ASAP e-newsletter: May 18, 2022

Urge Gov. Polis to VETO HB22-1233 that allows optometric surgery


One of the priority bills for the Colorado Medical Society during the 2022 legislative session was HB22-1233 - Sunset Board of Optometry. The bill passed the Colorado legislature and is now headed to the governor for signature. CMS opposes the provisions in the bill that will allow optometrists to perform injections around the eye (no intraocular), surgical removal of eyelid lesions, incision and cuterage of chalazion, corneal crosslinking, surgical repair of small eyelid lacerations, and performing three laser procedures into the eye.

Anyone who does any type of surgery should have meaningful and substantial supervised experience on live human patients. This bill has no such requirements. CMS encourages all physicians to contact Gov. Polis (303- 866-2471) immediately to share serious patient safety concerns about this bill and respectfully ask him to veto HB22-1233.

Metro-area members - mark your calendars for summer in-person events

WHAT: No-agenda mixer hosted by the Colorado Medical Society and Mile High Medical Society

WHEN: Wednesday, June 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Ocean Prime - DTC, 8000 E. Belleview Ave., Ste. C10, Greenwood Village

No cost to attend; light refreshments and drinks.

Open to all CMS members. Limited to 50 attendees (member + one guest). Registration required.

More info and RSVP

WHAT: Living Room Conversations hosted by the CMS Wellbeing Committee

WHEN: Wednesday, July 13, 7-9 p.m.

WHERE: Rooftop patio of Dr. Deborah Saint-Phard, MD in central Denver

No cost to attend; facilitated wellness conversation with light refreshments and non-alcoholic drinks. Dress is casual.

Open to all CMS members. Limited to 12 physician attendees.

More info and RSVP

WHAT: July Regional Summit and CMS Board of Directors Meeting

WHEN: Saturday, July 23 - Sunday, July 24

WHERE: Colorado Medical Society, 7351 E. Lowry Blvd., Ste. 110

Denver, and Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum

No cost to attend professional development, reception and dine-arounds Saturday evening. Fee for opening COMPAC lunch

Open to all CMS members; registration coming soon.

More info

CMS aims to host events around the state! Reach out to if you are interested in bringing Beers with Peers, Living Room Conversations or another CMS-supported event to your hometown!

Mesa County Medical Society BBQ and Family Night - Tuesday, June 7, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

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The Mesa County Medical Society is hosting a family-friendly event at Bananas Fun Park, 2469 Riverside Pkwy., Grand Junction. It is open to MCMS members and non-members. RSVP to or 

970-243-2808 by June 2.

Webinar: 5 years into Colorado's Medical Aid in Dying Law: What Do Physicians Think? Thursday, May 19, 7-8 a.m.

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus invites you to attend a webinar on Colorado's Medical Aid in Dying Law during which expert speakers Hillary Lum, MD, PhD, and Eric Campbell, PhD, (pictured) will present the results of a recent survey of 300 Colorado physicians. Don't miss this important webinar!
RSVP today

CMS encourages physicians to join in the effort to promote colorectal cancer screening to save lives

The Colorado Medical Society is encouraging every physician in the state to visit the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) ‘Colorectal Cancer Screening Appropriate Use’ web page to download patient education resources, including a printable office/practice poster, patient letter templates (for positive and negative test results), and an article for local newspapers.

We are appealing to every physician – especially gastroenterologists and primary care physicians – to support ASGE’s effort to educate patients about the risks associated with colorectal cancer and the life-saving screening options that are available to them. Read more here.

CMS job board
  • A longtime internal medicine physician in Rifle, Colo., will retire in the next year and is looking for a physician to take over the practice who is committed to serving a rural population. The sale of the practice includes the building. If interested, please call 970-625-5521.
  • Hospitalist, Frisco CO. PRN hospitalist shifts available in Summit County CO. 2-6 shifts/month. Please call 303-885-4673 to discuss.
  • Physician office space to share, available July 1, 2022, in renovated house on South Wadsworth Blvd. near Alameda Ave. Read more here.
  • Internal Medicine Physician - Opportunity for an Internist to join our outpatient, multi-specialty, clinic full time, at Estes Park Health, located in Estes Park, Colorado. Read more here.
  • Position available: Family Practice or Internal Medicine trained physician in Southern Colorado. Read more here.
Place a job board advertisement by contacting
Thanks to our Partners in Medicine

The Panacea Financial Foundation is focused on strengthening the pipeline of underrepresented ethnic or racial minorities in medicine through scholarships to medical students. They have committed to $100,000 in awards (through grants AND scholarships). The application for this round of $5,000 scholarships to 15 medical students from underrepresented ethnic or racial minorities is open May 1-June 30 here.

Applicants for Medical School Scholarships must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible:

  1. A U.S. citizen, permanent resident or an individual granted deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status
  2. Medical students enrolled full-time in an accredited medical school in the United States who will be enrolled in academic year 2022-2023
  3. Underrepresented ethnic or racial minority consistent with the National Science Foundation definition: African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American (American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian), and Pacific Islander.

Find more information on the scholarship program and previous winners here.

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

  • 5 years into Colorado's Medical Aid in Dying Law: What Do Physicians Think? (virtual) - Thursday, May 19, 7-8 a.m. Register

  • Physician Mindfulness Group Meeting (virtual) - Thursday, May 19, 6-7 p.m. Register

  • Mile High Medical Society-Colorado Medical Society mixer (in person) - Wednesday, June 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Greenwood Village. Register

  • Patient Resource Committee (virtual) - Thursday, May 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Register

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (virtual) - Thursday, June 2, 6-7 p.m. Register

  • Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (virtual) - Monday, June 6, 6-7 p.m. Register

  • COMPAC Board of Directors meeting (virtual) - Tuesday, June 6, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Email to register

  • Living Room Conversations (in person) - Wednesday, July 13, 7-9 p.m. Denver. Register

  • July Regional Summit and CMS Board of Directors Meeting (in person) - July 23-24, Denver; save the date - more information coming soon

  • CMS Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Meeting (in person) - Sept. 16-18, Breckenridge; save the date - more information coming soon

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? Email

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