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All Member Business Lunch, Legislative Update & ABFM Update

Location: Salons 3, 4, 6

Get updates on CAFP business, including financials and recent work.

Plus, CAFP’s lobbyists will be joining us to talk about the 2019 legislative session and a representative from the ABFM will be on hand to offer updates and answer questions.

Speaker Bio(s):

Jeff Thormodsgaard

As a partner with Michael Best Strategies, Jeff supports clients in the organization’s Colorado office. Known to be a dynamic policy strategist and campaign specialist, he collaborates with Strategies’ teams in its regional state offices as well as in Washington, D.C. to advance clients’ business objectives through constructive government engagement.

Prior to joining Strategies, Jeff founded Precision Policy Group and served as the company’s President. In this role, he led Precision’s team in political consulting, policy advising, and lobbying. He was first a lobbyist and then a partner with Mendez Steadman & Associates, a political consulting firm in Denver which became Mendez Consulting Inc. when Pat Steadman was appointed to the State Senate in 2009.

Previously, Jeff worked with the Colorado State Legislature as the legislative aide to the Chair of the Colorado House Education Committee. He began his political career in the legislative arena while residing in Alaska, where he was a legislative aide to two legislators and worked on education, labor, and natural resource committees.

Colleen Conry, MD

Dr. Conry is a Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Senior Vice-Chair for Quality and Clinical Affairs. She completed her residency training at the University of Colorado and joined the Department of Family Medicine in 1987.

Dr. Conry dedicated the first half of her career to residency education.  Her educational leadership roles included residency director for three different residency programs, Director of Graduate Medical Education, consultant for the American Academy of Family Physicians’ (AAFP) Family Medicine Residency Assistance Program, member of the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Family Medicine, and faculty for the National Institute for Program Director Development. Dr. Conry continues to precept residents weekly, teaches medical students in her practice, and volunteers with a medical student run homeless clinic. 

She currently serves in multiple leadership positions in a large university-based medical system with responsibility for quality, practice transformation and operations. Dr. Conry is passionate about improving the experience of practicing physicians and their patients and has developed advanced models of care to enhance quality and improve burnout. She is President-Elect of the Medical Staff of the University of Colorado Hospital. 

Over her career Dr. Conry has been active in the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians, serving in leadership roles including President and Delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates. She was appointed to the AAFP Education and Quality Commissions. She also served on the NCQA Clinical Programs Committee which oversees the Patient Centered Medical Home. 

A constant throughout Dr. Conry’s career has been the care of her panel of patients, with her since she began residency more than 30 years ago. Patients teach her daily about relationships, healing, and the value of family medicine. She believes in work-life balance for everyone and cherishes her personal time with her husband and two recently married children. She hikes every weekend in the Colorado mountains and loves spending time at her cabin. 

Dr. Conry serves the ABFM on the Executive Committee, the Bylaws Committee, the Credentials Committee, the Examination Committee, the Audit/Finance Committee, the Research & Development Committee, and the Communications/Publications Committee as its Chair.