U.S. Doctors Train for Disasters

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JERUSALEM, Israel - A group of American doctors are taking part in advanced emergency rescue and disaster preparedness training in Israel this week.
 
Co-sponsored by the American Physicians Fellowship (APF), the Israeli Health Ministry and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Medical Corps, the five-day course focuses on life-saving techniques in response to national emergencies.
 
"The course has two important goals in mind," APF President Norton J. Greenberger said.
 
"We hope to continue to foster the sharing of life-saving emergency medical techniques between Israeli physicians and their American counterparts," he said.
 
"Additionally, we want our members to have the best possible training so that, if needed, they stand ready to take the place of (their) Israeli colleagues in civilian hospitals, thus freeing those physicians to report for duty on the front lines in any military conflicts," Greenberger said.
 
Hospital staff at Petah Tikva's Belinson Medical Center briefed the U.S. doctors before they took part in a simulated emergency involving toxic contamination in a missile attack using biological and chemical warheads.
 
"The level of organization on this course is remarkable, "Dr. Geoffrey Greene of Columbia, Maryland said.
 
"A toxic event is a serious problem and things are getting more and more dangerous. The fact that we're doing this is fantastic," he said.

"Learning firsthand what they're doing here [in Israel[ will assist us and our colleagues back in the States," he said.
 
"Our Israeli counterparts are very experienced in this area. Seeing how well they do their jobs is a true inspiration to us," he said.
 
Source: YNet News

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