PAMS Quarterly Meeting 11/16/2014 at Shaw’s Crab House

On November 16th, PAMS met at Shaw’s Crab House for a general meeting. The meeting was sponsored by Medtronic Neuromodulation with representative Mr. Steve Willuweit in attendance. The meeting began with Dr. Lukas Chebes giving an informative presentation titled “Spinal cord stimulation: Percutaneous trial to permanent implantation”.

Dr. Kornelia Król summarized the activities organized by members of the board over the past year-and-a-half. She also reiterated our constant concern over the future of American students choosing to study medicine in Poland. As usual, this topic initiated an active exchange of opinions between the members. We are determined to gather accurate and sound information for students planning to study in Poland and later return to the US for postgraduate education.

Next, Dr. Adam Cios (Treasurer) presented the status of our back accounts. Out of 800 physicians on our mailing list, only 80 pay yearly dues. This is not enough to sustain our organization. We hope that more Polish American physicians will join us so we can further pursue our mission of educating young physicians and supporting multiple charitable events. Our next event is the 65th Polish Physicians Bal, which will take place on January 31st, 2015 at The Ritz-Carlton in Chicago. You can purchase a ticket on our website.

After a delicious dinner, Dr. Orawiec invited all of our members to a skiing competition in Wilmot Mountain Wisconsin, as well as a trip to the Swiss Alps. Dr. Rudnicki also proposed we consider participating in the Kongres Polonii Medycznej Świata, which will take place in Wilno, Poland in September, 2015.

The time was spent productively and in good company. We gratefully and sincerely thank Dr. Chebes for organizing this meeting. We are proud of the youngest member of our board.

Written by Evelina Worwag, M.D.
Secretary

Quarterly PAMS Meeting – September 7, 2014

On September 7th, 2014, a third quarterly meeting of the Polish American Medical Society took place at Embeya restaurant in Chicago. 26 members participated. The event, sponsored by Synageva Biopharma Corp., was organized by the members of the Society and chaired by PAMS President, Dr. Kornelia Krol.

After welcoming notes, Dr. Krol introduced all invited guests and two new members:

*            Dr. Piotr Witkowski, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Director, Pancreatic and Islet Transplant Program, The University of Chicago.

*            Dr. Agnes Hartuk

Also present were past presidents of PMA, Dr. A. Szpindor, Dr. J. Mazurek, Dr. M. Gawrysz, as well as a visiting from Poland, Dr. Jerzy Piwkowski.

Dr. Krol presented some of the more significant events which took place over the past 3 months:

*            “Lives in Medicine” Conference, organized by Society for Polish-American Pre-Health Professionals. During the conference, members of PAMS talked about various aspects of practicing medicine in US. Especially popular was a discussion directed towards young people attending medical schools in Poland.

*            XIX Family Picnic in Lake Villa, IL.

*            Quarterly meeting November 16,2014. A new sponsor will be discussed.

*            Urology Fellowship at the University of Chicago. A doctor from Poland will be able to study and research the most advanced techniques and procedures. Dr. Radwanska and Dr. Krol represents PAMS in discussions with UofC.

*            65th Physicians Ball – January 31, 2015 Ritz-Carlton, Chicago

Dr. Krol introduced guest speaker, Dr. Ruba K. Azzam, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Director of Pediatric Hepatology, Medical Director, Pediatric Liver Transplant Program, The University of Chicago. Dr. Azzam presented a lecture on “Fatty Liver in Children – Not All is NASH”. The 45-minute presentation and following discussion were well worth the trip downtown.

The official part of the meeting was followed by dinner, full of ensuing discussions about the role of the PAMS, incoming Ball, and meetings with young Polish students interested in studying medical sciences.

Kornelia Krol, M.D.

PAMS Quaterly Meetng at Embeya Restaurant

We invite all PAMS members to attend our quarterly meeting on Sunday, Sep 7th at 2.30 pm at Embeya Restaurant. All those who have not paid their annual membership dues yet: please bring your checks/cash.

Agenda:

Speaker introduction – Dr. K. Krol, President

Lecture – Dr. Ruba Azzam ( University of Chicago) Topic: “Fatty Liver in Children – Not All is NASH”-see more about our speaker below|

Introduction of new members

Summary of PAMS events for last 3 months:

XXIII  PAMS Tennis Tournament
Family picnic
Lives in Medicine Conference, Aug 23rd
Cooperation with University of Chicago
Report on progress in students clerkships:
Loyola University
University  of Illinois in Peoria

Website updates:
IMG’ info
Students inquires

PAMS November meeting
65 Physicians’ Ball – Jan 31, 2015
Membership

Time:
Sunday September 7th, 2014 – 3PM-7PM

Location:
Embeya Restaurant
564 West Randolph Street
(Corner of N Jefferson St and W Randolph St)
Chicago, IL 60661
http://www.embeya.com

Parking:
Valet Parking at Embeya – $12
Surface Lot ½ block before Randolph on left side of Jefferson at approximately 112 N Jefferson St – $7
Street Parking

Speaker:
Ruba K. Azzam, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director of Pediatric Hepatology
Medical Director, Pediatric Liver Transplant Program
University of Chicago

Ruba Azzam, MD, specializes in treating children with conditions related to hepatology, gastroenterology and nutrition. Her clinical interests include hepatobiliary diseases, liver transplantation, pancreatic disorders and the full range of gastrointestinal diseases. Dr. Azzam has authored several publications in peer-reviewed medical journals and book chapters focusing on liver-related research as well as general gastroenterology, hepatology and transplant hepatology. http://www.uchicagokidshospital.org/physicians/ruba-azzam.html

Topic:
“Fatty Liver in Children – Not All is NASH”

 

Quarterly PAMS Meeting

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