US docs prep for 'whatever Israel needs' in next emergency

Nearly three dozen US physicians are coming to Israel for a course in emergency and trauma medicine.

home front drill 298 ap (photo credit: AP)
home front drill 298 ap
(photo credit: AP)
Nearly three dozen US physicians are coming to Israel for a grueling, five-day, state-of-the-art course in emergency and trauma medicine, which they will use to come back and help Israel in a future emergency. The physicians will take the place of local doctors called to the front as part of their IDF reserve duties. The 10th biannual mission of the American Physicians Fellowship (APF) was organized to offer the Medical Emergency and Disaster Preparedness course, in cooperation with the Health Ministry and the IDF Medical Corps. "Israel has earned global respect for its incomparable emergency medical care," said APF vice president Dr. Mike Frogel, who will arrive with the delegation on Sunday. "This has come at a dear price, which APF physicians deeply honor. If we can help alleviate the strains of wartime 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 30 Jewish and non-Jewish doctors live in 10 states across the US and include some volunteers from Canada. Among the highlights of the course are simulated hands-on trauma situations at the Israel Center for Medical Simulation at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, a working visit to Sderot, a toxicological drill at Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in Tzrifin and a concluding ceremony at Latrun.