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Save the date for the 2024 CMS Annual Meeting: Sept. 13-14, 2024, in Breckenridge at the Villages at Breckenridge!

View the 2023 meeting program

Attendees had the opportunity to earn up to 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and 2 COPIC Points

How to claim CME credit:

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  • Select Signinto an Event
  • Enter the 6-character sign-in code for the session you attended (provided to in-person attendees)
    • Note: the code for Microaggressions is incorrect in eeds; email for the correct code
  • This will record your attendance and give you access to the evaluation and CME certificate
  • Complete the evaluation form accessed through the main menu of eeds
    • Print or save your CME certificate

COPIC Points will automatically be reported to COPIC and points will be applied within two weeks of the event.

Friday, Sept. 22-Saturday, Sept. 23

Event location/Lodging
The Lodge at Vail
174 Gore Creek Dr
Vail, CO 81657


Friday, Sept. 22

11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Registration desk open

11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Component society executive meeting (open to executives of CMS component societies only) 

12-1 p.m. Board of Directors lunch (open to all CMS members, component society executives and invited guests)

12-1 p.m. Finance Committee meeting

1-5 p.m. Board of Directors meeting (hybrid; open to all CMS members, component society executives and invited guests)

6-7:30 p.m. Welcome reception with Exhibitors

7:30-9:30 p.m. Movie screening: Theatre of Thought followed by Q&A with NeuroRights Foundation Chairman Rafael Yuste, MD, PhD


Saturday, Sept. 23

6:45 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.; 10:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 5:45-6:45 p.m. Registration desk open

7-8 a.m. Breakfast

8-12 p.m. Children's camp **Advance registration required by Sept. 1; more information below

8-9 a.m. "Running on Empty: Physician Stress and Wellbeing" with Michael H. Gendel, MD, medical director emeritus for the Colorado Physician Health Program
Experience an evidence-based look at physician workstress syndromes of burnout and malpractice stress, understand several methods for managing physician work stress, and be aware of the scope and type of Colorado Physician Health Program (CPHP) services available.

9-10 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 Dr. Garg 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.

10-10:30 a.m. Exhibit break

10:30-11:30 a.m. "Medication Errors in the Electronic Age" with Eric Zacharias, MD
Medication errors continue in the era of electronic health records, e-prescribing, and computerized physician order entry. Through a series of case-based examples, Dr. Zacharias will explore how these errors occur and suggest practical approaches to reduce them.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. COMPAC lunch: "Why We Need A Recovery Plan for America’s Physicians" with AMA President-elect Bruce Scott, MD
At a time when nearly two in three physicians say they have experienced symptoms of burnout on the job, the COVID pandemic added another layer of physical, mental and emotional exhaustion on the shoulders of physicians and health care workers. The devastating effects of the pandemic, exacerbated by misinformation and anti-science aggression, and coupled with increasing burdens to deliver patient care and plummeting Medicare reimbursements, are leading to a major doctor shortage over the next five years as one in five physicians say they intend to leave the profession. What will this mean for health care in America? For patients? AMA President-elect Dr. Bruce Scott will talk about the AMA’s Recovery Plan for America’s Physicians, why it’s necessary, and how it will strengthen our physician community to meet the incredible health challenges yet to come. 

12:30 - 1 p.m. Exhibit break with dessert

1-2:30 p.m. "Microaggressions, Allyship, and Upstanding" with Rita Lee, MD, CU Anschutz faculty in general internal medicine, Aurora
Participate in an interactive session on microaggressions and strategies to be an effective ally. Attendees will also practice upstanding skills to intervene when we experience or witness microaggressions. This session is part three of the Foundations in Equity series, but can also be experienced without the previous two modules. Find more information on the full series here.

2:30-3:15 p.m. Exhibit break with raffle drawings

3:15-4 p.m. Research poster competition presentations - **Advance registration for presenters required by Sept. 1; more information below
Attend this session to learn the latest in research or sign up to present a virtual poster in one of three categories: primary research, case report or evidence-based review. Posters will be displayed electronically and presenters will explain their research before a live audience. Awards will be given in various categories at the President’s Gala. Find more information for presenters below.

4-6 p.m. Wellness break/free time
Take a break from a busy day to hike, bike or rest, and rejoin the fun for our evening activities.

6-10 p.m. Children's camp **Advance registration required by Sept. 1; more information below

6-6:45 p.m. President's Reception
Enjoy a cocktail reception with friends old and new before the President’s Gala.

6:45-10 p.m. President's Gala
The President’s Gala is the highlight of the weekend, featuring the passing of the gavel from outgoing CMS President Patrick Pevoto, MD, MBA, to incoming CMS President Omar Mubarak, MD, MBA. Dress is semi-formal. Enjoy a buffet dinner, dessert, music and dancing.


Sunday, Sept. 24

Open time for fun around Vail



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.

Michael H. Gendel, MD has served as the Medical Director Emeritus of Colorado Physician Health Program (CPHP) since 2009. Dr. Gendel served as Medical Director from 1999 to 2009 and served as Associate Medical Director between 1989 and 1999. He provides oversight of assessment, referral, and monitoring functions to physicians with health concerns. In addition, Dr. Gendel is the past president of the Federation of State Physician Health Programs (FSPHP). He has authored several articles on physician stress and physician health and illness and has been an active speaker on these subjects throughout Colorado, nationally, and internationally. He has also chaired the Physician Health Research Planning Group, a national work group that promoted physician health research.

Rita Lee, MD is a Professor of General Internal Medicine. She has been a passionate advocate for underserved populations and a clinician-educator. She is the Director of the Health Equity in Action Lab, which is part of the Anschutz Medical Campus Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement.

Bruce A. Scott, MD, is a board-certified otolaryngologist from Louisville, Ky., and president-elect of the American Medical Association. Dr. Scott has been a leader in medicine throughout his career and a member of the House of Delegates (HOD) for more than 25 years. First elected speaker of the HOD in 2019, he previously served as vice speaker and joined the AMA Board of Trustees in 2015. He is president of Kentuckiana Ear, Nose & Throat, medical director of Premier Ambulatory Surgery Center, and holds a clinical appointment at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

Eric Zacharias, MD is COPIC’s Director of Medical Education and a member of the Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management.  He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Zacharias attended Mississippi State University for his undergraduate training, Vanderbilt University for Medical School, and he completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado.  He practiced Internal Medicine for 25 years in an independent, multi-specialty group. He enjoys running, cooking, family time, and college sports.  


Poster competition

The Colorado Medical Society hosted our second research poster competition at the 2023 CMS Annual Meeting in Vail, Sept. 22-23. Congratulations to the winners:

Bobby McFarling - First Place and People's Choice

Dakota Hitchcock - Second Place

Rebekah Davis, MPH - Third Place

Children’s camp ages 2-12

Thanks to those who brought their kids; we're pleased to provide free childcare to support our members.

Exhibitors and sponsors

The Colorado Medical Society thanks these sponsors and exhibitors for their support of the CMS Annual Meeting:


Center for Personalized Education for Professionals (CPEP)

Colorado Physician Health Program (CPHP)

Colorado Health Matters

Cruise Planners


Huntington Bank


National MS Society


Patient Pop

Rastegar Property

If you are interested in being an Annual Meeting exhibitor or sponsor in 2024, contact Debra Will: or 720-739-4629.


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