Infectious Diseases are Global Diseases

Jun 2, 2023

Viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites, and more… Infectious diseases are truly global diseases, and the Weill Cornell Infectious Diseases department provides outstanding comprehensive care to patients with a broad range of suspected and/or confirmed acute or chronic infections in normal and immunocompromised hosts, helping them manage a variety of complex illnesses. The OMI hosted the 23rd Salzburg Weill Cornell Seminar in Infectious Diseases at Schloss Arenberg this week, from May 28 to June 3, 2023.

Dr. Roy M. Gulick, Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Weill Cornell Medicine, served as the course director for the week. Drs. Karen P. Acker, Tristan J. Barber, Johan Guillaume, Shashi N. Kapadia, Andy O. Miller, Cristina Mussini, and Arschang Valipour served as faculty members, providing a total of 22 lectures regarding important topics such as HIV Treatment, Vaccines, COVID-19 Lung Disease, Monkeypox, Disparities in Infectious Diseases, Clinical Trials, and more.

On Monday afternoon, faculty taught fellows how to properly present a medical case, and then shared their own cases from personal work experience. On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, each fellow shared a case they have seen in their country. These presentations are often a highlight for fellows throughout the week, as they see many unique scenarios from around the world, which they have perhaps never encountered before. It also allows faculty to be able to provide feedback and advice.

Content Focal Points

The seminar in infectious diseases covered cutting-edge information on a variety of topics.  Because infectious diseases are not confined by country borders, we reviewed and discussed everything from current epidemics like COVID-19, HIV, and Monkeypox; specific infectious diseases like meningitis, osteomyelitis, and pneumonia; specific pathogens like Staphylococcus aureus and hepatitis C virus; strategies like antibiotic stewardship, infection control, and vaccines; to topics of general interest like disparities and clinical trials.  A highlight of the seminar was our fellows’ presentations of interesting cases from their home countries – here we heard an extraordinary variety of fascinating infectious diseases cases including Coccidiomycosis, Kyotococcus endocarditis, melioidosis, Orf, pulmonary tularemia, Puumala virus, and scabies

Roy M. Gulick, MD, MPH

Roy M. Gulick, MD, MPH

OMI Course Director

Schloss Arenberg is the ideal place to hold a medical seminar.  Not only is it a beautiful facility located a brief (and pleasant) walk from central Salzburg, but the building promotes both formal and informal discussions and interactions between the fellows and the faculty. We learn, teach, eat, socialize, and sleep all together in the same building – the wonderful venue facilitates long-lasting bonds among the fellows and faculty.

  • 33 fellows
  • 26 countries
  • 6 excellent cases