Salzburg Weill Cornell Seminar in Psychiatry

Sep 3, 2021

The Open Medical Institute conducts a seminar on the topic of Psychiatry once every year. This year ‘s course took place for the 20th time from August 28 to September 3, 2021.

While course director Dr. John W. Barnhill from Weill Cornell Medicine was unable to travel to Salzburg, co-course director Dr. W. Wolfgang Fleischhacker from the Medical University of Innsbruck took over the helm at Schloss Arenberg.

The high-level faculty was completed by Dr. Jimmy N. Avari, Dr. Mátyás Gálffy, Dr. Guy Maytal, and Dr. Abhishek Jaywant, who are all new to the OMI faculty.

Dr. Anna Buchheim and Dr. Barbara Sperner-Unterweger both lectured for the second time, while Dr. Marc Dubin joined us remotely from the USA.

These leading experts and dedicated teachers shared their up-to-date knowledge on the following topics:

Lectures on Monday, August 30, 2021

  • The Case Write Up (Dr. W. Wolfgang Fleischhacker)
  • Treatment Resistant Schizophrenia (Dr. W. Wolfgang Fleischhacker)
  • Geriatric Assessment (Dr. Jimmy N. Avari)
  • Treatment Resistant Affective Disorders (Dr. Marc Dubin)

Lectures on Tuesday, August 31, 2021

  • COVID-19: Rehabilitation (Dr. Abhishek Jaywant)
  • COVID-19: International Perspectives (Dr. Mátyás Gálffy, Dr. Barbara Sperner-Unterweger)

Lectures on Wednesday, September 1, 2021

  • Time-Limited Outpatient Psychiatry (Dr. Guy Maytal)
  • Executive Functioning (Dr. Abhishek Jaywant)
  • CBT for ADHD (Dr. Abhishek Jaywant)

Lectures on Thursday, September 2, 2021

  • Geriatric Depression (Dr. Jimmy N. Avari)
  • Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (Dr. Anna Buchheim)
  • Research on Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (Dr. Anna Buchheim)
  • Biomarkers in Affective Illness (Dr. Marc Dubin)
  • Neuromodulation (Dr. Marc Dubin)

Lectures on Friday, September 3, 2021

  • Collaborative and Integrated Care (Dr. Guy Maytal)
  • Keypoints of the COVID-19 Discussion (Dr. W. Wolfgang Fleischhacker)
  • Psycho-Oncology (Dr. Guy Maytal)
  • Career Seminar, How to Start a Research Career; How to Become a Psychotherapist (All Faculty)

29 fellows from 23 different countries were invited to participate in the course. The highly engaged physicians and their insightful questions allowed for a very interactive seminar with lively discussions, between and amongst both fellows and faculty. The engagement of the fellows could also be seen in the impressive number of case presentations that were held this week. In total, seven cases were chosen to be published in the OMI Case Library, which contains all excellent cases from the previous OMI seminars and OMInars.

In addition to the case presentations, fellows were asked to fill out a survery on how their psychiatric work has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The results of this survey will be published soon.

Two fellows agreed to keep a diary throughout the week.

Thank you for the wonderful feedback and for the opportunity to be a part of the OMI program. The fellows were outstanding and seeing their responses helps in understanding what they think is valuable. I look forward to seeing how they progress through the next stages of their careers.

Thank you again- last week was truly a pleasure for me personally and professionally. I look forward to staying in touch.

Jimmy N. Avari, MD

OMI faculty member, Weill Cornell Medicine