Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum
Polish Association for Spiritual Care in Medicine
Wojciech Nowak, Rector of the Jagiellonian University
Piotr Gajewski MD PhD FACP (Chair)
Igor Gościński MD PhD
Tessa Chelouche MD
Maria Ciesielska MD PhD
Stacy Gallin DMH
Zdzisław Jan Ryn MD PhD
Mateusz Kicka MA
About Kraków Medical Society
Kraków Medical Society (Towarzystwo Lekarskie Krakowskie) dates back to 1866, when it was founded thanks to the efforts of Doctor Aleksander Kremer. It answered the contemporary needs stemming from the rapid advancements in medicine as well as challenges faced by medical practitioners.
About Polish Institute for Evidence Based Medicine
The Polish Institute for Evidence Based Medicine (PIEBM) is a foundation established in 2003. Its goal is to promote the concept and methods of evidence-based medicine among medical professionals in order to rationalize and enhance the quality of healthcare in Poland.
- producing and distributing up-to-date and reliable information useful in everyday medical practice
- teaching the skills necessary for efficient use of medical information
- initiating and providing methodological support for creation of clinical practice guidelines and disseminating them within the medical community
- conducting research activity in the field of systematic reviews and meta-analyses
- facilitating cooperation between Polish medical professionals and foreign experts in the field of evidence-based medicine
About Medycyna Praktyczna
Medycyna Praktyczna (Medicine in Practice) is a medical publishing house founded in 1991 in Kraków, Poland, by a group of physicians from the Jagiellonian University Medical College. Our objective is to provide a broad range of medical professionals as well as patients with current and verified medical knowledge. Boasting the reputation of a trusted and reliable source of information, Medycyna Praktyczna is the most widely recognized brand by the Polish medical community.
An undisputed leader both in terms of the number of publications and collaborating authors, it has attracted a great community of readers and conference participants.
The Scientific Board of Medycyna Praktyczna comprises prominent experts in various medical fields from Poland and abroad.
An independent national survey has showed that over 95% of Polish physicians rely on the publications of Medycyna Praktyczna when making diagnostic and therapeutic decisions.
What we do
1. Medical journals
- Medycyna Praktyczna – 9 medical journals, which include a Polish monthly addressed to all physicians, with the highest circulation among professional medical journals in Poland, as well as an array of other journals covering different fields of medicine, such as paediatrics, surgery or obstetrics and gynaecology
- Polish Archives of Internal Medicine – an official journal of the Polish Society of Internal Medicine, published in English, with the impact factor of 2,121.
2. Medical textbooks
including Interna Szczeklika (Szczeklik’s Internal Medicine), an evidence-based and continuously updated textbook available in print and electronic versions (currently in Polish and Ukrainian, soon also in English and Spanish).
3. Electronic publications:
- a web portal MP.PL (www.mp.pl), which contains a drug database and a number of topical, regularly updated websites (Diabetes Mellitus; Intensive Care; Medical Law; and many more)
- newsletter for physicians (sent 3 times a week)
- educational multimedia programmes for physicians
- websites with medical information tailored to patients
- an office administration software for physicians.
4. Educational events: conferences, symposia, courses and workshops.
The spiritual patron of Medycyna Praktyczna is the late Professor Andrzej Szczeklik, who passed away in 2012. One of the most prominent Polish physicians and world-renowned scientists, for 20 years he closely collaborated with Medycyna Praktyczna. Professor Szczeklik was famous for his humanistic and holistic approach to medicine. The influence of his work has been reflected in a number of our initiatives, including:
- publications on ethics: a regular series of articles in Medycyna Praktyczna as well as books discussing ethical issues in medicine, addressed to both physicians and general readers
- an annual symposium “Ethical dilemmas in medical practice”
- a national literary contest for physicians, dedicated to the memory of Professor Andrzej Szczeklik.
Medycyna Praktyczna has initiated and supported Polska Misja Medyczna (the Polish Medical Mission), an NGO which offers humanitarian aid in various parts of the world.
About Jagiellonian University
The Jagiellonian University is the oldest higher education institution in Poland and one of the oldest in Europe. It was founded on 12 May 1364 by the Polish king Casimir the Great. The Jubilee year 2014 marked the 650th anniversary of this remarkable event.
Today, the Jagiellonian University comprises 15 Faculties, where 4 thousand academic staff conduct research and provide education to almost 50 thousand students, within the framework of more than 80 different fields of study. The eminent researchers and state-of-the-art infrastructure make the JU one of the leading Polish scientific institutions, collaborating with major academic centres from all over the world. The Jagiellonian University is also home to about 150 student societies, where young researchers pursue their academic interests and develop friendships with people who share their passion.
The university's prestige in both Poland and abroad is illustrated by its widely recognised research achievements. The scientists and physicians from the JU Medical College carry out pioneer studies, e.g. in cardiac surgery, urology and neurology, often leading to the development of novel treatment methods. Their findings have been published in some of the most prestigious international journals, for instance European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Medicine, New England Journal of Medicine, and Lancet. JU archaeologists explore the secrets of ancient sites in various parts of the world, including Egypt, Cyprus, Central America, South Asia and Altay. The astronomers take part in the most important international projects in their field, including H.E.S.S. and VIPERS, whereas the results of research by JU biotechnologists have been published in such reputable specialist journals as Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry, Molecular Ecology Resources or European Journal of Human Genetics. These are only some examples of remarkable successes for which the Jagiellonian University has been famous in recent years. The current position of the JU is also reflected in the growing number of patent applications and the growing number of patents granted to its academic staff members – there were 8 applications and 2 patents in 2007 and as many as 60 applications and 11 patents in 2013. Unsurprisingly, the Jagiellonian University staff have been honoured with a number of prestigious distinctions and awards, including the elite awards of the Foundation for Polish Science ("Polish Nobel Prizes") bestowed upon JU professors: Jan Woleński, Tomasz Guzik, and Jan Potempa during the years 2010–2013.
The most unique large-scale projects run by the Jagiellonian University include the Jagiellonian Centre for Experimental Therapeutics, Małopolska Centre for Biotechnology, Molecular Biotechnology for Health, OMICRON, and Synchrotron Radiation Centre "Solaris". Yet another advantage of the Jagiellonian University is its location in the historic city of Kraków, the former capital of Poland and a great cultural centre, visited by millions of tourists. Some of the University buildings are major historical sites themselves.
About Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum
KL Auschwitz was the largest of the German Nazi concentration camps and extermination centers. Over 1.1 million men, women and children lost their lives here. The post-camp relics are protected by the Museum created in 1947. The Memorial today is i.a. the Archive and Collections as well as research, conservation and publishing center.