Salzburg CHOP Seminar in Pediatric Urology

Oct 22, 2021

Since the 1990s, CHOP and the OMI have partnered to conduct educational programs that share knowledge with colleagues from around the globe to foster their professional growth and reduce brain drain of talented medical professionals.

For the thirteenth time, experts in Pediatric Urology gathered in Schloss Arenberg this week to discuss common pediatric urologic disorders and traumas as well as differential diagnosis, management, and outcomes of pediatric urinary incontinence and urologic oncology.

29 fellows from 20 different countries participated in the seminar which took place from October 17 to 23, 2021 in Salzburg. The course included 21 state-of-the-art lectures given by our high-level faculty.

This week’s seminar was led by Dr. Thomas F. Kolon, Associate Chief of the Division of Urology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and a Professor of Urology (Surgery) at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The role of the co-course director was taken on by Dr. Josef Oswald, Chief of the Pediatric Urology Department at the Sisters of Mercy Hospital in Linz, Austria. Dr. Christopher J. Long, Assistant Professor of Urology, and Dr. Gregory Tasian from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia joined us for the second time this year. Dr. Raimund Stein, Director of the Center for Pediatric, Adolescent, and Reconstructive Urology at the University Clinic Mannheim in Germany is a new member to the OMI faculty and held his first OMI lecture on Tuesday. Additionally, for two days prior to the OMI seminar in Salzburg, Dr. Oswald hosted Dr. Kolon as a visiting professor at his home institution, the Sisters of Mercy Hospital in Linz, Austria.

Goals for the week included reviewing common pediatric urologic disorders and trauma, describing the pathophysiology and treatment of urinary stones in children and adolescents, discussing frequently utilized diagnostics and therapeutics in pediatric urology, and identifying and treating congenital urogenital anomalies such as hypospadias, cryptorchidism, DSD and cloaca. Post-seminar, fellows should also be able to discuss the differential diagnosis, management, and outcomes of pediatric urinary incontinence as well as pediatric urologic oncology.

Per usual, fellows presented their own cases from their personal work and study, which always ensures a great exchange of ideas, experiences, and discussion between faculty and fellows. 5 cases were selected by the faculty as excellent case presentations, which will be published on the OMI Online Case Library. Additionally, everyone enjoyed a wonderful chamber music concert on Thursday evening, right here in Schloss Arenberg. The week concluded with a graduation ceremony and dinner on Friday evening, awarding the fellows with certificates of completion for the 2021 Pediatric Urology seminar.