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Magen David Adom & BGU Announce Academic Affiliation

Magen David Adom & BGU Announce Academic Affiliation

February 14, 2022

Negev Development & Community Programs

Jewish News Syndicate — Magen David Adom and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev are affiliating in an academic initiative designed to improve training for paramedics and emergency medical technicians, as well as improve the quality of pre-hospital emergency care in Israel and potentially around the world.

Professor Chaim Hames, BGU’s rector (provost), said “we value and recognize the professional and academic ability of MDA’s leaders who are experts in emergency medicine, response to multi-casualty events and the management of the nation’s blood services. Through this enhanced academic affiliation, we will be playing a major role in improving the training of paramedics who will be using our new simulation center and expect to participate in joint research that could lead to developments in the EMS field, and ultimately, save more lives.”

Magen David Adom paramedics and a senior EMT practice a procedure on a high-tech mannequin.

“Just as some of the most innovative and leading-edge medical centers are designated as ‘teaching hospitals,’ we’re officially making Magen David Adom a teaching EMS organization,” said Eli Jaffe, deputy director for community health and a paramedic at Magen David Adom.

The affiliation, he added, will enhance MDA’s research abilities and expose the organization to a broader international audience through academic journals.

“MDA has experience in certain areas from which other EMS organizations can benefit, such as running a mass-vaccination program, and treating scores of people injured in rocket attacks and other multi-casualty incidents,” he said. “This affiliation will provide us with a better mechanism for sharing our learnings.”

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