Gantz at Hebrew University 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz is pleased by the Hebrew
University Medical Faculty’s Tzameret “military track” to produce doctors
specially trained to serve in the IDF, he said on a visit to the campus facility
in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem neighborhood last week.
Gantz praised the
initiative and progress in the training of military physicians and researchers
of the future with excellence as the common goal.
The seven-year academic
program, established by Hadassah Prof. Shmuel Shapira and run on the Ein Kerem
Campus, was launched at the end of 2010 with 50 men and women, mostly Jews and a
minority of Druse students.
The need for the military medicine track
became apparent from the serious lack of IDF physicians, due partly to the small
number of immigrants from the former Soviet Union and the retirement of many
such immigrant physicians at present and in the coming years.
his hosts from HU, the Hadassah Medical Organization and the Council for Higher
Education (which approved the track) that Tzameret “showed foresight” in
preparing medical students for leadership. In addition, the students deal with
medical problems and situations unique to military service.
Trachtenberg, chairman of the council’s powerful planning and budget committee,
said the IDF “has distinguished itself over the years not only because of its
military achievements but also because of its capabilities for protecting its
He noted that the shortage of physicians in the military had
existed for many years and that a solution to this problem required an
“Tzameret is an excellent example of cooperation
between organizations [to achieve common goals]. Considerable effort has
been made to work out the agreement with the university. The current
accomplishments are, it is hoped, only the first of many cooperative
achievements to follow in the future,” Trachtenberg said.
participants in the visit included the head of the tactics and logistics
division, Maj.-Gen. Kobi Barak; IDF surgeon- general Brig.-Gen.
Prof. Yitzhak Kreiss; chief of operations of the IDF planning division
Col. Dr. Ophir Cohen Marom; deputy IDF surgeongeneral Col. Dr. Dudu Dagan; head
of the academic branch of IDF Medical Corps Lt.-Col. Dr. Michael Hartal;
head of the medical branch of the Defense Ministry Lt.-Col. Dr. Arik Eisenkroft;
and head of course planning Maj. Dr. Gal Yaniv.
HU President Prof.
Menahem Ben-Sasson, rector Prof. Asher Cohen and dean of the Medical
Faculty Prof. Eran Leitersdorf represented the university at the event, while
representing the Hadassah Medical Organization was new director-general, Avigdor
Kaplan, Hadassah Ein-Kerem director-general Dr. Yuval Weiss and
Gantz held a 30-minute discussion with Tzameret students and
affixed a mezuza on the doorpost of the new Institute of Research in Military