OMI Resumes In-Person Seminars!

Jun 4, 2021

A little over a year ago, in March 2020, the Open Medical Institute faced a challenge. How does a global organization renowned for convening healthcare professionals from around the world continue to operate when we cannot meet in person? Like much of the rest of the world, we went online. Since then, our online courses have continuously developed. 197 faculty members and 918 fellows from around the world connected across borders and time zones, completing 28 OMInars in different areas of medicine.

COVID-19 did not only impact our way of spreading knowledge, but it also became an integral part of our academic program. Each faculty implemented the latest findings and treatment options in their respective fields and encouraged fruitful discussions among the audience.

In addition, top-notch COVID-19 experts were willing to pass on their knowledge to our community. Dr. Roy M. Gulick, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Weill Cornell Medicine and Co-Chair of the NIH’s COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines, led a three-day OMInar focusing on COVID-19. In this context, Dr. Andrea Ammon, Director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, talked about her experiences from an official agency’s point of view.

While the pandemic forced a halt to our in-person activities for the first time in our 27-year history, we were excited to reopen our doors and welcome back faculty and fellows in the first week of June for the Salzburg Columbia University Seminar in Maternal and Infant Health. We were delighted to host one of the most internationally renowned physicians in the field of Neonatology: Dr. Richards A. Polin, an OMI faculty member of more than 20 years, Dr. Alan H. Jobe and Dr. Richard J. Martin.

Since then, the OMI seminars are in full swing again, up and running on a weekly basis. Even though we must follow a strict COVID-19 prevention plan at Schloss Arenberg, everyone agrees that nothing can beat face-to-face teaching, learning and interacting.

The Salzburg Institut Pasteur Seminar in Global Health: Viruses, Liver and Cancers will be the last course before our one-month summer break. U.S. and European course directors are already enthusiastically working on the fall and winter programs.

For the months of July and August, during the Salzburg Music Festival, members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra will take up residence at Schloss Arenberg and lend their artistic support to opera camps for children from all over the world.

We are glad that our venue is full of life again!

June 6-12, 2021

Maternal and Infant Health
Columbia University-NYP
Medical University of Graz

June 13-19, 2021

Palliative Care (ELNEC)
Open Society Foundations

June 20-26, 2021

Weill Cornell Medicine-NYP
Medical University of Vienna

June 27 – July 3, 2021

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Weill Cornell Medicine-NYP
Medical University of Vienna

July 11-17, 2021

ESU Master Class in Urology
Weill Cornell Medicine-NYP
European Urological Association

July 18-24, 2021

Global Health: Viruses, Liver and Cancers
Institut Pasteur