Salzburg MSKCC Seminar in Oncology A: Breast and Gynecologic Cancers

May 27, 2022

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) is the leading oncology center in the world. Doctors from MSKCC have an extraordinary depth and breadth of experience in diagnosing and treating all forms of cancer, from the most common to the rarest.

The Salzburg MSKCC Seminar in Oncology A: Breast and Gynecologic Cancers took place for the fourth time from May 22 to 28, 2022 at Schloss Arenberg in Salzburg, Austria. 33 fellows from 23 different countries participated in this week’s seminar, including fellows from Tanzania, Mexico, Uzbekistan, Albania, and more.

The course was led by Dr. Hiram S. Cody III, marking his first participation as a course director in an OMI seminar. He practices at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where he is currently Attending Surgeon (Breast Service, Department of Surgery), Member (Memorial Hospital), and Professor of Surgery (Weill Cornell Medical College). Faculty also included Dr. Erin Gillespie, Assistant Attending in Radiation Oncology at MSKCC, Dr. Clemens Grassberger, Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at Harvard Medical School, Dr. William P. Tew, who is a medical oncologist and specializes in the management of gynecologic malignancies, and Dr. Tiffany A. Traina, Associate Attending Physician on the Breast Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

As the schedule did not only involve breast but also gynecologic cancers, the week was divided into two parts. The first few days revolved around breast cancer, informing fellows about sentinel lymph node biopsy, the systemic management of TNBC, and many more. The second part of the week then dealt with gynecologic cancers and faculty held lectures on topics such as the surgical and medical management of cervical cancer or ovarian cancer.

Tuesday and Thursday were dedicated to fellows’ case presentations. Fellows presented cases dealing with breast cancer on Tuesday, while gynecologic cancers were discussed on Thursday. Eight of these cases were chosen by the faculty members to be published and can be found in the OMI Online Case Library.

Wednesday afternoon was free of lectures and offered fellows and faculty the opportunity to explore the city of Salzburg and its surroundings. Faculty decided to visit St. Gilgen, which provided a great experience in the famous Salzkammergut region.

On Thursday evening a classical music concert was held for faculty and fellows at Schloss Arenberg, and on Friday the seminar ended with a formal dinner and graduation ceremony.