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.
As a teaching hospital affiliated with the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University, Schneider Children’s plays an integral role in training programs for all medical students and residents, as well as nurses and paramedical staff. Training is provided to residents in pediatrics and in other specialties on elective rotations. The hospital also serves as a teaching department of pediatrics by conducting a clinical clerkship for medical students and residents from the New York State Track.
About 50% of Schneider Children's physicians serve as instructors and lecturers in the Faculty of Medicine at TAU. In so doing, the hospital's teaching and training programs help boost the ranks of highly skilled professionals in the field of pediatric medicine in Israel.
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.
The fellows, who spend long periods in Israel of a year or more, study Hebrew, communicate with patients and become part and parcel of the staff at Schneider Children’s. They are hosted in the homes of their hospital colleagues, are invited over for Shabbat and Holiday meals, join outings together with their hosts, and return to their homes following their time in Israel enriched with knowledge, greater skills and an Israeli experience of untold value.