For more than 20 years, physicians from Weill Cornell Medicine have been travelling to Salzburg to share their knowledge and expertise with young healthcare professionals from around the world. In collaboration with colleagues from the General Hospital of Salzburg, the annual seminar in Otolaryngology took place for the 24th time from February 13-19, 2022. Upon arrival, faculty and fellows were greeted by sunshine and spring-like weather in Salzburg.
40 fellows from 24 different countries gathered at Schloss Arenberg to share a unique week full of knowledge, new experiences, and fruitful discussions.
US faculty member from Weill Cornell Medicine, Dr. Michael G. Stewart, led the week as course director, participating for the 17th time in an OMI seminar. Dr. Gerhard Rasp from the General Hospital of Salzburg served as co-course director, serving in an OMI seminar for the 22nd time. Furthermore, the faculty comprised of Dr. Christoph Arnoldner (sixth participation), Dr. Victoria Banuchi (second participation), Dr. Cem Meco (26th participation), Dr. Sebastian Roesch (nineth participation), Dr. Steven D. Rosenblatt (first participation), Dr. Maria V. Suurna (second participation), and Dr. Dietmar Thurnher (fifth participation).
Together the faculty held 20 state-of-the-art lectures teaching fellows about different subdivisions of Otolaryngology. The content of the course is based on a three-year curriculum, and this year’s topics ranged from Allergy and Rhinology to Sleep Apnea, Pediatric Otolaryngology, and General Otolaryngology.
Tuesday and Thursday afternoon were dedicated to fellows’ case presentations, eight of the cases that fellows presented from their own experience were chosen as excellent cases and can now be found in the OMI Online Case Library.
Thursday evening offered a wonderful experience for the international fellows and faculty, the opportunity to attend a chamber music concert right here in Schloss Arenberg, performed by talented musicians from the local Mozarteum University. Friday evening, the week concluded with the farewell reception and graduation dinner, including the distribution of fellows’ certificates and a formal dinner with faculty and fellows.