WELCOME TO THE POLISH-AMERICAN MEDICAL SOCIETY IN CHICAGO
The PAMS was established in 1946 in order to facilitate social and professional relations, as well as improve and promote the status of the Polish physician émigré community in the United States. The Society organizes numerous fundraisers for charitable causes, including the annual Physicians’ Ball at the Ritz-Carlton in Chicago to raise scholarship funds for medical students of Polish descent. We invite you to visit us frequently for updates on our activities and upcoming events.
Kornelia Krol, M.D.
President, Polish-American Medical Society in Chicago
11 stycznia, 2015 w Jezuickim Ośrodku Milenijnym przy 5835 W. Irving Park Rd. w Chicago odbyło się doroczne spotkanie opłatkowe członków Związku Lekarzy Polskich w Chicago. Rozpoczeło się ono tradycyjnie, mszą świetą celebrowaną przez ojca jezuite superiora Tomasza Oleniacza. Podczas nabozeństw, swoje talenty zaprezentowały dzieci naszych członków: Aleksandra Betkowska, sopran klasyczny oraz Julia Wodzień, skrzypce.
On January 11, 2015 PAMS met at the Jesuit Millennium Center in Chicago for an annual Christmas meeting. The event started out with a traditional mass lead by superior Jesuit, father Tomasz Oleniacz. During mass, the children of our members shared their talents. Aleksandra Betkowska graced us with her angelic classical soprano voice, and Julia Wodzień, performed a beautiful piece on her violin.
Na zakończenie mszy świętej kolędę zaśpiewał wspaniały wokalista jazzowy p. Marek Bałata, który kontynuował swój występ po przejsciu do przylegającej do kościoła sali. Tam, przy pięknie udekorowanym żłobku, odbyło się łamanie opłatkiem i składanie sobie życzeń, a następnie poczęstunek oraz wspólne śpiewanie kolęd.
The delightful vocalist, Marek Bałata concluded the mass with a Christmas carol and then continued his performance in the adjacent church meeting room. There, next to the beautifully decorated nativity scene, members shared pieces of Christmas wafer with each other as they wished each other well in the New Year.
Spotkanie przygotowała p. mgr. Wanda Roztoczyńska-Roycewicz, przy aktywnej pomocy Dr. Marii Lysinskiej, Dr. Miry Dulczewskiej-Miller, Marka Nardelli oraz Dr. Janusz Danko, który wraz z Dr. Blanką Machnicą sponsorowali upominki dla dzieci.
The meeting was organized by Mrs. Wanda Roztoczyńska-Roycewicz, Dr. Mira Dulczewska-Miller, Mark Nardell and Dr. Janusz Danko, who along with Dr. Blanka Machnica sponsored the presents for the children.
Written by: John Danko, MD
Translated by: Marta Worwag, MD
On December 20th, 2014 Dr. Beata Danek organized a Christmas Party for “Dom Samotnej Matki” (shelter for mothers in need). The mothers and their children were warmly welcomed to enjoy an evening of face painting, games, dancing, and dinner. Santa also visited the party, bringing presents for all kids and their moms. This experience enriched us all with the real Christmas Spirit of sharing, love and joy.
Grota Banquets hosted and helped sponsor the event. Deli 4 You supplied sweets, Literki Learning Center staff led children’s activities, and PAMS as well as many Polish doctors*, helped provide gifts.
*Dr Beata Danek, Dr Katarzyna Kusz, Dr Ewelina Worwag, Dr Jagoda Samulak, Dr Sylwia Szewczyk, Dr Michal Adamczyk, Dr Eleonora Kul-Lipski, Dr Bozena Witek, Dr Kornelia Krol, Dr Teresa Migielska
11 stycznia 2015 o godz. 14:30 w Jezuickim Ośrodku Milenijnym przy 5835 W. Irving Park Rd. w Chicago odbędzie się doroczne spotkanie opłatkowe członków Związku Lekarzy Polskich w Chicago.
Come and join us on January 11th, 2015 at 2:30 PM in the Jesuit Millennium Center at 5835 W. Irving Park rd. Chicago to celebrate Christmas with the Polish American Medical Society of Chicago.
Rozpoczniemy tradycyjnie mszą świętą. W programie również skromny poczęstunek, upominki dla dzieci oraz wspólne śpiewanie kolęd.
We will start with a traditional holy mass. The program also includes a small meal, gifts for children, as well as group christmas carol singing.
Nasze spotkanie w tym roku uświetni wspaniały wokalista jazzowy Marek Bałata.
Our meeting this year will feature the great polish jazz vocalist Marek Bałata.
Będzie możliwość nabycia płyt CD z dedykacją artysty.
You will be able to purchase a CD and have it dedicated by the artist himself.
Serdecznie zapraszamy wszystkich lekarzy wraz z rodzinami.
We would like to cordially invite all physicians and their families.
Aby pokryć koszty występu artysty, prosimy składać dobrowolne donacje na ręce organizatorów.
To cover the cost of the artist’s performance, please submit a voluntary donation to the organizers.
The Organizing Committee.
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.
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.
Zapraszamy na impreze, jakiej jeszcze nie bylo!!! Muzyka, obiad, hulanki i swawole oraz Fashion Show z obiadem prezentowanym przez naszych polonijnych lekarzy!
$75/osobe, rezerwacje do 10/25 (preferujemy czeki, można placic kartą kredytową wypełniając poniższy formularz)
Another evening of fun and chance to meet friends and raise money for our charitable causes!
Date: Sun, Nov 9, 2014 6pm-9pm
Venue: Klub Jedynka, 5616 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, http://www.stereochicago.com/
RSVP: BDanekMD@hotmail.com by 10/25 with your mailed check for $75/pp
Aby zapłacić kartą kredytową, prosimy o wypełnienie poniższego formularza. Po kliknięciu “SUBMIT” zostaną Państwo przekierowani na strony PayPal’a, gdzie można dokonać płatności za bilety. Dziękujemy i zapraszamy serdecznie.
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.
W imieniu Amber Coalition – zapraszam.
W zalaczeniu poster informujacy o szczegolach.
Marek Rudnicki, MD
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.
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
XIXth Annual Family Picnic of the Polish American Medical Society took place Sunday August 17th at beautiful“ Jack and Lidia Resort” also known as “Honorary Polish Village” in Lake Villa, IL, on the shores of Deep Lake in far north suburbs.
Jack and Lydia are also running a restaurant called “Reflexions“ which is part of this large recreational complex.
In spite of a long distance from Chicago, we had very good turnout , over 60 members with families and many devoted sympathizers…
The weather was sunny, the mood was exciting, and the location was great, but the people in attendance made our annual PAMS picnic a wonderful success!
The picnic was skillfully organized by Dr. Beata Danek (PAMS board member),
Both old and new faces made appearances at the picnic. We all reminisced about the good times, listened to great live music, provided by Dr.Tucci, Dr. Niekrasz and his charming wife Iwona Niekrasz, entertaining us with some smooth, yet up-beat jazz that screamed dance! If only there had been a dance floor, then the party might have lasted into the early morning!
We also feasted on delicious grilled polish food provided by the resort owners, and later cooked kielbasa by the fire pit.
Some of us mustered up the courage to take out one of the paddle boats on the lake, and then proceeded to bask in the sun, some swam, some played beach volleyball and there was a competition going on in beanie bags toss.
The relaxation and fun lasted well into the evening hours.
We are already planning for the next year, in the same place and can only hope that this enticing description of the picnic will attract more of you in the future.
Written by Drs. E. Worwag and E.Buch
On Aug 3rd, 2014, at Chicago Jesuits Center, Dr. Anna M. Wegierek, PsyD, had interesting and important lecture on bullying, cyber-bullying, sex-ting, aggression, internet pedophiles etc. This was an open and free forum, well attended and well received and co-sponsored by Polish American Medical Society. The need for this type of information in our community is so great that Dr. Wegierek is already planning another lecture in November 2014. More information at: www.wegierekpsychology.com