The Human Body through a Microscope

Nov 25, 2022

After the pathology course took place as an OMInar last year, the OMI was happy to welcome an expert team of pathologists from Cleveland Clinic and 37 fellows from 26 countries back to Schloss Arenberg this year. Anatomic pathology plays a key role in patient care through disease diagnosis and management. For decades, Cleveland Clinic has delivered world-class, comprehensive, anatomic pathology and hematopathology services in addition to clinical laboratory testing across the world.

The Salzburg Cleveland Clinic seminar took place from November 20 to 26, 2022. Dr. Jesse McKenney, Vice Chair for faculty development at the Department of Pathology at Cleveland Clinic, served as the course director for the week, marking his fourth participation in an OMI seminar. Dr. Renate Kain, Professor of Pathology and Head of the Department of Pathology at the Medical University of Vienna, co-directed the course. The expert faculty was concluded by Dr. Zsuzsanna Bago-Horvath, Associate Professor of Pathology at the Department of Pathology of the Medical University of Vienna, and Dr. Eva Compérat, Professor of Pathology and Head of the Department of Pathology at the L’Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, Hôpital Tenon. Dr. Clifton Fulmer, Staff Pathologist at the Robert J. Tomsich Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Institute at Cleveland Clinic, and Dr. Christopher Griffith, Staff Pathologist and Director of Head and Neck Pathology at Cleveland Clinic, are new additions to the OMI pathology faculty and lectured for the first time here in Salzburg. Dr. Amy McKenney, Staff Pathologist at Cleveland Clinic, and Dr. Anke Scharrer, Specialist at the Department of Pathology at the Medical University of Vienna, completed this week’s faculty.

The faculty took the opportunity during the free afternoon on Wednesday to explore the lake district. They took a boat tour from St. Gilgen to St. Wolfgang, where they took a stroll through the beautiful Christmas market.

Tuesday and Thursday afternoon were dedicated to fellows’ case presentations, which provided fellows the opportunity to discuss cases from their own clinical experience with experts and colleagues. Seven of the cases were chosen by the faculty to be published in the OMI case library. As Thanksgiving, one of the most important holidays in the US, took place this week, the American faculty members had a nice surprise: a thanksgiving dinner. We did our best to try to make them feel at home!

After the post-seminar test on Friday, fellows were free to explore the city of Salzburg and its festive Christmas market. In the evening, faculty and fellows came together to enjoy the farewell reception and the formal graduation dinner.