Impressive!!! – the only word that comes to mind to describe the PAMS quarterly meeting organized and sponsored by the Polish-American Transplant Center at the University of Chicago on September 27th, 2015.
The recently built Center for Care and Discovery at the University of Chicago deliverers exactly what the name implies. World class surgeons and scientists develop and treat patients for whom there are not many options left in conventional medicine. A great example is the Pancreatic Islets transplant, developed by one of our own, Dr. Piotr Witkowski. The transplant prevents patients from developing diabetes after complete removal of the pancreas.
After a brief introduction, Dr. David Song, vice chair of the department of surgery, introduced us to the concept of “surgery as a contact sport”. The concept entails physicians from different specialties brainstorming together, sometimes just while in the locker room, on how to solve a difficult surgical puzzle. Dr. Song talked about using makorobots for orthopedic surgery, also about minimally invasive spinal surgery via small tubular ports that avoid debilitating incisions, and filming surgeries with a go-pro and then reviewing the “game tape”. He also talked about a major advancement in the ENT field: a cochlear implant for deaf infants to prevent developmental delay or atrophy of the brain. The 40 PAMS members who attended the meeting were given a tour of the new patient rooms. The rooms resemble a five star hotel! Some even include a beautiful view of down town Chicago.
The time has come to give with PRIDE and JOY!
Each year, during the month of June, PAMS distributes scholarships to young and promising future physicians of Polish decent from the Chicago area. Thanks to the immense success of our charity Physician’s Ball, which took place this past February, PAMS was able to increase the number of recipients from 11 to 15!
On June 28th, 2015 Dr. Radwanska (The Director of the PAMS Scholarship Committee) distributed 2015 scholarship diplomas and checks; a total of $15.000 in scholarships was awarded. Scholarships were also funded by the Dr. Rytel and Dr. Cebulski Funds, as well as by Alan Krashesky – the MC of this year’s Physician’s ball, who donated his honorarium to PAMS educational funds.
The Dr. Rytel scholarship went to Michael Grzeskowiak, a student at Loyola University. This was Michael’s second time receiving this award. The Dr. Cebulski scholarship went to another second-time recipient: Daniel Michalik.
The Krashesky awards were given to four pre-medical graduates for their outstanding achievements: Emil Klosowiak (for innovation), Aleksandra Rojek (research), Joanna Tomaszewska (leadership), and Iwona Zajkowski (community service).
The remaining PAMS scholarships were awarded to Kamil Cieply (Lublin), Zuzanna Cieszkowska (Wroclaw), Magdalena Harasimowicz (Loyola) , Adrianna Janowicz (Des Moins), Jan Morawski (Poznan), Patryk Osak (Indianapolis), Ewa Socik (Rush), and Lukasz Zborek (Krakow).
This year’s meeting was attended by over 100 PAMS members and their guests who came to congratulate our awardees and also to listen to Dr. Król’s report on the growth and achievements of PAMS. Over the past two years, Dr. Król has tirelessly been representing Chicago Polish physicians, in both Chicago and Poland.
The evening was concluded with a presentation on professional insurance by MedMal Direct, who also sponsered the refreshments.
Bravo Dr. Król for organizing and hosting another successful PAMS event that beautifully presented the Polish American Medical Society and its charitable endeavors. We hope that the younger generations of physicians and students will follow in our footsteps!
Evelina Worwag, MD, Secretary
The first PAMS quarterly meeting of the year 2015 took place at Roy’s Restaurant in downtown Chicago.
The meeting was organized by our members and chaired by the President, Dr. K. Krol. 24 PAMS members were in attendance.
The event was sponsored by the Wealth Planning Network, represented by President Michael Jankowski and vice-president Larry Gatz.
The representatives of the Wealth Planning Network talked about creating sound financial plans for medical professionals, as well as retirement and estate-planning strategies.
Dr. Krol introduced a new member of PAMS: Dr. Kathy Tynus. Dr. Tynus is also the President-Elect of the Chicago Medical Society, and she talked about the benefits of a CMS membership and future cooperation between the organizations.
A short summary of our 65th Physicians Ball was presented. The event turned out to be a great success and generated a lot of positive feedback. Over 500 guests attended. We were honored by the presence of the Governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner.
Our organization participated this year in many community events. On January 12, 2015, Dr. Krol was invited to the Governor Inauguration Ceremony in Springfield, Illinois. PAMS was one of the few Polonia organizations from Chicago invited to this event.
On March 2, 2015, Dr. Krol participated in the Pulaski Day Celebration at the Polish Museum of America.
PAMS was a co-sponsor of the 68th Annual Midwest Clinical Conference organized by the Chicago Medical Society on March 13 and 14, 2015. This 2-day CME meeting was attended by Dr. E. Radwanska, Dr. Szpindor and Dr. K. Krol.
We also discussed the upcoming events for members of PAMS. Everybody was invited to take part in the Polish Constitution Day Parade on May 2, 2015.
After the official part of the meeting everybody enjoyed a delicious Hawaiian-style dinner.
Dr. Kornelia Krol
President of the PAMS