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Miri Dotan, Lior Goldberg, Yasmin Abu-Ghanem and Hadas Zamir (from left), medical students visiting Cincinnati Children’s from Israel, participate in a community Seder with Rabbi Matthew Kraus (far right).
“Education is lasting. It is not a one-time event. It is not a burst of flame that goes away,” says a long-time Cincinnati Children’s donor, David Wolf.
David and his wife, Nancy, share Cincinnati Children’s mission to improve child health, and they believe education is the key. The Wolfs made a generous gift to create formal training programs for some of Israel’s brightest researchers, clinicians and medical students as part of the Israel Exchange Program (IEP) at Cincinnati Children’s.
The goal of the IEP is to improve clinical care and advance scientific research and technological breakthroughs by fostering the exchange of knowledge and expertise between Cincinnati Children’s and world-class medical, academic and research institutions in Israel. Cincinnati Children’s clinicians and researchers work with visiting physicians, scientists, nurses, students and other healthcare professionals to bring cutting-edge practices to patients in Israel and spark an exchange of innovation in research and technology between experts in both countries.
“By working together, we can help foster advances in pediatric healthcare – benefiting children around the globe,” Nancy explains.
“A special passion exists at Cincinnati Children’s,” David says. “Nancy and I have seen it in every doctor, nurse and staff member. We want doctors and researchers from across the world to experience that passion and carry it on to their patients.”
Over the course of three years, the David and Nancy Wolf Israel Exchange Training Program will expose 12 Israeli medical students, one post-doctoral researcher and clinical fellows to this passion. Only the top candidates will be accepted into the program, and the ripple effect will impact an exponential number of patients. These future leaders will be able to share the knowledge gained at Cincinnati Children’s with their colleagues back in Israel to provide better care and better outcomes to children and families in their country and beyond.
The first four students, who arrived this past spring, spent a month observing and working with Cincinnati Children’s doctors and researchers in some of our most complex specialties and services. Due to the smaller size of their country, medical students in Israel do not see a large volume of complex cases. Cincinnati Children’s provides the opportunity for the visiting medical students to increase their exposure by working with specialists in areas such as rheumatology, surgery, cardiology and others.
“While observing at Cincinnati Children’s, I saw how subspecialists can improve the outcomes for patients based on their expertise,” says Hadas Zamir, one of the first students to participate in the program. “I also saw how much research is appreciated and how important it is here. Research will eventually be responsible for the major breakthroughs that will transform care for patients in Cincinnati, Israel and around the world.”
“I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Cincinnati Children’s,” says Lior Goldberg, who was among the first group of exchange students. “I met a wide and diverse range of patients while interacting with inspiring physicians whose devotion and passion are their way of life.”
In addition to the time they spent with experts at Cincinnati Children’s, the exchange students also received many opportunities to connect with the Cincinnati Jewish community. Area families hosted the students at community events and family dinners.
These friendships – both within the walls of the medical center and out in the community – will open doors for further partnership between Cincinnati and Israel.
The Wolfs hope to inspire others to support the IEP – resulting in improved clinical care for Israeli children, more expertly trained doctors and research partnerships that will benefit children everywhere.
“Cincinnati Children’s is already on the map in this country,” David says. “My wife and I wanted to help grow the medical center’s impact internationally.”
“As our training program demonstrates its success, we hope other donors will want to join us and carry on the momentum,” Nancy adds. “Together, we can make an even bigger impact.”
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Nancy and David Wolf invested in the expansion of the Israel Exchange Program. Their gift will fund educational collaborations between Cincinnati Children’s and Israel.
To learn more about the Israel Exchange Program, contact Tracey Kastelic at 513-636-8758 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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