Neurology: Making the Connection

Mar 9, 2023

The Department of Neurology at Weill Cornell Medicine provides care based on the latest advances in medicine for a full range of neurological diseases and disorders. Weill Cornell neurologists believe that making an accurate diagnosis of a patient’s condition is the first and most vital step in providing effective care. The department has been led by some of the most notable figures in academic neurology of the 20th century and is consistently ranked among the USA’s best providers of neurology care.

The 26th Salzburg Weill Cornell Seminar in Neurology took place at Schloss Arenberg from March 5 to 11, 2023. 34 fellows from 25 various countries gathered to hear 20 didactic lectures which covered topics such as Status Epilepticus: What Is New in 2023, MS and Related Disorders, Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorders, Superficial Siderosis, Toxic/Metabolic Disorders, Management of Advanced Parkinson Disease, Neuro-Palliative Care, and more. The course was led by Dr. Matthew E. Fink, Louis and Gertrude Feil Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology at Weill Cornell Medicine, who participated virtually. Dr. Eugen Trinka, Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology at Paracelsus Medical University, served as the co-course director. Faculty members from Weill Cornell Medicine included Dr. Stanley H. Appel, Dr. Dara G. Jamieson, and Dr. Jai S. Perumal. Local Austrian faculty members included Dr. Julia Hoefler, Dr. Monika Killer-Oberpfalzer, Dr. Stefan Leis, Dr. Tobias Moser, Dr. Tamara Oberlader, Dr. Cornelia Roesler, and Dr. Peter Wipfler.

Monday afternoon, fellows heard clinical cases from faculty members and received tips on how to present a great case presentation. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday allowed fellows opportunities to present cases from their personal work experience, which offered the opportunity for faculty and fellows to not only learn about unique and diverse cases from around the world, but to engage in dynamic discussions that brought helpful feedback and insight to the fellows. Six excellent cases were chosen by the faculty to be published on the OMI’s e-learning platform.

Wednesday’s free afternoon arrived just when everyone needed a little break. Many fellows used their free time to explore Salzburg’s beautiful city center or to venture to nearby villages to appreciate the surrounding nature. The faculty used their time to truly soak up Austrian history by taking an excursion to the DomQuartier in Salzburg and visiting the Keltic Museum in Hallein. Thursday evening included a chamber music concert right here in Schloss Arenberg, performed by Mozarteum musicians exclusively for faculty and fellows.

The seminar week always seems to fly by, and Friday evening’s graduation ceremony gave fellows’ one last night to celebrate their accomplishment together. Fellows and faculty shared a wonderful, three course dinner together and then fellows were awarded their certificates for completing the course.

Eugen Trinka, MD

Eugen Trinka, MD

OMI Co-Course Director

It’s a fantastic and rewarding experience to teach at the OMI and to engage with each other. Networking and long-standing relationships often evolve from the OMI programs.