Salzburg Weill Cornell Seminar in Anesthesiology and Intensive Care

May 6, 2022

This week’s Salzburg Weill Cornell Seminar in Anesthesiology and Intensive Care took place at Schloss Arenberg from May 1-7, 2022. Weill Cornell has been a long-time academic partner of the OMI, making this week’s course the 27th seminar in Anesthesiology and Intensive Care. 32 fellows were present from 22 various countries, including Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ethiopia, Mongolia, Portugal, Tajikistan, and more.

Dr. Hugh C. Hemmings, Jr., Chair of Anesthesiology, Senior Associate Dean for Research, and Professor of Pharmacology at Weill Cornell Medicine, directed the course, marking his 19th participation in an OMI seminar. Dr. Kane O. Pryor, Executive Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medicine, Dr. Klaus Markstaller, Head of the Department of Anesthesia at the Vienna General Hospital, and Dr. Klaus U. Klein, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the Medical University of Vienna, all served as co-course directors for the week. Additional faculty members included Dr. Jaime Aaronson, Dr. Jennifer M. Hunter, Dr. Barbara Kabon, Dr. Oliver Kimberger, Dr. James Littlejohn, and Dr. Christian Reiterer.

The faculty members created a compelling and dynamic schedule for the week that included 21 didactic lectures focusing on topics such as Neuropharmacology of General Anesthesia, Non-Obstetric Surgery in Pregnancy, Major Trials in Anesthesiology, Massive Hemorrhage Resuscitation, Postoperative Lung Injury, and more. On Monday afternoon, Dr. Kane O. Pryor led a workshop for fellows in which he spoke about best practices for case presentations. Tuesday and Thursday afternoons then provided the opportunity for fellows to present their own case presentations from their personal work experiences. Six cases were selected by the faculty as excellent case presentations, which will be published on the OMI Case Library.

The OMI seminars are such an exciting, intense, and immersive experience, that the free afternoon on Wednesday always seems to hit at just the right time! Fellows were pleased to have time to rest and relax, explore the city of Salzburg, and experience more of Austria’s culture. Thursday evening offered an exclusive chamber music concert here at Schloss Arenberg for faculty and fellows. The seminar officially concluded on Friday evening with a graduation ceremony and a formal, three course meal for all fellows and faculty. It was a great way to end such a successful week!