Newsletter #58
April 2017

Israeli Air Force Surgeon General Speaks to APF Michigan Chapter     

In March, APF hosted Colonel Yifat Erlich-Shoham, MD, Israeli Air Force Surgeon General, who spoke to more than 50 people in Farmington Hills about what being an Israeli and serving in the IDF means to her.  

We would like to express our warm gratitude to Adat Shalom Synagogue, which hosted the event, and to everyone who participated.
From left: Dr. Randy Bernstein; Dr. Eliezer Basse; Dr. Yifat Erlich-Shoham, Speaker; Dr. Robert Kelman, APF President; and Dr. Jeffrey Devries, APF President-Elect

A special Yasher Koach to our dedicated APF Michigan Chapter Organizing Committee for making it all happen, something they do year after year!
Introducing a New APF Chapter     

From left: Dr. David J. Dagan, Speaker; and Dr. Michael Frogel, APF Immediate Past-President
This March also marked the Shoresh conference, which is part of the agreement collaboration between the Israeli Ministry of Defense and the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). The objective is to discuss issues relevant to medical research and response. This year the conference was held in Washington, D.C., and included a delegation of more than 40 Israeli Medical Corps officers.

Surgeon General of the IDF, Brigadier General David J. Dagan, participated in a small gathering of friends and colleagues hosted by Dr. Edward and Galia Greenberg of Bethesda, MD, on Wednesday, March 29.

From left: Dr. Edward Greenberg, Dr. David J. Dagan, and Galia Messika Greenberg
T hat event inspired participants to start a new chapter in the Maryland/Washington, D.C., area, and to continue those annual meetings. If you would like to join the Chapter Organizing Committee, please contact  

Dr. Ziv Beckerman: Working to His Heart's Content    
Dr. Ziv Beckerman and his family
Z iv Beckerman fights for hearts the size of a walnut.
Beckerman, 38, is an APF 2016-2017 Clinical Fellow in Congenital Heart Surgery at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston.
APF's Emergency Course 2017 
APF's Annual Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Course in Israel will take place from November 4 to 9, 2017. Click here to view the course brochure. 
Please complete the 2017 Course Registration Form and return it to APF along with your deposit to reserve your spot!

From APF and all the Israeli medical professionals and patients we support, we send you best wishes for a Chag Pesach Sameach!
A Request from The Sackler Faculty of Medicine   
The New York State program of The Sackler Faculty of Medicine is the leader in medical education for North American students studying medicine in Israel.

Since receiving a charter with the State of New York Board of Education in 1976, it has graduated hundreds of physicians who now work in leadership positions at nearly every major medical center in the United States.
A traditional American four-year medical school, the New York State program prides itself on outstanding clinical teaching. Students complete their first three years in Tel Aviv, which includes instruction from Israel's leading clinicians and researchers and rotations at the most important Tel Aviv hospitals. After that, students take 16 weeks of elective rotations in the U.S. to further their education, make connections and prepare for the NRMP residency match.
The match for Sackler students has been outstanding in the past few years, says Aaron Allen, M.D., deputy director of the Tel Aviv program. "We have matched students in the most competitive residencies in the U.S.: dermatology, orthopedic surgery, radiation oncology, plastic surgery and emergency medicine. The secret of our program is the outstanding and cohesive student body, plus the amazing partnerships that we have with our affiliate institutions in the U.S."
Sackler has established relationships with Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Tufts University, George Washington University, UCLA and other top institutions. All of them offer Sackler students elective rotations, and university staff meet with them personally to establish the kind of personal bonds that last for decades.
"The current climate of graduate and undergraduate medical education is changing rapidly in the U.S.," says Dr. Allen. "We are looking for more and more institutions and medical schools to partner with to create a global medical community and forge stronger connections between the U.S. medical establishment and Israel.

"A great example of this is our relationship with Dr. Paul Wright, chairman of neurology at the Northwell-Long Island Jewish Hospital. In addition to accepting Sackler students for rotations, Dr. Wright and four of his residents came to Israel this past fall to help teach a preclinical course in neurology."
To become a medical partner with Tel Aviv University, please contact the school office at or Dr. Allen at