ASAP e-newsletter: March 3, 2021
Thank you, sincerely, for renewing your membership for 2021.
You're making a difference!

Check out some ways to get the most out of your membership this year:

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Policy Pulse Live Webinar:
"Legislation Impacting Physicians"
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.


Join us for this live webinar to learn about the potential impacts of the legislative session on your practice.

Special Guest: Representative Yadira Caraveo, MD (D)
Continuing Education Opportunities
The Northern Colorado Medical Society, with the Colorado Medical Society, presents a Virtual Education Series:

"THC and Vaping"

Register today to participate in a dynamic discussion on THC and Vaping with speaker Doris Gundersen, MD, Medical Director of the Colorado Physician Health Program

March 18, 12-1 p.m.

We'll be discussing marijuana legislation, the social trends and medical impacts of vaping among youth.

1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit available

Full accreditation information available on the registration page
Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention's:

"Lunch and Learn Series"

Register today to attend!

Topics include:
substance use disorder
pain management
benzodiazepines
buprenorphine
and more!


Didactic session followed by a Q&A.

0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits available for each session

Full accreditation information available on each registration page
Diabetes, Systemic Drugs & Our Eyes - Virtual Webinar
Sunday, May 2, 9 - 11 a.m.
Diabetic Retinopathy for the General Practitioner: presented by 
Matthew Manry, MD, Surgical and Medical Retina Specialist 

Ocular Toxicity of Systemic Drugs: presented by Justin Kanoff, MD, Surgical and Medical Retina Specialist 
 
The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 
Opioid Prescriber's CME Requirements

Colorado prescribers and health care providers can now access free, online education modules on topics related to opioid prevention and pain management.

These modules have been accredited to meet continuing education requirements for Colorado prescribers.

Quick Poll:
One year into the COVID-19 crisis, how much has your practice begun to rebound back to normal pre-pandemic patient capacity? 
In Other News...

Meet the nominees for 2021 CMS leadership positions and provide comments
Now that the nomination period for the 2021 Colorado Medical Society election has closed, we are excited to share with all CMS members the nominees being vetted to run for CMS president-elect and the AMA delegation. All members are encouraged to read the submitted materials for your nominees:
Patrick Pevoto, MD, R.Ph, MBA, running for CMS president-elect; Dave Downs, MD, FACP; Carolynn Francavilla Brown, MD; Jan Kief, MD; Rachelle M. Klammer, MD; Tamaan Osbourne-Roberts, MD; Lynn Parry, M.Sc., MD; Brigitta Robinson, MD, FACS; and Mike Volz, MD, running for the AMA delegation. 


Per the election manual recently updated and approved by your CMS Board of Directors, the CMS Nominating Committee will meet to vet and approve all nominees and present the report for approval to the CMS Board of Directors at the March board meeting. All CMS members are encouraged to help the Nominating Committee by providing input for consideration by the committee to help inform their recommendations to the board. 

Email comments to dean_holzkamp@cms.org by March 10, 2021.
Back in time: Fremont County female physicians of the late 1800s
Alida Avery, Sarah Goff, Mary Phelps and Laura Armstrong. Though they aren't household names, these are Fremont County, Colorado's female pioneers in the medical field. One -- Dr. Phelps -- even served as vice president of the Colorado State Medical Society in 1906. Read this article from the Canon City Daily Record that pieces together history from old newspaper clippings and historical documents.
Thanks to our Partners in Medicine
We look forward to "booking" time on your calendar
The Colorado Medical Society is thrilled to announce a new way for members to connect, a Physicians’ Book Club. Our biggest component society, the Northern Colorado Medical Society, launched a book club in summer 2021 and has found great success in the endeavor. Because of their great work, CMS wants to make sure we can bring together physicians across Colorado for the experience.

We are in the planning stages of our first book club meeting, and a date and a book will be announced in the next few weeks. That being said, we want YOU to be a part of the planning. We are ready to hear what YOU want to read.

Please fill out this form and submit your book suggestion of what should be our first read.

We are also creating a special email list for those interested in book club to make sure you get frequent updates. By signing up for this email list you will have exclusive access to pick the first book from member suggestions. Don’t wait -- sign up now!
COVID-19 vaccination toolkit
The Colorado Medical Society launched #CMSWhatsYourWhy in December to give our physician members a one-stop shop of resources, while allowing a platform for physicians to share their "why" for getting the COVID-19 vaccine. As we continue through the journey of supporting our physician members with tools to have conversations with patient communities, it is time for your "why" to go farther. CMS is proud to support the Ad Council's and COVID Collaborative's "It's Up To You" campaign. Now that you have shared your "why" and may continue to share your "why" with your patients, it is their turn to make a decision. CMS is committed to bringing you the best resources to have this conversation. 

The "It's Up To You" campaign was created by the Ad Council in close partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ensuring all “It’s Up To You” messaging is rigorously vetted and backed by science. This campaign is also supported by partners such as the American Medical Association. 

Email membership@cms.org to set up a consultation with one of our staff members that will get you started off on the right foot. We are all in this together, and CMS is proud to support you!


Don't forget you can share your "why" for getting the COVID-19 vaccine on Facebook by adding our official #CMSWhatsYourWhy frame. Learn more here.
Upcoming events for physicians
All Colorado Medical Society committee meetings are open to all CMS members. Find the latest list of events on the CMS events webpage, cms.org/events. Here are a few of our upcoming meetings and events:

  • Council on Legislation Meeting - Wednesday, March 3, 6-8 p.m. Zoom link

  • Council on Legislation Meeting - Wednesday, March 17, 6-8 p.m. Link coming soon

  • Physician Mindfulness Group Meeting - Thursday, March 18, 6-7 p.m. Register here

  • Committee on Health Care Value Meeting - Tuesday, March 23, 6-7:30 p.m. Register here

  • CMS Board of Directors Meeting - Friday, March 26, 1-5 p.m. Register here

  • Council on Legislation Meeting - Wednesday, March 31, 6-8 p.m. Link coming soon

Registration is required for most meetings. Non-members or those unable to be identified at the time of the meeting will be removed from the meeting. Unsure if you are a CMS member? Email membership@cms.org.
Thanks to our Partners in Medicine
Let's get social!