The Salzburg Medical Seminars International (SMSI) are a post-graduate medical educational program for highly qualified physicians from Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia, Mongolia and other countries in transition. The one week seminar on “Pediatric Gastroenterology” ( October 3 – 9, 2010) was organized by the Salzburg Stiftung of the American Austrian Foundation and co-funded by the Austrian Ministry for Science and Research and the Open Society Institute. The seminar covered subjects of new technologies in endoscopy, foreign bodies and caustic ingestions, inflammatory bowel disease, cystic fibrosis, celiac disease, polyps, gastroesophageal reflux and eosinophilic esophagitis, cholestatic liver disease with children, cow’s milk allergy and food intolerance, metabolic and autoimmune liver disease, diarrhea, malabsorbtion and failure to thrive, viral hepatitis, pancreatic and gallstones, liver failure, short gut and bacterial overgrowth, functional constipation, cyclic vomiting, and gastrointestinal bleeding. As an essential part of the seminar all students presented cases of their clinical practice.
Dr. Yulia Apenchenko of the department of pediatrics of the Tver State Medical Academy participated in the seminar as fellow of the American Austrian Foundation.