ASAP e-newsletter: Sept. 28, 2023

It was great to be together at the CMS Annual Meeting in Vail

Thank you to all CMS members and guests who joined us in Vail for the 2023 Annual Meeting. From the welcome reception through CME and the Gala, it was great to be together networking, learning and celebrating Colorado physicians. Below are a few photos from the event; look for more in the next issue of Colorado Medicine.

The CMS Board of Directors met Friday, Sept. 22

Saturday, Sept. 23 featured a full day of educational programming

The President's Reception brought great conversation

Students from University of Colorado and Rocky Vista University attended to present posters and enjoy the meeting

From left: Leslie Rose, MD, with her husband CMS President Omar Mubarak, MD, MBA; and CMS President-elect Kim Warner, MD, with her husband, CMS Past President Rick May, MD

Omar Mubarak, MD, MBA, right, was sworn in as 2023-2024 CMS President by Immediate Past President Patrick Pevoto, MD, MBA

Member spotlight: Internal medicine physician has learned the power of little moments in patient care

CMS continues our monthly member spotlight series with a Q&A with Elizabeth Cruse, MD, MBA. Dr. Cruse is the CMS board member representing employed physicians. She recently left her position at Boulder Community Hospital and will soon pursue a new opportunity in Glenwood Springs.

What has really stuck with Dr. Cruse over her career?

"As I am preparing to leave my current practice for a new opportunity in Glenwood Springs, I am saying goodbye to patients that I have known for more than 15 years. Though I just felt like I was doing my job, this leave-taking has made me realize everything I have been through with some of my patients, and how what was a little thing to me – often just listening and being there for them as they faced challenges that we all do in life – meant everything to them. It is truly a privilege to be allowed to care for people."

Physicians and medical students - Register for White Coat Wisdom

Physicians, 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.

AMA Health Equity Grand Rounds Series Examines How Race Data Impacts Health Care Systems

The upcoming session of the American Medical Association's National Health Equity Grand Rounds on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023, 12-1:30 p.m. MT will facilitate discussion around data to advance health equity and will aid in identifying the unique needs of historically excluded populations. Participants will be invited to reevaluate how they think about data on race and ethnicity. Speakers will discuss the failures and harms in our approaches to collecting, analyzing, reporting and leveraging race, ethnicity and other key demographic data in public health and health care. Learn more about the speakers and register here.

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

There's still time to register for one of two upcoming Living Room Conversations events that will bring 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. Both events will structure discussion around a book, but don't worry if you don't have time to read it; discussion topics will be relevant for all physicians.

  • 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.

NCMS/BCMS webinar: Behavioral Health Assessments and Understanding the Relationship Between Suicidality and Homicidality

Oct. 25, 6 - 7 p.m.

The Northern Colorado Medical Society and Boulder County Medical Society are hosting a virtual education seminar on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m.: “Behavioral Health Assessments and Understanding the Relationship Between Suicidality and Homicidality.” This is an accredited CME program so you will receive 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  The speaker is Supervisory Special Agent Gabriel Krug who works with the FBI Behavioral Task Force on statewide issues. Register here! If you have any questions, please contact

Final module in Foundations in Equity series on Oct. 26

Earn up to 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

One module remains in the four-part Foundations in Equity series brought to you by the CMS DEI Committee. Even if you missed the other modules, you can still attend and benefit from the final module! We will also offer one make-up session per module. The speaker is Rita Lee, MD, director of the Health Equity in Action Lab (HEAL), part of the Anschutz Medical Campus.

  • Module 4: Equity in Action (Zoom only), Thursday, Oct. 26, 6-7:30 p.m.
More information, accreditation and link to register


Arapahoe County Board of Health has four vacancies to fill by Jan. 1, 2024

The Arapahoe County Board of Health, which is appointed by the Arapahoe County Board of County Commissioners, seeks applicants for four upcoming vacancies. The Board of Health works closely with the public health director, chief medical officer, health department legal counsel, and other members of the department to set the tone for public health practices in the community. 

Applications are open through Oct. 6. All candidates must be residents of Arapahoe County, and those with expertise in public or environmental health, medical care, nonprofits or organizations, business leadership, education, mental health, community engagement or lived experience within the priority areas of public health are encouraged to apply. Find more information here.

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 member 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

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

  • CMS office closed Monday, Oct. 9 for Indigenous Peoples Day/Columbus Day

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (virtual) - Thursday, Oct. 12, 6-7 p.m. Email to register

  • Committee on Physician Wellbeing (virtual) - Tuesday, Oct. 17, 6-7 p.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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