December 1, 2021 – All international courses had been discontinued as a result of the pandemic, but days prior to the discovery of the Omicron variant and the government’s subsequent recent decision to close the borders to non-Israelis, Rambam welcomed international course participants.
Shortly before the COVID-19 Omicron variant caused Israel and other countries to restrict entry of non-citizens, Rambam hosted the first course of its kind during the COVID-19 pandemic, on the subject of "Managing Health Services During a Crisis”. The course was put together by MASHAV - Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Golda Meir Mashav-Carmel International Training Center, and Rambam.
23 representatives from 12 different countries came to Rambam to learn from senior officials about collaboration, work, and how to manage a variety of scenarios. Participants included representatives from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cameroon, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Northern Macedonia, Montenegro, Rwanda, Senegal, and Tanzania, including the Minister of Health of Guatemala, hospital directors, heads of nursing, and more.
The delegation received an overview from Director General Professor Michael Halberthal, Rambam’s Director General and Chairman of Rambam’s Teaching Center for Trauma, Emergency and MCS, who spoke about the hospital, the scope of its activities, its strategic location, and the challenges it faces. Lecturers included Dr. Hany Bahouth, Director of Acute Care Surgery, Director of the Trauma and Emergency Center, and Medical Director of the Teaching Center for Trauma, Emergency and MCS; Ms. Gila Hyams, Director of Nursing and Director of the Teaching Center for Trauma, Emergency and MCS; Rambam Deputy Director Dr. Avi Weissman; and Professor Lior Gepstein, Director of the Division of Research and Director of the Department of Cardiology. The delegation also toured the hospital, visiting the Yechiel Eckstein z”l Shock Trauma Room and the Sammy Ofer Fortified Underground Emergency Hospital.