American Medical Students Program at the Technion (TEAMS)
Meeting the Israeli Patient
All visiting students in Israel have the chance to experience life in the country, study Hebrew, see the holy sites, spend at least a few days on the beaches of Haifa, Tel Aviv or Eilat and try out new food. However, being a med student in Israel has some real added value as you get the opportunity to work in clinics and hospitals that serve patients from different backgrounds – ultra orthodox (Haredi) Jews or Arabs, secular Jews or new immigrants – each offer an insight into different cultures and surroundings.
The Technion, Israel oldest university and institute of technology, offers a program that will prepare its graduates to work anywhere they like, in Israel or North America. Besides the high level of studies students attend clinical clerkships of up to 12 weeks in American hospitals, and at least a four week clerkship in an Israeli hospital (a total of 16 weeks). Clerkship is a great way to experience work in different surroundings and fields of expertise as well as networking with doctors in various hospitals.
The program is designed to be completed in four years. The Technion places strong emphasis on research and all students are required to complete a thesis. Meanwhile, a big part of the studies is dedicated to practical experience. During their first year the students get to shadow doctors and watch procedures to help them choose their field of specialty. Beginning on the second year they spend two days working at a hospital.
Although all classes are in English, all students must take Hebrew classes (Ulpan) in order to communicate with patients.
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The Technion medicine faculty members include many renowned researchers and extremely experienced doctors including two Noble Prize Laureates in Chemistry.
Applicants to the TEAMS program must be US or Canada citizens or residents. They need to submit their undergraduate full transcripts. It is not mandatory to have an undergraduate degree in pre-med or science, but all applicants must complete several courses in physics, chemistry, biology etc. to be even considered to this program. Candidates must additionally hand in their MCAT scores and three letters of recommendation. Suitable applicants will also have to attend an interview with the acceptance committee.
Graduates receive an M.D. from the Technion - Israel's Institute of Technology.