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NEWSLETTER 3/2017

1. MUSIC FOR MEDICINE BENEFIT

The 20th annual Music for Medicine benefit took place on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at Alice Tully Hall in New York City. Members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performed Brahms’ Piano Quintet.  Welcoming remarks were given by AAF Chairman Thomas McGrath, Daisy Soros, Benefit Chair, and Andreas Grossbauer, Chairman of the Vienna Philharmonic. Dr. Wolfgang Aulitzky, Director of the Salzburg Medical Seminar Program, gave a short overview of our accomplishments to date.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon honored us with his presence and shared his thoughts on the importance of the work of the Open Medical Institute. His speech can be found here

Dr. Mathias Bostrom (Hospital for Special Surgery), Dr. Stephen Ludwig (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia), Dr. Lloyd Michener (Duke University Medical Center) and Dr. Joseph Tenenbaum (Columbia University), received a very special honor this year and were each awarded the Austrian Cross of Merit by Ambassador Wolfgang Waldner and Consul General Georg Heindl.

Additionally, The Humes Visiting Professorship Award was bestowed on Dr. David Trost of Weill Cornell Medicine, who serves as course director of the Salzburg Weill Cornell Diagnostic Imaging Seminar, by Dean Emeritus Dr. Antonio Gotto.

The concert was followed by dinner and a live auction, conducted by Peter Costanzo of Doyle New York.  Overall, the evening raised a record breaking $630,000. The full gallery of photos from the event may be found here. A huge thank you to all our supporters!
(L-R Consul General Georg Heindl, Amb. Wolfgang Waldner, Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, Dr. Lloyd Michener, Dr. Joseph Tenenbaum, Dr. Stephen Ludwig, Dr. Mathias Bostrom, Dr. Wolfgang Aulitzky)

2. INAUGURAL GALA TO PROMOTE THE VIENNA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

On Monday, November 21, 2016, the Vienna Open Medical Institute, the Josephinum Museum, and the Vienna Science and Technology Fund, hosted the inaugural Vienna School of Medicine Gala honoring the past, present and future of medicine and medical research in Vienna. The goal was to highlight Vienna’s achievements in medicine and raise funds for future innovations in research and education.

The Gala took place at the historic Van Swieten Saal at the Medical University of Vienna and featured highlights in Ophthalmology and Neuroscience with presentations on the development of medicine in Vienna since the 18th century, new medical technology available in eye surgery today, and break through findings in medical research. Overall, the evening raised € 110.000. >>Photo Galerie

3. NEW DEAN OF WEILL CORNELL MEDICINE

Dr. Augustine M.K. Choi, an internationally renowned physician-scientist in the field of lung disease, has been named the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean of Weill Cornell Medicine and Cornell University’s Provost for Medical Affairs. Dr. Choi served as Interim Dean starting in June 2016, when Dr. Laurie Glimcher stepped down.

He was recruited in 2013 as the Sanford I. Weill Chairman and Professor of Medicine in the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Department of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and as Physician-in-Chief of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Before joining Weill Cornell, Choi was a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and the chief of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Augustine M.K. Choi, MD

4. COLLABORATION BETWEEN U.S. EMBASSY AND PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGY CENTER, BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

Starting in 2012, the U.S. Embassy Bratislava regularly hosted medical doctors and experts from the Pediatric Cardiac Center Bratislava (the only such center in Slovakia) at the embassy. There, via teleconference, they were able to present and consult rare or specific cases with American experts at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Started by a group of Slovak doctors as a follow up to their attendance at the Salzburg Medical Seminars, this activity greatly helped pediatric patients with inborn cardiac diseases and raised the level of medical care. These doctors later organized several Satellite Symposia during which the U.S. Embassy provided teleconference capability between American and Slovak experts in pediatric cardiology. 

On June 23, 2016, the U.S. Embassy Bratislava donated the equipment to the Pediatric Cardiac Center. With the equipment readily accessible to them, the Center’s doctors are now able to more efficiently consult with international experts and better treat their acute patients.

5. OMI - MEX MISSION

OMI MEX is a joint initiative between the Open Medical Institute and Alianza Médica para la Salud (AMSA). The mission of OMI MEX is to improve the quality of health services in Mexico by offering state-of-the-art medical education to Mexican physicians through the participation of Mexican doctors in the OMI Seminar and OMI Observership program.

Since its founding in 2010, 261 doctors have attended OMI Seminars in various specialties, 13 Satellite Symposia with a total of 911 participants took place in different states in Mexico, and four OMI MEX fellows were awarded fellowships at academic institutions in the USA. In addition, 24 medical residents from the most distinguished public and private Mexican health care institutions were trained at the Department of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Alumni of OMI MEX share their newly acquired knowledge with doctors from primary care hospitals in Mexico with the aim of enhancing the quality of health services for marginalized populations.  In 2017 OMI MEX plans to send more than 60 Mexican doctors to Salzburg to attend OMI Seminars, organize nine Satellite Symposia in Mexico to train 900 young physicians, and start to host and mentor doctors from Central and South America.

6. OMI ALUMNI SUCCESS STORY

"Attending Salzburg Medical Seminars gave me confidence and optimism. I had the opportunity to join colleagues of many nationalities and establish contacts with American and Austrian professors. I was introduced to a form of modern medicine with high standards to which we should aspire. Returning home, I started to form Kyrgyz Neurosurgical Society and submitted documents for membership in the World Federation of Neurological Surgeons. In two years we became a member of the Federation, and now we are an active and worthy member.

Due to Salzburg Medical Seminars my professional career has changed positively. I submitted my candidate dissertation in neurosurgery in 2000 successfully. During 2001-2003 I had a scientific training at Hannover University Neurosurgical Clinic (Germany). Afterwards, I gained scientific degrees of Docent and then Professor. Since 2003, I am working at Kyrgyz State Medical Academy Neurosurgical Department as a faculty member. In the years 2008-2011, I was Vice-Rector of Kyrgyz State Medical Academy in charge of clinical and scientific issues. For the years 2015-2016, I had a one-year training at Nagoya University (Japan) in the Young Leaders’ Program.

Salzburg Medical Seminars had a strong and tangible impact on my education, created a great opportunity for my successful career growth, and furthered my professional status."

Keneshbek Yrysov, MD, PHD, Neurosurgeon, Vise-Rector of Medical Academy, Kyrgyzstan

7. OMI FELLOW RECEIVES YOUNG AMBASSADOR AWARD

In February 2017 the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the preeminent organization for Microbiologists in the US, appointed OMI Alumna, Nyambura Moremi, MD, ASM Young Ambassador for Tanzania. The role of ASM Young Ambassadors is to promote microbial sciences in their home countries and foster scientific collaborations across the globe.

Dr. Moremi’s appointment is based on her successful participation in the OMI Seminar on Infectious Diseases in 2016, where she met members of the Microbiology team from Weill Cornell Medical College with whom she subsequently started a successful collaboration.

Nyambura Moremi, MD

8. THANK YOU LETTER FROM LITHUANIA

"Dear Professor Wolfgang Aulitzky,
Our only interaction consisted of a firm handshake and a few pleasant words. Considering that, I never had a chance to express my full gratitude.

Not many doctors in Lithuania get an opportunity to attend international seminars, experience baroque culture, meet their colleagues from five different continents, as well as, rub shoulders with iconic surgeons they know only from their written work. Even less Lithuanian doctors get to do it free of charge.
I can imagine that it takes a great deal of work to organize these seminars every year and for that I am very grateful.

I want to sincerely thank You for all your hard work and dedication to this project. I also want to thank the faculty, sponsors and staff of Open Medical institute. Without any of you this would not be possible.  
   
Sincerely,
Kipras Pribuišis
Department of Otolaryngology, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences"
Kipras Pribuišis, MD

9. OVERVIEW 2016 - THE AAF MEDICAL PROGRAMS

The Open Medical Institute (OMI) is a global educational initiative, founded in 1993 by The American Austrian Foundation and physicians from Weill Cornell Medical College. The aim is to improve health care and build capacity in countries in transition. In addition to the Open Medical Institute, the AAF conducts bilateral exchange programs for U.S. and Austrian medical students (Max Kade) and residents (Andlinger).  All programs share medical knowledge and experience, foster medical alliances across borders, and enable physicians to improve their skills and deliver the best possible care to their patients.  See 2016 overview FACTS & FIGURES

10. OMI SATELLITE SYMPOSIA IN CARDIAC SURGERY, TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN

Two OMI Satellite Symposia took place at the Republican Research Center of Emergency Medicine in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

OMI Fellow Dr. Abdusalom Abdurakhmanov from Tashkent, Uzbekistan spent three months as an observer at the University of Vienna Hospital in the Department of Thoracic Surgery. His mentors, Professor Marek Ehrlich and Professor Franz Paul Keznickl, agreed to travel to Tashkent to the Republican Research Center of Emergency Medicine to share their surgical skills. On November 5-6, 2016 the first symposium “Surgery of Aortic Aneurysm” took place. Professor Ehrlich and Professor Keznickl lectured and demonstrated 4 surgical cases for a group of over 50 doctors.

The second symposium took place from January 17-21, 2017. Prof. Ehrlich and Prof. Keznickl returned to Tashkent and lectured on “Infective Endocarditis, Valve Surgery”, “Anesthesia and Intensive Care during Aortic Surgery”, “Modern Recommendations in Emergency Cardiac Surgery” and “Aortic Aneurysm Surgery.” The symposium also included live surgeries, discussions and hospital visits.

Lecturer Prof. Marek Ehrlich, MD

11. OMI MEDICAL SEMINARS:January 4 - March 4, 2017

SALZBURG CLEVELAND CLINIC SEMINAR: Pathology
SALZBURG WEILL CORNELL SEMINAR: Emergency & Trauma Surgery
SALZBURG WEILL CORNELL SEMINAR: Bone & Joint Surgery
SALZBURG WEILL CORNELL SEMINAR: Temporal Bone Surgery
SALZBURG WEILL CORNELL SEMINAR: Otolaryngology
SALZBURG CHOP SEMINAR: Pediatric Infectious Diseases

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