The American Austrian Foundation

NEWSLETTER 2/2016

1. THE OMI AT THE INSTITUT PASTEUR INTERNATIONAL NETWORK MEETING

The Scientific Symposium of the Institut Pasteur International Network (RIIP) took place at the Institut Pasteur in Paris from October 14 to 16, 2015. More than 700 scientists and medical doctors from the Institut Pasteur’s network around the globe attended.

This year’s symposium "Global Health and One Health" focused on developing a global approach to health research and comprised a large number of scientific lectures and workshops.  

Wolfgang Aulitzky, medical director of the American Austrian Foundation presented the Open Medical Institute and participated in a workshop on international medical education sharing the OMI’s approach and experiences, which promote brain gain and prevent brain drain.

2. THE NINETEENTH ANNUAL BENEFIT "MUSIC FOR MEDICINE"

The nineteenth annual Music for Medicine benefit took place on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performed unique
arrangements for harp and strings by Beethoven, Smetana and Debussy.   

Welcoming remarks were given by AAF Chairman Ambassador William vanden Heuvel and Dr. Michael Stewart of Weill Cornell Medicine.  Dr. Wolfgang Aulitzky presented comments around the topic of “Brain Drain.”  Additionally, the Humes Visiting Professorship Award was bestowed on Dr. Matthew Fink of Weill Cornell Medicine and Dr. Eugen Trinka of Paracelsus Medical University.

The concert was followed by dinner and a live auction, conducted by Peter Costanzo of Doyle New York.  The live auction raised an additional $67,000 for the Salzburg Medical Seminars program.   Overall, the evening raised a record breaking $602,000. We were honored to welcome Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and Mrs. Ban as special guests at the concert. The full gallery of photos from the event may be found here.

A huge thank you to all our supporters !


l-r: Harald Krumpoeck, Mrs. Ban, Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, Andreas Grossbauer

3. AZERBAIJAN STATE ADVANCED TRAINING INSTITUTE FOR DOCTORS

Wolfgang Aulitzky, Medical Director of the Open Medical Institute/American Austrian Foundation gave a keynote speech at the 80th anniversary celebration of the Azerbaijan State Advanced Training Institute for Doctors (ASATID) on December 21, 2015 in Baku.

The Open Medical Institute has trained 326 Azeri doctors providing a total of 434 fellowships over the past 18 years. Among the guests were ASATID’s Dean, Nazim Gasimov, who recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the OMI and ASATID to foster the collaboration, as well as several OMI Alumni.

Recently OMI initiated a project with the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) whereby OMI Azeri fellows are trained in Austria and Azerbaijan to become experts in Stroke Prevention. OMI will provide ASATID with an ultrasound device to conduct an international multi-center study with colleagues in Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Austria.

For pictures and a report in Azeri language, please see the following website: http://www.adhti.edu.az/az.php?go=xeber128


4. OMI FELLOW PUBLISHES BILINGUAL JOURNAL IN MOLDOVA

OMI Alumnus, Dr. Adrian Belîi, published the first bilingual (English, Romanian) cross-specialty Journal in Moldova called the Moldovan Journal of Health Sciences (MJHS), (www.usmf.md/revista).

The MJHS is a scientific peer-reviewed journal with national and international distribution. MJHS also publishes the best clinical cases from the OMI Case Library and promotes OMI Alumni activities.

If you are interested in publishing your case report in the MJHS, please contact:
Adrian Belîi at editor.mjhs@usmf.md (For OMI Alumni, publication in MJHS is free of charge.)

5. SPECIAL NEONATOLOGY CALENDAR from SLOVAKIA

Dr. Peter Krcho, OMI alumna and Head of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Košice, Slovakia has saved the lives of many premature babies, thanks to the skills he acquired through OMI seminars and observerships.

He also happens to be a photographer and has documented many of these little patients, most recently creating a calendar featuring newborn twins, triplets even quadruplets. The first person to receive this calendar is none other than Slovakian President, Andrej Kiska.



6. FORMER OMI COORDINATOR FROM ARMENIA HONORED BY ARMENIAN PRIME MINISTER

In fall 2015, Bella Grigoryan, MD, OMI Alumni and former OMI local coordinator in Armenia received a medal of honor from the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia for her contributions to the Armenian health care system and continuing medical education .

Dr. Grigoryan attended her first Salzburg Weill Cornell Seminar in Neurology in 1999. She subsequently came to Vienna as an observer and took on the role of OMI country coordinator in 2003. In that capacity she initiated a continuing medical education program in Yerevan with the help  and support  of the  Fund for Armenian  Relief  and Armenian OMI fellows, who mentored colleagues from rural areas for one month in Yerevan, during which they did  an observership and attended English and  computer  courses, in order to qualify for an OMI seminar in Salzburg and other international  medical  events. Thanks to this ongoing program up to  540  Armenian physicians were able to upgrade their  professional skills and  12 qualified for an OMI seminar in Salzburg.

She also oversaw the installation and use of early stroke detection equipment, an OMI project, initiated in collaboration with the Austrian Development Agency, which is ongoing.

We congratulate Bella Grigoryan on this well-deserved honor and would like to take this opportunity to thank her for her incredible work and support of the OMI.


7. OMI NEUROLOGY & UROLOGY VISITING PROFESSORSHIP IN TBILISI

Dr. Wolfgang Aulitzky, Urologist at Weill Cornell Medical College & the Medical University of Vienna and Dr. Eugen Trinka, head of department of Neurology, Christian-Doppler-Klinik Salzburg were invited to Tbilisi, Georgia as Visiting Professors to present recent developments in their respective fields of expertise.

30 Urologists from hospitals in Tbilisi and Kutaisi followed Dr. Aulitzky’s lecture on Testosterone Replacement Therapy and joined the lively discussion. This Visiting Professorship was organized by Dr. Zaza Tchanturaia, an OMI alumna who is very active as an urologist and in training young specialists in Georgia.

Dr. Trinka gave two lectures covering “Stroke, Seizures and Epilepsy – Can EEG-monitoring assist in treatment?” and “Diagnosis and treatment of status epilepticus - seizures in the acute setting”. More than 30 young neurologists and students from Georgia and neighboring countries attended his lectures at the MediClubGeorgia conference hall and took this opportunity to ask many questions.

8. VIENNA OPEN MEDICAL INSTITUTE ANNUAL MEETING

The 4th annual meeting of the Vienna Open Medical Institute took place at Billrothhaus, home of the Society of Physicians in Vienna on November 30th, 2015. The meeting is always a great opportunity to meet OMI fellows, faculty members and mentors from Vienna and to honor their contributions to the success of the OMI programs.

Wolfgang Aulitzky, Medical Director of the American Austrian Foundation, Udo Janßen, Director General of the Vienna Hospital Association, as well as Beatrix Volc-Platzer, Vice President of the Society of Physicians gave an overview on the heritage and future of the Vienna School of Medicine and the Vienna-OMI’s achievements.

One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of the 2015-OMI-Award to Drs. Walter Klimscha, Chairman of the Dept. of Anesthesiology, Sozialmedizinisches Zentrum Ost – Donauspital, Marek Ehrlich, Alfred Kocher, both from the Dept. of Cardio-thoracic Surgery at the General Hospital of Vienna) and Sylvia Schwarz, Chairman of the Dept. of Anesthesiology at Krankenhaus Hietzing. They are dedicated, long-time mentors who have donated their time, expertise and energy to OMI Observers from Eastern European, Central Asian and African countries who then have improved the lives of hundreds of people in their home countries.

This year’s guest of honor, Dr. Julie Hall, Senior Representative of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement provided some insights into current crises and the work of the Red Cross, stressing that programs such as the Vienna OMI help prevent future pandemics.

For more details and pictures, please see the Vienna OMI website
http://www.vienna-omi.at/en/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=33&cntnt01origid=

15&cntnt01returnid=92


l-r: Professors Wolfgang Aulitzky, Marek Ehrlich, Alfred Kocher, Walter Klimscha, Udo Janßen


9. OMI CARDIAC SURGERYSATELLITE SYMPOSIUM IN PRAGUE

On October 23, 2015 the 2nd OMI Satellite Symposium in Cardiac Surgery took place at the Charles University Hospital in Prague, Czech Republic. The event was held under the auspices of the Czech Society for Cardiovascular Surgery, with the support Professor Jaroslav Lindner, head of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Charles University Hospital in Prague and the Olga Havel Foundation.

Dr. Milena Černá, head of The Committee of Good Will – Olga Havel Foundation welcomed the international and local faculty, OMI fellows and the participants of the symposium and presented the Open Medical Institute, Salzburg Medical Seminars International and the Open Medical Club of the Czech Republic.

OMI faculty members, Dr. Edward Soltesz, from the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic and longtime OMI seminar course director and Dr. Stephane Mahr, from the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Medical University of Vienna presented the newest information on Cardiac Surgical Techniques, which was followed by a roundtable discussion with local experts and a lively discussion.

Two young physicians were selected from several entries to present their cases and Dr. Jan Sterba won the best poster award. 40 doctors participated in the lectures, 7 Salzburg Fellows attended the symposium.

The First Faculty of Medicine, General Teaching Hospital, Charles University, The Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, University Hospital in Vienna and the Cleveland Clinic are cooperating on doctoral programs and further collaborations are under discussion. All the cooperation projects were discussed with Prof. Jaroslav Lindner, Dr. Edward G. Soltesz and Dr. Jan Marounek, representative of the Ministry of Health during the formal dinner.  


l-r: Prof. Jaroslav Lindner – Chales University Hospital, Czech Republic, Dr. Jan Štěrba – the winner of THE BEST POSTER, Dr. Edward G. Soltesz – The Cleveland Clinic

10. ANNUAL OMI COORDINATORSí MEETING 2016

The Open Medical Institute is a success story. Its success, more specifically, is the product of numerous international collaborations and cooperation. One group who is key to the OMI is our network of local coordinators.

Currently, we work with 30 of coordinators in 30 of countries throughout Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Bloc. Coordinators are tasked with the promotion of the various OMI programs in their respective countries, and are heavily involved in the recruitment and assessment of fellows. OMI staff also work with various coordinators to plan and implement local satellite symposia, which are 2-day seminars. Increasingly, our coordinators are also becoming more involved in local fundraising activities to enable more physicians to participate in OMI programs.

From January 24 - 26, 2016, we were happy to welcome 20 of our OMI coordinators to Schloss Arenberg in Salzburg, for a 3 day meeting to review procedures, address concerns and plan for 2016 and beyond. It was an excellent opportunity for the OMI team to build relationships with this important group of partners.



11. TOP 10 SUMMER FELLOWSHIPS OF 2016

Each December, Profellows.com, an online database of professional and academic fellowships compiles a “top 10” list of the most interesting fellowships for the following summer. Those opportunities that are selected for this prestigious list are viewed as fellowships that will provide “a truly unique experience” for the fellow, as well as enhance their resumes. It is with pride that we announce that the American Austrian Foundation/Seebacher Prize for Fine Arts has been selected as one of the “Top 10 Summer Fellowships of 2016” on Profellows.com.

The AAF/Seebacher Prize for Fine Arts has been recognized among other respected fellowships including an opportunity with Google News and a CDC funded fellowship in infectious diseases. The “Top 10 Summer Fellowships of 2016” announcement has already been viewed close to 5,000 times in the short period that has elapsed following the publication, proving to be an excellent source of exposure to potential applicants. The “Top 10 Summer Fellowships of 2016” announcement can be viewed here.

12. MILTON WOLF SEMINAR 2016

The Paris Effect:  Journalism, Diplomacy, and Information Controls
Vienna, Austria, April 4 – 6, 2016
Program

13. VIENNA CITY OF SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM

Vienna City of Science Symposium. Neuroscience: At the Cutting Edge of Discovery and Translation.
  Program

14. OMI SEMINARS: August 30 - December 12, 2015

SALZBURG COLUMBIA SEMINAR: Family Medicine
SALZBURG WEILL CORNELL SEMINAR: Neurosurgery
SALZBURG WEILL CORNELL SEMINAR: International Atherosclerosis Society Seminar: Lipid Metabolism
SALZBURG CHOP SEMINAR: Medical Education
SALZBURG WEILL CORNELL SEMINAR: Cardiology
SALZBURG WEILL CORNELL SEMINAR: Psychiatry
SALZBURG CLEVELAND SEMINAR: Cardiac Surgery
SALZBURG WEILL CORNELL SEMINAR: Diagnostic Imaging
SALZBURG WEILL CORNELL SEMINAR: Oncology B: Soft Tissue, Bone & Skin Malignancies
SALZBURG COLUMBIA SEMINAR: Diabetes
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