Shalom Life | April 01, 2015

Discovering Peace through the International Language of Health

IPEME program builds relationships between Israelis, Palestinians, Jordanians and Canadians

By: Sammy Hudes

Published: August 8th, 2012 in Health » World

Discovering Peace through the International Language of Health

When 12 medical students departed to their home countries last week following their completion of a summer elective course in paediatric emergency medicine and global health, they not only left with invaluable experience that will one day help them in their careers, but perhaps more importantly with a greater understanding of peaceful interaction through unlikely cross-border friendships.

The International Paediatric Emergency Medicine Elective (IPEME) brings together Israeli, Palestinian, Jordanian and Canadian medical students to Toronto, Ont. for four weeks each year to learn about paediatric emergency medicine and other topics such as psychology, social sciences and health sciences.

Presented by The Peter A. Silverman Centre for International Health at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto as well as the Canada International Scientific Exchange Program (CISEPO), the course is a full-recognized University of Toronto undergraduate medical elective, available for students entering their final two years of medical studies as well as those who have recently graduated.

It is funded by Wealhouse Capital Management and the Kavelman-Fonn Foundation. Since 2007 to date, 59 students have successfully completed IPEME.

This year’s program, the ninth since it was originally created, was the first in which a full roster of 12 students took part; including three from each geographic region.

From July 9 to August 3, the students participated in three daily sessions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., involving case-based seminars, informative lessons and especially hands-on experiences, which included paediatric emergency medicine shifts at local hospitals.


2012 IPEME students in action. Photo: IPEME

And throughout the entire month, the participants built friendships while living with one another, fostering peaceful relationships and cross-border cooperation.

“It’s truly transformative. As Canadians we can organize an event like this and pry the umbrella,” said Dr. Harvey Skinner, dean of the faculty of health at York University and CISEPO’s chair of the board of directors. “When meeting with Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians, we find out it’s humanizing and we’re more similar than different. Every time we do this and we see the impact that it has, it truly gets rid of your stereotypes. We can only move forward and resolve the conflicts through cooperation and negotiation.”

Dr. Dennis Scolnik, co-director of IPEME and a physician in emergency paediatric medicine at SickKids Hospital concurred.

“Our idea is to use health as a vehicle for peace, health being the neutral language that all humans speak. Moving on to paediatric health is even more common and more acknowledged by everyone,” Scolnik told Shalom Life.

Educational Integration: It's Time to Set an Example for Our Children Educational Integration: It's Time to Set an Example for Our Children TrendingWorld's Biggest Science Conference Taking Place in Israel this Summer World's Biggest Science Conference Taking Place in Israel this Summer TrendingIsraeli Scientists Accurately Determine The Length Of A Day On Saturn Israeli Scientists Accurately Determine The Length Of A Day On Saturn Trending
 

Shia LaBeouf Converting to Islam

April 01, 2015 | By Sy Berg
Shia LaBeouf Converting to Islam

The former Jew (and now former Christian) and his fiance Mia Goth are both joining the Muslim faith in anticipation of their wedding

Read More

New Evidence Reveals Anne Frank Didn't Die When We Thought She Did

March 31, 2015 | By Caitlin Marceau
New Evidence Reveals Anne Frank Didn't Die When We Thought She Did

Despite the world remembering the Frank sisters on March 31st, new evidence suggests that the girls passed away in February, and not two weeks before the liberation of their Bergen-Belsen concentration camp

Read More

Martha Stewart Killed It At Justin Bieber’s Roast

March 31, 2015 | By Caitlin Marceau
Martha Stewart Killed It At Justin Bieber’s Roast

The 73 year-old lifestyle mogul blew audiences away at the roast of Justin Bieber when she dominated the event with her quick wit and sharp tongue

Read More

JDC Offers Relief to Ukraine's Jews this Passover

March 31, 2015 | By Jeffrey F. Barken, JNS.org
JDC Offers Relief to Ukraine's Jews this Passover

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee will deliver nearly 48,000 free packages of matzah to Ukrainian Jews in need

Read More

Study: Israeli Women Believe Being A Female Breadwinner is "Unfeminine"

March 31, 2015 | By Caitlin Marceau
Study: Israeli Women Believe Being A Female Breadwinner is "Unfeminine"

In a recent study at the University of Haifa, women admitted to working unpaid hours, and performing unpaid tasks, believing that asking for equal pay is seen to be as unfeminine

Read More

Wonderful Initiative Helps Over 100 Orphaned Boys Celebrate Bar Mitzvah Together

March 31, 2015 | By Caitlin Marceau
Wonderful Initiative Helps Over 100 Orphaned Boys Celebrate Bar Mitzvah Together

Colel Chabad organization holds event at Western Wall and International Convention Center in Jerusalem

Read More

New Toronto Marketing Agency Finds the Most Influential Social Media Users to Effectively Market Your Brand

March 31, 2015 | By Sy Berg
New Toronto Marketing Agency Finds the Most Influential Social Media Users to Effectively Market Your Brand

Using a complex algorithm, The Leaders are able to recruit users with high rankings on social media, and utilize their influence to increase brand recognition for clients like Google and L'Oreal

Read More

5,000-Year-Old Beer-Making Pottery Discovered in Central Tel Aviv

March 31, 2015 | By Itay Blumenthal
5,000-Year-Old Beer-Making Pottery Discovered in Central Tel Aviv

Archaeologist: 'Tel Aviv has been city that never sleeps for thousands of years'

Read More

More Headlines