ASAP e-newsletter: Aug. 2, 2023

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Join the Colorado Medical Society for the 2023 Annual Meeting, Friday-Saturday, Sept. 22-23 as we gather as a community to celebrate the incredible work of our physician members and the new frontiers that lie ahead.

Presenting faculty include:

  • Bruce A. Scott, MD, AMA president-elect and board-certified otolaryngologist from Louisville, Ky.
  • Aneesh Garg, DO, CAQ, a nationally recognized, non-surgical sports medicine physician in Boulder
  • Michael H. Gendel, MD, Medical Director Emeritus of Colorado Physician Health Program (CPHP)
  • Rita Lee, MD, professor of general internal medicine and director of the Health Equity in Action Lab at Anschutz Medical Campus

From Friday evening's welcome reception and movie screening to Saturday evening's fun-filled President's Gala, guests will have a great time in a beautiful mountain location. Make your lodging reservation by Aug. 31 for the best rate.

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Nominate an outstanding volunteer physician for COPIC's Humanitarian Award

The COPIC Humanitarian Award is presented annually to honor a physician for volunteer medical services and contributions to their community. Once again this award presentation will take place at the CMS Annual Meeting -- this year in Vail, Sept. 22-23 -- during the President's Gala.

COPIC specifically looks to recognize those individuals who unassumingly volunteer outside the spectrum of their day-to-day lives. The recipient of the award designates a $10,000 donation from COPIC to be provided to a health care-related 501(c)(3) organization within their respective state. If you know a worthy candidate, please nominate him or her for this award. Find more information here. Nominations close Aug. 15.

Save the date for White Coat Wisdom - Oct. 8

The Medical Student Component (MSC) is planning White Coat Wisdom - an event geared toward medical students through which physicians share information relevant to life and practice but not necessarily covered in medical school. We need active physicians to attend, too, especially those interested in mentoring the next generation of physicians. The event will be held at COPIC/CMS headquarters in the Lowry area of Denver. Save the date - Oct. 8, 2023 - and watch for more information coming soon.

Call for new committee members: Share your voice and find your place in Colorado Medical Society

Do you feel your voice is not being heard? Have you considered applying your expertise to a Colorado Medical Society committee? There are positions open on CMS committees with three-year terms beginning in September. CMS encourages physicians of all walks of life, perspectives, backgrounds, practice settings, career stage and geographic location to find your community and add your voice. You belong here; find your place in CMS and make a bigger difference in medicine. All committee meetings are open for all CMS members to attend. View upcoming meetings at the bottom of this email and plan to "audit" one you might be interested in joining!

Explore committees and procedure for appointments here

CMS CME event: Implicit Bias - Aug. 23, 6 p.m.

Earn up to 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

The second module in the four-part Foundations in Equity series will be held Wednesday, Aug. 23. Even if you missed the first one, you can still attend and benefit from this and future modules! Speaker is Rita Lee, MD, director of the Health Equity in Action Lab (HEAL), part of the Anschutz Medical Campus. We are even adjusting the format from a webinar to a more-interactive Zoom meeting.

Module 2: Implicit Bias on Aug. 23, 6-7:30 p.m. will evaluate the underlying causes of implicit biases, describe the impact bias has on ourselves and others, and discuss evidence-based strategies to mitigate implicit bias.

Future programs:

  • Module 3: Microaggressions, Allyship, and Upstanding (in-person 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

Save the date for the Colorado Pain Society 6th Annual Chronic Pain Conference, Oct. 13-15, 2023, in Vail, held in conjunction with Medical Education Resources and the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention. Target audience: physicians, advanced practice providers (APPs), psychologists and others interested in pain medicine.

Primary care providers – one-day free conference (live or virtual attendance):

Specialists, psychologists, and primary care providers - three-day paid conference:



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Job board

  • EDCare is recruiting for an Attending Physician reporting directly to the Chief Medical Officer at our Denver, CO location. The Attending Physician will provide leadership and direction to all Licensed Independent Practitioners while also providing medical care to EDCare patients. To learn more, see the posting here or contact Marisa Cicco at (720) 889- 4232 or

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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

  • Committee on Professional Education and Accreditation meeting (virtual) - Thursday, Aug. 10, 4-5 p.m. Contact to register

  • Committee on DEI meeting (virtual) - Thursday, Aug. 10, 6-7:30 p.m. Contact to register

  • Committee on Physician Wellbeing meeting (virtual) - Tuesday, Aug. 15, 6-7 p.m. Contact to register

  • CMS/CU webinar series - Module 2: Implicit Bias (virtual) - Wednesday, Aug. 23, 6-7:30 p.m. 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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