A Medical Exchange of Minds Thursday, August 12, 2010
Foreign medical students confer at TAU to tackle humanitarian crises
Photo: Michael Dickson, The Jerusalem Post
Twenty medical students from Tel Aviv University's Sackler School of Medicine organized a four-day conference on the TAU campus last month to share and explore with international peers their recent advances and special challenges in medicine — from their own unique perspective.
Working through a project called StandWithUs, the conference was attended by 65 foreign students hoping to learn more about Israel's unique medical advances. Organized by student Eleanor Fuks, the conference included panel discussions on biotechtechnology, Israeli humanitarian aid resources abroad, casualties experienced by Israel's Red Cross during the second intifada, and ethics, according to the Jerusalem Post.
Israel has made unique advances that contribute to humanitarian care and medical technologies the world over. Doctors trained at Tel Aviv University are often the first to deal with terror attacks; develop some of the world's most novel biotechnology advances; travel overseas to tackle humanitarian crises; and provide life-saving operations to children from the Middle East in dire need of care.
During the event, the visiting students learned from Israeli experts how to build a field hospital under crisis conditions and visited various Tel Aviv University-affiliated hospitals and doctors. At the Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, they met doctors from the Save A Child's Heart organization, led by TAU's Dr. Lior Sasson, a leader in pediatric cardiovascular surgery.