The American Physicians Fellowship for Medicine in Israel (APF) was founded in 1950 by a group of American Jewish physicians who wanted to show solidarity with their professional colleagues in the newly founded State of Israel. APF has been dedicated to assisting the development of Israel as a world-class medical center since that time.
Through a variety of programs directed to the improvement of medical education, research and care in Israel, APF's broad-based membership has been in the forefront of establishing ongoing connections between the medical communities of Israel and North America. Not tied to any one Israeli institution, APF has striven to fill unique niches and create real people-to-people linkages with all of Israel's medical schools and many hospitals and other medical institutions.
At the heart of our program has been our Fellowship program which has provided supplementary support to young Israeli physicians coming to the US and Canada for specialty training. APF fellowship grants have been awarded over the years to over 1,000 Israeli physicians, Jew and Arab, many of whom today fill senior positions in Israel's hospitals and medical schools. Some forty Israeli physicians currently receive such fellowship support.
Over the years, the APF has developed other programs, including: