Professor Dan Benor
Professor Dan Benor was born in Tel Aviv in 1935. He is a graduate of the Hebrew University's medical school, and has been a resident of the Negev ever since. Dr. Benor was, in essence, the first 'integrated physician' in Israel, combining an (extended) residency in internal medicine with 22 years practicing family medicine in kibbutz and moshav settlements in the Negev.
Professor Benor is one of the founders of the FOHS at BGU, where he formulated the med school's Early Clinical Exposure Program and built a system for evaluating achievement - including the 'integrative test' and served as Vice Dean for Education. Professor Benor edited Sustaining Change in Medical Education, a book that describes the Faculty of Health Sciences and its schools, their founding principles and traces their establishment and how they maintain their innovative character.
In 1987, Professor Benor was appointed head of the Recanati School for Health Professions and served in this post for 14 years, during which the school grew from a student body of 140 students and seven faculty members to a thousand enrollees and a staff of 72. The scope of its studies expanded during his tenure from two majors to three full departments: Nursing, Physiotherapy and Emergency Medicine (under the aegis of Paramedic Studies). He established a system for training teachers and conducting workshops in medical education for faculty throughout Israel's universities and elsewhere in the world.
These endeavors made Professor Benor a world authority, leading to roles in the establishment of new and innovative schools of medicine in Iran (before Khomeini, in Fez and Madan), in Thailand (Chimbori) and Egypt (Ismailia), as well as consulting in the revitalization of established medical schools in Czechoslovakia, Sweden, Canada and the United States. Professor Benor also served on a host of international committees on education and training of medical personnel, curriculum-building and evaluation of medical schools, as well as Israel's Council for Higher Education's committees.
After his retirement, he devoted a good part of his time to writing, as well volunteering in the 'second chance' school in Ofakim for marginalized youth.