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The American Austrian Foundation: Open Medical Institute

OMI-Salzburg Medical Seminar

Under the auspices of the American Austrian Foundation (AAF), the Open Medical Institute (OMI)-Salzburg Medical Seminar on Bone and Joint Surgery was founded in 1993 to share knowledge and experience with young English-speaking physicians from the former Communist world. Today, the OMI-Salzburg Medical Seminar allows 30 to 40 competitively selected physicians — primarily practicing in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the former Soviet Union, and other countries in transition — to interact with HSS and Weill Cornell Medicine staff in an academic environment that fosters both bilateral and international learning exchange. Facilitated through the AAF, the seminar is offered pro-bono and is funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, The Open Society Foundations, and corporate and individual donors.

Wolfgang Aulitzky, MD, Associate Dean for International Medicine and Distance Learning and a urologist at Weill Cornell Medicine and Medical Director of the AAF, directs the week-long seminar. Mathias Bostrom, MD, and Russell Windsor, MD, PC, work with three additional faculty members from HSS to coordinate the seminar’s lectures and workshops at Schloss Arenberg, a cultural and scientific center in Salzburg.

The 2021 OMI-Salzburg Medical Bone and Joint Seminar will take place April 11-17, 2021.

Humes Visiting Professorship

Through the Humes Visiting Professorship, course directors may present two or more lectures on cutting-edge developments in their field, grand rounds with residents and attending physicians, and a session with case presentations at their respective course co-director’s home institution. Thomas Sculco, MD, Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus of HSS, completed an exchange with Ulrich Dorn, MD, former President of the Austrian Society for Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery, as part of a Humes Visiting Professorship in 1996.

Andlinger Residency Exchange

Since 1992, over 166 American and Austrian medical residents have participated in the Andlinger Residency Exchange. This program is designed to give medical residents the opportunity to learn at a partner institution for two weeks to one month as a supplement to their training through experience with a foreign healthcare system.

1994

Hospital for Special Surgery, U.S.A., hosted by SALK, Salzburg, Austria
Leslie John Bison, MD
Michael Diminick, MD
John D. Mac Gillivray, MD
SALK, Salzburg, Austria, hosted by Hospital for Special Surgery, U.S.A.
Helmut Eggl, MD
Michael Linder, MD

1995

SALK, Salzburg, Austria, hosted by Hospital for Special Surgery, U.S.A.
Harald Effenberger, MD

1996

Hospital for Special Surgery, U.S.A., hosted by SALK, Salzburg, Austria
Albert Diaz, MD
Daniel W. Green, MD
Linz General Hospital, Austria, hosted by Hospital for Special Surgery, U.S.A.
Vincenz Auersperg, MD

1997

Hospital for Special Surgery, U.S.A., hosted by SALK, Salzburg, Austria
Heber Crockett, MD
Christopher Miskovsky, MD
SALK, Salzburg, Austria, hosted by Hospital for Special Surgery, U.S.A.
Claude Grethen, MD

1998

SALK, Salzburg, Austria, hosted by Hospital for Special Surgery, U.S.A.
Thomas Drekonja, MD
Martin Raffl, MD

1999

Hospital for Special Surgery, U.S.A., hosted by SALK, Salzburg, Austria
Lance Peters, MD

2006

SALK, Salzburg, Austria, hosted by Hospital for Special Surgery, U.S.A.
Daniel Neumann, MD

2013 - 2014

Medical University of Vienna, Austria, hosted by University of Pittsburgh, U.S.A.
Harald Widhalm, MD

2014

Vienna City Hospital/Orthopädisches Krankenhaus Gersthof, Austria, hosted by Hospital for Special Surgery, U.S.A.
Nicolas Haffner, MD

2016

Medical University of Graz, Austria, hosted by Hospital for Special Surgery, U.S.A.
Lukas Holzer, MD

Ines Mandl Research Foundation Research Fellowship

The Austrian American Foundation, in conjunction with the Ines Mandl Research Foundation (IMRF), supports a three-year research fellowship to work with Mathias P. Bostrom, MD, in his lab at HSS to study total knee replacements — specifically, how bone mass affects osseointegration. From February to August 2019, Kevin Staats, MD, had the opportunity to conduct connective tissue research for six months at HSS. The 2020 fellow is Dr. Gérladine Sturz of the Medical University of Vienna, who will be conducting research at HSS for three months.

Headshot of fellow Kevin Staats, MD
Kevin Staats, MD

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