ASAP e-newsletter: Sept. 13, 2023

CMS election results: Congratulations to elected leaders

Thank you to all CMS members who voted in the 2023 CMS Leadership Election. The results are in! Your new president-elect is Kim Warner, MD, of Denver, a dedicated physician leader and obstetrician-gynecologist with Colorado Permanente Medical Group. In her personal statement she says, "[CMS] has evolved in tremendous ways and we must continue to change as the forces driving health care demand. I understand Colorado medicine, I understand the legislative process, and I’m very familiar with CMS. I know I can represent this medical society with passion, courage, and my whole heart. "

Congratulations, also, to the re-elected Colorado delegation to the American Medical Association: Carolynn Francavilla, MD; Jan Kief, MD; Tamaan Osbourne-Roberts, MD; Lynn Parry, MD; Brigitta Robinson, MD; and Mike Volz, MD.

STEPS Forward podcast features CMS leader Carolynn Francavilla, MD

Listen now to "Work Smarter, Not Harder: Templated Forms for Independent Physicians"

In a new STEPS Forward podcast, Carolynn Francavilla, MD -- member of the Colorado delegation to the AMA and chair-elect for the AMA’s Private Practice Physician Section -- joins guest host Taylor Johnson, manager of AMA Physician Practice Development, to discuss the Private Practice Playbook: Sample Forms Appendix: a collection of templated forms for independent physician practices that address patient, employee, and administrative needs.

Physicians and medical students - Register for White Coat Wisdom

Are you willing to mentor a medical student? Or, students, are you looking for knowledge on topics not necessarily taught in medical school? White Coat Wisdom is for you: Attend this in-person event Saturday, Oct. 7 at the CMS/COPIC offices in Denver. More information and link to register.

Request for applications to build capacity for culturally responsive care

On behalf of the Office of Health Equity and the Health Equity Commission at the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, the Trailhead Institute has released a request for applications (RFA) for nonprofit organizations, health care providers, and health care associations to build the capacity of health care providers to deliver culturally responsive and affirming care. Funding is available through House Bill (HB) 22-1267; this grant program seeks to have an impact at a statewide level with a focus on improving health outcomes of underserved and marginalized communities. The deadline to submit applications is Oct. 8.

Informational webinars:

Living Room Conversations wellbeing events coming up in October in Denver and Colorado Springs

Living Room Conversations, created by the Colorado Medical Society Committee on Physician Wellbeing, brings together a small group of local physicians to meet in person and discuss a wellbeing topic. Dress is casual and light refreshments will be served.

There are two upcoming events this fall: 

  • Denver - Oct. 5, 6-8 p.m. MT, discussing the book "Together" by Vivek H Murthy
  • Colorado Springs - Oct. 12, 7-9 p.m. MT, discussing the book "Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being" by Martin Seligman

More information and links to register.

The CMS Annual Meeting is next weekend, Sept. 22-23!

All registrants will receive an email early next week containing information you need to know.

  • If you are interested in attending and haven't yet registered, there is still room for you! Register here.
  • We also need judges for the poster competition; if you are interested, contact Kate Alfano.

Two modules remain in Foundations in Equity series

Earn up to 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ per module

Two modules remain in the four-part Foundations in Equity series brought to you by the CMS DEI Committee. Even if you missed the first one or two, you can still attend and benefit from the remaining modules! The speaker is Rita Lee, MD, director of the Health Equity in Action Lab (HEAL), part of the Anschutz Medical Campus.

  • Module 3: Microaggressions, Allyship, and Upstanding (in-person during the Annual Meeting in Vail or Zoom by request), Saturday, Sept. 23, 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Module 4: Equity in Action (Zoom only), Thursday, Oct. 26, 6-7:30 p.m.
More information, accreditation and link to register


Thank you to those who have already renewed your 2024 membership

Dues invoices for individuals and those who have opted in to group billing are due Dec. 31, 2023 for the 2024 membership year. Pay early to ensure you have no disruption in benefits!

If you have questions, contact the CMS membership team at or 720-739-8343. Thank you for your membership and continued investment in our medical society!

COMPAC/SDC fundraising challenge open through Oct. 6!

Any individual over the age of 18 can support advocacy for physicians by donating to the nonpartisan Colorado Medical Political Action Committee (COMPAC) or the Small Donor Committee (SDC). Visit to donate before Oct. 6 and you will automatically be entered into two raffles for a chance to win an iPad or dinner at Ocean Prime. Questions? Contact

Thanks to our Partners in Medicine

Job board

Do you have a position open at your practice? Space to sub-let? Selling your practice? Place a job board or classified ad with CMS! CMS members receive the first month free. Contact for more information!

Upcoming CMS meetings and events

All Colorado Medical Society committee meetings and events are open to all CMS members and you are welcome to attend! All are held via Zoom unless otherwise noted. Find a full list of events here: Questions? Contact

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (virtual) - Thursday, Sept. 14, 6-7:30 p.m. Email to register

  • Committee on Physician Wellbeing (virtual) - Tuesday, Sept. 19, 6-7 p.m. Email to register

  • Workers' Compensation and Personal Injury Committee (virtual) - Wednesday, Oct. 4, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Email to register

  • CMS/CU webinar series - Module 4: Equity in Action (virtual), Thursday, Oct. 26, 6-7:30 p.m. Register

Registration is required for most meetings; non-members or those unable to be identified at the time of virtual meetings may be removed. Unsure if you are a CMS member? Verify your membership here.

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