31 doctors and paramedics from across the world joined MDA’s 9th International Emergency Services Seminar – at the end of which they will join MDA’s International Unit

31 medical staff from across Europe and North America, senior doctors, hospital directors, surgeons, emergency room managers, anesthesiologists, psychiatrists, Red Cross doctors, emergency medicine experts, rheumatologists and paramedics, all arrived in Israel to join the MDA International Seminar for doctors and paramedics, and will join MDA’s International Unit at the end of the seminar.

During the Seminar that is taking place this week (4 – 9.12.22), the doctors and paramedics from the USA, Canada, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Sweden will undergo 5 intensive days of training, including a multi-casualty incident drill, a joint drill with the Home Front Command, will visit the IDF’s medical unit, MDA’s National Operations Center and the MDA campus in Ramla. As part of the seminar, that is taking place for the first time since the Corona pandemic, the participants will hear lectures and take part in exercises in a variety of fields, and also discuss element of treatment relating to the pandemic.

The 31 participants will also volunteer on MDA ambulances and mobile intensive care units (MICUs), and at the end of the seminar will join MDA’s International Unit. The unit was established in 2007 and the members include hundreds of doctors and paramedics from different countries across the world who came to Israel to receive training with Magen David Adom – and will then be able to return to Israel and help MDA teams in case of need.

“Magen David Adom’s International Unit is one of our flagship projects, bringing together doctors and paramedics from across the world to be active in Israel’s National Rescue Organization,” said Vicki Angel, MDA’s International Unit Project Manager. “The 31 doctors arrived in Israel in order to learn from us. We are very pleased about this and thank them for their good will to help Magen David Adom and the State of Israel.”

MDA Director General Eli Bin: “It is a source of great pride for us that senior physicians, among them surgeons, experts in emergency medicine, psychiatrists, family doctors and anesthesiologists all voluntarily join us in the State of Israel from across the world and undergo training with Magen David Adom. This is of vital importance, as it means that in times of crisis they will be able to return to Israel and assist MDA teams in providing treatment on the front lines.”

Zaki Heller
MDA Spokesperon