Dr. Dafna Meitar is a pediatric oncologist and an expert in palliative medicine. She provides holistic care for patients and families dealing with complex illnesses and life-threatening situations, and is one of the founders of the field of spiritual counseling for patients in Israel. Dafna teaches medical and educational staffs about issues related to individuals and families coping with serious illness, as well as issues concerning end-of-life care for patients. Her children's book, Salt on My Lips, discusses the painful subject of siblings of sick children. Since 2000, Dafna has led the activities of Tel Aviv University's medical education department. Her work has focused on interpersonal skills and communication; development of professional and personal identity; professionalism; self-awareness and reflection; inter-cultural skills; and relations between the medical profession and the community. In recent years, Dafna has conducted research on medical education in Israel and abroad with Dr. Daniel Marom of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership, with the aim of advancing and improving medical education and practice in Israel.
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