On June 22, 2014, seventy-eight members of the Polish-American Medical Society met for a quarterly meeting at the residence of the PAMS President Dr. Kornelia Król.
We had the honor to host this years special guests, Prof. Ramaz Kurashvili and Dr. Elena Shelestova, who visited from the National Center for Diabetes Research in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Ms.Anne Zenzer represented the Cebulski Trust, which donated funds for student scholarships. Joanna Tomaszewski and Lukasz Sewera represented the Society for Polish-American Pre-Health Professionals, which organized the “Lives in Medicine Conference”.
We also welcomed new PAMS members: Drs. Ewa and Dariusz Borys, and Dr. Ewa Wójcik, pathologists from Loyola University Medical Center, Dr. Arthur Tokarczyk, anesthesiologist from NorthShore University Health System, and Dr Piotr Witkowski, transplant surgeon from The University of Chicago. We are very excited that they have joined our society.
We welcomed new board member Dr. Jagoda Samulak, who replaced Dr. Bartek Nierzwicki.
A report summarizing PAMS activities in last 3 months was presented by Board President, Dr K. Krol. Besides traditional participation in Chicago Polonia events, and sport events, we initiated one very new project to increase cooperation between PAMS and academic institutions in Chicago. Our goal is to help medical students studying abroad in finding medical clerkships and observerships in American hospitals. This in turn might improve chances of admission into limited residency positions. Cooperation with The University of Chicago has been especially fruitful, thanks to involvement and personal help of some academic physicians in this university.
PAMS is in the process of recruitment for a urologist from Poland for fellowship in urological oncology offered by University of Chicago’s Urology Department.
The treasurer, Dr Adam Cios, presented a short budget summary. As a means of increasing revenue, physicians will be able to place advertisements on our website for a cost of $50.00 per year.
Traditionally, the June quarterly meeting is devoted to present scholarship awards for medical, dental and veterinary students of Polish descent. President of PAMS Scholarship Committee, Dr. Ewa Radwańska handed out checks and diplomas to 11 students studying in US and in Poland.
Later in the evening, we were privileged to listen to a fascinating lecture “Quo vadis regenerative medicine” given by professor Mariusz Ratajczak from the University of Louisville Kentucky. He is an internationally known specialist in the field of stem cell research.
The meeting ended after a light and healthy meal accompanied by many stimulating and warm conversations between PAMS members and guests.
Meeting was sponsored by Dr. Kornelia Król and PAMS.
Kornelia Krol, M.D.
President, PAMS in Chicago
Polish-American Medical Society in Chicago hosted its Quarterly Meeting at the Society for Arts in Chicago on March 16, 2014.
Members of the Board of Directors presented the summary of the 2014 Physician’s Ball. Thirty members of PAMS attended the meeting. Treasurer Dr. Adam Cios presented the financial summary. President Dr. Kornelia Krol shared her experience and thanked everyone who made the Ball a successful event. Dr. Krol presented the progress on the continuous work of Board of Directors. The Board’s special interest centers around medical students of Polish descent – the society is dedicated to obtaining more information about students studying medicine in Poland. Dr. Rudnicki shared his experience on the topic and Dr. Lojewski talked about information concerning students in Poznan. The shared consensus revealed that students who study medicine in Poland and abroad experience difficulty in getting into residency programs throughout the United States.
Dr. Marian Olpinski made a next presentation talking about his aid efforts for people in Guatemala City and Beyond the Walls foundation. Dr. Olpinski thanked the PAMS for the support in raising $5,500 for building a house in Guatemalta; he shared pictures of the family and their finished house and asked for our continuous support. More information about the mission can be found at www.beyond –the-walls.org
After the official meeting, the dinner was served and the PAMS members watched a special screening of The Girl from the Wardrobe.
Next chance for the PAMS meeting will happen during the May 3rd Parade in downtown Chicago. The society extends a welcome invitation to all its members to participate in the parade which is an important event in the Polish-American community and it’s also a terrific moment to represent our society as an active organization.
Written by Dr. Evelina Worwag, PAMS Secretary
Signed by Dr. Kornelia Krol, PAMS President