The biannual election meeting of the Polish American Medical Society took place on April 10, 2016 at the residence of Dr. and Mrs Marlene Mazurek. Over 40 active PAMS members were present. PAMS President Dr. Kornelia Krol presented a summary of events and activities over the past two years. The PAMS has granted over 100 scholarships to medical students, organized several informational meetings for current and prospective students, and initiated a closer cooperation with medical schools in Poland. Dr Krol emphasized the increased role of PAMS in charitable activities of many members and supporters. Our organization contributes to and supports various social and professional causes, including the Shelter for Single Mothers, and seasonal holidays for homeless people. The annual grants were appropriated to the Polish Scout Organization and PASO.
After the initial presentation and greetings, the PAMS Treasurer, Dr Adam Cios, presented the financial activities and the current status of the organization. The organization has been growing both in membership and financially.
Dr Bronek Orawiec talked about sport events around KS Bronek.
The final 2015 quarterly meeting took place on November 22, 2015 at the University of Chicago. There were 47 members and guests present. The Board members attending were current President Dr. K. Król, Dr. E. Radwańska, Dr. A. Cios, Dr. B. Danek, Dr. J. Danko, Dr. K. Kusz, Dr. B. Wojewnik, Dr. J. Mazurek, and Dr. J. Samulak.
After the initial greetings from Dr. K. Król, the invited guest Emilio Williams, the Executive Director of International Programs of The University of Chicago School of Medicine discussed his presentation on “Cooperation Between PAMS, The University of Chicago School of Medicine, and the Medicover Hospital in Warsaw”. The presentation was followed by a lively discussion concerning the implementation of the pilot program.
Dr. K. Król discussed two different scholarships offered by PAMS: student’s scholarships and research scholarships. The President presented an initiative by PAMS to renovate a Polish Doctor Monument at Rossa Cemetery at Vilnius, Lithuania. Dr. Król discussed the upcoming 66th Physicians Ball at Ritz Carlton on February 6th, 2016.
The meeting was followed by a dinner sponsored by Medicover.
This Quarterly Meeting Summary was written by: Jagoda Samulak, DDS
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.