Provider Resources

End of Life Options New Mexico will offer informative sessions and trainings to support end of life planning and options, as well as provide factual information and improved understanding of the practice of medical aid in dying. Clinicians who want to participate in the practice of medical aid in dying should look here for upcoming training opportunities and informative sessions and offerings. This page is continuously updated as new opportunities are scheduled. If you are a clinician with an urgent need for information, training, or assistance, please reach out at info@endoflifeoptionsnm.org or call us at 505-393-1321

RECORDED TRAININGS

National Clinician's Conference on Medical Aid in Dying

This exceptional and informative national conference was held February 17-18, 2023 in Portland Oregon. Hosted by the American Clinician’s Academy on Medical Aid In Dying and the national nonprofit organization Death With Dignity, this conference provides an opportunity for healthcare providers to delve into up-to-date clinically relevant information about medical aid in dying. In addition to the clinical sessions, there are also excellent panel discussions on grief support, ethics, hospice, nursing, etc. 

The conference sessions were recorded and videos are now available to watch, free of charge. For information on receiving continuing educational credits, contact ACAMAID at ACAMAID@ACAMAID.org

Death Doulas, End of Life Options and Aid in Dying   

This presentation, hosted by End of Life Options New Mexico, includes presenters MaryKay Brady, trained end-of-life doula and member of EOLONM Board of Directors and Thalia DeWolf, RN and Director of Nursing Education for the American Clinicians Academy on Medical Aid in Dying. They discuss end-of-life doulas, their approach to death, their training and how they can be of assistance to those utilizing NM’s medical aid in dying law.

Pharmacology & the Clinical Competencies of Medical Aid in Dying;

Offered on November 17, 2021, this clinical training provides pharmacists, physicians, physician assistants, nurses and advance care practitioners with an understanding of the pharmacology of the medications used in the practice of medical aid in dying.  An experienced pharmacists and physician offer the latest information on the medication and the pharmacist role in the process of providing the service of medical aid in dying. 

The Role of Hospice in Medical Aid in Dying

This webinar was presented on October 20, 2021 and features experienced educators on the topics of hospice and medical aid in dying.  It offers healthcare professionals, hospice teams and others important information on NM’s newly authorized Elizabeth Whitefield End of Life Options Act. 

How to Respond To Request For Medical Aid in Dying

Co-hosted by Compassion & Choices and End of Life Options New Mexico, this clinical training was presented on September 22, 2021. Healthcare providers who want to provide the service of medical aid in dying to their patients or those who do not wish to provide the service, but plan to comply with the laws “right to know” provision, will gain valuable information and resources to respond to requests for medical aid in dying from their patients. 

PROVIDER RESOURCES

American Clinicians Academy on Medical Aid in Dying

ACAMAID informs and educates clinicians about medical aid in dying, from clinical discussions to evidence-based knowledge, from nursing care to the work of volunteers at the bedside, from medical ethics to pharmacology, and more.  The Academy provides a Patient-to-Doctor Referral System; an Information Update and Discussion Listserv; a series of Video Interviews with leaders in the field discussing pressing issues and concerns; a Patient Information Portal; Research and Data Analysis; Resident and Medical Student Trainings; Certified Online Continuing Medical Education for Nurses, Social Workers, and Physicians. As well, the Academy will be providing expert consultations for clinicians facing complex bedside decisions about medical aid in dying.

To join the acamaid list serve: acamaid.org/join-our-mailing-list

Journal of Medical-Aid-In-Dying Medicine
ISSUU - 148 pgs

Vol. 1, Issue 1, December 2023

Table of Contents

Pg.1 Capacity Assessment in Psychologically and Cognitively Complex Patients Requesting Medical Aid in Dying, by Elissa Kolva, Corey Walsh, Madhuka Kollengode, Amber Khanna, Jonathan Treem

Pg.10 Assisted Suicide Funding Restriction Act A Pathway to Compliance for Hospices, by Kevin Malone, William Walters

Pg. 20 Aid-in-Dying Legal Corner Patients with Limited Ability to Communicate, by Thaddeus Mason Pope

Pg. 24 Considerations and Best Practices in Aid-in-Dying States that Allow Non-residents to Participate, by Jessica Kaan

Pg. 32 Qualifying for Aid in Dying without a Definitive Diagnosis: A Clinician’s Dilemma, by Ashley Yoder, Rachel Rankin

Pg. 38 Poem: Mercy, by Stewart Florsheim

Pg. 40 Hospice Policies on Medical Aid in Dying, Current Practices and Recent Progress, by Richard Width, Thalia DeWolf

Pg.52 The Role of Doulas in Aid-in-Dying Care: An Overview and Suggestions for Best Practices, by Sarah Hill

Pg. 60 Current Practices and Future Recommendations for Graduate Medical Education in Aid in Dying, by Ryan Spielvogel, Patrick J. Macmillan

Pg. 68 Bereavement Support Groups for Medical-Aid-in-Dying Family Members, by Robert Gunn, Elizabeth Uslander, Robert Uslander

Pg. 76 Book Review: Medical Aid in Dying: A Guide for Patients and Their Supporters, by Loren Talbot

Pg. 80 A Legislative Response to Medical-Aid-in-Dying Litigation in New Mexico, by Deborah Armstrong, Barak Wolff

Pg. 90 Rethinking Data Collection in Medical Aid in Dying Quality Improvement as the North Star, by Sean Riley, Ben Sarbey

Pg. 104 Conference Review National Clinicians Conference on Medical Aid in Dying 2.0: Portland 2023, by Monique Schaulis

Pg. 110 A Practice Survey of Clinicians Providing Medical Aid in Dying, by Michael Pottash, Kayla Saikaly, Maximillian Stevenson and Benjamin Krohmal

Pg. 120 Ethical Issues Encountered in the Practice of Aid in Dying A Survey of Health Care Professionals, by Yvette Vieira, Jean Abbott, Charles Miller, Thaddeus Pope

The Journal of Aid-in-Dying Medicine is edited and published by the American Clinicians Academy on Medical Aid in Dying available on issuu.com

Compassion & Choices

Compassion & Choices improves care, expands options and empowers everyone to chart their end-of-life journey. They are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works across the nation in communities, state legislatures, Congress, courts and medical settings to:

  • Educate the public about the importance of documenting end-of-life values and priorities and about the full range of available options.
  • Empower every individual with achievable options, authoritative information and constructive advice for guiding their care and engaging with their providers.
  • Advocate for expanded choices, secure and ready access to them and improved medical practice that puts patients first and values quality of life in treatment plans for terminal illness.
  • Defend existing end-of-life options from efforts to restrict access.

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Compassion & Choices Doc2Doc

Doc2Doc…Answering Clinicians’ End-of-Life Questions:
A resource tailored to practicing clinicians

Doc2Doc offers you readily available, free, confidential telephone consultation with seasoned medical directors, each with years of experience in end-of-life medical care.  Call Doc2Doc: 800.247.7421 or email Doc2Doc at doc2doc@compassionandchoices.org   Visit their Doc-2-Doc page here. Or download the Doc-2-Doc flyer here.

Compassion & Choices Consultation

End of Life Consultation… Helping Patients Navigate End-of-Life Choice and Care

This End-of-Life Consultation Program (EOLC) provides confidential, nonjudgmental, professional support around end-of-life planning, anywhere in the country. EOLC provides information on the full range of options at the end of life. EOLC, and representatives of EOLC, do not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or any legal advice. Compassion & Choices does not endorse or encourage any particular plan or option, the goal is simply to educate people on the full range of their end-of-life options. Whether to implement a plan or make an end-of-life decision is each individual’s choice. 

Call 1-800-247-7421 to speak with an end-of-life consultant. EOLC is not a crisis line. If you are having an emergency go to your local emergency room or call emergency services at 911.