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

White Coat Wisdom
Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
Colorado Medical Society headquarters - 7351 E. Lowry Blvd, Suite 110, Denver, CO 80230-6083

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This annual event connects medical students with physicians from a broad array of practice settings and specialties, as well as financial experts to help you navigate your options. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with your peers and presenters in dedicated networking and breakout sessions. Registration is FREE! Breakfast and lunch are included. Questions? Contact

This event is brought to you by CMS Medical Student Component.

Subject to change

7-8 a.m. Breakfast, networking by specialty interest and welcome by CMS President Omar Mubarak, MD, MBA 
8-9 a.m. "Failure: How Your Relationship to it Affects Your Patients and You" with speaker Aneesh Garg, DO, CAQ, a sports medicine physician from Boulder

  • Imagine what you thought about failure and perfection was actually holding you back and doing a disservice to you and your patients. What if I challenged you to embrace failure as a mechanism of growth rather than something to be feared and avoided? We are going to talk about how you can change your relationship with failure and have a better outlook in your profession.

9-9:15 a.m. Break
9:15-10:30 a.m. Real-life lessons from practicing physicians 

  • Kelsey Sherman, MD
  • Kamran Dastoury, MD
  • Clara Raquel Epstein, MD
  • Clark Zimmerman, MD
  • Donna Sullivan, MD

10:30-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45-11:45 a.m. "Financial Fitness: Building Wealth for White Coats" with Jacob Mathew, DO

  • This informative presentation is designed to equip medical students with essential financial skills. Learn how to effectively manage your finances, areas you can save on taxes, how to plan for retirement with the various accounts available to you, and how to navigate the complexities of the stock market. Gain practical insights and strategies with the goal of empowering you to make informed decisions to secure your financial future.

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Lunch presentation: What you need to know about medical malpractice with Sarah Snow, MBA, COPIC underwriting manager
12:45-1 p.m Wrap up with CMS CEO Dean Holzkamp and raffles


Breakout sessions:

Kelsey Sherman, MD, on how to break away from the corporate medical model without fear, a quick and simple overview to opening your own practice, how to find lasting joy and balance in your medical career.

Clark Zimmerman, MD, on how to make a career in medicine fit your interests and using that as a way to avoid becoming disillusioned and burned out. He will share a bit of his journey and discuss how he has found ways to re-energize himself by changing how he approaches the practice of medicine. 



Aneesh Garg, DO, CAQ, is a nationally recognized, non-surgical sports medicine physician specializing in treating dynamic athletes of all ages and skill levels from head to toe. He has an innovative approach and extensive experience in the world of regenerative orthopaedics and orthobiologic treatments. Dr. Garg serves as a team physician for USA Hockey and US Soccer and has served as team physician, medical director, and tournament physician for high school and college teams. He has also served on the sports medicine teaching faculty at numerous universities and hospitals, and has extensively presented his experience and knowledge to health care professionals at national meetings.

Jacob Mathew, DO, is a board-certified internal medicine physician and prior flight surgeon for the U.S. military. He has been stationed at Fort Carson, Colo., deployed to Afghanistan, served in the third attack helicopter battalion, and deployed to Germany. While in residency, he wrote a 700+ page book titled “The Intern Survival Guide” that has been published on Amazon and is distributed to interns and residents at Tripler Army Medical Center. He has held the title of assistant professor of medicine at four universities and currently serves as the section chief for Southern Colorado rural outpatient clinics for the Veterans Affairs. 

Kelsey Sherman, MD, is a family medicine physician who practices in Lakewood, CO. She has special interests in women’s health, menopause, and weight loss/obesity medicine. She began working in an independent, private practice office immediately following residency and has never looked back. She loves being self-employed and working outside of the corporate medical model. She enjoys an extremely high level of career satisfaction and work/life balance.