Michigan Tech Hosts First Upper Peninsula Medical Conference


Hosted by the Michigan Technological University Health Research Institute, the 2022 Upper Peninsula Medical Conference (UPMedCon) brings together medical practitioners, researchers and students for a weekend of learning about health issues impacting rural communities.

UPMedCon takes place Aug. 26-28 at the Memorial Union Building. Health practitioners from around the Upper Peninsula and northern Great Lakes region are invited to attend.

Seminar topics will include digital medicine strategy, lifestyle and wellness integration, obesity, aging, vaccine efficacy and vaccine hesitancy. A full list of seminar topics and session objectives is available on the Upper Peninsula Medical Conference website. The conference will also include a poster session the evening of Aug. 26.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Bengt Arnetz, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, MScEpi, FACOEM – Michigan State University
  • Andrew Pekosz, Ph.D. – Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
  • Abram Wagner, Ph.D. – School of Public Health, University of Michigan Ann Arbor
  • Jason Bombard, D.O. – Aspirus Ironwood Clinic
  • Ryan Brang, M.D. – NorthCountry Health Direct Primary Care
  • Zachariah DeYoung, M.D. – Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center
  • Claire Drom, M.D. – St. Cloud Hospital, CentraCare Clinics
  • Erica Griffin, M.D. – UP Health System - Marquette
  • Kelly Kamm, MHS, Ph.D. – Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology, Michigan Technological University
  • Robin Meneguzzo, FNP-C, IFMCP – Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology, Michigan Technological University
  • Brian MacFalda, D.O., MBA – MyMichigan Health
  • Gayle Maslakow, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, BC-ADM – Aspirus Ironwood, Aspirus Ontonagon and Aspirus Iron River Clinics

Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in networking events and activities. For more information and to register, visit the Upper Peninsula Medical Conference website.

Michigan Technological University is a public research university founded in 1885 in Houghton, Michigan, and is home to more than 7,000 students from 55 countries around the world. Consistently ranked among the best universities in the country for return on investment, Michigan’s flagship technological university offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, computing, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and the arts. The rural campus is situated just miles from Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, offering year-round opportunities for outdoor adventure.