Communications

Through our articles, resources and multiple communications CMS offers ongoing educational services to its members and their practices.

Questions about CMS's physician wellbeing efforts? Contact membership@cms.org.

Doc2Doc Wellbeing Consulting

Colorado Medical Society launched Doc2Doc Wellbeing Consulting on March 30, 2023. This program provides all Colorado physicians and medical students three free, confidential, pre-clinical peer wellbeing consultation sessions. Call 720-810-9131 and schedule a follow-up visit or video/phone call from a physician trained in psychiatry. More information.

Categories of CMS Physician Wellbeing (CPW) Peer Support Components

System interventions

  • AMA Recovery Plan for America's Physicians - The American Medical Association is leading a movement to fight the system-level drivers of physician burnout, focused on removing administrative burdens, providing real-world solutions and helping physicians rediscover joy in health care.

Mental and Spiritual Health – mindfulness/meditation resources and groups, stress reduction tools/resources, resiliency

  • Colorado Physician Health Program (CPHP) - a nonprofit organization providing confidential peer assistance services for licensed physicians and physician assistants of Colorado; CPHP also has training program contracts to serve resident, medical students and physician assistant students
  • American Institute for Preventive Medicine's Mental Health Toolkit - free after registration; contains email templates, a live workshop and flyer, slide deck, video and newsletter. Aimed at a staff person wanting to implement a mental health program into their practice.
  • VitalHearts | The Resiliency Training Initiative - program offered via Zoom and in-person, Denver based; trainers are all certified trauma experts with experience, grant funded and work with the entire health care team
  • Integrated Work - six-part leadership development series that will explore how to be an inclusive leader by understanding what it really means to hold space for others, and cultivating genuine curiosity and active listening skills while gaining a deeper understanding of themselves and others
  • DocWorking - company providing physician coaches and courses that meet the unique needs of doctors and help them reach whatever goals they envision
  • Crisis Response Care Klove Programs - non-denominational training for physicians and first responders, Crisis Response Training (CRT) and Certification Programs is about impacting communities through training and supporting many first responder networks
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital/Dr. Jo Shapiro-Peer Support program - training for organizations on how to do peer support programs
  • RISE Program at Johns Hopkins - training for hopspitals to deliver peer support to employees in distress; used by Denver Health
  • Centers for Diesase Control and Prevention Well-Being Concepts - informational webpage on the CDC website defining wellbeing and efforts to improve wellbeing

Physical Wellbeing – fitness centers, therapy pools, outdoor adventures, physician groups that regularly meet

  • Walk with a Doc - free doctor-led walking groups in communities around the world; these ongoing events allow participants to safely walk, learn about current health topics, and meet new people

Nutritional and Dietary Resources

Career Counseling - entering medicine, entering/changing practice, exiting practice, retirement

  • Colorado Volunteer Physician Opportunities - section of the COPIC website jointly sponsored by COPIC and the Colorado Medical Society. Under the leadership of Robert Yakely, MD, a group of retired physicians oversee resources for physicians nearing retirement.

Clinical Volunteerism – resources, current rural and urban needs

Personal Satisfaction - Family, social and collegial experiences and wellbeing, social meetups

Medical Wellbeing and Prevention of Disease - made possible by preventive care, nutrition/eating healthful foods and getting exercise, especially in green environments that lower stress

Physician Wellbeing News and Scientific Literature

Upcoming Physician Wellbeing Workshops, Webinars and CME

  • 36th Annual Virtual Conference on Physicians' Well-Being, presented by Riverside County Medical Association, Friday, July 19, 2024, 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Find more information here.

  • International Conference on Physician Health™, Oct. 17-19, 2024. The biennial International Conference on Physician Health™ (ICPH), supported by the Canadian Medical Association, British Medical Association and American Medical Association, showcases research and system-level initiatives to mitigate burnout and promote professional well-being. This year’s conference theme is Improving well-being through the power of connections. ICPH promotes an overall healthier culture for physicians by offering practical evidence-based solutions, practice skills, and resources and tools for attendees to take back to their workplace and readily implement. Learn more here.

Recent Past Physician Wellbeing Workshops, Webinars and CME

  • May 15, 16 and 17, 2024 - VItalHearts Intentional Resiliency Training. This 3-day training is designed for those that have participated in our highly regarded Secondary Trauma Resiliency Training. This inaugural training is offered tuition-free. 

  • May 14, 2024 - CMS webinar - Grief: What it is and how to cope moving forward | view the recording here

  • May 2, 2024 - Next Generation of Wellness event sponsored by CMS, Denver Medical Society, DMS Foundation and Colorado Physician Health Program; brought together medical students and physicians for a no-agenda event with unique wellness booths, food and mocktails.

  • Nov. 29, 2023 - Running on Empty: Physician Stress and Wellbeing, hosted by Colorado Physician Health Program and Colorado Medical Society. 

  • Nov. 15, 2023: Wellbeing event hosted by the Denver Medical Society Foundation and supported by CMS, CPHP, Denver Health and more.

  • White Coat Wisdom wellbeing breakout session: Oct. 7, 2023 | view the recording here

  • Living Room Conversations: Denver; a small-group discussion of the book "Together" by Vivek H Murthy. Oct. 5, 2023

  • Living Room Conversations: Colorado Springs; a small-group discussion of the book "Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being" by Martin Seligman. Oct. 12, 2023

  • 2023 American Conference on Physician Health | Oct. 11-13; join the American Medical Association, Stanford University School of Medicine, and Mayo Clinic in Palm Desert, CA this fall for the 2023 American Conference on Physician Health (ACPH). Reserve your spot.

  • El Paso County Medical Society | Finding Joy in Medicine, Wednesday, April 26, 5:30-8 p.m. ENT Administration Complex, 11550 ENT Pkwy, Colorado Springs CO 80921

  • Denver Medical Society Foundation | Running on Empty: Physician Stress and Wellbeing, Wednesday, May 24, 2023, 6:30-8 p.m., COPIC Insurance Building, 7351 E Lowry Blvd, Denver CO 80230

  • VitalHearts | Online Secondary Trauma Resiliency Training - April 3, 10 and 17, 2023; Mondays, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. MT via Zoom; cost: $1,150 (partial or full scholarships may be available for qualifying individuals or agencies); inquire to Lisa.Grace@VitalHearts.org for more information.

  • American Medical Association webinar: Addressing physician burnout - March 9, 10 a.m. MT. Join AMA President Jack Resneck, Jr., MD, the U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, and a panel of physician wellness experts as they discuss the symptoms and drivers of physician burnout and examine solutions to address this crisis. On-demand recording here

  • VitalHearts | The Resiliency Training Initiative - Jan. 20, 27 and Feb. 3, 2023; Fridays, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. MT via Zoom; cost: $1,150 (partial or full scholarships may be available for qualifying individuals or agencies); inquire to Lisa.Grace@VitalHearts.org for more information.

Wellbeing news from the Colorado Medical Society


Tuesday, June 18, 2024
Navigating malpractice stress
Fortitude amidst the trials of medicine


Wednesday, November 01, 2023
How do I support a struggling colleague?


Tuesday, August 01, 2023
Medical marriage





Monday, May 01, 2023
Medice, cura te ipsum, “Physician Heal Thyself”
From the Chair of the Colorado Medical Society Committee on Physician Wellbeing


Monday, May 01, 2023
Finding joy in medicine



Monday, May 01, 2023
Cover: CMS launches new service to support physician wellbeing
Utilize Doc2Doc Wellbeing Consulting to confidentially talk to a peer who understands


Thursday, March 30, 2023
CMS launches Doc2Doc Wellbeing Consulting
New program provides free wellbeing sessions for Colorado physicians


Wednesday, February 01, 2023
Your wellbeing is our priority!
From the chair of the Colorado Medical Society Committee on Physician Wellbeing


Sunday, May 01, 2022
Physician Burnout: Call to action
Individual physicians, Article 3 of 3


Tuesday, February 01, 2022
Turn to CMS when you are in need


Tuesday, February 01, 2022
Physician burnout: Call to action
Organizations and practice environments, Article 2 of 2