Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2010


This profile was prepared when Amitai Ziv was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2010.
The New Idea
Amitai and the Israel Center for Medical Simulation (MSR), which he founded in 2001, employs a host of pedagogical and methodological approaches to mitigate medical error for the sake of improving and increasing worldwide patient safety. By creating a safe environment in which professionals are invited to practice, make mistakes, reflect on and learn from their errors, Amitai and his team at MSR work to improve the quality of medical staff and ultimately, of healthcare systems.

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 mistakes are made unintentionally by health professionals and many of them are 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 interdisciplinary teams of medical, nursing, paramedic, and other professions, MSR trains for a wide variety of conventional and unconventional emergency preparedness situations, including chemical, biological, and nuclear warfare as well as putting much focus on simulating challenging and difficult emotional scenarios in medicine to improve the humane approach and communication skills of healthcare providers.

As a result of this high degree of comprehensiveness and applicability, those parties interested in the link between patient safety and simulation-based training come to MSR for guidance. These include parties such as medical simulation centers, medical center and healthcare institutions, health professional schools as well as medical device and pharmaceutical companies. Other professional bodies in service fields such as welfare (e.g. social workers), education (e.g. schools’ teachers and principals) or even the commercial world (e.g. cellular phone costumer service supporters)—seek advice and training in order to better serve their mission and clients.
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