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Humanitarian Snapshot: Dr. Amitai Ziv


May 17, 2010 | 11:53 am

Dr. Amitai Ziv, 2007 recipient of The Charles Bronfman Prize, is revolutionizing the way doctors learn. As an Israeli pilot, he was exposed to simulation based training and later realized its application to medicine, founding MSR, the Israel Center for Medical Simulation to improve patient-safety and clinical skills for healthcare providers worldwide.

What are you focused on today?

Medical simulation enables quality training without jeopardizing patients, and our goal is to spread its use. To date, we’ve trained more than 70,000 healthcare professionals, and regularly assist medical centers, universities and other health institutions integrate simulation based training into their programs.
How have your Jewish values informed your work?

Pirkei Avot states, “he in whom learning from mistakes overrides wisdom, his wisdom will endure.” These inspiring words are the core of why MSR was developed: to encourage errors in a safe environment, so that healthcare professionals can provide exceptional patient care.

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