Teaching and Training
While medical research and technology may create the tools for continued progress, it is still the inspired human being who provides the faith, spirit and skill to work its miracles. Modern pediatric medicine has become a maze of specialization and sub-specialization, which has given rise to new discoveries and innovations, challenged established beliefs, and helped create new avenues of care.
Ronit Singer (l) with 2016 fellows
19 doctors, nurses and students from different countries underwent training at Schneider Children’s during 2015 as part of the hospital’s policy, which places great importance on the network of ongoing relationships with medical centers around the world, exchange of knowledge and pediatric medical support in developing countries.
The students during the current year are from Poland, Latvia, Romania, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Holland, Nigeria, Kenya, Nepal and China. Presently at Schneider Children’s are Dr. Adriana Nika from Romania in Surgery, Dr. Larissa Kasnikova from Latvia in Anesthesiology, Dr. Andrei Uhlru from Romania in Anesthesiology, and his wife, Dr. Andrea Uhlru in Surgery, and a Nepalese resident, Dr. Rich Sinhah who arrived for advanced training in Orthopedics following the connection he made with Prof. Elhanan Bar-On following the earthquake in Nepal.
“We receive many requests for advanced training and we endeavor to respond to everyone,” said Ronit Singer, Director of External Affairs. “Welcoming fellows from abroad advances collaboration between Schneider Children’s and the hospitals where they come from, strengthens medical tourism, and contributes to Israeli “hasbara” (lit. PR) overseas. Every fellow who discovers a different Israel from that they see in the media, becomes an ambassador of our country.”
Absorption of foreign students is a testimonial of honor for every medical team in Schneider, reflecting the broad popularity of the hospital as a world-class center for pediatric tertiary care. Over and above it being part of the hospital’s vision, Schneider Children’s - as a bridge to peace that unites hearts - directly influences and strengthens international collaboration. An example of this is the agreement signed with the Cypriot Ministry of Health which has designated Schneider Children’s as the referral center for pediatric cardiac surgery for children from Cyprus – a direct result of a Cypriot doctor who underwent advanced training at the hospital.
Prof. Joseph Press, Director of Schneider Children's, with 30 Chinese Fellows
As part of a broader initiative to extend its collaborations with institutions, joint research studies and personnel worldwide, Schneider Children’s has welcomed increasing foreign delegations for advanced training in pediatric medicine. China in particular has strong ties with the medical center and a recent agreement has resulted in the arrival of consecutive groups of 30 Chinese “observers”, who come to the hospital for a period of three months.
Among the first group that arrived in December 2016 were Dr. Chuan Libo and Dr. Li Haiying. Dr. Chuan works at the First People’s Hospital in the Yunan Province of China as an intensive care physician. She spent 3 months in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Schneider Children’s observing complex cases in the unit. “I had never seen such cases before,” she said, noting that the team made every effort to save lives even when hope teetered on the brink. “The close collaboration of doctors from different disciplines has been exceptional. We also observed surgical procedures and attended doctors’ rounds and lectures. The experience we gained in such a short time is excellent, and we made friendships that will endure throughout our careers.”
Dr. Li (l) and Dr. Chuan
Dr. Li is a neonatologist at the Affiliated Hospital of Nantong University near Shanghai. “I became a neonatologist because I like treating newborns and when they recover, we are all very happy, so it is a ‘happy ward’”. She