The 2023 Salzburg OMI seminar program kicked off this week with the Salzburg Weill Cornell Seminar in Pulmonology! The course took place for the sixth time from January 8 to 14, 2023 and hosted 32 fellows from 19 different countries at Schloss Arenberg. It was led by Dr. Augustine M.K. Choi, Dean Emeritus of Weill Cornell Medicine and Provost for Medical Affairs Emeritus at Cornell University, Dr. Fernando J. Martinez, Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, as well as Dr. Marco Idzko, Professor of Pneumology at the University Hospital Vienna. Additional faculty members included Dr. Daniela Gompelmann, Dr. Robert J. Kaner, Dr. Irene Marthe Lang, Dr. Michael S. Niederman, Dr. Helmut Prosch, and Dr. Romana Wass.
Together the faculty assembled an exciting schedule for the fellows, including 22 didactic lectures covering topics such as ILD Diagnosis, ARDS, Asthma, Infection: COVID Update, and more. Two afternoons were dedicated to fellows’ case presentations, in which personal work experiences could be shared and fellows could receive feedback and insight from faculty members and colleagues. This week, six cases were chosen for the OMI online case library.
As a part of the OMI’s expansion plan to Southeast Asia, we decided to open the Salzburg program to qualified young doctors from Vietnam. This week, we were happy to welcome the first Vietnamese fellow to the OMI in Salzburg.
Wednesday afternoon provided a break from the intense academic schedule, allowing time for site-seeing and exploration in Salzburg and the surrounding areas. The faculty used the afternoon to visit the nearby Celtic Museum in Hallein, which was very interesting and informative! On Thursday evening, a chamber music concert was held for faculty and fellows, right here in Schloss Arenberg! What a beautiful experience to have in the city of Mozart. Last but not least, the course concluded with the graduation ceremony and a three-course meal that faculty and fellows shared on Friday evening. What a great start to the new year!