Dr. Chris A. Liacouras, Professor of Pediatrics, Attending Gastroenterologist, and Co-Director of the Center for Pediatric Eosinophilic Disorders at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, served as the course director for the week, honoring his seventh participation. Dr. Almuthe Christine Hauer, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Attending Pediatric Gastroenterologist at the Medical University of Graz, co-led the course, indicating her sixth course participation. Dr. Christina Bales, Dr. Petar Mamula, and Dr. David A. Piccoli completed the faculty.
21 didactic lectures were held throughout the week, including topics such as Pathology of the GI Tract, Food Allergy & FPIES, Metabolic and Autoimmune Liver Disease, Pancreatitis, Polyps, and more. On Monday afternoon, faculty members demonstrated how to present a strong case. Tuesday and Thursday afternoons allowed fellows to then present their own case presentations, all based on their own work experiences.
Wednesday offered a free afternoon for faculty and fellows, which provided a much-needed break and the opportunity to do some site-seeing. The faculty visited the beautiful Austrian city of Hallstatt, spectacularly positioned at the edge of the lake and at the foot of the mountains. Fellows also used the afternoon to explore more of Salzburg and surrounding areas, enjoying Austrian culture and a break from the academic program. On Thursday evening, a private chamber music concert was offered exclusively to faculty and fellows, right here at Schloss Arenberg. To conclude the seminar week, a formal dinner and graduation ceremony took place on Friday evening.