WELCOME TO THE POLISH-AMERICAN MEDICAL SOCIETY IN CHICAGO

The Polish-American Medical Society (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

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PICNIC INVITATION

Serdecznie zapraszamy na doroczny PIKNIK RODZINNY Zwąizku Lekarzy Polskich, który odbędzie się  w niedziele 16-go sierpnia od 12:00-5:00.

We would kindly like to invite you to our yearly PAMS family picnic that will take place on sunday August 16th from 12:00-5:00.

Jack & Lydia’s Resort,

38610 N. Edgewood St, Lake Villa, Il

https://goo.gl/maps/ZNcRp

W programie – in the program:

  • Pieczony świniak – roasted pig
  • Hulanki i swawole - fun and games
  • Jezioro-łowienie ryb, pływanie, kajakilake, fishing, swimming, kayaking
  • Zabawy dla dzieci - Games for kids
  • Dobra Muzyka – Good music
  • Siatkówka – Volleyball

A co najważniejsze – spotkanie z przyjaciółmi

And most importantly – meeting with friends

RSVP – bdanekmd@hotmail.com do 8/14/2015

Summary of 6/28 PAMS scholarship Quarterly Meeting

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The time has come to give with PRIDE and JOY!

Each year, during the month of June, PAMS distributes scholarships to young and promising future physicians of Polish decent from the Chicago area. Thanks to the immense success of our charity Physician’s Ball, which took place this past February, PAMS was able to increase the number of recipients from 11 to 15!

On June 28th, 2015 Dr. Radwanska (The Director of the PAMS Scholarship Committee) distributed 2015 scholarship diplomas and checks; a total of $15.000 in scholarships was awarded. Scholarships were also funded by the Dr. Rytel and Dr. Cebulski Funds, as well as by Alan Krashesky – the MC of this year’s Physician’s ball, who donated his honorarium to PAMS educational funds.

The Dr. Rytel scholarship went to Michael Grzeskowiak, a student at Loyola University. This was Michael’s second time receiving this award. The Dr. Cebulski scholarship went to another second-time recipient: Daniel Michalik.

The Krashesky awards were given to four pre-medical graduates for their outstanding achievements: Emil Klosowiak (for innovation), Aleksandra Rojek (research), Joanna Tomaszewska (leadership), and Iwona Zajkowski (community service).

The remaining PAMS scholarships were awarded to Kamil Cieply (Lublin), Zuzanna Cieszkowska (Wroclaw), Magdalena Harasimowicz (Loyola) , Adrianna Janowicz (Des Moins), Jan Morawski (Poznan), Patryk Osak (Indianapolis), Ewa Socik (Rush), and Lukasz Zborek (Krakow).

This year’s meeting was attended by over 100 PAMS members and their guests who came to congratulate our awardees and also to listen to Dr. Król’s report on the growth and achievements of PAMS. Over the past two years, Dr. Król has tirelessly been representing Chicago Polish physicians, in both Chicago and Poland.

The evening was concluded with a presentation on professional insurance by MedMal Direct, who also sponsered the refreshments.

Bravo Dr. Król for organizing and hosting another successful PAMS event that beautifully presented the Polish American Medical Society and its charitable endeavors. We hope that the younger generations of physicians and students will follow in our footsteps!

Written by:

Evelina Worwag, MD, Secretary

PAMS at Poznań Medical University 2015 Graduation Ceremony

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President Kornelia Król, MD was an honorary guest at Poznań University of Medical Sciences (PUMS) this May. During her stay, Dr. Król spoke to PUMS students on the residency application process in the United States, visited many of Pozań’s new academic structures, and was asked to be the official commencement speaker for the graduating class of 2015.

On May 30th, Dr. Król presented her speech titled “Considering your options before the MATCH” at an event organized by the North American Student Government (NASG). The event was held at the PUMS library and was attended by some of this year’s PAMS Scholarship recipients: Marc Dziuba from Glenview, IL and Jan Morawski from Milwaukee, WI.

Two days later, during the PUMS 2015 Graduation Ceremony, Dr. Król eloquently emphasized the immense responsibility associated with the title Medical Doctor and inspired the graduating class to be positive leaders amongst future colleagues. This year, 47 students graduated from the 4-year MD program, 59 students from the 6-year MD program, 36 students from the DDS program, 6 students from the Pharmacy program, and 10 students from the Physical Therapy program. The graduating class represented 17 different countries and spoke 16 different languages. Fourty-six were citizens of the United States, and 16 from Canada. The ceremony was also attended by Vice-President Prof. Grzegorz Oszkinis, M.D., Ph.D., Dean of Medical Faculty I Prof. Ryszard Marciniak, M.D., Ph.D., Dean of Faculty of Pharmacy Prof. Lucjusz Zaprutko, M.Sc., Ph.D., Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences Prof. Włodzimierz Samborski, M.D., Ph.D., as well as Vice-Deans of respective faculties and Associate Deans of the Center of Medical Education in English.

After the ceremony, Dr. Król met with the heads of the university to discuss the fate of PUMS graduates returning to the United States. Professor Oszkinis proudly shared PUMS’ new approach to helping students tackle the USMLE exams. Currently, PUMS provides a full Kaplan prep course as well as NBME exams (USMLE-like exams) for all of the core subjects. These additions to the standard curriculum have significantly improved pass rates.

Dr. Król concluded her stay by visiting some of PUMS’ main structures. She saw the Didactic Center, the ‘Karolek’ student dorms, The Medical Biology Center, and The Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic at the University Hospital of Medical Sciences. She also visited the new Alzheimer’s Rehabilitation Center founded by our very own, honorary PAMS member, Professor Jadwiga Roguska. This impressive project was funded entirely by the Roguska-Kyts Foundation.

Written by:

Marta Worwag, MD

Webmaster

Second Annual Guatemala City Fundraiser

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On June 6th, 2015, George and Slava Swiderski hosted the 2nd Annual Guatemala City Fundraiser at their residence in Palatine, IL. Dr. Marian Olpinski, a pediatrician and member of PAMS, and his wife, Barbara, organized this wonderful charity mission to build homes for impoverished families.

The event was attended by PUMS members: Dr. Ewa Radwanska, Dr,Maria Siemionow, Dr. Kornelia Krol, Dr Jagoda Samulak, Dr. Malgorzarta Paterek and Drs. Lastowiecki. Donations were made directly or by purchasing lottery tickets. PAMS strongly supports this cause and has been regularly donating to the Beyond the Walls Foundation for the past 3 years.

During the fundraiser, Dr. Olpinski shared photos from last year’s mission trip. Thanks to our contributions, a family of 8 now shares a safe home in Guatemala City.

PAMS would like to sincerely thank Dr. Olpinski and Barbara for organizing these trips and fighting for this beautiful cause.

Polish Constitution Day Parade

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Thousands of spectators came downtown to watch the Polish Constitution day parade. The weather was perfect, and the participants were prepared to impress with their painted faces, ethnic costumes, polish music, and energetic demonstration of Polish pride.

The day started at 9 am with the raising of the polish flag on the Daley Plaza. Many highly rank Chicago officials were in attendance. Red and white colors took over Dearborn Street as members of Polonia’s many organizations, schools and clubs proudly demonstrated their patriotism. Over 30 members climbed onto our float and proudly represented PAMS. Spectators pleasantly welcomed us with energetic cheers and applause. Some of us even had a chance to meet the parade’s Marshall: the legendary Duke Coach, Mike Krzyzewski.

After the parade, a group of physicians walked over to Chopin Park near the intersection of Michigan and 11th Street and enjoyed a wonderful reenactment of the signing of the polish constitution. Chopin Park has officially been dedicated to the polish American community of Chicago and will be home to a replica of the Chopin statue located in Łazienki Park, Warsaw, Poland.

The day concluded with a visit to the Polish Consulate (invited guests only). Consul Paulina Kapuścinka organized this evening’s celebration of Polonia, which has become an official Polish holiday established by Polish government. Mrs. Kapuścinska presented awards to distinguished Polonia activists including our own Dr. Marek Rudnicki, who received Odznakę Honorową Rzecznika Praw Obywateldkich za zasługi dla ochrony praw człowieka. Barbara Cooper, a friend of PAMS and auxiliary member, was awarded with the Krzyż Kawalerski Orderu Zasługi RP.

The cherry on top of this emotional evening was an extremely talented coloratura soprano, Ms. Marlena Dzis, who delightfully presented and elegantly sang many classic Polish songs by Chopin and Moniuszko.

I am sincerely grateful to the PAMS members who joined us on this memorable day.

Evelina Worwag, M.D.

Secretary of PAMS

Honoring Prof. Maria Siemionow at the Consulate General of RP in Chicago

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On April 2nd, one of PAMS’ honorary members, Dr. Maria Siemionow, was invited to the Polish Consulate in Chicago by the Consul General Paulina Kapuścinska.  Several other PAMS members attended the event and participated in interesting discussions about Dr Siemionow’s work, her achievements and the importance of Polish medical professionals in United States. In attendance were PAMS doctors Marek Rudnicki, Ewa Radwanska , Andrzej Jakubowiak, Marek Niekrasz, Jack Czarlinski, Wojtek Lysinski and Kornelia Krol.

The event was broadcasted by the Polish media and was also attended by local academic and medical professionals.

Professor Maria Siemionow is a renowned Polish surgeon who, in 2009, led a team of surgeons to perform first face transplant in US at the Cleveland Clinic.  Last year Dr. Siemionow transferred to Chicago and is a faculty member at the University of Illinois.  She is involved in many scientific research projects and sponsors young scientists from Poland and the US.  Two fellow-physicians from Poznan currently working in her lab also attended the event.

Written by:

Kornelia Król
President of PAMS

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