25th Anniversary of the Polish Medical Self-Government in Warsaw

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On December 5-7, 2014 the Regional Medical Center of Warsaw celebrated the 25th anniversary of the polish medical self-government. The celebration was organized by the Naczelna Izba Lekarska (NIL), also known as the Polish Chamber of Physicians.

Present amongst the delegation representing the global and national medical and dental associations, were the president of PAMS Dr. Kornelia Król, the president of the Federation of Polish-American Medical Organizations Dr. Marek Rudnicki, the vice president of the federation, Dr. Janusz Kasina from Sweden, and honorary president Dr. Bronisaw Orawiec.

The series of meetings began on Friday in the Polish Parliament. Foreign guests, members of the Polish Chamber of Physicians and nine past health ministers from 1989 to the present were in attendance. The health ministers shared their thoughts on health care and how much it has changed since they were in office.

Later in the afternoon, the deputy speaker of the Senate of Poland, surgeon Stanisław Karczewski held a meeting. Foreign guests, representing 30 different medical organizations worldwide attended. Dr. Karczewski underlined that the Chamber of Physicians would also be celebrating 25 years of practicing in a free Poland, just as the senate. Amongst the 100 senators in Poland, eight of them are physicians who are actively engaged in running the self-government. During the meeting, foreign physicians had the opportunity to present their organizations, as well as familiarize themselves with the legislative processes of Poland.

On Saturday, December 6, at the Sofitel Victoria hotel, the Polish Chamber of Physicians held a meeting and historical session. Later that afternoon, Cardinal Nycz dedicated a mass to the physicians at Holy Cross Church (Kościół Św. Krzyża).

The main event was the anniversary gala at the Grand Theater (Teatr Wielki). Actors Piotr Fronczewski and Ewa Wiśniewska beautifully prepared it. There were performances by the Płock Symphonic Orchestra as well as by the actor/singer Janusz Radek. This interesting concept of celebrating the 25th anniversary of the polish self-government was eloquently covered by the polish physician’s newspaper “Gazeta Lekarska”.

We, as the delegation, stressed our desire to maintain contact and to continue to actively cooperate with the Polish Chamber of Physicians.

For more details see www.gazetalekarska.pl

Kornelia Król, M.D. President of PAMS in Chicago

 

“Fifty Shades of Fashion” Fundraising Dinner 11/9/2014

 

Our First Annual Benefit Fashion Show “Fifty Shades of Fashion” took place on Sunday November 9th, 2014 at Stereo Club in Chicago. 205 people attended the fashion show, many of which were physicians as well as their friends and family. Thanks to all those who helped out, the event was huge success. Stereo Club provided the great music and beautiful venue. The Polish physicians who became runway models for the night created a breathtaking spectacle. Malgorzata Wajs, former model, directed the event. Our wonderful sponsors provided an unbelievable variety of clothes. Tasty food was served by Grota Banquets and appreciated by all those attending.

By spending some time outside of our busy professional lives making new friends, meeting colleagues, and cheering for one another, those who participated strengthened their professional relationships. It is much easier to refer a patient to someone when you know their face, not just their name.

“Fifty Shades of Fashion” helped us raise money for a scholarship fund to benefit medical, dental, and veterinary students of Polish heritage. Part of the profits will also be used to help organize a Christmas Party and gifts for a Chicago shelter for Polish single moms and their children.

We look forward to organizing more entertaining and relationship building fund raising events in the future!

Beata Danek MD, Main Organizer and Board Member

Clothes provided by:

Mira Couture, Dom itp, Laurel Bridal, Rich casual, Renata Mingelgrin, Stokrotka, Yolanda’s Lorente Boutique, Elan Furs, Henryk Pasko

Hair by:
Zig-zag and Inga Hair Studio

Make-up by:
Zig-zag and Bogusia Szwab

Jewelery by:
Park Lane Jewelry

http://polskieradio.com/galerie/111014fashion/index.html

Polish American Breast Cancer Awareness Program Conferences

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Od wielu lat w miesiacu pazdzierniku organizujemy spotkania edukacyjne poswiecone promocji wiedzy o raku piersi. W tym roku beda dwa takie spotkania: 19 pazdziernika (niedziela) w Domu Podhalan, godz. 2pm oraz 8 listopada (sobota) w Illinois Masonic Medical Center, 10am w Chicago.

Obie Konferencje (Breast Forum) sa spotkaniami dyskusyjnymi dla wszystkich – tych ktorzy chca sie wiecej dowiedziec od specjalistow; tych, ktorzy slyszeli o chorobie i chca wiedziec wiecej oraz tych dotknietych choroba. To rowniez Forum dla dyskusji, co wspolnie winnismy robic, by zmniejszyc ryzyko zachorowania.
Msza sw. w Bazylice Sw. Jacka rozpoczyna nasza tegoroczna akcje, da okazje dla chwili zadumy I refleksji nad problemem, z ktorymi zmagamy sie w naszej codziennosci – niedziela, 12 pazdziernika, godz. 12.30.

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Marek Rudnicki, MD

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III Turniej Tenisa Ziemnego „Dziennikarze vs. Lekarze” w Chicago, Illinois

W dniach 6 i 7 września 2014 r. odbył się III Turniej Tenisa Ziemnego „Dziennikarze vs. Lekarze”. Organizatorem turnieju był prezes Klubu Sportowego “Bronek” ZLP w Chicago dr Bronisław Orawiec.

Turniej przeprowadzono na kortach tenisowych przy Wheeling High School w Wheeling (gry singlowe) oraz na kortach w Lions Park w Prospect Heights (gry deblowe) w stanie Illinois. Meczom towarzyszyła piękna, słoneczna pogoda. W sobotę 6 września 2014 odbyły się gry pojedyncze, natomiast w niedzielę 7 września – gry podwójne. Kapitanem drużyny „Dziennikarzy” był red. Piotr Dąbrowski, a kapitanem drużyny „Lekarzy” – dr Bronisław Orawiec. Kapitanowie odpowiedzialni byli za selekcję oraz rozstawienie zawodników w swoich drużynach. W drużynie „Dziennikarzy” w grach pojedynczych zagrali: Eugeniusz Jarząbek (TV Polvision), Dariusz Wiśniewski (radio 1490), Dariusz Piłka (Dziennik Związkowy), Tadeusz Szmelter (radio Echo 927) oraz Andrzej Jarmakowski (Progress for Poland). Natomiast w drużynie „Lekarzy”: Janusz Dańko (weterynaria), Bronisław Orawiec (kardiologia), Andrzej Moniuszko (radiologia), Piotr Włodarczyk (dentystyka) oraz Sławomir Puszkarski (psychiatria). W drużynie dziennikarskiej znalazły się także: Anna Pająk (radio 99.9 FM) oraz Agnieszka Szube (Progress for Poland).

W meczach singlowych zanotowano bardzo ciekawy, trwający ponad trzy i pół godziny trzysetowy mecz pomiędzy Eugeniuszem Jarząbkiem a Januszem Dańko, który zakończył się wynikiem 6:2, 2:6, 6:2 dla E. Jarząbka. Bardzo dobry mecz rozegrali także Bronisław Orawiec i Dariusz Wiśniewski. Wynik pojedynku 6:3, 6:4 dla B. Orawca. Andrzej Moniuszko pokonał Dariusza Piłkę 6:2, 6:3. Piotr Włodarczyk wygrał z Tadeuszem Szmelterem 6:4, 6:4 a Sławomir Puszkarski – z Andrzejem Jarmakowskim 6:0, 6:0.

Mecze gier podwójnych miały również niezwykle interesujący przebieg. Para lekarska J. Dańko i B. Orawiec wygrała z parą dziennikarzy E. Jarząbek i T. Szmelter (6:4, 6:1) a para lekarska A. Moniuszko i P. Włodarczyk pokonała parę D. Piłka i A. Jarmakowski wynikiem 6:1, 6:3.

Prestiżowa konfrontacja polonijnych dziennikarzy i lekarzy zakończyła się zwycięstwem lekarzy 6 – 3. Lekarze wygrali cztery mecze singlowe oraz dwa mecze deblowe, natomiast dziennikarze wygrali jeden mecz singlowy. Należy podkreslić, że lekarze nie wystawili w tym roku reprezentacji pań, przez co stracili dwa punkty walkowerem.

Turniej przebiegał podobnie jak dwa poprzednie, w wyjątkowo miłej, towarzyskiej atmosferze. Zakończenie odbyło się w domu Orawców w Northbrook. Organizator dr B. Orawiec podziękował wszystkim uczestnikom za udział w turnieju oraz za prawdziwie sportową postawę, wspaniałą, pełną pasji walkę o każdy punkt, a także złożył gratulacje zwycięzcom i życzenia dalszych sukcesów sportowych. Podkreślił, że turniej ten przejdzie do historii sportu polonijnego jako trzeci turniej „Dziennikarze vs. Lekarze” i wyraził nadzieję, że turniej ten będzie organizowany każdego roku z coraz większą ilością zawodników. Kapitanowie drużyn otrzymali okazałe puchary.

Na zakończenie B. Orawiec zaprosił wszystkich na kolejne imprezy organizowane przez Klub Sportowy „Bronek” ZLP. Po części oficjalnej, nastąpiła bardzo miła część towarzyska z poczęstunkiem dla uczestników turnieju, przygotowanym przez organizatora z żoną Grażyną.

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Zdjęcia:

  1. Grupa uczestników III Turnieju Tenisa Ziemnego „Dziennikarze vs. Lekarze”. Korty tenisowe w Wheeling, IL. 6 września 2014 r.
  2. Rakiety polonijnych dziennikarzy i lekarzy przed grami po
  3. Od lewej: Janusz Dańko, Eugeniusz Jarząbek.
  4. Od prawej: Dariusz Wiśniewski, Bronisław Orawiec.
  5. Przed meczami deblowymi. Od lewej pary deblowe drużyny dziennikarskiej: Tadeusz Szmelter i Eugeniusz Jarząbek, Andrzej Jarmakowski i Dariusz Piłka oraz drużyny lekarskiej: Bronisław Orawiec i Janusz Dańko, Andrzej Moniuszko i Piotr Włodarczyk. Korty tenisowe w Lions Park. Prospect Heights, IL. 7 września 2014 r.
  6. Kapitanowie drużyn: Piotr Dąbrowski i Bronisław Orawiec.
  7. Zdjecie pamiątkowe podczas uroczystego zakończenia. Dom Orawców. Northbrook, IL. 7 września 2014 r.
  8. Z drużynowymi pucharami. Od prawej: Piotr Włodarczyk, Andrzej Moniuszko, Piotr Dąbrowski (kapitan drużyny „Dziennikarzy”), Janusz Dańko, Bronisław Orawiec (kapitan drużyny „Lekarzy”).
  9. Od lewej: Andrzej Moniuszko, Piotr Włodarczyk, Bronisław Orawiec oraz Janusz Dańko z trofeami zdobytymi podczas XXIII Polonijnych Mistrzostw Lekarzy w Tenisie Ziemnym.
  10. Pamiątkowa forografia podczas uroczystego zakończenia turnieju w domu Orawców. 7 września 2014 r.

Foto: W. Łysiński, B. Orawiec

Conference of the Society of Polish American Pre-Health Professionals

On August 23rd, Society of Polish American Pre-Health Professionals, a society of young Polish American professionals, considering pursuing post graduate studying and  their careers in health care associated fields, organized all day conference at the Polish Museum of America. Polish American Medical society was one of the main sponsors of this successful event and many of our members attended this conference providing their guidance and input, either through formal lectures or in informal mentoring sessions. Among many others, the following members attended: Drs: K.Krol, M.Siemionow, M.Rudnicki, J.Mazurek, A.Szpindor, A.Cios, J. Dlugopolski-Gach.

Dziennik Zwiazkowy: http://dziennikzwiazkowy.com/polonia/studenci-i-adepci-kierunkow-medycznych-na-wspolnej-konferencji

The text below, courtesy of Andrzej Mikolajczyk

 

“LIVES IN MEDICINE” CONFERENCE

RESPONDING  TO A GREAT NEED IN AMERICAN SOCIETY

The “Lives in Medicine Conference” took place on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Polish Museum of America.  It was a full day conference with a number of interesting presentations and workshops. Approximately 60 students and aspiring healthcare professionals attended the conference.

The day included various seminars about the application process, a small group mentoring lunch with current students and health professionals, and a resource fair featuring a dozen medical organizations and institutions from around the Midwest.

The purpose of the Conference was to create an opportunities for aspiring students who are ready “to step into the life of a healthcare professional and strengthen their  current position in the increasingly competitive applicant pool”.

Chet Szerlag, Vice Chair for Finance and Director of Administrative Operations at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System gave a very insightful presentation “Healthcare: an Industry and It’s Professions in Transition”.  Szerlag presented many vital facts about the current changes in our healthcare system.  He discussed future trends and transitions in the health care system.  The Baby Boomer generation (1946-1963), currently the largest generation in the US, is reaching retirement age by the thousands every single day.  This will create an incredible need for additional health care services.

“What exactly does the life of a PA or DO/MD look like? What can I really expect from a career in healthcare? What healthcare profession fits me best?” These were some of the questions that students heard the answers to.  The advice that they received will help them clarify their individual paths to a life in medicine.

Dr. Kornelia Krol, President of the Polish American Medical Society in Chicago and a practicing obstetrician and gynecologist, gave a presentation titled “Considering Your Options Before Match”. Her talk included an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of studying medicine abroad.

Dr. Josephine Dlugopolski-Gach shared some personal experiences from her path to becoming a physician, including her service as a community volunteer and activist. She is a specialist in internal medicine and pediatrics at Loyola University Medical Center currently.

Dr. Anna Szpindor, former President of the Polish American Medical Society and currently a practicing allergist, shared some insights about mentoring. She was excited to see her daughter-Marysia Szpindor-Watson, a medical student, leading the Conference as a co-chair of the organizing committee.

The Society of Polish American Pre-Health Professionals (SPAPP), is dedicated to helping students learn about careers in healthcare and how to reach them. Their goal is “to entice, foster and support passion for medicine in young Polish Americans through mentorship, scholarship and opportunity”. By connecting current medical professionals with aspiring professionals, they hope to provide people interested in health careers with a better understanding of the profession that best fits with their genuine passions, interests and lives. Organizing the “Lives in Medicine” conference is one way they are working to achieve their goal.

Another purpose of the Conference was provide participants with an understanding of different paths to becoming a healthcare professional and to give them the opportunity to be mentored by current medical students, residents and professionals.

The Keynote Address during the Conference was presented by Dr. Maria Siemionow, MD/PhD, who is a renowned Polish-American surgeon. She shared some of the challenges that she faced and her experiences leading up to the first face transplant in the United States. She coordinated a team of two dozen medical experts during 22 hours of complex face transplant surgery. Her patient is currently alive and her life has been transformed by the surgery. She now feels more accepted by society and enjoys her life. Dr. Siemionow’s primary objective during the full face surgery was to help the patient regain the basic functions of her face.

There have only been several dozen face transplant surgeries in the world during the last two decades. The risks for such surgeries are very high. They require a team of experts and afterwards they require cooperative patients due to the lifetime requirement for immunosuppressive medication.

The conference was organized by Joanna P. Tomaszewski, research associate at Lurie Children’s Hospital, Marysia Szpindor-Watson, medical student, Lukasz Sewera, MD-PhD student, Patricia Jamrozowich, health systems management professional, Angelica Rusilowski, PA student, Martin Wrobel, medical student, Agata Turowski, health systems administration student and Agatha Kielczewski, publicity chair.  They truly deserve recognition. The conference was well organized, with presentations by renowned medical professionals from different medical institutions in the Chicago area and in the Midwest.

To learn more, visit their website at www.SPAPPchicago.com  or visit them on facebook at facebook.com/SPAPPconference .

@ text by Andrew Mikolajczyk