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$1,000 - $10,000
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Dr. Amitai Ziv, a pediatrician and an ex-Air Force pilot, is transforming the way medical and other community service professionals (from social workers to secondary educators) are trained and evaluated, in order to enhance the social and professional skill sets of these professions. Amitai has pioneered a low-tech, high-touch training system focused on simulation-based training. In creating this innovative learning process and evaluation system, Amitai brings together diverse stakeholders - from professional training institutions, to research centers and hospitals, to government agencies and certification bodies - in order to reach professional communities worldwide that are in need of improvements in their training and effectiveness. With a focus on the medical profession, his system - which has been called a “safety revolution” - offers a significant step forward in improving patient treatment, reducing medical error, and embedding a systemic quality improvement process into often old and conservative training regimes.

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Dr. Amitai Ziv and his Israeli Center for Medical Simulation (MSR) employ a host of approaches – pedagogical, as well as based on equipment development and field development – to mitigate medical error for the sake of improving and increasing world-wide patient safety. By creating a safe environment in which professionals are invited to practice, make mistakes, and learn from them, Amitai works to improve the quality of medical staff and ultimately, of healthcare treatment. In spite of notable improvements in access to medical information and connectivity among healthcare professionals around the world, there still remains a worrying dilemma: Far too many simple mistakes are made every minute in medical procedures - mistakes that could be avoided, or at least mitigated, with proper training. Amitai is addressing this problem by combining the medical skills he acquired as a physician with the simulation experiences he received as an air force pilot. The result of this synergy of skills and experiences is a comprehensive and widely applicable model for medical simulation, which has already begun to be implemented among other community service professions and by medical institutions outside of Israel. Aside from providing procedural simulation that integrates medical, nursing, paramedic and other professions, Amitai’s simulation model trains its students for a wide variety of situations, including chemical, biological and nuclear warfare as well as familial dynamics during medical emergencies. As a result of this high degree of comprehensiveness and applicability, those parties who are interested in developing in the medical simulation field, such as medical simulation centers, hospitals and medical equipment firms, come to MSR for guidance. Other professional bodies – from social workers to teachers to cellular phone costumer service supporters – seek advice and training in order to better serve their mission and clients.