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 1. Faculty & Group Photo

 2. Schedule

 3. Faculty Biographies

 4. Fellows Contact Information

 5. Diaries

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"OB/GYN" January 14 - 20, 2018 - WEILL CORNELL SEMINAR SALZBURG in Medical University Vienna - The American Austrian Foundation
"OB/GYN" January 14 - 20, 2018 - WEILL CORNELL SEMINAR SALZBURG in Medical University Vienna - The American Austrian Foundation
2018 Salzburg Weill Cornell OB/GYN Seminar
                                                             Sunday 14 January – Saturday 20 January 2018

                  Sunday               Monday                   Tuesday               Wednesday                    Thursday                        Friday              Saturday
                    Jan 14               Jan 15                    Jan 16                  Jan 17                      Jan 18                       Jan 19               Jan 20
07:00 – 08:00                          BREAKFAST                BREAKFAST                BREAKFAST                  BREAKFAST                    BREAKFAST             DEPARTURES
                                                                                                                 Management of
                                      Introductions           Preconception                                                                   Acute and Chronic
                                                                                         Menopause             Extremely Premature
08:00 – 09:00                                                    Counseling                                                                       Pelvic Pain
                                    Pre-Seminar Test                                Margaret Polaneczky, MD            Infants
                                                            Shari Gelber, MD, PhD                                                             Christian Dadak, MD
                                                                                                              Angelika Berger, MD, MBA
                                  Reducing Professional       Cervical Cancer         Management of                                            Social Media in
09:00 – 10:00                            Liability                Screening                Fibrosis                                               Medicine
                                                                                                                Shari Gelber, MD, PhD
                                   Frank Chervenak, MD       Yelena Havryliuk, MD    Yelena Havryliuk, MD                                   Margaret Polaneczky, MD
10:00 – 10:30                        COFFEE BREAK             COFFEE BREAK             COFFEE BREAK                COFFEE BREAK                 COFFEE BREAK
                                                                Diabetes in                                   Vaginal Infections and        Osteoporosis Risk and
                                  Congenital Infections                                Vulva Vaginitis
10:30 – 11:30                                                    Pregnancy                                      Preterm Delivery                  Therapy
                                   Shari Gelber, MD, PhD                            Margaret Polaneczky, MD
                                                            Shari Gelber, MD, PhD                               Alex Farr, MD, PhD             Franz Fischl, MD
                                                                                      Adnexal Masses/
                                                            Ultrasound and Fetal                                                               Professionalism:
                                    Health Screening                                 Abnormal Uterine            Induction of Labor
11:30 – 12:30                                                    Anomalies                                                                  Foundation of OB/GYN
                                  Margaret Polaneczky, MD                                 Bleeding                Hanns Helmer, MD
                                                             Frank Chervenak, MD                                                              Frank Chervenak, MD
                                                                                     Yelena Havryliuk, MD
12:30 – 14:00                            LUNCH                     LUNCH                   LUNCH                       LUNCH                        LUNCH

                                     Contraception                                                                                            Post-Seminar Test
14:00 – 15:00
                                   Yelena Havryliuk, MD                                                                                      Evaluation & Discussion
                                       15:00 – 15:15            Workshop*
15:00 – 16:00                          OMI/AAF                  Fellows’ Case          Free Afternoon
                                                                                                              Fellows’ Case Presentations
                                      Presentation              Presentations

16:00 – 17:00

17:00 – 18:00
                  Faculty Only
18:00 – 19:00      Meeting to                                                                                                               Farewell RECEPTION
                Review the Week
                  19:00 – 19:30                                                                                                              Graduation DINNER
19:00 – 20:00                            DINNER              Faculty Dinner in             DINNER                     DINNER
                   Welcome                                                                                                                    Certificates Awarded
                                                              Private Home
                                                                                                                    20:30 – 21:30
20:00 – 21:00     19:30 – 20:30                                                                                   Chamber Music
                Welcome DINNER                                                                                      CONCERT
"OB/GYN" January 14 - 20, 2018 - WEILL CORNELL SEMINAR SALZBURG in Medical University Vienna - The American Austrian Foundation

     January 14 – 20, 2018

"OB/GYN" January 14 - 20, 2018 - WEILL CORNELL SEMINAR SALZBURG in Medical University Vienna - The American Austrian Foundation
Wolfgang Aulitzky, MD is the Medical Director of the
American Austrian Foundation.
He is Associate Dean for International Medicine and Distance
Learning, Adjunct Prof. of Clinical Urology and Adjunct Prof. of
Clinical Reproductive Medicine at the Weill Medical College of
Cornell University/New York Presbyterian Hospital. In 2016,
he was appointed Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics in the
Associated Faculty of the Perelman School of Medicine at the
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is also Associate Prof.
of Urology at the Medical University of Innsbruck and Visiting
Professor at the Medical University of Vienna.
Amongst others he is a member of the American, German and
Austrian Societies of Urology and was awarded the
Zuckerkandlpreis of the Austrian Society of Urology in 1989. In
1995 he received the Silver Medal, in 2007 the Golden Medal
for Merits to the Republic of Austria and in 2014 the cross of
honor of the Land Salzburg.
As Director of the Medical Program of the American Austrian
Foundation he has initiated the Open Medical Institute, a
scientific and educational collaboration of Weill Cornell and
the NewYork Presbyterian Hospital, the Children Hospital of
Philadelphia, Duke University, Columbia University, the
Cleveland Clinic and leading hospitals in Austria. Dr. Aulitzky
earned his medical degree at the University of Innsbruck in
1977, was a research associate at the University of Uppsala,
Sweden and the Rockefeller University, New York. He
received his training as an urologist at the University of
Innsbruck and the General Hospital of Salzburg. He is the
author of more than 140 publications on Urology, Andrology
and Health Care issues and is co-author of books on basic
and clinical urology/andrology.

Wolfgang Aulitzky, MD

Director, Open Medical Institute
American Austrian Foundation

Gerhard Andlinger Professor and Associate Dean
for International Medicine & Distance Learning
Adjunct Professor of Clinical Urology
Adjunct Professor of Clinical Reproductive Medicine
Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Associate Professor of Urology
Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria

Visiting Professor
Medical University of Vienna

Mailing address:
Kärntner Straße 51/II/Top 4
1010 Vienna, Austria

Phone: +43-1-533 8658
Fax: +43-1-533 8658-10
Email: w.aulitzky@openmedicalinstitute.org
"OB/GYN" January 14 - 20, 2018 - WEILL CORNELL SEMINAR SALZBURG in Medical University Vienna - The American Austrian Foundation
Frank A. Chervenak, MD (Course Director) currently serves
as the Given Foundation Professor and Chairman of the
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as
Obstetrician and Gynecologist-in-Chief and the Director of
Maternal Fetal Medicine at the New York Presbyterian
Hospital, Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He
received his Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania
State University with highest distinction, and his medical
degree from Thomas Jefferson University where he was
elected a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor
Society. Dr. Chervenak served his internship in Internal
Medicine at New York Medical College, residency in
Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York Medical College in St.
Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center, and a fellowship in
Maternal Fetal Medicine at Yale University School of
Medicine. He was Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and
Gynecology at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, where he was also
Director of Perinatal Research and received the Dr. Solomon
Silver Award for application of advances in research to the
practice of Clinical Medicine.

Dr. Chervenak was appointed Associate Professor of
Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of Obstetric
Ultrasound and Ethics at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical
Center in 1987. In 1991 he was named Director of Maternal
Fetal Medicine and Director of Obstetrics. In 1992 he was
made Full Professor with tenure, in 1998 he was named Vice
Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology,
and in 1999 was named Acting Chairman of that department.
Dr. Chervenak was named Chairman and Obstetrician and
Gynecologist-in-Chief in 2000. He received his Master in
Medical Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University
in 2002 and earned fellowship status from the American
College of Physician Executives in 2008.

Dr. Chervenak has published 285 papers in peer review
literature and has co-authored or co-edited 31 textbooks.
Research interests include ultrasound and ethics in obstetrics
& gynecology and physician leadership. He has been named a
member of the Institute of Medicine of The National
Academies. Dr. Chervenak has served on the Board of
Governors of the American Institute in Ultrasound and
Medicine and the Society of Perinatal Obstetricians. He has
served as President of the World Association of Perinatal
Medicine, International Fetal Medicine in Surgery Society, the
New York Perinatal Society and the New York Academy of
Medicine Section of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the New
York Obstetrical Society. Currently, Dr. Chervenak serves as
President of the International Society of the Fetus as a
Patient, Vice-president of the International Academy of
Perinatal Medicine, and Co-director of The Ian Donald Inter-
University School of Medicine and Ultrasound. He serves on
the March of Dimes Bioethics Committee and Prematurity
Research Advisory Committee.
"OB/GYN" January 14 - 20, 2018 - WEILL CORNELL SEMINAR SALZBURG in Medical University Vienna - The American Austrian Foundation
He has been awarded doctor honoris causa from Semmelweis
University in Budapest, Hungary; University of Athens,
Greece; Carol Davila University of Medicine, Bucharest,
Romania; University of The Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay;
Siberian State University, Tomsk, Russia; University of
Buenos Aries, Argentina; Dubrovnik International University,
Croatia; Ott Scientific Research University of Obstetrics and
Gynecology, St Petersburg; Pirogov Russian National
Research Medical University, Moscow; Center for Obstetrics,
Gynecology and Perinatology, Moscow and Surgut University,
Russia. Dr. Chervenak has been admitted as a fellow ad
eundem of the Royal College of Obstetricians and
Gynecologists of Great Britain. He is a foreign member of the
Russian Academy of Sciences.

Frank A. Chervenak, MD
Given Foundation Professor and Chairman
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
New York Weill Cornell Medical Center
New York, NY

Phone:     +1-212-746-3012
Email:     fac2001@med.cornell.edu
"OB/GYN" January 14 - 20, 2018 - WEILL CORNELL SEMINAR SALZBURG in Medical University Vienna - The American Austrian Foundation
Christian Dadak, MD (Co-Course Director) is a native of
Austria and studied medicine at the Medical University
Vienna. In 1975 he obtained his medical degree. From 1974-
1975,Christian Dadak was an Assistant at the Institute for
Blood groups and Transfusion medicine and held internships
in Internal medicine, and Surgery and Transfusion medicine.
christian Dadak did his residency from 1977-1982 at the 2nd
Department of OBGYN, where in 1978, he became the
Director of Senology. Currently, Dr. Dadak is Associate
Professor at the Medical University, Vienna. He is an OB/GYN
He is the President of the Austrian Society of Prae- and
Perinatal Medicine, President of the Austrian Society of
Sexual Medicine and a board member of the European
Association of Perinatal Medicine as well as a board member
of numerous Austrian Medical Societies.
Since 2009 he is Visiting Professor at the Weill Cornell
Medical College New York, since 2011 he is an Honored
Member of the Russian Association of Perinatal Medicine,
since 2013 Honored Professor of Siberian Medical University
Tomsk as well as Visiting Professor of Kazan State Medical
University, Russia and of the Mongolian University in

Christian Dadak, MD
Department of Basic and Advanced International
Postgraduate Education in Gynecology and Obstetrics
University of Vienna
Währinger Gürtel 18-20
1090 Vienna

Phone:     +43-1-40400-2910
Fax:       +43-1-40400-2775
Email:     christian.dadak@meduniwien.ac.at
"OB/GYN" January 14 - 20, 2018 - WEILL CORNELL SEMINAR SALZBURG in Medical University Vienna - The American Austrian Foundation
Angelika Berger, MD, MBA is a Professor of Pediatrics,
Neonatologist and Researcher with special interest in the care
of extremely premature infants as well as Infections and
Immunology. She is Head of the Department of Neonatology,
Pediatric Intensive Care and Neuropediatrics at the General
Hospital Vienna and tenured professor of Neonatology and
Pediatric Intensive Care of the Medical University Vienna. Her
research interests are innovative strategies of management of
the extremely premature infant, prevention, diagnosis and
treatment of bacterial and viral infections of preterm infants,
and the role of Ureaplasma species in the pathogenesis of
preterm delivery as well as long‐ and short‐term outcome of
preterm infants. Dr. Angelika Berger is a member of several
professional medical associations, Head of the Working
Group on Neonatology and Pediatric Intensive Care in Austria
since 2012, principal investigator of several large clinical trials
and has published more than 60 articles in the field of peri‐
and neonatal medicine.

Angelika Berger, MD, MBA
Professor of Neonatology and Pediatric Intensive Care
Medical University Vienna
Waehringer Guertel 18‐20
1090 Vienna

Phone:      +43‐1‐40400‐64020
Email:      angelika.berger@meduniwien.ac.at
Alex Farr, MD, PhD is a gynecologist who is specialized in
gynecologic infectiology. Dr. Farr was born and raised in
Vienna, Austria, and graduated from the Medical University of
Vienna. During his studies, he accomplished the AAF Max
Kade Clinical Clerkship at the George Washington University
Hospital in Washington DC, and collaborated with the New
York University School of Medicine in various scientific
projects. Dr. Farr started his residency at the Ludwig-
Maximilians-University Hospital in Munich, Germany, followed
by the Medical University of Vienna, Austria. During his
residency, he did a 1-year training program at a peripheral
hospital in Kufstein in Tyrol to improve his surgical skills,
followed by a visiting fellowship at Weill Cornell Medical
College, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York. His
postgraduate PhD was dedicated to breast cancer. His
primary research interest includes the value of the vaginal
flora in early pregnancy, and the effect of treating infections to
reduce preterm delivery. He publishes papers in medical
journals, including The American Journal of Obstetrics and
Gynecology, Radiology, The Breast, PLoS One and many
others. Recent publications include an expert review on
placentophagy, the postpartum consumption of the placenta,
which was broadcasted on the media worldwide. He is peer
reviewer for multiple journals, and organizer of an
international multidisciplinary perinatal conference called
“Perinatal Dialog”. Dr. Farr's research efforts have earned him
grants and awards from the Erste Bank und Sparkassen AG
in Austria, and the Stiftung Frau Kind-Gesundheit Dr.
Rockstroh of the German Association of Obstetrics and
Gynecology. Dr. Farr is currently an Assistant Professor at the
Medical University of Vienna, Department of Obstetrics and
Gynecology. He is married, lives in Vienna, and likes to meet
friends, travel and do sports in his free time.

Alex Farr, MD, PhD
Medical University of Vienna
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Division of Obstetrics and Feto-Maternal Medicine
Waehringer Guertel 18-20
1090 Vienna

Phone:      +43-1-40400-28220
Fax:        +43-1-40400-28620
Email:      alex.farr@meduniwien.ac.at
Franz H. Fischl, MD is a gynecologist who specializes in
gynecologic endocrinology and reproductive medicine. Dr.
Fischl grew up in upper Austria and in Vienna, the capital
city of Austria. He graduated from the University of Vienna,
School of Medicine and after two years of working in the St.
Gallen Hospital, Switzerland he finished his specialization at
the University of Vienna Medical School. During this time, he
stayed twice at Yale University, Dep. of Endocrinology and
Reproductive Medicine under the leadership of Prof. Alan
DeCherny. For ten years, Prof. Fischl had been head of the
Division Endocrinology and Assisted Reproduction of the
2nd. Dep. Obstet. / Gynec. University of Vienna. After the
unification of both Departments (1st and 2nd Dep. Obstet. /
Gynec.), he worked in the Division of Gynecologic
Endocrinology and Reproductive Medicine, and was
responsible for assisted reproduction techniques.
From 2004 to 2009, Dr. Fischl was guest lecturer at the
University of Mainz in Germany. There, he built and
structured a new unit in reproductive medicine and was head
of this department.
Since September 2009, Dr. Fischl has been back at the
Medical University of Vienna and was working in the division
for post graduate and advanced training for national and
international medical doctors up to the end of 2010. Now he
is working in an outpatient private medical centre in his
speciality and gives lectures in gynecological endocrinology
and reproductive medicine. He is also a mentor for students
at the end of their medical studies at Medical University
Dr. Fischl is a member of many national and international
societies such as the society of gynecology/obstetrics,
ultrasound, endocrinology, reproductive medicine, along with
some others. He organizes national and international
congresses and education events. One of his specialties is
reproductive medicine in women of advanced reproductive
He has written twelve scientific books in reproductive
medicine and gynecological endocrinology.
He lives in Vienna with his wife and his younger son. Dr.
Fischl’s elder son studied 5 years at Heidelberg University
as a microbiologist and is now currently continuing with his
work in Vienna.

Franz H. Fischl, MD
A.o. Univ. Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Weimarerstraße 5/16
1180 Vienna

Phone:     +43-1-408-3077
Mobile:    +43-664-213-4191
Email:     franz.fischl@meduniwien.ac.at
Shari Gelber, MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor in Obstetrics
and Gynecology, the Director of Perinatal Research, and the
Obstetrics and Gynecology student clerkship director at Weill
Cornell Medicine in New York City. Dr. Gelber received her
B.S. from Stanford University with honors in Biological
Sciences. She received her M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in
Neurobiology and Behavior from the Columbia University
College of Physicians & Surgeons, where her research focus
was in understanding the physiology of the receptors for
nicotine in the brain. Dr. Gelber completed clinical training in
Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Drexel University College of
Medicine followed by a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
at Cornell University Medical College, where she is currently
the Donna Redell Clinical Scholar in Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Dr. Gelber has an active clinical practice in which she
performs      ultrasound     examinations,      amniocentesis,
preconceptual counseling, and consultations for patients with
high-risk pregnancies. Dr. Gelber has a special interest in
maternal medical conditions that may affect pregnancy
including infectious diseases that cause congenital and
perinatal infections, autoimmune disease, hypertension and
obesity. Dr. Gelber’s research interests are in understanding
the origin of both spontaneous and indicated preterm birth.
She contributed to the discovery and characterization of a
novel toxin from Gardnerella vaginalis, a microorganism
strongly associated with preterm birth. She has also studied
the role of immune regulation in the development of
preeclampsia. Her current research is focused on
understanding the role of insulin resistance in adverse
pregnancy outcomes. Dr. Gelber has published in both clinical
and research ethics as well as patient decision-making.
Dr Gelber lives in New York City with her husband and

Shari Gelber, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Weill Cornell Medical College
1300 York Avenue; Box 122
New York, NY 10065

Phone:     +1-212-746-3182
Fax:       +1-212-746-0449
Email:     shg7001@med.cornell.edu
Yelena Havryliuk, MD is a Board Certified Obstetrician and
Gynecologist. She grew up in Ukraine and moved to Unites
States as a teenager. Dr. Havryliuk received her medical
degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry – Robert
Wood Johnson Medical School and completed her residency
training at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell
Medical Center. She initiated her career at New York
University Langone Medical Center, where her career focus
was on benign gynecological conditions and women’s health.
In 2011 she returned to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill
Cornell Medical Center to join the faculty as an Assistant
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Havryliuk provides care in all aspects of gynecology and
women’s health including the management of contraception,
abnormal pap smears, endometriosis, abnormal uterine
bleeding, hormone replacement therapy, as well as
preventative care. In addition, Dr. Havryliuk has a special
interest in the surgical management of fibroids, adnexal
masses and endometriosis. When indicated, she strives to
offer all of her patients minimally invasive surgery. Dr.
Havryliuk has also fostered collaborations with other
departments within the medical center in order to offer a
multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach. She lives in
New York City with her husband and children Julia and

Yelena Havryliuk, MD
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Weill Cornell Medical Center
New York Presbyterian Hospital
525 East 68th Street, Suite J130
New York, New York 10021

Phone:     +1-212-746-3171
Fax:       +1-212-746-8762
Email:     yeh9001@med.cornell.edu
Hanns P. Helmer, MD received his medical degrees from the
Medical College of the University of Vienna. After completing
a fellowship at Cornell University Medical College in the
Division of Reproductive Biology, he went through his
internship at Wilhelminenspital in Vienna and did his
residency at the Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology at the
University of Vienna. His main research interests are in the
field of preterm delivery, basic research in uterine contractility,
clinical research in diagnosis and treatment of infection
associated preterm labor and PROM, effect of pregnancy and
delivery on the pelvic floor.

Hanns P. Helmer, MD
Medical University of Vienna
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Waehringer Guertel 18-20
1090 Vienna

Phone:      +43-1-40400-2923
Fax:        +43-1-40400-2820
Email:      hanns.helmer@meduniwien.ac.at
Margaret Polaneczky, MD is Associate Professor of Clinical
Obstetrics and Gynecology and Assistant Dean for Human
Research Compliance at the Weill Medical College of Cornell
University. She received her medical degree from Temple
University and completed a residency in Obstetrics &
Gynecology at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia.
She was on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania
before joining the Cornell faculty in 1993.
Dr. Polaneczky practices gynecology in the ambulatory
setting, with particular clinical interest in menopause, family
planning, menstrual and vulvo-vaginal disorders and the
gynecologic care of women with breast cancer. Her research
has focused on contraceptive acceptance and compliance,
sexually transmitted disease screening and premenstrual
disorders. She has written numerous book chapters and
review articles on hormonal contraception, and is on the
Board of Planned Parenthood of New York City.
Dr. Polaneczky has a special interest in social media and the
use of the internet in healthcare. In 2015, Dr. Polaneczky and
colleagues created Breast Screening Decisions, an online,
web-based Mammogram screening decision aid for women
ages 40-49 (http://bsd/med.cornell.edu). She has been
blogging since 2006 at The Blog that Ate Manhattan
(http://tbtam.com), and was a best medical blog finalist at
Medgadget.com in 2010. You can follow her on

Margaret Polaneczky, MD
Associate Professor
Weill Medical College
525 East 68th Street
Suite J130
New York, NY 10065

Phone:     +1-212-746-7844
Fax:       +1-212-746-7890
Email:     mpolanec@med.cornell.edu

     January 14 – 20, 2018

Marianna Adamyan, MD

                  Nairi Medical Center
                  21 Paronyan
                  0015 Yerevan, Armenia

Rana Ahmadova, MD

                  Doctor AZ Private Clinic
                  6 Badalbayli Street
                  5008 Sumgait, Azerbaijan

Alla Anfinogenova, MD

                  SBS Med Clinic
                  Navoi 7
                  050043 Almaty, Kazakhstan

Marcin Stanislaw Bobinski, PhD

                  Medical University of Lublin
                  Staszica 16 Str.
                  20-081 Lublin, Poland
                                                    0048 502 142 518

Mohaned Niazi Elamin, MD, MSc

                  Omdurman Maternity Hospital
                  Albawaba Street
                  11111 Khartoum, Sudan

                                 a Program of the
Thomas Mekruria Gebre, MD

                  Saint Paul‘s Hospital                      E-Mail:
                  Millennium Medical College                 tomlithe@gmail.com
                  Swaziland Street                           Phone:
                  32826 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia                0025-1-911895858

Ali Gokce, MD

                  Ankara University Medical School
                  Tip Fakultesi Caddesi
                  06490 Ankara, Turkey

Denisa Golemi, MD

                  University Hospital Obstetric/Gynecology   E-Mail:
                  “Koco Gliozheni“                           denisagolemi@gmail.com
                  Bulevardi Bajram Curri                     Phone:
                  1000 Tirane, Albania                       00355 68 52 98986

Anna Gross, MD

                  Klinikum Klagenfurt
                  Feschnigstrasse 11
                  9020 Klagenfurt, Austria
                                                             0043-660 2001 881

Svetlana Igonina, MD

                  Izhevsk City Polyclinic,                   E-Mail:
                  Izhevsk State Medical Academy              igonina_sv@mail.ru
                  Kommunarov, 281                            Phone:
                  426034 Izhevsk, Russian Federation         007921 85 42 438

                                a Program of the
Ulughbek Jabborov, PhD

                  Republican Perinatal Center
                  Bogishamol 223A
                  100000 Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Maria Jako, MD

                  University of Szeged
                  Semmelweis 1.
                  6725 Szeged, Hungary

Joanna Paulina Kacperczyk-Bartnik, MD

                  2nd Department of Obstetrics and             E-Mail:
                  Gynecology, Medical University of Warsaw     asiakacperczyk@gmail.com
                  ul. Karowa 2                                 Phone:
                  00-315 Warsaw, Poland                        0048-791 951 043

Thomas Jackson Kakumbi, MD

                  Kilimanjaro Christian
                  Medical University College
                  Longuo B, Off Sokoine Road
                  2240 Kilimanjaro,
                  United Republic of Tanzania

Lubos Karasek, MD

                  The Military University Hospital in Prague
                  U Vojenske Nemocnice 1200
                  16902 Praha, Czech Republic

                                a Program of the
Mehmet Ferdi Kinci, MD

                   Gulhane Education and Research Hospital   drferdikinci@gmail.com
                   06020 Ankara, Turkey                      Phone:

Kateryna Kulikovska, MD

                   Kyiv Regional Centre for                  E-Mail:
                   Maternal and Child Health                 kt_2924@yahoo.com
                   Bahhovutovskaya ul., 1                    Phone:
                   02000 Kiev, Ukraine                       0038-0-505196144

Yuliya A. Lyzikova, PhD

                   Gomel State Medical University
                   Lange 5
                   246000 Gomel, Belarus

Dinara Makhadiyeva, MD

                   Ecomed Clinic
                   1 Saryarka Avenue
                   010000 Astana, Kazakhstan
                                                             0077 78 3546227

Barbara Markota, MD

                   Klinikum Klagenfurt
                   Feschnigstrasse 11
                   9020 Klagenfurt, Austria
                                                             0038 6 31 308 957

                                 a Program of the
Michal Michna, MD

                  Nemocnica Kosice-Saca
                  Lucna 57
                  04015 Kosice-Saca, Slovakia

Daniel Milkovski, MD

                  University Clinic of                      E-Mail:
                  Obstetic & Gynecology Skopije             danielm_mk@yahoo.com
                  Majka Tereza BB. Skopje                   Phone:
                  1000 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia        0038-9-70884202

Jose Manuel Munoz de Cote Frade, MD

                  American British Cowdray Medical Center
                  Av. Carlos Graef Fernandez 154
                  05300 Mexico City, Mexico

Viktor Ivanovich Oshovskyy, MD, PhD

                  Uniklinik A
                  Heroyiv Stalingrada 4, b.4
                  04211 Kyiv, Ukraine

Miljana Stanojevic Andjic, MD

                  JZU Dom Zdravlja Prijedor
                  Vozda Karadjordja 2
                  79101 Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina
                                                            0038-7-66 99 14 02

                                 a Program of the
Galyna Tolstanova, MD

                   Kiev Regional Centre for                     E-Mail:
                   Maternal and Child Health                    tolstanova.galyna@gmail.com
                   Baggoutovskaja                               Phone:
                   04107 Kiev, Ukraine                          0038-0-93 611 07 84

Urjindelger Tserensambuu, MD, MSc

                   National Center for Maternal                 E-Mail:
                   and Child Health                             ts_urjee@yahoo.com
                   Khuvisgalchdiin street, Bayangol District    Phone:
                   16060 Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia                  0097-6-11362953

Rasa Vanseviciute, MD, PhD

                   National Cancer Institute
                   Santariskiu 1
                   08406 Vilnus, Lithuania

Ludmila Sidor Velenciuc, MD

                   Center Prenatal Level III Institute Mother   E-Mail:
                   Child                                        lidialala@ymail.com
                   Burebista 93                                 Phone:
                   2060 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova           0037-3-69 16 12 75

Natalija Vuletic, MD

                   Clinical Hospital Center Rijeka
                   51000 Rijeka, Croatia
                                                                0038-5-91 601 30 51

                                  a Program of the
Karin Windsperger, MD

                    Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics,
                    Medical University of Vienna
                    Waehringer Guertel 18-20
                    1090 Vienna, Austria

Murtala Yusuf, MD

                    Bayero University Kano
                    Tarauni LGA Kano
                    234 Kano, Nigeria

                                 a Program of the
                                      Diary of Anna Gross, MD
                              Klinikum Klagenfurt/Woerthersee, Austria

14 January, Sunday evening. My colleague Barbara and I arrived from Klagenfurt in the evening. The
travel was quite comfortable, because Salzburg is just 2,5 hours away from my hometown Klagenfurt.
I was really impressed by the location of the Seminar - Schloss Arenberg. It is beautiful with lots of
greenery around, very quiet, but also close to the city center of Salzburg. After the welcome reception
we enjoyed a very tasty and typical Austrian dinner: “Wiener Schnitzel”. The atmosphere in Schloss
Arenberg was very friendly and calm. The best part of the first evening was meeting many new people
from foreign countries. We enjoyed some delicious Austrian red wine at the lobby together, talking
about differences of work and life in our countries.

15 January, Monday. I woke up at 7a.m., got ready for a quick breakfast and took my really strong
coffee up to the seminar room. All participants of the seminar and faculty members gave short
information about themselves. Afterwards we had to do the pre-seminar-test. I did not find it very
easy. The questions covered a broad spectrum of topics. I did not know much about the GYN topics,
because at a second year resident in our clinic, we are mainly working in obstetrics. Anyway, we are
all here to learn, so the test should hopefully be better and easier on Friday. The first lecture by Dr.
Frank Chervanak was a really good start into the week. He talked about the reduction of professional
liability. Although it was shocking to hear how many treatment mistakes happen in hospitals, it is sad
reality. However individuals do not cause most of the mistakes, they are caused by a bad system the
people are working in. Afterwards he talked about some examples of the Weill Cornell Hospital and
how they tried to reduce such mistakes. On the first day, I liked the lecture about Congenital Infections
by Dr. Shari Gelber best. It was a good summary to remember everything that is important regarding
congenital infections. Dr. Shari Gelber is a very good speaker and makes clear explanations. I learned
a lot as well and will implement it in my daily practice at the outpatient department for pregnant

After lunch break there was a lecture about Contraception held by Dr. Yelena Havryliuk. It was very
interesting to hear about the most common contraceptives in the US and how they decide which
contraceptive is the best for their patients. Unfortunately the workshop “How to present a case” and
the case presentations by the Faculty members did not take place. It would have been really interesting
to hear what they recommend for a good case presentation.
After dinner, the day ended at the Armenian Lounge of Schloss Arenberg, playing an international
tournament of table football, listening to music from different countries of the world, laughing and
having cheerful conversations. Before going to sleep, I reviewed my case presentation one last time
and tried to prepare for the next day.

16 January, Tuesday. Wake up, breakfast, coffee… The lectures started at 8 a.m. again, a bit too early
for me, but fortunately they serve strong coffee here. On the second day, I liked the lecture about
“Diabetes in Pregnancy” by Dr. Shari Gelber best. It is just a very important topic and it was interesting
to learn how they manage their gestational diabetes patients in the US. I am confronted with
gestational diabetes a lot in my daily clinical practice and it seems like we are treating our patients in
Austria quite similar like they do in the US. Dr. Frank Chervenak held also a very impressive
presentation about “Ultrasound and Fetal Anomalies”. He focused on the anomalies that are quite
easy to detect on ultrasound, the ones you really should not miss. It was really educational for me,
especially because I would like to specialize in prenatal ultrasound. Lunch…

In the afternoon we started with case presentations. I enjoyed it to hear about lots of interesting cases
and how they manage them in different countries of the world. I also held my case presentation:
“Ventricular septal defect in Pregnancy”. I was nervous, but I think it went quite well and I am happy
that I could answer all the questions my colleagues asked at the end of the presentation.

After dinner my new friends from Mexico, Slovakia, Czeck Republic, Tanzania, Kazakhstan and me
decided to go out into the city center of Salzburg. We went for a beer into a big brewery called
“Augustiner Brauhaus”. Afterwards we found a really nice place where we could dance Salsa.
Definitely, a night with awesome people I will remember for the rest of my life.

17 January, Wednesday. I did not sleep very much, so getting up on Wednesday was really hard. The
strong coffee helped again a lot to stay awake, as well as the interesting lectures. I really loved the
lecture about “Menopause” by Dr. Margaret Polaneczky. It is just a topic I really did not deal a lot with
in my daily practice, so I learned a lot. She pointed out very clearly how and when they use hormone
replacement therapy and when not, and how to decide what is the best for each individual patient.

After lunch my colleague Barbara and I enjoyed our free afternoon. First we rested a bit in our rooms,
afterwards we drove to the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet to do some shopping. Our evening ended
at the Armenian Lounge on the 5th floor of the Schloss Arenberg, listening to music and chatting with
our new friends. Even Prof. Christian Dadak came by and told us some stories about his time as a
resident and how different working was back then.

18 January, Thursday. Everyday routine: getting up early, quick breakfast, lectures starting at 8 a.m.
This was the first day of lectures of Austrian doctors from the faculty. I really enjoyed it because they
talked about the standards we use in our country. Therefore, everything they talked about was really
important for my daily practice in the hospital in Klagenfurt. I liked the lecture about “Vaginal
Infections and Preterm Delivery” by Dr. Alex Farr best. The second afternoon of case reports was very
interesting as well. I liked the case report about “Cerebral Malaria” best. It is a rare but really
interesting differential diagnosis for Pre-Eclampsia/Eclampsia in pregnancy.

Afterwards we visited the Hangar-7 and the Stiegl Brewery. In the evening we all attended the chamber
music concert – the two musicians were really outstanding and it was great to listen to their virtuosic
performance. Afterwards there was a reception at the lobby, where we could take some nice pictures
with the professors. We decided to spend our last evening doing some karaoke at a pub in Salzburg. It
was so much fun again and I was really happy that lots of people from our seminar came to celebrate
our last evening together.
19 January, Friday. I had to hand in my diary on Thursday evening. So I can just tell what the schedule
planned for the last day. In the morning the last 4 lectures took place. Afterwards we had to do the
post-seminar test. Sadly Barbara and me had to leave for home already on Friday afternoon, so we
missed the Farewell Reception and the Graduation Dinner on the last evening.

To sum up, I will always remember this great week, learning a lot of expertise from great doctors from
Austria and America. Even more important, I really made lovely new friends and met awesome people
from all over the world. I am sure some of the friendships will last for a lifetime. So I am really sad to
leave. Hopefully we all will meet again sometime.

      Anna Gross, MD (Austria)
                                  Diary of Dinara Makhadiyeva, MD
                                      Ecomed Clinic, Kazakhstan

14 January, Sunday evening. It was an amazing start of the Salzburg seminar. I immediately found
myself welcome and right at home when I arrived at the Schloss Arenberg. I had a chance to introduce
myself to many interesting people who were doctors working in obstetrics and gynecology and
essentially colleagues from around the world. We became all so close right from the beginning when
we met at the dinner that evening. I was thrilled to explore medicine from a different point of clinical

15 January, Monday. The first lecture of the day delivered by Prof. Chervenak made me think about
the importance of continuous improvement of one’s clinical setting and acknowledgment of weak links
requiring to be changed. Patient’s safety would always remain a priority. By the end of the lecture, I
had noted down a list of ideas I had previously been planning to implement into my daily practice such
as introducing checklists for all stages of IVF cycle treatment at the clinic and reviewing patient’s
prescription of IVF medication during ovarian stimulation to minimize the risk of untimely
administration of it. Nobody is perfect but perfection is what we should always strive for. The evening
with new friends was a great fun. We went out to visit main sights in Salzburg. One day felt as a month
worth of amazing memories.

16 January, Tuesday. Being a doctor is a demanding but rewarding profession. We have to always
improve our skills and stay up to date with the latest evidence based medicine to deliver the best
quality clinical practice. Today’s lectures had repeatedly emphasized a new approach in the
management of patients that involved personalization of an intended treatment plan. The clinical
decisions should not be just based on patient’s isolated signs and symptoms of a certain disease but
rather on a person as a whole. Physician’s autonomy that was briefly touched on during the lectures
remains one of the crucial aspects of our daily practice as it warrants effective personalization of
patient’s management. We should never blindly follow existing clinical guidelines because medicine is
a fast changing science in the modern world.

17 January, Wednesday. Every day brought a new reason for me to reflect on my clinical practice at
the Salzburg seminar. It had opened my eyes to things I had not been probably paying enough
attention. I greatly enjoyed the lecture on menopause, which covered many challenges that we face
in decision making in regards to the treatment of women complaining of symptoms associated with
menopause. The lecture was simple but very informative and absorbing. Apart from formal teaching
at the seminar there was a form of informal teaching as well. It involved interaction with colleagues
from other countries. We would share our experience and knowledge or debate on various clinical
questions. That was my favorite part of the seminar as it challenged and made me want to be proactive
in changing medicine back home to the better.

18 January, Thursday. I should say that today was the most memorable day of the week. It started
with excellent lectures on obstetrical issues, which were common in daily clinical practice. That gave a
good revision on topics I had not been practicing for some time. Then there were fellow's presentations
in the afternoon including my own clinical case presentation. I did not expect air to be so inspiring and
shocking in a good way. The more information you receive the more questions you get. Today's
teaching left me craving for further knowledge and desire to share it with colleagues back home.

      Dinara Makhadiyeva, MD (Kazakhstan)
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