awareness, structured decision-making, change management, motivation and feedback, and personal accountability.

Disclosures:  The speakers and planners of this activity have no financial relationship with an ineligible company relevant to this activity.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please call the Medical Staff Office at (831) 783-2597 should you require special assistance.

How to Register for this Activity
  1. Confer with Dr. Carpenter to actively participate in Natividad's Physician Leadership Development Program CME activity.
  2. Once assigned to the CME Activity, 
  3. Create your Member Account in Accel5 using your email address after you have read the Account and Login instructions above.
  4. Look through the materials (view the tutorial on this website).
  5. The First Time You Login on campus, you will be asked by Imprivata to put in your login and password and confirm password - this is your Accel5 login - your email address - and the password you created for Accel5.  After that, Imprivata will remember your login and password for these resources.
  6. Don't forget to Set up an appointment with Dr. Carpenter to create your Learning Plan.
  7. Start Learning!
Accel5 Tutorial Video

Accel5 Resources


Activity Materials
Click on Images below to open PDFs


Physician Leadership Development Sessions Worksheet (4-page PDF)



Physician Leadership Developmenet Program Activity Flyer (1-page PDF)



Mobile Access and Create Mobile Icon for Accel5 - 5 easy steps

To Access a HOW-TO Handout, click HERE


  • You will be prompted to log in using your Accel5 credentials.


  • For iPhone users, click the Action icon at the bottom of your screen.








  • Scroll down through the Actions page until you see Add to Home Screen. Click to proceed.
  • Click Add to compete the set up of the Home Screen Icon.