Rosh Hashana 2018
Revolutionizing Medical Practice in Israel's Northern Periphery

Israel's advanced health care education and technologies are concentrated in the urban center of Israel. The rural northern periphery of the country, home to a diverse set of communities with a population of over one million residents, is characterized by geographic isolation and a severe shortage of high quality health care professionals and advanced technology. As a result, residents of the northern periphery lack access to quality health care and suffer from a higher percentage of chronic diseases, shorter life expectancy and a higher child death rate.

Currently, there is no institution in the northern periphery of Israel that offers simulation-based education for health students or health professionals. As the single institution of higher education in the Israeli north that specializes in the allied health professions, Zefat Academic College is accepting the innovative challenge of medical simulation for its students and the community.

Only three hospitals serve the vastly dispersed populations of the rural Galilee and currently there is no advanced medical training facility in the north, which negatively impacts the quality of health care and health preparedness. Despite wide-ranging advances made to Israel's allied health system in the past decade, the residents of the northern periphery continue to receive a lower quality of health care than is provided in the urban centers of Israel.

As a whole, the major problems in northern peripheral health care revolve around greater patient error, lower patient safety, and inadequate health preparedness to natural disaster and war. These barriers can be removed by the introduction of a simulation-based medical education and training site.

MSR-Galilee, on the campus of Zefat Academic College, will be a unique training complex that will enable students and professional visitors to practice advanced technologies and innovative teaching and training methods that will transform the learning experience from passive to active. The simulation systems have been identified as important tools in the ability to improve patient safety, reduce human error, improve quality of care and impart and test clinical skills.

MSR-Galilee will bring to the fore a method of education that enables experiential learning opportunities for students, lecturers and the community, enabling the implementation of innovative and advanced approaches in the training of medical personnel and health professionals from the north and center of Israel. This learning and coaching will improve the clinical skills and communication skills of healthcare providers, and create a safer and more ethical and humane culture for treatment.

As Israel’s only second national multi-modality, interdisciplinary simulation center, MSR-Galilee will be authorized to conduct mandatory courses and regulatory licensing exams in various clinical fields. Therefore, training at MSR-Galilee will reinforce clinical proficiency, teamwork, communication and other essential skills critical to patient safety. MSR’s simulations of extreme and challenging medical scenarios will achieve suspension of disbelief in trainees, delivering a highly effective cognitive experience.