Connect with your peers; join the Colorado Medical Society for an upcoming educational or social event.

White Coat Wisdom
Tuesday, August 13, 5:30 - 9 p.m.
Colorado Medical Society headquarters - 7351 E. Lowry Blvd, Suite 110, Denver, CO 80230-6083

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This exclusive, one-time convening connects medical students to a broad array of full-time practicing doctors from a variety of settings and financial experts to help you navigate your future. You’ll interact with faculty in small-group settings focused on work-life balance, public health, the practice of medicine and the business of medicine. Enjoy great food, socialization, and free drawings for subscriptions to study resources and question banks students will need. 

Faculty comprises 16 real-world experts, including:

  • The Honorable Yadira Caraveo, MD: A full-time practicing pediatrician with Peaks Pediatrics in Thornton, Colo., and a first-term State Representative.
  • Tista Ghosh, MD, MPH: Colorado’s first female chief medical officer and director of public health programs who is trained in both internal and preventive medicine with an MPH from Yale.
  • Gerald Zarlengo, MD: Chairman and CEO of COPIC Companies who is one of 10 physicians produced in the past two generations by Denver’s Zarlengo family. Dr. Z delivered over 5,000 babies during a 30-year run practicing OB/GYN before taking the leadership helm at the COPIC Companies.

See the entire faculty and topics below.

This event is brought to you by CMS Medical Student Component and the COPIC Companies.

Registration is free but you must enter your CMS member number to register online. If you do not know your member number or if you do not yet have a CMS member number, contact


Theme Room – Work/Life Balance

The Honorable Yadira Caraveo, MD: A full-time practicing pediatrician with Peaks Pediatrics in Thornton, Colo., and a first-term State Representative, Dr. Caraveo is surrounded by an extensive network of family and friends. Learn how Dr. Caraveo uses time to care for her patients at Peak Pediatrics, serve in the General Assembly and maintain her personal connections.

Eleanor Jensen, DO: A full-time practicing physician specializing in palliative medicine with the Colorado Permanente Medical Group, Dr. Jensen’s perspective on the balance between caring for patients and family will be insightful for all medical students.

Martina Schulte, MD: A primary care internist who created Community Physician Consulting (CPC) while practicing at CU School of Medicine, Dr. Schulte is a coach to individuals and organizations on issues of burnout, work engagement, and personal and professional fulfillment. Dr. Schulte helps physicians focus on helping individuals thrive in their personal and professional lives and building sustainable care settings with cultures that value all team members.

Curtis Hagedorn, MD: A full time practicing ophthalmologist with Colorado Retina Associates, father, husband and CMS board of directors’ member, Dr. Hagedorn discusses the challenges and joys of running a private practice while participating in organized medicine and devoting quality time to family and friends.

Theme Room – The Business of Medicine

Rachelle M. Klammer, MD: This full-time emergency medicine specialist finished her residency in June 2013 and was debt-free 2.5 years later. Active with CMS and AMA since medical school, Dr. Klammer’s story is both insightful and inspiring.

Gerald Zarlengo, MD, Chairman and CEO, COPIC Companies: One of 10 physicians produced in the past two generations by Denver’s Zarlengo family, Dr. Z delivered more than 5,000 babies during a 30-year run practicing OB/GYN before taking the leadership helm at the COPIC Companies. Having received his medical degree from the UC School of Medicine and completed his residency at Denver’s Saint Joseph Hospital, Dr. Z knows what it’s like to be in your shoes. Learn what his amazing, physician-led companies do to help students, physicians and the patients we serve.

Evan Manning, MD: A May 2019 CU School of Medicine graduate, this internal medicine resident and CMS Board of Directors member will share his approach to preparing for residency interviews. Third and fourth-year students will benefit greatly from this exchange.     

Kevin Perez: This seasoned attorney started his career in Denver 23 years ago as a medical malpractice defense attorney. His practice has expanded to also include counseling and representing physicians in employment law and other matters. Interested in the state-of-the-state of physician employment contracts, Kevin has seen them all.

Mike Edwards, CFP, LUTCF: A Penn State University graduate armed with a bachelor of science in Finance and a minor in Real Estate, this savvy financial advisor has spent the last 20 of his 30-year career all-in helping students, residents and physicians with their insurance and investment planning needs. Mike is the current director of financial services for COPIC Financial Service Group. He is a regular on the residency program-medical society speaking tour and you’ll benefit from his words of financial wisdom.

Theme Room – Public Health

Tista Ghosh, MD, MPH: Colorado’s first female Chief Medical Officer and director of public health programs, Dr. Ghosh is trained in both internal and preventive medicine with an MPH from Yale. Learn from Dr. Ghosh what your teenage patients really need to know about vaping.

Robert J. Valuck, PhD, RPh, FNAP: A professor in the departments of Clinical Pharmacy, Epidemiology, and Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Schools of Pharmacy, Public Health, and Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Dr. Valuck is a state and national expert on the public health crisis caused by opioid abuse and misuse. Get Dr. Valuck’s take on how Colorado’s efforts to beat the epidemic are faring and what students need to know before going into the exam room, or to engage with and educate policymakers.

Mark B. Johnson, MD, MPH: This former Army Lt. Colonel and public health service commissioned officer has served since 1990 as executive director of the Jefferson County Public Health Department. Now that Colorado has generated more than $1 billion in total state revenue from the legal marijuana industry, hear him give the view from public health and what physicians in the exam room need to know.

David Keller MD:  Dr. Keller is Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Strategy and Transformation in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado, where he works to develop innovative clinical programs and payment models that promote child health. He practices at the Child Health Clinic in Aurora, a diverse clinic with children in families with many different beliefs about the value of immunizations. 

Theme Room – The Practice of Medicine

Kathleen Cowie, MD: Currently the chief medical officer of Summit Community Care Clinic, Dr. Cowie has dedicated her entire career to serving the underserved working in community health centers since completion of her residency in 2009. Learn why she is passionate about providing care to the underserved in the mountains of Colorado.

Chris Tonozzi, MD: Dr. Tonozzi is the director of data quality for Mountain Family Health Centers in Glenwood Springs. He returned to his childhood home of Glenwood to establish primary care for low-income people 20 years ago. The clinic has grown to provide medical, dental and behavioral health care for underserved populations for a large part of Western Colorado. Dr. Tonozzi will discuss how he balances his personal and professional life so that he can connect with patients, raise a family and take advantage of the recreational opportunities the area provides.

Gina Carr, MD, MPH: As medical director of a rural health clinic in Lake City, Colo., Dr. Carr enjoys a mix of clinical and administrative roles both within the clinic and in the larger community. She also serves as the medical director of the Hinsdale County EMS service and Silver Thread Public Health Department. Dr. Carr will share both the challenges and benefits of working in rural Colorado.