Vienna Open Medical Institute

The Vienna Open Medical Institute (Vienna OMI) is a collaborative effort of

  • the Vienna Hospital Association (VHA),
  • the American Austrian Foundation (AAF),
  • the Medical University of Vienna (MedUni),
  • the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)
  • the  College of Physicians in Vienna
  • and the Medical Chamber Vienna

to make Vienna the leading center for postgraduate education and Experience Exchange in medicine. Its goal is to establish a global medical network in order to strengthen Vienna’s role as a humanitarian capital and scientific center in Europe.


Highly qualified physicians from all over the world are invited to learn and study in Viennese hospitals and research institutions. The program’s objective is to identify English speaking physicians from countries in transition, who will benefit from state-of-the-art education in their medical specialities and act as multipliers in their home countries by sharing the knowledge they have acquired.

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Belma Pojskic, M.D.

“The main impact that Vienna OMI had on medicine in Bosnia and Herzegovina is through the medical staff it educated. Positive practices observed and learned during the stay of our doctors were adopted and transferred into our medical system in the range of our possibilities. Vienna-OMI observership is now part of the CV of many doctors from different countries. I’m glad to state that during my three visits I’ve written articles together with Austrian doctors which were published.”

Observer from Ukraine

Peter Husslein, M.D.

„The OMI-Vienna activities are interesting and helpful for both sides: The fellows from various countries and the Austrian colleagues benefit from stimulating medical discussions and such a program also broadens the social and cultural understanding of the involved parties. Joined scientific programs are made possible and may help to answer questions that a single institution might have difficulties to approach. Personally I am very glad being part of the OMI Vienna project which last but not least can also be considered a political project for friendship among nations and for world peace.”

Head of Gynaecology
University Hospital Vienna