The Salzburg Weill Cornell Seminar in Obstetrics and Gynecology took place this week, from June 26 to July 2, 2022, for the 26th time. 31 fellows from 21 various countries, such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Serbia, Tanzania, and more, gathered in Salzburg, Austria for the course.
Dr. Glenn L. Schattman, Associate Professor of Clinical Reproductive Medicine and Clinical OB/GYN at Weill Cornell Medicine, served as the course director. Dr. Andrea Weghofer, Associate Professor at the Medical University of Vienna, was present the entire week and co-led the course. Additional faculty from Weill Cornell Medicine included Dr. Rony Elias, Dr. Isaac Kligman, Dr. Nigel Pereira, and Dr. Nikica Zaninovic. The Austrian faculty from the Medical University of Vienna comprised of Dr. Stefanie Aust, Dr. Christoph Binder, Dr. Christian Dadak, Dr. Iris Holzer, Dr. Ulrike Kaufmann, Dr. Petra Kohlberger, Dr. Julian Marschalek, Dr. Eliana Montanari, and Dr. Johannes Ott.
The Obstetrics and Gynecology course content rotates on a three-year curriculum, focusing on different sub-core areas each year. This year’s seminar highlighted ART, reproductive surgery, fertility preservation, menopause, PCOS, endometriosis, strategies to avoid OHSS, and recurrent miscarriage. The faculty prepared 22 outstanding lectures for fellows, including topics such as Decreased Ovarian Reserve and IVF Stimulation Protocols, Add-ons in Assisted Reproduction, Sonography and Surgery for Endometriosis, Functional Hypothalamic Amenorrhea, Transgender, Hormones and Cancer Risk, Fertility Preservation in Oncological Patients, and more.
Fellows also had the opportunity to present a case that stems from their own personal work experience. Two afternoons were dedicated to fellows’ case presentations, in which eight cases were selected by faculty as excellent cases and will therefore be published on the OMI’s Online Case Library.
Wednesday brought a rainy, free afternoon, but provided much-needed rest and rejuvenation for fellows and faculty. Thursday evening offered a chamber music concert for participants, right here at Schloss Arenberg. Friday evening concluded the course with a four-course meal and a formal graduation ceremony, in which fellows received their certificates of attendance and could say their farewells after a busy and informative week.