Salzburg Weill Cornell Seminar in Rehabilitation Medicine

May 20, 2022

After being held as an OMInar last year, the Salzburg Weill Cornell Seminar in Rehabilitation Medicine finally took place in-person again this year. From May 15 to 21, 2022, 34 fellows from 26 different countries, including people from Armenia, Ethiopia, Montenegro, Tajikistan, and more, gathered at Schloss Arenberg in Salzburg to learn about various topics revolving around Rehabilitation Medicine.

The course was led by Dr. Michael W. O’Dell, Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and Attending Physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Richard Crevenna, Head of the Department of Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation and Occupational Medicine at the Medical University of Vienna, served as the Austrian Co-Course Director. He was supported by Austrian faculty members Dr. Katharina Kerschan-Schindl, a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Dr. Othmar Schuhfried, Research Associate Professor, both from the Medical University of Vienna as well. The American faculty was concluded by Dr. Asad Siddiqi, Assistant Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine, Dr. Jaspal R. Singh, Assistant Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine, and Dr. Jennifer Soo Hoo, Assistant Professor and Network Team Physician for the U-20 women’s national team and the US Paralympic Soccer team.

The faculty compiled an exciting schedule which consisted of 18 lectures. On Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, fellows had the opportunity to present clinical cases from their own experience. Five of these cases were chosen to be published in the OMI Online Case Library. On Thursday and Friday, Dr. Singh, Dr. Soo Hoo, and Dr. Siddiqi welcomed fellows to an Ultrasound Workshop in cooperation with Siemens, providing a chance to improve their practical skills. The workshops focused on musculoskeletal conditions and pain in the shoulder and knee.


The free Wednesday afternoon provided faculty and fellows with a lot of sunshine and the possibility to explore Salzburg and its surroundings. One group of fellows visited the city of Hallstatt, which is known for its picturesque view of the small town surrounded by mountains and the Hallstätter See.

On Friday, the seminar week ended with a formal dinner for all faculty and fellows, as well as the graduation ceremony.