OMInar in Pulmonology

Jan 15, 2021

The OMI is back and started its 2021 course series with a top-notch webinar in Pulmonology.

We were very honored that Dr. Augustine M.K. Choi, Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean of Weill Cornell Medicine, OMI’s main academic partner, led the course again this year. Dr. Fernando J. Martinez, Chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, and Dr. Marco Idzko, Head of the Division of Pulmonology at the Medical University of Vienna, co-directed the course.

The course directors condensed the content of the regular in-person seminar and created a very compact schedule that included cutting-edge information on COVID-19 management.

  • Symptoms
    Fernando J. Martinez, MD, MS (Weill Cornell Medicine)
  • CAP/HAP
    Michael S. Niederman, MD, MACP, FCCP, FCCM, FERS (Weill Cornell Medicine)
  • COPD/Bronchiectasis
    Fernando J. Martinez, MD, MS (Weill Cornell Medicine)
  • Asthma
    Marco Idzko, MD, PhD (Medical University of Vienna)
  • Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
    Irene Marthe Lang, MD (Medical University of Vienna)
  • Cardiothoracic Imaging
    Helmut Prosch, MD (Medical University of Vienna)
  • ALI/Sepsis
    Augustine M.K. Choi, MD (Weill Cornell Medicine)
  • TBC
    Jan Heyckendorf, MD (Leibniz Lung Clinic, Borstel)
  • ILD
    Robert J. Kaner, MD (Weill Cornell Medicine)
  • Cancer
    Otto C. Burghuber, MD (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Lung Health)

24 fellows from 16 countries around the world were invited to attend the course. They were very engaged, which resulted in many questions being addressed to the lecturers. For the first time, two grand rounds were included in the program. Fellows were asked to hand in case reports, which were screened by the course directors prior to the webinar. Nominated fellows were given the chance to present and discuss their cases during the live event.

Elena Khimova, MD (Russian Federation)

Elena Khimova, MD (Russian Federation)

“The knowledge I gained during the OMInar will help me in the competent counseling of patients with tuberculosis and combined pathologies of the respiratory system. I am now able to ask more targeted questions in the diagnostic process to improve efficiency. This knowledge will help me avoid prescribing unreasonable and unnecessary treatment plans.”

Anna Kovchun, MD (Ukraine)

Anna Kovchun, MD (Ukraine)

“All sessions were held in an incredibly friendly atmosphere. Top-level experts spoke to us as if we were real colleagues, which inspired me and made me want to become better.”

Ermias Amare, MD (Ethiopia)

Ermias Amare, MD (Ethiopia)

“During the OMInar, I learned how to approach patients with respiratory diseases, analyze their problems and provide treatments that recognize and accommodate each patient’s individual characteristics.”

Olha Konstantynovska, MD (Ukraine)

Olha Konstantynovska, MD (Ukraine)

“Thank you very much for this opportunity! I appreciate your invitation, because in my country, Ukraine, many diagnostical instruments and devices are still not available, meaning that myself and many other physicians sometimes diagnose patients with very old methods (using stethoscopes, fingers, eyes and ears). The main problem is language – many people can’t read good studies because they are in different languages. Instead, they usually read local journals. Thanks to this OMInar, I am now capable of sharing the knowledge among my colleagues and students to improve medical practices in my country.”