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NEWSLETTER June 2018

1. OMI Max Kade Clinical Clerkship in Vienna, April

Blog Post by Ruey Hu
From February to April 2018 the American Austrian Foundation welcomed 19 fourth-year medical students from Weill Cornell Medical College, George Washington University, Duke University School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and other US medical schools as Max Kade Clinical Clerkship Fellows who completed a four-week rotation at the University Hospital Vienna (AKH) from February to April 2018.
Ruey Hu from Vanderbilt University Medical College reported the following:

“My fellow student and I rotated in the Cardiology department of AKH. We rounded each morning with the inpatient team, and had the opportunity to go to the cardiac catheterization lab and watch balloon pulmonary angioplasties by our mentor Professor Irene Lang. The Max Kade program featured a visit to the Museum of Medical History, a visit to the Viennese College of Physicians, and an informative seminar about the Austrian healthcare system. We also enjoyed German classes in the evening at quintessential Viennese cafes. Throughout the program, the AAF team took great care of all of us. Prof. Lang and I made great progress on a pulmonary hypertension paper, which we will continue even after I return to the U.S. Our Viennese medical student counterparts, who will participate as fellows in the Max Kade Clinical Clerkship Program in the US, were very hospitable, and we will be staying in touch for their future visit to the U.S. Thank you to the American Austrian Foundation for sparking these collaborations and for this life-changing experience!”

Ruey Hu
MD/MPH Candidate, Vanderbilt University, USA

Max Kade Clinical Clerkship Fellows April 2018

2. OMI Visiting Professorship in Neurology in Tbilisi, Georgia, March 12, 2018

OMI alumna, Dr. Khatia Gvantseladze, invited Drs. Dara Jamieson and Ehud Lavi from Weill Cornell Medical College/New York Presbyterian Hospital to Tbilisi, Georgia for a one-day Visiting Professorship in Neurology. Both the invited faculty and two local faculty members presented their own clinical cases on migraines and headaches. 110 local physicians attended.

Group Photo with Khatia Gvantseladze, MD (5th from left); Dara G. Jamieson, MD (6th from left) and Ehud Lavi, MD (5th from right)

3. OMI Visiting Professorship in Neonatology in Macedonia, May 1, 2018

On May 1, 2018 conducted had our fifth Visiting Professorship in Macedonia. The OMI visiting lecturer was Univ. Prof. Friedrich Reiterer from the Medical University of Graz, Austria. Forty participants attended and heard:

  • Mechanical Ventilation-Contemporary Views, including e.g. Non-Invasive Ventilation
  • Volume Targeted Ventilation
  • Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn
  • Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
  • Neonatal Apnea
Dr. Marija Vavlukis, MD, PhD, FESC (AAF-OMI Coordinator for Macedonia, 2nd row, 4th from right) organized the Visiting Professorship.


Group Picture with Friedrich Reiterer, MD (first row center)

4. OMI Seminar - A Blog Post by Family Medicine Faculty Member Alexa Namba, DO, MPH, Salzburg, March 11-17, 2018

Alexa Namba, DO, MPH

"The hills are alive with the sound of … family physicians?
Each year, Salzburg, Austria — the town made famous by Mozart and “The Sound of Music” — hosts family doctors from around the world. Here, the American Austrian Foundation (AAF), in partnership with Duke University, hosts an annual seminar to foster dialogue and share knowledge among an international audience of family doctors.

The history of these meetings dates back to the 1980s when the AAF was founded and made it its' mission to increase access to high quality medical education to physicians from countries in transition. At that time, the AAF realized that some of the brightest minds from around the world were leaving their countries of origin to seek cutting-edge training in Western Europe. The longer these physicians remained away from their home countries, the less likely they were to return. This brain drain led to a disparate distribution of highly intelligent, well-trained physicians in Western Europe, and increasingly underserved populations in parts of Eastern Europe, Africa, Central America and the Middle East. To close this gap and foster brain “gain,” the American Austrian Foundation created a series of seminars, fellowships and other postgraduate medical training initiatives for physicians practicing in these underserved countries.

This past March, I was fortunate enough to join the Duke contingent, which was co-hosting the 20th family medicine seminar. For a week, we presented lectures and workshops focusing on the role of primary care in improving the health of communities. We discussed the pandemic of chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and obesity — once limited to developed countries — now spreading to populations around the world. We outlined methods in biostatistics and epidemiology to track these health trends, and practiced different techniques to motivate patients to adopt healthy behaviors.

Faculty as learner
While my as a faculty member, I found myself far more frequently learning from the participants of the conference. During our class discussions, coffee breaks and meals I heard about life as a family physician outside the United States. Fellows talked about their medical training, work environments, patient relationships and health care systems. As the week progressed, it became evident that across the world, from large academic hospitals to independent rural practices, there are common threads connecting all family physicians.
We entered primary care to promote, maintain and protect the health of our patients and communities. However, we are increasingly spending our efforts addressing chronic illness and combating barriers impeding our patients from reaching their health goals. In Azerbaijan, packs of cigarettes cost significantly less than the medications needed to help patients quit. In Belarus and Lithuania, patient visits are typically under 10 minutes. In Tanzania, physicians open their clinic doors to a line of patients that stretches around the building. Patients are living longer, developing multiple chronic diseases and require increasingly complex primary care.

As a resident in the midst of training, the growing expectations and responsibilities of a family physician have seemed, at times, daunting. However, as I talked to family physicians from around the world, witnessed their thirst for new strategies to improve community health, brainstormed how to raise the quality of health care, and set goals to implement the knowledge gained at this seminar, I realized this is an exciting, inspiring time to be a physician. There is a constant influx of new medications, devices, interventions and studies to better health outcomes. Smart phones and medical apps are making medical knowledge readily accessible to help guide physicians. Electronic medical records are allowing all providers to more easily communicate and coordinate treatments for patients. Technologic innovation is poised to help physicians provide more efficient, informed and responsible health care. It is also through technology, email and video chat that we can collaborate in ways never before possible, and even maintain international friendships established in the Austria.
Upon returning to Duke, I feel refreshed and reinvigorated from my time in Salzburg, eager to tackle the challenges that lie ahead. Without a doubt, brain gain success."

https://cfm.duke.edu/division-family-medicine/blog-103

Faculty Excursion (from L-R): Don Bradley, MD, MHS-CL; J. Lloyd Michener, MD; Teah M. Bayless, DO; Kathryn M. Andolsek, MD, MPH and Craig W. Thomas, PhD

5. OMI Salzburg Weill Cornell Seminar in Pulmonology – Testimonial of Dr. Octavio Aburto from Mexico, February 18-24, 2018

Octavio Aburto Valencia, MD

My experience in Salzburg: In an attempt to express what I experienced in Salzburg with a single word, after much thought, I think, that, that word would be idyllic. I began to imagine myself attending the seminar from the very moment a friend told me about the existence of such courses. The excitement, the joy and the pride with which he told me about his experience made my imagination fly and since then my explorer spirit led me to do a whole research project about it.

My research ranged from learning about the founding of the AAF, the values it is based upon, the altruistic spirit that sustains and drives it, to the history of “Schloss Arenberg”, the Weill Cornell Medical College, the faculties’ areas of seminary interest (and why not a bit of the history of Austria and its cities), the discovery of the alliance that promotes and supports non-profit attendance at such seminars (AMSA) in my country and, finally, to the knowledge of the recent accession of my institute, the IMSS, to encourage and support attendance at these seminars. This research shows their vision and commitment to the continuous training of their doctors and consequently to the improvement in the care of their beneficiaries.
Finally, it was the day to leave for Salzburg. It was a long trip; however, it was interesting to discover how the drive for knowledge can be the enzyme that catalyzes the waiting time.

Already in Salzburg, the first thing that impressed me was the Schloss Arenberg, full of natural and man-made beauty, located near the center of a beautiful city, which is surrounded by an impressive river and watched over by an incredible fortress. Back inside the building, I was impressed by the design and its facilities that simply offer you everything you need.

Then it was Sunday and I met colleagues from different countries, mainly from Eastern Europe. Some were here even for the second time and I could see in them the same excitement and emotion for what the seminar would bring us, followed by Dr. Wolfgang Aulitzky, one of the pillars of the AAF, who introduced us to the faculty and who, from the beginning, showed us an attitude of simplicity and openness which greatly favored the interaction and subsequent learning.

It was Monday morning, when the first talks began; the room was spacious and comfortable with a wonderful view, so we all took pictures.

The talks were interesting, up-to-date, and interactive. I was beginning to believe that I could get used to listening to them every day -  when the unavoidable reality tackled me to face the calendar that marked Thursday and that the week was about to end. The night of that same day, as a way to sweeten the departure, they offered us a small chamber concert that can’t be missed in the hometown of one of the greatest musicians in history.

Friday, we attended the last talks and then we passed the post-seminar exam. The afternoon was free, so we had time to buy some souvenirs, to say goodbye to the city and to the Schloss Arenberg. Everybody returned to their country of origin, grateful for the experience and the sharing of knowledge and with the firm conviction to continue striving to be better doctors and human beings.

Last, I would not want to miss the opportunity to express my gratitude and respect to all the people who are involved in making these seminars possible and successful, to the people at the reception desk, maintenance, hygiene, to those who prepare the delicious dishes, to those whom they entrust the organization and development of lectures and other cultural and recreational activities, to Dr. Wolfgang Aulitzky and to all the sponsors that allow organizations like this one to sustain and continue fostering, promoting and favoring the professional and human growth of the physicians who are fortunate enough to attend. To them my admiration and deep respect. Finally, I would like to express my appreciation, thanks and deep admiration to the doctors who donate their time, knowledge and experience to this praiseworthy and magnanimous work of teaching. - Octavio Aburto Valencia, MD

6. OMI - MEX Seminar, Pediatric Oncology and Palliative Care, Mexico, April 17-19, 2018

Faculty from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Instituto Nacional de Pediatria, and Hospital Infantil Federico Gomez came together to share methods to improve patient care. The faculty members were Anne F. Reilly, MD, MPH, Naomi J. Balamuth, MD, Jennifer K. Hwang, MD, MSH, Dra. Elisa Dorantes, and Dra. Marta Zapata.This OMI-MEX Seminar covered topics ranging from bone tumors to transplantations and 40 physicians from 18 institutions participating. Two Master Classes were held during this 3-day seminar, one in Immunotherapy organized by Instituto Nacional de Pediatria, and another in Pediatric Palliative Care, organized by Hospital Infantil Federico Gomez. The majority of the 195 participants rated the OMI-MEX Seminar’s academic content and faculty as “outstanding” and “excellent,” respectively, and 95% of participants rated the organization of the event as “outstanding.”

Faculty Group Picture (from L to R): Anne F. Reilly, Marta Zapata, Elisa Dorantes, Naomi J. Balamuth, Jennifer K. Hwang

Fellow Group Picture (from L to R): César Galván, Rocío Livier Arteaga Rubio, Diana María Ramírez Rivera (Honduras) and Dafne Alejandrina Pérez Gómez

OMI MEX Seminar, Pediatric Oncology and Palliative Care, Faculty and Fellows

7. OMI Seminar Review - February to May 2018

From February through May 2018, the OMI conducted 20 seminars and 660 fellows attended.  A huge thank you to our academic partners and sponsors.

For an overview of the 2018 OMI seminars, please follow the link:
http://www.aaf-online.org/index.php/dates-topics-2018.html

Salzburg CHOP Seminar in MEDICAL EDUCATION, February 4-10, 2018

Faculty and Fellows
Course Director: Dr. Beth Rezet (Children’s Hospital of Philadephia)

OMI Fellow Dr. Aminu Sani (Royal Glamorgan Hospital Hospital CWM Taff University Health Board Littleborough, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom) shared his thoughts about the seminar:

“In the morning, we had illuminating lectures on mentoring and giving feedback by Dr. Beth Rezet and Dr. Lisa Zaoutis. After a coffee break, we then practiced feedback roles in simulation workshops supervised by the faculty. The afternoon was snowy. Some fellows decided to have fun, built a snowman, and took pictures as well. The passion demonstrated by the faculty in sharing their knowledge, giving every detail and answering questions, coupled with the intense interest shown by the fellows to learn, and with pledges to act on what was learned made the seminar a great success. The conducive environment facilitated by the organizers has contributed enormously to this success” - Dr. Aminu Sani

Raji Aminu, MD, FWACS (Urol), FRCS, D Urol (Lond).
Royal Glamorgan Hospital, CWM Taff University Health Board
Littleborough, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

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Salzburg Weill Cornell Seminar in PULMONOLOGY, February 18-24, 2018

Faculty and Fellows
Course Director: Dr. Fernando J. Martinez (Weill Cornell Medicine)
Co-Course Directors: Dr. Michael S. Niederman (Weill Cornell Medicine) and Dr. Meinhard Kneussl (Wilhelminenspital, Vienna)

OMI Fellow Dr. Andra Pekša (Riga East University Hospital, Riga, Latvia) writes:

“Lectures on ALI/ARDS and respiratory failure covered by Augustine Choi and Arschang Valipour were a great overview of topical issues, especially for those who are involved in acute/intensive care. It was also the first day of the fellows’ clinical case presentations. For those attending the OMI seminar for the first time ever, it was unknown what to expect and a little nervousness could be felt (applies also to me), but after having done it, you could probably sleep better for the rest of the week, not worrying about it anymore and not trying to change something about your presentation. - Dr. Andra Peksa, Latvia

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Salzburg Weill Cornell Seminar in NEUROLOGY, March 4-10, 2018

Faculty and Fellows
Course Director: Dr. Dara Jamieson (Weill Cornell Medicine)
Co-Course Director: Dr. Eugen Trinka (Christian-Doppler-Klinik Salzburg)

OMI Fellow Dr. Guillermo R. Delgado Garcia (National Institute of Neurology & Neurosurgery, Mexico City, Mexico) writes:

“The seminar finally started! Our academic day started with the pre-seminar test. Then we met Dr. Jamieson, our course director, who gave us a very nice update on migraines. Dr. Henchcliffe was the next lecturer and addressed a very interesting topic on movement disorders. We then met Dr. Trinka, our co-course director, who masterfully explained to us the new ILAE seizure classification. It was really interesting for me because he also dedicated some time of his lecture to discuss some controversies around this new classification […] I sincerely believe that the diversity of the topics addressed in this seminar will surely enrich my training as a neurology resident and, therefore, my clinical performance in daily activities. Finally, I want to thank the Medical Alliance for Health (Alianza Médica para la Salud), the American Austrian Foundation, the Faculty, and my fellow attendees for this great opportunity. I really hope that all of us continue to be in contact and work together to achieve greater goals for the benefit of our nations.- Dr. Guillermo R. Delgado Garcia, Mexico

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Salzburg MSKCC Seminar in ONCOLOGY A: Hematologic Malignancies, March 18-24, 2018

Faculty and Fellows
Course Director: Dr. Thomas J. Fahey Jr. (MSKCC)
Co-Course Director: Dr. David J. Straus (MSKCC)

OMI Fellow Dr. Dora Levai (National Institute of Oncology, Budapest, Hungary) shared her experience:

It was the fourth day of the seminar; everybody was full with enthusiasm, energy and most importantly, questions. I found it fascinating that we could spend a week in this international and professional environment, which seemed to me one of the best ways to improve our knowledge and make new relationships with colleagues. The case presentations were also a good opportunity to exchange our experiences, opinions, differences in the patient management […] I have already started thinking about the one-month clinical observership program, organized by OMI. The last day of the seminar. I had mixed feelings. I was so sorry that it is over, but at the same time I could hardly wait to share with my colleagues all the new knowledge and experiences I have gained. I was a bit anxious about my case presentation, but it also went well, I have many new points of view in the management of primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma. After this week, all I could say to the next fellows: Do not miss this opportunity to learn from the best. So good luck, dear fellow candidates. Be on time and may the force be with you!”- Dr. Dora Levai, Hungary

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Salzburg Weill Cornell Seminar in PSYCHIATRY, March 25-31, 2018

Faculty and Fellows
Course Director: Dr. John Barnhill (Weill Cornell Medicine)
Co-Course Director: Dr. Wolfgang Fleischhacker (Medical University of Innsbruck)

OMI Fellow Dr. Carolin Schildhorn (Universitäre Psychiatrische Kliniken & Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrische Klinik, Basel, Switzerland) shared her thoughts with us:

After breakfast, the seminar began with introducing ourselves to each other and taking the pre-seminar test. During the test I realized how beneficial the upcoming lectures will be. The program continued with talks on case presentations, perspectives in psychopharmacology and treatment of bipolar disorder. After a tasty lunch I went for a short walk into town before continuing with the seminar in the afternoon, which was about emergency psychiatry. I appreciated anecdotes and insightful information on how the emergency psychiatry unit is run in New York. Start of fellows’ case presentations; highly impressed by performance, variety and substance of information.”- Dr. Carolin Schildhorn, Switzerland

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Salzburg Weill Cornell Seminar in OPHTHALMOLOGY, April 8-14, 2018

Faculty and Fellows
Course Director: Dr. Gary J. Lelli Jr. (Weill Cornell Medicine)
Co-Course Director: Dr. Susanne Binder (Boltzmann Institute, Vienna)

OMI Fellow Dr. Aleksei Detotsenko (East Tallinn Central Hospital, Tallinn, Estonia) said:

“Woke up at 7 am, shirt, breakfast, jacket, quick shower, socks. Messed up the order I guess, but who cares because the main news is that the seminar would start. Dr. Gary J. Lelli Jr. made a quick introduction and we began answering the test questions. Then it was time for the first set of lectures. Dr. Susanne Binder started with very useful topics about floaterectomies, AMD, and cell derived therapies. Suddenly it was lunchtime. After lunch there was some blood, pain and vision loss — our course director Dr Gary J. Lelli Jr. was talking about trauma. Then some challenging cases were presented by the faculty and they also shared tips about making a better case presentation […] Then Dr. Marc Dinkin was in the house, it was neuro-ophthalmology time. You did not even feel that you were learning during Dr. Dinkin’s lectures. You were just enjoying a very dynamic and exciting talk, but at the end of a lecture you realised how much you had learned, and that that talk was full of knowledge and pearls. If an award for a lecture/presentation in Schloss Arenberg should ever be given, it should be called The Dr. Dinkin’s Award.”- Dr. Aleksei Detotsenko, Estonia

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Salzburg Weill Cornell Seminar in INFECTIOUS DISEASES, April 29 - May 5, 2018

Faculty and Fellows
Course Director: Dr. Roy (Trip) Gulick (Weill Cornell Medicine)
Co-Course Director: Dr. Christoph Steininger (Medical University of Vienna)

OMI Fellow Dr. Caroline Minja (Weill Bugando University, Department of Internal Medicine
Mwanza, United Republic of Tanzania) shared the following:

“So HIV/AIDS the first topic, what a presentation! I felt pity for ‘Intravenous drug users’-struggling with addiction, unknowingly acquiring the virus. The coffee break was all about the test... fellows saying it was tough, oh ‘I am not alone any way’. Second topic was HCV, I love this presentation, a lot of new ideas. I’ve got some answers for the test, hepatitis has never been so clear, I think I will get a research concept for my Master’s degree. Now, TB#1 was well presented. I’ve realized that screening and treatment of latent TB in European countries is well advocated, not a similar case in our country, emphasis is put on active TB cases[…]Immediately after lunch, a short presentation about OMI/AAF explaining what it is and the scope of its activities, OMI/AAF fights brain drain and promotes brain gain. I will use this knowledge and possibly future observerships in Research to address health problems facing Tanzanians” - Dr. Caroline Minja, Tanzania

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Salzburg Columbia University Seminar in MATERNAL AND INFANT HEALTH, May 13-19, 2018

Faculty and Fellows
Course Director: Dr. Richard A. Polin (Columbia University Seminar)
Co-Course Director: Dr. Friedrich Reiterer (Medical University of Graz)

OMI Fellow Dr. Samina N. Chaki (Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) Killimanjaro, Tanzania) gives us the following insight:

“Wake up, breakfast, coffee…  Lecture on long-term programming effect of early nutrition by Prof. Sudha Kashyap, was very informative to know the effects of early growth on predisposition to metabolic syndrome. The next session on RDS by Dr. Alan H. Jobe was a very interesting topic and useful concept on molecular lung maturation plus surfactant interaction with antenatal steroid to further improve lung maturation.
The lecture on screening for fetal genetic disease by Prof. Ronald Wapner was a useful concept but we do not screen for genetic diseases in my country. The next presentation was on neonatal abstinence syndrome by Dr. Friedrich Reiterer, it was knowledgeable as it's very rare condition in our setup. Lunch…”- Dr. Samina N. Chaki, Tanzania

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Salzburg Weill Cornell Seminar in NEUROSURGERY May 27-June 2, 2018

Salzburg Weill Cornell Neurosurgery Faculty at the Cadaver Lab in the Paracelsus Medical University Salzburg (from L-R):
Eric Elowitz, MD; Harry H. Gebhard, MD; Han Jo Kim, MD; Moritz Perrech, MD; Karsten Schöller, MD and Kai-Ming Fu, MD, PhD

Course Director: Dr. Roger Härtl (Weill Cornell Medicine)
Co-Course Director: Dr. Claudius Thomé (Medical University of Innsbruck)

OMI Fellow Dr. Bojan Jelača (Clinical Center of Vojvodina, Faculty of Medicine, and University of Novi Sad, Serbia) shared her thoughts:

“We should call it MIS Friday morning. The topic was once again very interesting for me, and then Dr. Claudius Thomé changed some perspectives and gave a lecture about evidence-based medicine. In a world where technology and economy are pushing every aspect of our lives it is very hard sometimes to stay on the ground and keep in mind that we are here to try to help the patients in the best possible way. That is why these chances for education and training, with dedicated teachers, are very important not only for us personally, but also for the wider community we live in. Another thing is also worth mentioning…after exchanging experiences with colleagues from various countries, I of course always learn something new, but I also realize that dilemmas and high level of personal and professional care are always something that is easy to understand among colleagues and binds us no matter where we live or work...”- Dr. Bojan Jelača, Serbia

8. Success Story: 2018 Fulbright Fellowship for OMI Fellow Dr. Mushfiq Orujov from Azerbaijan

Mushfiq Orujov, MD, PhD

“I am Mushfig Orujov, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of the Department of Pathological Anatomy of Azerbaijan Medical University. I am the winner of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for 2018, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

For me, the participation in the Salzburg Pathology Seminars in April 2014 and January 2017 were doubly successful. First, I became a member of this motivated project of the American-Austrian Foundation and then I got to know the great Professor, Steve Billings, MD.

His simplicity, kindness, high professionalism and teaching inspired me and all participants of the seminar. In his example, he was not only a mentor, but also a great friend.

Therefore, when I needed a Letter of Recommendation and to choose a host institution for the Fulbright Visiting Scholar program, I decided to ask Steve Billings. With his great support and personal assurance, I received a 6-month invitation from Cleveland Clinic. I think this invitation has played a crucial role in being accepted into the Fulbright Program. And so I'm very happy. I express my gratitude to the American-Austrian Foundation, headed by Professor Wolfgang Aulitzky and the Robert Tomich Institute of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, as well as Steve Billings, MD.”

9. Dean Augustine Choi’s visit to Salzburg, February 2018

OMI had the honor of welcoming Augustine M.K Choi, the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean of Weill Cornell Medicine and Provost for Medical Affairs of Cornell University during the Salzburg Weill Cornell Pulmonology Seminar, where he served as a faculty member lecturing on Acute Lung Injury/ARDS and Sepsis. Dr. Choi enthusiastically endorses OMI’s mission and we are grateful to him for his support.

Salzburg Weill Cornell Pulmonology Seminar Faculty (from L-R): Fernando J. Martinez, MD, MS (Course Director); Daniel Doberer, MD, MSc, MMn; Robert Kaner, MD; Meinhard Kneussl, MD (Co-Course Director); Helmut Prosch, MD; Augustine M. K. Choi, MD; Michael S. Niederman, MD, MACP, FCCP, FCCM, FERS (Co-Course Director); Arschang Valipour, MD, Assoc. Professor, FCCP

10. Dr. Abel N. Makubi, Director General of Bugando Hospital from Tanzania visits OMI, March 2018

Dr. Abel N. Makubi, Director General of the Bugando Medical Centre in Mwanza, Tanzania, visited Schloss Arenberg in March 2018. During his visit, Prof. Wolfgang Aulitzky, Medical Director of the OMI, and Dr. Makubi met to discuss future collaboration between the OMI and Bugando Medical Centre. Dr. Makubi will participate in the 2018 Salzburg Weill Cornell Cardiology Seminar.

Dr. Abel N. Makubi with Dr. Wolfgang Aulitzky

11. Reception for the OMI Cleveland Clinic Faculty, Cleveland, Ohio, May 3, 2018

On May 3rd, AAF Board Member, Dr. Nancy Wolf hosted a dinner to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the OMI Cleveland Clinic Seminars and honor the Cleveland Clinic faculty members.
The Clinic’s newly elected CEO, Dr. Thomas Mihaljevic, who also directed the first OMI Cleveland Clinic Cardiac Surgery seminar in 2008, attended the cocktail reception and reiterated the Cleveland Clinic’s commitment to the OMI.

For more photos please click here.

From L-R: Katharine Eltz-Aulitzky, Dr. Thomas Mihaljevic, Dr. Wolfgang Aulitzky, Dr. Nancy Wolf

12. AAF Andlinger Fellowship 2018

"My co-residents and I heard about the AAF Andlinger Fellowship through past Cornell research residents who had previously enjoyed the program. This experience allowed us to work alongside the great minds of Urology in Austria, including Dr. Sharokh Shariat and his residents, to learn the way medicine is practiced abroad. We also had the opportunity to delve in the cultural experience Vienna offers including its rich art collections and formidable history of contributions to the medical field.  We now also know where to come when we are craving the best coffee in the world. This was absolutely one of the most formative experiences of our residency careers and we thoroughly appreciate the help of the AAF staff who made it all come together."

Khushabu Kasabwala and Neal Patel, 2018 Andlinger Fellows

13. Milton Wolf Seminar on Media and Diplomacy, Vienna, April 16-18, 2018

The annual Milton Wolf Seminar, a joint initiative of the AAF, the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism and the Diplomatic Academy took place at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna.

This year’s topic “Public Diplomacy in Moments of Geopolitical Transformation” focused on the current and potential role of media and communications actors during transformations and geopolitical shifts: the end of the American unipolar moment, the rise of G-Zero, the end of NATO, a new Cold War, Russian and Chinese soft and hard power on the rise, global populist movements, etc.

Launched in 2001, the Milton Wolf Seminar Series aims to deal with developing issues in diplomacy and journalism – both broadly defined. This year’s panelists included practicing journalists from Associated Press and Washington Post, academics from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy/Tufts University, current and former ambassadors from the UK and Austria and representatives from Facebook, the OSCE etc.

Special thanks to Perry World House University of Pennsylvania and the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation for their academic and financial support. For more information, click here.

Group Picture Milton Wolf Seminar 2018

14. The 2018 AAF Seebacher Prize for Fine Arts – Summer Academy in Salzburg

Each year the AAF sponsors four fine arts students or recent fine arts graduates from the United States to attend the Salzburg Summer Academy. This award is possible thanks to the generosity of AAF Board Member Gerhard Seebacher and his wife Angelika.

Applicants are selected by a jury chaired by Hildegund Amanshauser (Director of the Summer Academy) and comprised of representatives from Vienna’s museums and practicing artists.

This year’s winners are:

15. AAF Cultural Exchange Award Luncheon

On May 2, 2018, the AAF held its second Cultural Exchange Award Luncheon and honored musical legends Julie Andrews and Anna Netrebko at the Metropolitan Club in New York City. The Honorable Ronald Lauder introduced Dame Julie Andrews, and Heinrich Spängler introduced Anna Netrebko. Both honorees spoke briefly and were awarded with beautiful crystal globes donated by Lobmeyr.  Guests enjoyed a lovely meal of “Wiener Schnitzel” and “Figaro” chocolates, courtesy of Demel.

The event raised over $100,000 for the AAF’s cultural programs, in particular the Young Curator’s Exchange Program. The 2018 awardees, Adam Eaker from the Metropolitan Museum and Georg Plattner from the Kunsthistorisches Museum will spend a month at each other’s institutions. For more photos please click here.

Anna Netrebko and Dame Julie Andrews

Dame Julie Andrews

From L-R: Katharina Lewis, Anna Netrebko, Angelika Seebacher

From L-R: Anna Netrebko, Heinrich Spängler, President, Salzburg Stiftung; Dame Julie Andrews

Hon. Ronald Lauder and Dr. Sabine Haag

Robert Wessely, President, AAF

Claire Edersheim and Dr. Frank Chervenak

Dr. Zev and Stacy Rosenwaks