Join your colleagues for the premiere event for Colorado physicians, the 2018 CMS Annual Meeting

Sunday, July 01, 2018 12:38 PM
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by Daniel Kelly, CMS contributing writer

Alright folks, it’s that time of year again and we hope you are all ready for the annual event you’re not going to want to miss this fall: The 2018 CMS Annual Meeting!

All year physicians and medical students wait for this weekend for the chance to meet with one another to discuss current events and find out new and exciting things that are happening in the medical world. Always striving to better the experience for all in attendance, a workgroup of physicians and medical students are tirelessly working to make this year’s meeting the most relevant for your practice and career. With entertaining social events to help you forget about work for a few hours and high-quality professional development sessions to help refresh and recharge those mental batteries, this year’s conference is going to be one you are glad you attended.

This year’s meeting will be held at the Vail Marriott in the stunningly beautiful mountain city of Vail, Colo., Sept. 14-15. Registration is free for members and their guests and CMS has secured discounted group pricing for lodging at the resort. Bring the whole family! Free childcare will be provided during conference events Friday and Saturday with meals and snacks provided throughout, and plenty of fun, age-appropriate activities. Advance registration for children (separate from conference registration) is strongly encouraged to ensure proper caregiver-to-child ratios.

If you love food and live music, you’re not going to want to miss out on the exhibitor reception. Taking place Friday evening, CMS’s opening social event allows you to enjoy a fun evening catching up with friends and colleagues from all fields of medicine and trading interesting and funny stories from each respective field. Midday Saturday the COMPAC luncheon will serve up good food and insightful political commentary. To end the conference, a black-tie presidential gala and COPIC dessert buffet will take place Saturday evening to kick off the presidency of Debra Parsons, MD, FACP.

Devoted to celebrating the community of medicine, our annual CMS meeting brings Colorado physicians together for social, clinical and intellectual stimulation. Led by an impressive slate of state and national speakers, attendees will experience informative panel discussions and worthwhile workshops on the hottest topics in medicine, such as the opioid epidemic and health care reform. As part of the conference’s dedication to providing special training to the next generation of physicians, medical students will experience an engaging medical student track while also experiencing the main conference.

This year the meeting will conclude Saturday night, Sept. 15, to allow you and your family a full day on Sunday, Sept. 16 to explore the scenic area surrounding Vail, the village itself, and to participate in the local activities such as hiking, biking and fishing. Talk about perfect timing because this year the CMS annual meeting coincides perfectly with the Vail Oktoberfest! Held Sept. 14-16, enjoy as much Bavarian beer, music and dancing, yodeling and alpenhorn blowing as you can in a traditional Bavarian fare fashion. If beer and music isn’t what you or your family are looking for there is no need to worry: Vail’s farmers market and art show will take place Sept. 16. Stroll down East Meadow Drive and enjoy local Colorado treats and art from over 135 different tents.

This year’s conference is sure to be one that you are not going to want to miss. With the selected panel of speakers, events and discussions planned, location and time for activities, this is sure to be a weekend to look forward to.

We are excited to welcome you and your family to the 2018 CMS Annual Meeting. For more information and to register online, visit


2019 CMS Annual Meeting suspended; be sure to attend 2018

The 2019 CMS Annual Meeting has been suspended but the 2018 Annual Meeting is still on so please make plans to join your colleagues this year!

The CMS Board of Directors voted to suspend the 2019 Annual Meeting at their May 18 meeting to ensure adequate funding to meet the extraordinary challenges coming in the 2019 legislature and to investigate alternatives to the annual meeting for meaningful member engagement. This decision came after an in-depth discussion on the public policy challenges facing the profession in 2019, as well as a review of past and projected annual meeting member participation and related organizational expenses.

This action does not affect the 2018 meeting, which will go on as scheduled and planned.

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