The American Austrian Foundation

NEWSLETTER 9/2015

1. THE VERY BEST FOR OUR CHAIRMAN AMBASSADOR WILLIAM VANDEN HEUVEL

We are thrilled to report that our Chairman, Ambassador William vanden Heuvel has returned to the office after a heart surgery in July. We wish him all the very best and are grateful for his leadership.

2. THE OMI IS INVITED TO INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PANDEMICS

On September 12, 2015 the International Peace Institute (IPI) under the auspices of Mr. Terje Rød-Larsen hosted a high-level, international conference on “Preparing for Pandemics: Lessons Learned for More Effective Responses” at Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

Prominent leaders of international organizations such as the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the Red Cross, the Institut Pasteur, Médecins Sans Frontières and the Open Society Foundation, as well as senior officials and leading health experts from around the world participated in this event.

The conference offered an ideal platform to discuss challenges and lessons learned from the Ebola crisis, as well as actionable solutions and their implementation. With more than 20 years of experience, the OMI has expertise in building capacity, promoting local medical infrastructure, and preventing brain drain, which is essential for the success of any serious attempt to contain and tackle pandemics. Therefore, we look forward to joining forces with other global players and work towards actionable solutions in order to be better prepared for future pandemic outbreaks.

Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General of the WHO, and Mr. Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia and currently Chair of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism, mentioned the OMI as one of the most successful help in building capacity and promoting brain gain in countries of transition.

l-r: Mr. Rubin Donis, Representative of CDC, Mr. Röd Larson, Pres. IPI, Ms. Valesca Huber, Med. Historian

3. THE OMI COOPERATION WITH BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP

In 2006, as part of their pro-bono work, the Boston Consulting Group Vienna reviewed the efficiency of the Open Medical Institute’s programs. The analysis confirmed the program's outreach.

In the beginning of 2015, BCG once more agreed to reassess the OMI’s developments of the last few years and to advise the OMI in its endeavor to further expand the program. Specifically BCG is advising OMI in establishing an Alumni Network.
We would like to thank the Boston Consulting Group for sharing their expertise with us and for donating their valuable time.



4. MOU WITH THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH OF THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA

In May 2015, the Open Medical Institute (OMI) and the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Armenia signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote international cooperation in medical education and science, and to improve clinical skills and medical expertise of Armenian doctors in different fields of medicine.
In order to promote brain gain and international collaborations with Armenia, the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Armenia supports OMI activities in Austria, and Armenia and offers stipends to Armenian doctors participating in the Salzburg Medical Seminars International (SMSI) and the OMI-Observership Program.

The Ministry of Health of the Republic of Armenia and the OMI intend to cooperate as both parties are sure it will benefit the health care systems and medical communities in Armenia and the South Caucasus Region.

5. NEW COLLABORATION WITH INSTITUT PASTEUR

The Open Medical Institute is delighted to announce an new cooperation with the Institut Pasteur (IP), one of the world’s leading fundamental research institutions in the fields of Biology and Medicine. The introduction to IP comes via AAF board member, Pablo Legorreta.

The Institut Pasteur named after its founder, Louis Pasteur, has produced ten Nobel Prize Winners since its creation in 1887. Over the years, the Institut Pasteur established a vast international network comprised of 33 institutes spread across 26 countries and 5 continents. Their work covers a broad range of research including microbiology and infectious diseases, immunology, neuroscience, developmental biology, genetics and cancer.

The Institut Pasteur and OMI share a strong interest in international medical collaborations to fight diseases and to improve medical education worldwide. Therefore, OMI and IP plan to work together in the following two areas:
1. Researchers from the IP are invited to direct an OMI/IP Seminar on Microbiology, Immunology, Epidemiology or Translational Medicine
2. OMI Seminar Alumni will have the possibility for a one- to three-month training at the Institute Pasteur in Paris or in any other of their 33 research institutions across the globe.

Joining forces with the Institut Pasteur will significantly extend the impact of both our programs and will help improve healthcare systems around the world. We are very much looking forward to collaborating with our colleagues in Paris at the Institute Pasteur. À bientôt en Salzburg!


l-r: Wolfgang Aulitzky, MD, Mr. Pablo Legorreta visiting the Pasteur Museum

6. OMI VISITING PROFESSORSHIP IN REHABILITATION MEDICINE

The first Visiting Professorship in Rehabilitation Medicine in Lithuania was held in Vilnius, on June 29, 2015 under the auspices of the American Austrian Foundation/Open Medical Institute and Vilnius University, Faculty of Medicine.

Michael O’Dell, MD, Chief of Clinical Services, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center and Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine served as faculty and gave three lectures on rehabilitation treatment. His lectures were followed by interesting case presentations by participants. During these interactive discussions many practical questions were raised and answered. More than 50 doctors from both specialties, rehabilitation and ergo- therapy, participated in the lectures. Dr. O’Dell also visited the inpatient clinic of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of Vilnius University Hospital Santariskiu Clinics.

Following the visiting professorship Vilnius University Faculty of Medicine organized a social event for all participants.


Michael O’Dell, MD

7. NEW INTERN IN SALZBURG

Daniel Pham joined us as an intern in August. He is a recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where he majored in Biology and minored in German. Upon returning to the United States in November, he hopes to gain further experience within the realm of medical research and clinical practice, while applying to medical school. He aspires to become a family physician, serving his home community in Tulsa. He has a passion for music and would like to further explore its uses within medicine. Daniel enjoys playing the double bass, photography, quality beer, and good company.

He shares some of his experiences thus far: “Interning with the AAF has been a wonderful experience! This is the first time I’ve really had the chance to work with such a diverse group of people. Working in a professional setting has really taught me how to work well with different people, which is vital for any career. I’m excited to see what else I will gain from the medical seminars. The OMI is such a great program, where knowledge and experiences are shared across cultures and borders to improve health care on a global scale. This cultural enrichment and intellectual enlightenment is what I want to take back to Oklahoma.



8. BENEFIT CONCERT WITH THE VIENNA BOYS CHOIR

In 2014 the Vienna Boys Choir agreed to become CHOP’s Goodwill Ambassadors and will perform a benefit concert at Verizon Hall on December 10, 2015. This should be an annual event in Philadelphia in the years to come. >> Invitation



9. MUSIC FOR MEDICINE BENEFIT

Our annual benefit Salzburg Weill Cornell Seminars will take place on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 with a concert performed by members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (including a harpist for the first time!) at Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall. We hope for a grand turnout! >> Invitation



10. OPERA CAMPS AT SCHLOSS ARENBERG: CHILDREN’S INTERPRETATION OF CLASSICAL MUSIC

For the tenth year, Schloss Arenberg hosted a series of Opera Camps for children this summer. Organized with members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Passwort Klassik, and under the guidance of Mrs. Hanne Muthspiel-Payer and her team of senior musicians and educators, these camps offered the young participants the opportunity to create their own age-appropriate version of classic operas. This year’s camps featured Beethoven’s “Fidelio,” Verdi’s “Trovatore” and Strauss’s “Rosenkavalier,” with a total of over 80 children taking part.

The children came from Germany, Switzerland, the United States, Great Britain, Russia, Croatia, France and Austria. Over the course of the past decade, the highly successful Opera Camps have staged works by composers including Giuseppe Verdi, Leos Janacek, George Bizet and Richard Wagner. Each tranche of participants works on one opera for roughly one week. The camps culminate with the presentation of the children’s operatic interpretation in a public concert, which is consistently met with critical acclaim. Schloss Arenberg looks forward to welcoming its youngest guests again next summer.



11. OMI SEMINARS: May 17 - July 25

SALZBURG COLUMBIA SEMINAR: Maternal & Infant Health
SALZBURG WEILL CORNELL SEMINAR: Infectious Diseases
SALZBURG CHOP SEMINAR: Behavioral Pediatrics & Child Development
SALZBURG CHOP SEMINAR: General Pediatrics
SALZBURG WEILL CORNELL SEMINAR: Rehabilitation Medicine
SALZBURG WEILL CORNELL SEMINAR: Oncology A: Hematologic Malignancies
SALZBURG WEILL CORNELL SEMINAR: OB/GYN
SALZBURG WEILL CORNELL SEMINAR/ESU: Master Class in Urology
SALZBURG WEILL CORNELL SEMINAR: Dermatology
SALZBURG COLUMBIA SEMINAR: Internal Medicine
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