World-Leading Experts from MSKCC Teach in Salzburg

Sep 16, 2022

Dean F. Bajorin, MD

Dean F. Bajorin, MD

OMI faculty member

This was such a vibrant and enjoyable week of intellectual exchange. It was unique in that we, fellows and faculty alike,  were completely immersed in both the scientific advancements and pragmatic multidisciplinary management of genitourinary cancers to enhance patient care.  And OMI provided the perfect educational and cultural environment for success!

MSKCC has been ranked “best hospital” in the USA for 33 consecutive years! Being able to learn from top-of-the-line experts in areas such as Contemporary Multidisciplinary Management of Renal Cell Carcinoma, Post-Operative Radiotherapy for Prostate Cancer, Treating Biochemically Relapsed Prostate Cancer after Local Therapies, and more was a thrilling and rewarding experience for OMI uro-oncologists!

31 fellows travelled from 21 various countries to attend this year’s Salzburg MSKCC Seminar in Oncology B: Uro-Oncology, which took place from September 11-17, 2022, in Salzburg, Austria. A compelling schedule of 20 didactic lectures and two sessions for fellows’ case presentations were organized by the faculty members. Dr. Timothy Donahue, associate attending surgeon at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and an associate professor of urology at Weil Cornell Medical College, led the course. This week’s faculty was exclusively from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, including Dr. Dean F. Bajorin, Dr. Victoria Brennan, and Dr. Michael J. Morris. The OMI Oncology seminars are based on a three-year curriculum, and this year’s core area of Uro-Oncology included the primary subjects of prostate, bladder, urothelial tract, and kidney.

After fellows shared their own case presentations, which are based on their personal work experience, 9 presentations were selected by faculty as excellent cases and will therefore be published on the OMI online case library.

Amidst constant learning, excitement, interaction, and conversation, one also needs a break. Wednesday afternoon gave faculty and fellows a free afternoon in which they could take some time for themselves, let all their new experiences sink in, and explore the beautiful city of Salzburg. On Thursday evening, fellows were able to attend a chamber music concert right here in Schloss Arenberg, performed by members of the Mozarteum University. Friday evening concluded the seminar with a graduation ceremony, allowing the fellows to come together one last time over a formal three course dinner.

Marija Miletic, MD

Marija Miletic, MD

OMI fellow from Croatia

This uro-oncology seminar week was indeed a very rewarding experience for me and helped me to enhance my skills as an uro-oncologist by sharing knowledge with other colleagues. I attended lectures by renowned experts in the field of uro-oncology who updated me on the latest data in the field of uro-oncology. I am inspired by their approach and method of working. I met colleagues from all over the world and we exchanged our views on the practice of uro-oncology. This was one of the most beautiful and useful experiences in my professional career and I would recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity.