American Physicians Fellowship for Medicine in Israel

Supporting Medicine in Israel

aka American Healthcare Professionals and Friends for Medicine in Israel   |   Boston, MA   |  http://www.apfmed.org

Mission

American Healthcare Professionals and Friends for Medicine in Israel (APF), an organization of healthcare professionals and supporters, is committed to advancing the state of medical education, research and care in Israel by assisting in the training of young Israeli physicians and healthcare professionals, and in fostering ties between the North American healthcare community and Israel's healthcare community.

Notes from the nonprofit

When Israel and medical care appear in the same sentence, they are usually associated with emergency response, both within the country and at trouble spots around the world. But Israel’s population has general healthcare needs too, and to meet those needs, its doctors still require specialized (and expensive) training that is not available in the country. For 69 years, APF has been helping Israel’s doctors and nurses come to North America to gain the knowledge and skills that will improve the country’s health.

Ruling year info

1953

Director

Mr. Amir Goldshtein

Main address

2001 Beacon Street Suite 210

Boston, MA 02135 USA

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Formerly known as

American Physicians Fellowship Committee

EIN

04-2207701

NTEE code info

Health (General and Financing) (E80)

Health (General and Financing) (E80)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Applications for the APF's signature Fellowship Program have increased by 5 percent per year for the last several years, demonstrating an increased need in Israel. We have also fielded many requests to provide our emergency and disaster preparedness course more frequently and to more people. Due to insufficient funds, however, we have had to decline many promising support granst requests and maintain our current annual course schedule. In response, APF has embarked on an effort to increase its funding sources and levels of support from individuals, foundations, and corporations in the US and Israel.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

APF Fellowships

Our flagship Fellowship Program supports Israeli physicians as they pursue post-doctoral clinical training and research in North America. This specialty training often cannot be provided in Israel, and the physicians we support bring back critical new skills and learnings. Since our first resident physician arrived in the US in 1952, we’ve been operating continuously, providing an average of 20 fellowships per year.
APF has now provided some 1,500 fellows grants, and a good number of the physicians we’ve supported have gone on to hold leadership positions within the Israeli healthcare system.

Population(s) Served
Adults

APF maintains the one and only Israel MOH authorized and constantly active Emergency Medical Volunteer (EMV) registry outside of Israel, and has done so since our inception. Our registry now has close to 300 names of American healthcare professionals who have pledged to travel to Israel to provide needed medical help.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In 2006, to ensure the future generation of leadership, both for APF as well as the Jewish community at large, we created our annual Medical Birthright trip, which provides the opportunity for medical, nursing, and allied healthcare students to experience Israel as tourists, while learning about the practice of medicine in Israel.

Population(s) Served
Students

In 1988, the establishment of the Solomon Hirsh Memorial Nurse Fund allowed the APF to sponsor every year four Israeli nurses for specialty trainings in top North American medical centers. This program has since provided over 80 Israeli nurses with intensive specialty training, which they can then bring back to Israel.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In 2003, in conjunction with the Israel MOH and the IDF Medical Corps, APF created a unique Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Course in Israel specifically for North American physicians and other healthcare providers. Since that time, this course has trained hundreds for service in the United States and in Israel during natural or man-made disasters.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Researchers

Related Program

APF Fellowships

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

APF grants are awarded once for each Fellow and nurse. Candidates commit to returning to Israel upon completion of their studies and improving medical care at their home institution.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Since 1950, APF has been helping Israel’s doctors and nurses come to North America to gain the knowledge and skills that will improve the country’s health.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to provide critical financial support and resources to more Israeli healthcare professionals. We seek to build exponentially the critical bonds between Israeli and North American healthcare professionals, increasing the knowledge base needed for medicine in Israel to grow and thrive. The APF is dedicated to providing these resources, as we have since 1950, and hope to continue engaging supporters dedicated to the State of Israel, to Jewish learning and to medical advancement, to assist with these critical efforts.

Currently, APF is funded largely by individual supporters, some private foundations, and lightly by program revenue. We receive no government funding. As the need for better trained healthcare workers in Israel becomes more acute, we are coming increasingly to the attention of funders who operate at the cross section of healthcare and Judaism/Israel. They see that APF has been operating for over 65 years and express increased interest in continuing and enlarging our work.

Conducting fellowships in North America, enriches Israel's reservoir of medical knowledge and experience. These early-career professionals apply to North American hospitals and research institutes usually for two-year fellowships. Because most Israelis have gone through military service first, they are older than their American counterparts and often have young families to support. The North American host organization pays a stipend, but this never covers all living expenses and the considerable costs associated with relocating an entire family for two years.

APF support grants help close the gap. Our $5,000 support grant award can make a critical difference, allowing young physicians to study at leading US and Canadian medical centers, and to form relationships with colleagues that last a lifetime.

Nurses are often the front line of medical support in both emergencies and day-to-day medical care. Like physicians, Israeli nurses get good basic education, but benefit from intensive specialty training that is not always available in the country. APF provides a stipend of up to $12,000 each year to help cover the expenses of travel, housing, and daily allowance so four Israeli nurses can train at various North American medical centers by observing and learning the latest methodologies in their respective fields.

Thus far, APF has given over 1,500 grants to young Israeli physicians who benefit greatly from specialized training and research opportunities unique to the US and Canada. Past recipients of our grants include hospital leaders, medical specialists and eminent scholars.

In addition, APF maintains the only active Emergency Medical Volunteer (EMV) registry program designated by the Israel Ministry of Health to bring Health Care Providers from North America to Israel during times of crisis.

Our emergency and disaster preparedness courses in Israel have trained hundreds of North American physicians and Health Care providers to offer assistance and expertise in the United States and Israel during natural or man-made disasters.

We provided grants to dozens of Israel's nurses for intensive specialty training in leading North American medical centers.

We care about future generations as well. The annual APF/Birthright trip provides the opportunity for medical, nursing, and allied healthcare students to experience Israel as tourists, while learning about the practice of medicine in Israel. During their visit to Israel, they receive training at cutting edge medical facilities that are simply off-limits to other visitors.

APF also supports special courses for Israeli nurses in trauma and disaster medicine, as well as, other healthcare related programs in Israel.

Financials

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American Physicians Fellowship for Medicine in Israel

Board of directors
as of 5/18/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Nancy Schmidt

Dr. Michael Frogel

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Hilton Mirels

Mr. David Barone

Boston MedTech Advisors, Inc.

Dr. Jeffrey Devries

William Beaumont School of Medicine

Dr. Robert Kelman

Ascension Macomb Hospital

Mr. Richard Klitzberg

Klitzberg Fund Solutions

Mrs. Deanna Sykes

Jerome Tichner

McDermott, Will & Emery

Dr. Marvin Wayne

University of Washington

Dr. Nikolaj Wolfson

Wolfson Orthopedics

Dr. Richard Schmidt

Private practice

Nancy Schmidt

Private practice

Dr. Gary Mann

Ajax and Pickering General Hospital

Dr. Jonathan Siegal

New York Presbyterian Queens Hospital

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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