Saturday, June 22, 2024
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Minneapolis

1500 Washington Avenue South

This immersive in-person experience is the culminating event in our Maximizing Medical Practice series and is aimed at catalyzing actionable change within the medical community. Leading experts and alumni will facilitate robust discussions on pressing issues such as: 

  • the intersection of technology and medicine
  • the business challenges facing healthcare providers
  • physician well-being
  • the broader culture of medicine

Through participatory sessions and collaborative brainstorming, attendees will emerge equipped with actionable insights and a roadmap for effecting positive change in their practices and communities. 

Maximizing Medical Practice is a new series for alumni developed by the Alumni Engagement & Events Committee of the Medical School Alumni Board. Events in the series are designed to empower physicians to become change agents in the environments in which they are trained, interact with other members of the health care team, adapt to emerging technology, maneuver the bureaucratic and administrative challenges, and most importantly, take care of patients. 


Conference registration includes access to plenary addresses, breakout sessions, and expert panel discussions. Light breakfast, boxed lunch and snack breaks are also included. 

Physicians/Alumni: $150 
Current Students/Residents/Fellows: $60 

Volunteers will receive a code for a $50 discount off the price of registration. We need volunteers to serve as room managers in the breakout rooms or to help wherever it's needed. For more information or to volunteer, visit the Volunteer Sign Up form. Do not register prior to receiving the discount code. 

In order to appropriately plan for the breakout rooms and to meet any special needs, such as dietary restrictions, lactation room, etc., pre-registration is preferred; however, on-site registration will be allowed as space permits. 

This activity will provide a maximum of 6.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. See the Accreditation Statement below or visit the registration site for details.



 8:00 am  Welcome

 8:15 am  Plenary Sessions|Introduction to Challenges in:

     Culture of Practice
     Business of Medicine
     Al and Technology in Medicine
     Physician Wellbeing

 9:35 am  Topical Breakout Sessions

11:00 am  Breakout Room Reports

11:20 am  Expert Panel Discussion, Q&A

12:00 pm  Working Lunch (provided)


12:30 pm  Reconvene

12:45 pm  Plenary Sessions|Potential Approach to Solutions in:

     Culture of Practice 
     Physician Wellbeing
     Al and Technology in Medicine
     Business of Medicine 

 2:05 pm  Topical Breakout Sessions

 3:30 pm  Breakout Room Reports

 3:50 pm  Expert Panel Discussion, Q&A

 4:30 pm  Adjourn 



The goal of the Maximizing Medical Practice conference is to meaningfully address current challenges and identify potential action to effect positive change.  Our presenters, who bring expert guidance and information, will engage physicians in discussions in these areas:

Culture of Practice | Dr. Taj Mustapha

Business of Medicine | Mr. Larry Diamond

Al and Technology in Medicine | Dr. Christopher Tignanelli

Physician Wellbeing | Dr. Meghan Rothenberger & Dr. Brian Muthyala

Maximizing Medical Practice Conference 2024 speakers
Larry Diamond, MBA

Larry Diamond, MBA '92

As the President and CEO of Mitesco, Inc., a publicly traded growth company, Mr. Diamond led the development and acquisition of innovative technologies and services that improve healthcare outcomes for individuals and providers. With over twenty-five years of experience in healthcare, health tech, and health insurance, he demonstrates a vision and a passion for creating shareholder value and enhancing consumer satisfaction.

Mr. Diamond leverages his MBA in Marketing and Finance, and skills in manufacturing process improvement, new business development, and strategy, as the Principal of Diamond Consulting and Investments. In this role, he provides business strategy consulting, financing, and investing to enhance operational and revenue performance for healthcare and health technology companies.

Taj Mustapha, MD

Taj Mustapha, MD (Res. '09 & '10)

Dr. Mustapha received her MD from the University of California San Francisco, and completed her combined internal medicine and pediatrics residency training at the University of Minnesota.  She is the Chief of Equity Strategy for M Health Fairview – the Joint Clinical Enterprise between University of Minnesota and Fairview Health Services, and an Associate Professor in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. She is also a Fellow in the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a faculty member for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. 

Her research focus is on equity and inclusion in assessments – from the way we assess learners and educators in the clinical learning environment, to the way we assess care systems. She has presented internationally on a broad array of topics related to the advancement of Health Equity, and has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Sickle Cell Foundation Health Equity Champion award, the University of Minnesota Distinguished Mentoring award, and the Mullen-Spector-Tuax Women’s Leadership award. 

Dr. Brian Muthyala

Brian Muthyala, MD '08, MPH '08 (Res. '12)

Brian Muthyala, MD, MPH, is an internal medicine physician and Hospitalist that maintains clinical interests in hospital medicine, global health, internal medicine and medical advocacy. Dr. Muthyala is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine with the Division of General Internal Medicine for the University of Minnesota Medical School.

He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed his residency training at the University of Minnesota Internal Medicine and Pediatrics program. His is involved in the Global Health Pathway and is an Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Hospitalist. His clinical interests involve global medicine, resident medical education, medical advocacy, and the interplay between the humanities and medicine.

Dr. Meghan Rothenberger

Meghan Rothenberger, MD (Res. '07, Fel. '11)

Dr. Rothenberger received her MD from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and completed her Internal Medicine residency and Infectious Disease fellowship at the University of Minnesota.  She served as Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program for 8 years and continues to be active in medical education.  She is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine at the U of MN and an infectious disease/HIV clinician at the Minneapolis VA.

Dr. Rothenberger developed an interest in burnout prevention early on in her career and has been open about her own struggles with mental health and burnout.  She has been an advocate for addressing systems issues that contribute to burnout and has helped numerous trainees and faculty navigate career challenges.  More recently, she has been using storytelling to reflect on the human side of medicine; her work has been featured on several podcasts including Disrupt Yourself, Doctor Plus, and The Nocturnists.

Christopher Tignanelli, MD, MS, FACS, FAMIA

Christopher Tignanelli, MD, MS '20, FACS, FAMIA

Dr. Tignanelli is an Acute Care Surgeon at the University of Minnesota providing trauma, emergency surgery, critical care, and ECMO care for critically ill patients. He is triple board-certified in General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, and Clinical Informatics. His research focuses on the development and validation of machine learning and AI-enabled decision support systems as well as the implementation, user-centered design, and scaling of interoperable clinical decision support tools. He is the current dyad director of the University of Minnesota Center for Outcomes, Quality, Delivery and Evaluation (C-QODE). He is the current co-Director of the Federated Computer Vision in Healthcare U.S. Collaborative and faculty in the UMN Institute for Health Informatics' Natural Language Processing research lab. In 2021, he was named a "Health Care Hero" by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal for his innovative use of AI and informatics to improve healthcare for patients with COVID-19.




Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Minneapolis

The conference will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott Minneapolis Downtown at 1500 Washington Avenue SE. Just east of Interstate 35-E, the hotel is located in the Seven Corners area, one block from the University of Minnesota Minneapolis West Bank campus (near the law school). 

The hotel is accessible to Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport by taxi, ride share, and light rail. For information on taking light rail to the hotel, visit the Metro Transit website and use the Trip Planner to map your route from the airport to West Bank Station.   
Tip: When using the Trip Planner, click "More Options" and indicate that you're only willing to walk 1/4 mile; this will show you how to transfer from the Blue to the Green line.  A Blue Line-only trip will only take you to Cedar Riverside Station, a 1/2+ mile walk from the hotel.

Courtyard by Marriott Minneapolis Downtown
1500 Washington Avenue SE
Minneapolis MN 55454


The following hotels are within one mile of the U of M campus and are accessible to the conference via light rail train:

Days Hotel by Wyndham University Ave SE  
2407 University Avenue SE  
Minneapolis MN 55414  

Graduate Minneapolis 
615 Washington Avenue SE    
Minneapolis MN 55414

Hampton Inn Minneapolis University  
2812 University Avenue SE  
Minneapolis MN 55414  

Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis University Area  
511 Huron Boulevard SE  
Minneapolis MN 55414  

Home 2 Suites by Hilton Minneapolis University Area  
2808 University Avenue SE  
Minneapolis MN 55414  


NOTE: UMAA members can save 20% off regular room rates at some hotels.  See Member Hotel Benefit page for details and instructions.

Aloft Minneapolis
900 Washington Avenue South
Minneapolis MN 55415

Canopy by Hilton Minneapolis Mill District
708 South 3rd Street
Minneapolis MN 55415

Moxy Minneapolis Downtown
247 Chicago Avenue
Minneapolis MN 55415

Radisson RED Minneapolis Downtown
609 South 3rd Street
Minneapolis MN 55415

Sonder at East End
240 Chicago Avenue
Minneapolis MN 55415


Accreditation Statement

Jointly Accredited Provider | Interprofessional Continuing Education

In support of improving patient care, University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

American Medical Association (AMA)
The University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.