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Join us in a celebration of the precious role of physicians, Sept. 14 at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
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With all of the demands and stressors placed on physicians in practice today, it’s easy to lose track of what calls most to medicine – the desire to help people live full and healthy lives. This gift comes from our hands, hearts and minds and creates a precious bond that extends through the physician to patients, their families and the larger community. We are healers and leaders.

Framed by this unique role of physicians, the Colorado Medical Society invites all members to celebrate the inauguration of incoming CMS President David S. Markenson, MD, MBA, on Saturday, Sept. 14. CMS will mark the occasion with an engaging day at the highly celebrated Denver Museum of Nature & Science – a delight to people of all ages that ignites passion for understanding and protecting our natural world through fascinating exhibits and interactive displays – culminating with a semi-formal Inaugural Gala that evening.

All museum exhibits, including the special “Extreme Sports” exhibit, will be open to CMS members and their guests during normal daytime operating hours, with exclusive evening access to the Gems and Minerals exhibit during the Inaugural Gala. The gala will feature dinner, music, dancing, recognition of CMS and component society leaders, and the swearing in of 2019-2020 CMS President Markenson.

The afternoon will include three hours of education geared toward the latest knowledge needs for members in all stages of their careers, from medical students and early-career physicians to late-career physicians and emeritus members.

A ticket fee will be charged for admission to the gala; CMS will provide daytime admission tickets to the museum at no cost to members and their guests. Be sure to register all of your guests (including children) for each component of the event they will attend so staff can have an accurate count. Supervised childcare will be provided onsite through the Children’s Activity Center (recommended ages 2-12) throughout the day and evening. Advance registration is required.

Ticket cost for the gala is $70 per person for active/emeritus physician members and their guests, and $30 per person for medical students.

SPONSOR A STUDENT: If you would like to cover the cost of a medical student’s ticket to the gala, please indicate this during registration or contact


9 a.m. - 5 p.m.           Denver Museum of Nature & Science open

9 a.m. - 11 p.m.         CMS Children’s Activity Center open - VIP Room 1st Floor

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.         CMS Finance Committee meeting - Harry T. Lewis Room

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.         CMS Board of Directors Lunch - Foyer of Studios 102 and 103

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.           CMS Board of Directors meeting - Studios 102 and 103

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.           COPIC presentation - Ricketson Auditorium

2 p.m. - 3 p.m.           COPIC presentation - Ricketson Auditorium

3 p.m. - 4 p.m.           COPIC presentation - Ricketson Auditorium

4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.      Open time

5 p.m.                        DMNS closes to the public

6 - 6:45 p.m.              Exhibitor and Meet the Candidate reception - Northeast Atrium

7 p.m. - 11 p.m.         Inaugural Gala and COPIC dessert reception - Southeast Atrium

6 p.m. - 11 p.m.         DMNS Gems and Minerals Exhibit open for CMS members and their guests only

*subject to change

COPIC presentations

Unconscious Bias - #MeToo View From a Different Lens: On Oct. 5, 2017, The New York Times broke the story of sexual harassment and misconduct claims against Harvey Weinstein. In the 31 days following the New York Times article, over 20 prominent men were either fired, resigned or blacklisted due to sexual harassment, misconduct and allegations of mistreatment of women. The allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace continue to pour in and at a fiercer rate than ever before. We will discuss why the "Weinstein effect" is happening and what practices should do to protect their employees, their physicians and the practice.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify the changing factors that has given the "Weinstein effect" its momentum
  • Analyze real events/scenarios that have come through the HR Hotline at COPIC
  • Learn how to mitigate exposure to harassment complaints

Speaker: LaNee Reynolds
Ms. Reynolds is the Vice President of Policyholder HR Services for COPIC. With more than 20 years of human resources experience, she provides human resources training, consultation, and other services to COPIC’s Policyholders. She holds a master's degree in Professional Studies from the University of Denver, in addition to her bachelor's degree in Business Management. She also recently completed her Executive MBA through Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and serves on the Board for Doctors Care.

Candor Act: The Colorado Candor Act creates a voluntary framework for health care providers and facilities to offer compassionate, honest and timely responses to patients who experience an adverse health care incident. The law includes legal protections for the discussions with patients and any offers of compensation. The legal requirements will be discussed as well as the benefits of using the Candor approach for the patient, the provider and systems improvement. 

Learning objectives:

  • Recognize when the Candor approach can be used to address an adverse health care incident with a patient or family.
  • Evaluate your organization’s readiness to use the Candor approach.
  • Identify the people and processes needed to implement Candor.

Speaker: Jean Martin, MD, JD
Dr. Martin is a senior legal counsel currently working in the legal department of COPIC Insurance Company. She addresses legal issues affecting health care professionals and health care facilities and is actively involved in reviewing legislative and regulatory changes. Prior to pursuing a law degree, Dr. Martin was in clinical practice as an emergency physician for over 20 years. She was the medical director of a 25,000 visit ED in the Denver area for 10 years and served on the medical executive committee of the Medical Center of Aurora for seven years. 

Maximizing Safe and Effective Practice with Physicians, PAs and NPs: This seminar reviews the regulatory and scope of practice elements most important to safe and effective practice for PAs, NPs and physicians who work with them.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify the NP/PA regulations.
  • Illustrate examples of high-risk clinical scenarios.
  • Utilize the toolkit to work more safely and effectively with PAs and APNs.

Speaker: A. Lee Morgan, MD, FACOG
Dr. Morgan began her medical career as an obstetrician/gynecologist and is a diplomate in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She received her medical degree from and did her residency in OBGYN at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Dr. Morgan practiced OBGYN for 27 years before going to work for COPIC as a patient safety advocate and physician risk manager after having served on the COPIC board of directors for 12 years. She has served as a clinical instructor at both The University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston as well as at The Southern Colorado Family Medicine Residency Program in Pueblo. She is currently a Visiting Associate Clinical Professor at University of Colorado School of Medicine. She currently does volunteer practice at a low-income clinic. She is active in the Colorado section of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, currently serving as chair. She is also active in the Colorado Medical Society, having served  in multiple capacities including as president and currently as chair of the Colorado Delegation to the American Medical Association. 

Hotel accommodations

Discount hotel accommodations of $99/night per room are available at Courtyard Denver Cherry Creek, 1475 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80222, just four miles from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. You must book before Aug. 14, 2019, to receive the group rate. Click here to make your reservation.


Presenting Level sponsor: COPIC

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Accreditation statement

The Colorado Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

 The Colorado Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 Each presentation is valid for 1 COPIC point.