There are many kinds of giving. Money has the best reputation, but pure acts of generosity are valued above all else.
Last week I wrote about Amitai Ziv, who received the Charles Bronfman Prize as the founder and Director of the Israel Center for Medical Simulation, which helps reduce medical error and promote training simulations in medical communities.
Today we have even more proof of the importance of this effort.
Visiting Doctors Train in Israeli Emergency Medicine
Thirty top American and Canadian doctors will gather in Israel next week for a course in “Medical Emergency and Disaster Preparedness.”
The course trains visiting physicians in emergency medicine scenarios unique to war and disaster situations so that if Israeli doctors are called to the front lines of war, the doctors who are now training will be fully capable of taking their place in hospitals across the country.
This is a selfless act of giving to the people of Israel.
Dr. Mike Frogel, Vice President of American Physicians Fellows states:
“Israel has earned global respect for its incomparable emergency medical care. This has come at a dear price.
If we can help alleviate the strains of war-time health needs through this remarkable partnership with our Israeli colleagues, then we stand to both help the people of Israel in a critically important way and also draw immense satisfaction from our personal commitment…
The invaluable experience and lessons learned will also be applicable to Emergency Preparedness planning back home in the US and Canada.”
The year 2007 marks the 10th anniversary of the program, which is sponsored by the Israeli Ministry of Health, the Israel Defense Forces Medical Corps, and the American Physicians Fellowships (APF).
American Physicians Fellowships is a nonprofit foundation which supports American and Canadian doctors in receiving emergency medical training in Israel. It also maintains a list of medical volunteers on-call for Israel.
If you are interested in volunteering, the dates for the 2008 training courses are May 10th– 15th and November 8th– 13th. Early registration is recommended as courses fill up quickly.
For more information, contact APF by phone at (617) 232-5382 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to download the brochure and course description.
To learn more about Dr. Amitai Ziv and the Israel Center for Medical Simulation, read: “Charles Bronfman Prize for Humanitarian Action: Seeking a Better World.”
To learn more about the American Physicians Fellowships work, read:
- “US Doctors in Israel to Train for Emergency Roles”
- “US Doctors Studying Israeli Medicine– In Case of Emergency”
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