30 Years of OMI Cardiology Seminars

Oct 13, 2023

1993 was not only the year that the OMI was founded, but also the year that the OMI hosted the first Weill Cornell Seminar in Cardiology. As a longtime partner of the OMI, Weill Cornell Medicine has been rated fourth in the USA for Cardiology and sees a range of patients, from those who are at immediate risk to those with multiple, complex, chronic conditions. The cardiologists at Weill Cornell work together to provide the most comprehensive, effective, and multidisciplinary care. This week, the OMI hosted 38 fellows from 25 countries, marking the 30th OMI Weill Cornell seminar in cardiology!

  • 38 fellows
  • 25 countries
  • 3 hands-on training sessions in cooperation with Medtronic

Dr. Robert J. Kim, Director of Consultative Cardiology at Weill Cornell Medicine/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, served as the course director. Alongside expert cardiologists from Weill Cornell Medicine and the Medical University of Vienna, including Dr. Thomas Binder, Dr. Christian Hengstenberg, Dr. Sei Iwai, Dr. Irene Marthe Lang, Dr. Gerald Maurer, Dr. Harsimran Sachdeva Singh, and Dr. Diala Steitieh, the faculty had a full program planned for the fellows.

Robert J. Kim, MD

Robert J. Kim, MD

OMI Course Director

This year we mark 30 years of extraordinary Salzburg seminars, which started with Cardiology and the inspired vision of my former Program Director Dr. Stephen Scheidt and Dr. Wolfgang Aulitzky. Much has changed over the last three decades, with remarkable growth into multiple specialties and an even broader global expansion to Mexico and Vietnam. What has remained the same, and constitutes the essence of this program, is the ability to share ideas freely, to network and interact informally with fellows and faculty, and the celebration of the practice of medicine and caring for our patients around the globe.

19 didactic lectures were presented, including focal points such as Clinical and Basic Aspects of Pulmonary Hypertension, Echocardiography in Cardiomyopathies, Pregnancy and Congenital Heart Disease, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Newly Diagnosed Dilated, Cardiomyopathy, VT in Structurally Normal Hearts, and more. Throughout the week, there were three case presentation sessions, which highlighted real scenarios from the fellows’ work life. Having the opportunity to get immediate feedback from some of the most prestigious cardiologists is something the fellows do not take for granted.

A hands-on training was offered three afternoons throughout the course, which consisted of three different stations and provided the fellows with a unique opportunity to practice different cardiologic procedures. The stations focused on TAVI Implantation Procedure, Micra Leadless Pacing, Implantation, Transseptal Puncture and Cryo, AF Ablation, and Shock Reduction. These sessions required a lot of planning, so we would like to express our gratitude to Medtronic’s international team for their assistance in preparing this year’s workshop.


A social program balanced out the full academic days, including a welcome reception at the start of the week, which allowed fellows and faculty to get acquainted with one another. Additionally, on Thursday evening, an exclusive chamber music concert was held at Schloss Arenberg just for the OMI. Friday evening concluded the course with the official graduation ceremony, a family style three course meal, and the distribution of the seminar certificates. What a full and fruitful week!