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NEWSLETTER 9/2016

1. SAVE THE DATE - MUSIC FOR MEDICINE BENEFIT

The annual Music for Medicine Benefit will take place at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016. Alice Tully Hall is known for exceptional acoustics, and this year’s Vienna Philharmonic’s chamber formation is a well-rehearsed ensemble. They will perform Johannes Brahms’ Piano Quintet. We hope for a grand turnout! INVITATION

2. SAVE THE DATE - VIENNA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE - GALA

The first Vienna School of Medicine – Gala will take place on Monday, November 21, 2016 at the historic Van Swieten Saal at the Medical University of Vienna.

Together with the Josephinum Museum and the Vienna Science and Technology Fund, the Vienna OMI is hosting the first Vienna School of Medicine Gala honoring the past, present and future of medicine and medical research in Vienna. This first gala event will take place at the Van Swieten Saal of the Medical University in Vienna and is focusing on Ophthalmology and Neuroscience. This year’s program features presentations on the development of medicine in Vienna in the 19th century, new medical technology available in eye surgery today and break through findings in medical research.

The main goal is to present Vienna’s achievements in medicine, both past and present and raise funds for future developments in research and education. The net profit of the event will go to the Josephinum Museum, the Vienna OMI and a research institution or project in Vienna.

3. JOINT BOARD MEETING IN SALZBURG

On August 19, 2016 we held our annual joint board meeting at Schloss Arenberg. Board members Robert Wessely, the new president of the American Austrian Foundation, Dr. Michael Stewart Vice Dean, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology at Weill Cornell Medical College and Gregor Medinger represented the New York board. During the meeting board members reviewed all the joint programs (seminars of the Open Medical Institute, various media and cultural programs such as the AAF/Seebacher Prize of Fine Arts, the AAF/Ansbacher Fellowship for Young Conductors and the Miton Wolf seminar).

The board was also informed of the upcoming Vienna benefit on November 21, 2016 as well as the New York Benefit to be held December 14th, 2016 at Lincoln Center. The meeting was concluded with Dr. Rudolf Aichinger's announcement that the recently founded Friends of Schloss Arenberg has raised over € 30,000.

4. THE OPEN MEDICAL INSTITUTE ANNUAL REPORT 2015

Foreword: WHY WE NEED OMI

Billions of dollars in foreign aid have been donated to developing countries to improve medical services. Yet health systems continue to deteriorate and many health care professionals leave their countries. According to international literature, three of the main reasons for this negative development are the lack of trained healthcare professionals due to brain drain, outdated educational facilities and poor medical infrastructure.

Many international aid programs inadvertently contribute to brain drain by offering long-term scholarships to physicians from developing countries. The longer they stay abroad, the less likely it is that they will ever return home.

The Open Medical Institute (OMI) does exactly the opposite: We offer multiple, short term fellowships to mid-career-level, English speaking physicians, chosen based on merit. Through seminars, observerships and outreach programs in the target regions, the program can be tailored to the needs of the physicians in the region. The faculty of experts from leading US and Austrian academic centers serve pro bono and continue to mentor their students as long as it is necessary.

OMI offers a proven way forward to achieving lasting brain gain. More than 18,000 physicians have participated in the OMI programs, the majority of whom remain in their countries. In order to improve infrastructure, the OMI has also installed medical units in several participating hospitals. Via the OMI Handbook Online physicians can access state of the art information directly from the internet, allowing them to treat patients more expeditiously.

We thank our academic partners, our dedicated faculty, and our supporters and donors for enabling the Open Medical Institute to provide medical education beyond borders, transforming health care around the globe. REPORT

Wolfgang Aulitzky, MD
Director of the Open Medical Institute

5. SALZBURG BENEFIT

This year's benefit took place on August 24, 2016 at Schloss Arenberg. Guests were invited to Schloss Arenberg for a panel discussion between Dr. Wolfgang Schüssel, former chancellor of Austria, and Dr. Clemens Hellsberg, musician and former president of the Vienna Philharmonic. Entitled "Europe under Pressure - Where are the Solutions?" Dr. Schüssel and Dr. Hellsberg talked about current issues in Europe e.g. the refugee crisis, Brexit and Austria's and Salzburg's role in international politics recounting examples from their own experiences. Both mentioned connections and similarities between politics and the arts stressing the importance of being hopeful rather than afraid of what the future might bring for Europe. KR Heinrich Spängler, Graf Johannes Moy, Dr. Rudolf Aichinger and Dr. Wolfgang Aulitzky presented an overview of the activities in 2015 and an insight in the history of Schloss Arenberg and presented future projects of the medical and cultural programs of the AAF.

The panel discussion and presentations were followed by a walking lunch on the terrace, accompanied by the soothing strings of a harpist.
Dr. Schüssel and Dr. Hellsberg during the panel discussion

6. OMI OBSERVERSHIP

“I can say that Salzburg Medical Seminars were great! This is thanks to the best American Faculty and their lectures. It was in a wonderful location and with doctors from many different countries.  I exchanged my experience with many of them.

The Observership in Vienna completed my professional career. I improved my knowledge and skills because of everyday activities in the hospital Wilhelminenspital. It was an opportunity to see how modern hospital look like about medical equipment and services and how it is organized in team work.”

Radovan Zec, MD
Specialist Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia

l-r: Dr. Daiva Makaraviciene, Prof. Dr. Michael Gschwantler and Dr. Radovan Zec

7. OMI SATELLITE SYMPOSIUM IN CARDIAC SURGERY, SAINT PETERSBURG

On May 23, 2016 an OMI Satellite Symposium in Cardiac Surgery took place at First St. Petersburg Pavlov State Medical University, St. Petersburg, Russia. The event was organized under the auspices of the St. Petersburg Society of Cardio-Vascular Surgery by Professor Alexander S. Nemkov, head of the Department of Cardiac Surgery at First St. Petersburg Pavlov State Medical University, St. Petersburg, Russia

The Rector of First St. Petersburg Pavlov State Medical University Academician, Sergey F. Bagnenko opened the event and welcomed the international and local faculty and the participants. He emphasized the importance of international collaboration in medicine and assured further administrative support in research, clinical and educational projects.

Dr. Alfred Kocher, Professor of Surgery at the Department of Cardiac Surgery at Medical University Vienna, introduced his clinic, described some of his patients and procedures. His scientific talk was focused on “New Trends in Aortic - Valve Replacement”, “MV Repair for Myxomatous Desease”, “ROSS procedure”, “Teaching and Mentoring in Cardiac Surgery”.

Dr. Marek Ehrlich, Director of Aneurysm Program, Professor of Surgery at the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Medical University of Vienna presented his lectures on the topics of  “Ascending Aortic Aneurysms” and “Atrial Fibrillation“.

The audience consisted of young physicians, interns, residents and fellows as well as young scientists. There was a lively discussion and they asked many questions. Professors Ehrlich and Kocher later visited the cardiac surgery department and spent time in the clinic and intensive care units. They consulted on three patients and provided their opinion and therapy options. REPORT

8. OMI VISITING PROFESSORSHIP PEDIATRIC PULMONOLOGY AND ALLERGOLOGY, CHISINAU

On May 30, 2016 Ernst Eber, MD, professor for Pediatrics at the Medical University in Graz and Co-Course Director at the OMI-CHOP Pediatric Pulmonology and Allergology Seminars visited Chisinau, Moldova for a one-day Visiting Professorship in the end of May. The Visiting Professorship was organized by Olga Cîrstea, MD, assistant professor at the State Medical and Pharmaceutical University “Nicolae Testemitanu” and included a focus meeting on cystic fibrosis with experts and faculty from the Medical University in Chisinau as well as a conference on lung diseases for young specialists. The conference featured presentations on “Recurrent Wheezing in Children under 5 Years of Age”, “Practical aspects of monitoring asthma control in children” and “Interstitial Lung Disease”, case presentations from Moldova and a lively discussion.

After the conference, Dr. Eber visited the cystic fibrosis (CF) ambulance and met with the CF team at the Institute of Mother and Child Health. A total of 137 doctors from Chisinau and smaller cities in Moldova joined the lectures and subsequent discussions.

9. OMI VISITING PROFESSORSHIP IN MEDICAL EDUCATION, VILNIUS

On September 9th 2016, an OMI Visiting Professorship in Medical Education took place at the Faculty of Medicine of Vilnius University in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Prof. Rimantas Jankauskas, MD, PhD, Vice-Rector of Vilnius University, and Prof. Vaiva Hendrixson, MD, PhD, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of Vilnius University, AAF OMI fellow, welcomed the participants. Prof. Wolfgang Aulitzky, Director of the Open Medical Institute, began the event with the lecture “OMI – A Mentoring Institution”.

Dr Beth Rezet, MD, Vice Director of the Pediatrics Residency Program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Clinical Professor at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania, USA, introduced the audience to evolving medical education and shared her knowledge about what makes a great teacher. After a short break, Professor Rezet continued the lecture on the topic of “Adult Learning Theory in Medical Education”. After lunch and a guided tour of the old campus of Vilnius University, Drs. Rezet and Frommel gave the lectures “Setting Goals and Objectives”, “Addressing Problem Learners and Professionalism” and “Giving Feedback”. The audience was actively involved in giving feedback and appreciated the interaction. All of the lectures were followed by a lively discussion.

The OMI Visiting Professorship provided faculty and the participants an opportunity to share experiences, and the feedback from the participants was very positive.

The interaction between the international and local faculty strengthened the cooperation between the Faculty of Medicine of Vilnius University and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the OMI. The plan is to support trainee exchanges between these institutions. Seventy-five doctors participated in the lectures. Quite a few of them were AAF OMI fellows. REPORT

Drs Beth Rezet and Gregg Fromell

10. THE AAF/SEEBACHER PRIZE FOR FINE ARTS

Each year, thanks to the generosity of AAF Board Member Gerhard Seebacher and his wife, Angelika AAF sponsors four young (recent graduate school graduates) to attend the Salzburg Summer Academy, founded by Oskar Kokoschka in the 1950’s as the School of Vision.

Applicants are reviewed by an eminent jury consisting of: Herwig Kempinger (President of the Secesssion – first president was Gustav Klimt) Susanne Neuburger (Head of Collection, MUMOK Stiftung Ludwig Wien) Lukas Pusch (artist and professor at the Summer Academy) and Hildegund Amanshauser (President of the Summer Academy), who make the final selection.

This year’s winners are: Richard Buchanan/New York Academy of Art, Elisabeth Galvez/Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Daphna Mero/Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Jakub Milcak/Columbia University, School of the Arts.

Each Seebacher fellow pursued a course of his/her choice at the Summer Academy taught by internationally renowned artists. More information about this year’s winners can be found here.

11. THE AA/ANSBACHER FELLOWSHIP FOR YOUNG CONDUCTORS

Was awarded to David Gargaro of Eastman School of Music & Bard Conservatory of Music and to Caleb Young of the New England Conservatory by members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

These two young conductors spent several weeks at the Salzburg Festival observing the world’s leading conductors during orchestra and opera rehearsals and performances. They also met members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and had the opportunity to spend time with them to understand their unique sound. More information about this year’s winners can be found here.

12. 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 during July and August.  Organized with members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Passwort Klassik, and under the leadership of 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 Strauss’s “Liebe der Danae,” Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” Gounod’s “Faust” and Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro," with more than 150 children taking part.  The children came from Germany, Switzerland, USA, Great Britain, Russia, Hungary, Romania, Ireland, Croatia, France and Austria.
Over the course of the past decade, the highly successful Opera Camps have staged works by composers including Giuseppe Verdi, W.L. Beethoven, Leo Janacek, George Bizet and Richard Wagner.

Each group works on one opera for one week. The camps culminate with the presentation of the children’s operatic interpretation in a public theater, which is consistently met with critical acclaim. Schloss Arenberg looks forward to welcoming its youngest guests again next summer.
Strauss’s “Liebe der Danae"

13. OMI SEMINARS:June - September

SALZBURG WEILL CORNELL SEMINAR: Psychiatry
SALZBURG ESU/WEILL CORNELL SEMINAR: Urology Master Class
SALZBURG CLEVELAND CLINIC SEMINAR: Cardiac Surgery
SALZBURG WEILL CORNELL SEMINAR: OB/GYN Reproductive Medicine
SALZBURG COLUMBIA SEMINAR: Internal Medicine
SALZBURG CHOP SEMINAR: Pediatric Orthopedics
SALZBURG CLEVELAND CLINIC SEMINAR: Pathology
SALZBURG WEILL CORNELL SEMINAR: Surgery
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