2020 has been a year like no other. The world faced an enormous healthcare challenge. As COVID-19 has shown us, pandemics do not respect national boundaries. Only a united front stops a pandemic, and for that, we need well-trained healthcare workers all over the world. It is in our best interests to invest in educating physicians everywhere, to adequately treat and prevent the spread of such a deadly disease. This is exactly what the Open Medical Institute is doing.
In 2020, the OMI continued to conduct, when possible, in-person seminars, as face-to-face meetings are still the best way to educate. At the height of lockdown, the OMI developed OMInars – highly interactive virtual seminars, which not only provided state-of-the-art medical education, but also focused specifically on COVID-19. The work of the Open Medical Institute is essential for building healthcare workforce capacity and preventing brain drain of physicians from countries in transition. Quality healthcare is vital for sustainable development, and the OMI’s four-step approach of seminars, observerships, distance learning and leadership training has made a significant difference in the delivery of healthcare worldwide by creating a global network of physicians, committed to sharing their expertise with colleagues, for the benefit of their patients.
Thank you for helping us foster unity while we have been apart. Distanced work has been no match for our close OMI community!
*** We wish you happy holidays and a joyful new year! We are very much looking forward to welcoming you back to Salzburg in 2021. ***
Wolfgang Aulitzky, Stephanie Faschang & the whole OMI Team in Salzburg