The IDF Medical Corps holds an annual international course for medical officers from all over the world. This year's attendants came from Germany, Spain, Poland, India, China, Denmark and Singapore. The course focuses on sharing knowledge and medical experience, including visits to Israeli hospitals.

As part of their visit to the WGH, the medics attended a lecture by Dr. Jack Stolero, Director of the Emergency Department, on hospital emergency preparedness. In his lecture, Dr. Stolero explained how the hospital is prepared at all times for Mass Casualty Events (MCE’s) in collaboration with the Israeli Defense Forces and other emergency services such as local firefighters, police and Magen David Adom (Israel’s emergency medical services). A personal view was shared by Dr. Tzvi Sheleg, Assistant to the hospital’s General Director, while describing his experience as a doctor in the Israeli Airborne Medical Unit, and his experience in the Israeli humanitarian aid delegation to Haiti. The medical officers also toured Israel’s first underground hospitalization facility located in the Western Galilee Hospital and the new fully protected Emergency Department.

Dr. Masad Barhoum, Director General of Western Galilee Hospital, commented, “It is wonderful to receive the annual visit of the IDF’s International Medical Corps Course to Western Galilee Hospital. It is through this sort of collective learning that we are able to share our knowledge with international partners and in turn learn from others about global medicine practices.” The administration wishes to thank the IDF Medical Corp for the opportunity to share in this valuable learning experience.