Medical Schools

Bar-Ilan University

The Faculty of Medicine of Bar-Ilan University is located in the unique historical and cultural setting of Safed in the North of Israel.  The strategic decision to open Israel’s  fifth  Medical School in the Galilee was intended to increase physician numbers, stimulate development and also to serve as a focus of clinical and research excellence in the North.  Of note, the new Medical School has seen remarkable early success in attracting both outstanding clinicians and researchers in both basic science and clinical fields.  Affiliated hospitals include Ziv Hospital in Tsfat itself, together with Poriya Hospital in Tiberias, Western Galilee Hospital in Nahariya and Nazareth Hospitals.  The hospitals offer a full range of departments and services.  Electives are offered in all fields of medicine, both in the hospitals and in the community and include numerous centers of excellence.

Students wishing to undertake elective periods of study have two options available for finding a suitable appointment.

  • Students wishing an elective in any field may contact the coordinator, Prof. Eric Shinwell (, who is Director of Neonatology at Ziv Hospital in Tsfat.  An appropriate department and supervisor will be offered accordingly.

If a student is interested in a specific supervisor or department, contact may be made directly and the details will be coordinated later as required.

Ben-Gurion University Medical School

The Ben-Gurion University (BGU) Medical School is based in the BGU of the Negev which was established in Beersheva in 1969 with the aim to bring development to the Negev, a desert area comprising more than 60% of Israel. BGU was inspired by the vision of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, who believed that the future of the country lay in this region. Since its establishment BGU has gained recognition for its unique pioneering spirit that combines outstanding academics and research with a commitment to the local community. It is recognised as a leader in areas such as desert agriculture and water resource management. The Medical School and Life Sciences are known for their international health, Bedouin medicine, genetics, biotechnology and nanotechnology programmes. The main teaching base is the Soroka Hospital, but all students spend time in the community from the start of the course. There are satellite campuses in Eilat and Sede Boqer, where Ben-Gurion lived in his final years and is buried.

Ben Gurion University Medical School participated in the IMA Centennial Exhibition in Brussels in November 2011. The poster is attached.

More information is available from the website:

For further details in the UK contact the Ben-Gurion University Foundation at 

Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School

The mission of the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School is to train doctors who, when graduate, will have acquired the knowledge, skills and professional behavior that will enable them to provide humanistic care, practice excellent clinical medicine and demonstrate competence in medical research. The MedicalSchool expects, therefore, its graduates to be able to integrate into medical systems which combine clinical service with teaching and medical research, and that they will be partners in development and management at the institutional and national levels.

The university runs an exchange programme which allows medical students studying abroad to participate in clinical clerkships under the supervision of the physicians of the various wards. These clerkships will enable students to experience first hand the practice of medicine at Hadassah.

Full details can be accessed here.

Tel-Aviv University- Sackler Faculty of Medicine

The Sackler Faculty of Medicine is affiliated with nearly 20 medical centers in Israel. This hospital network is an integral part of the research and teaching activities at Sackler. The staff and personnel at these partner institutes are closely integrated with Tel Aviv University and form the basis of the Faculty’s clinical departments. 

Sackler’s elective program offers the student the opportunity to explore options while developing new skills. TAU’s Electives Program was established in 1986 and hosts an average of 150 overseas medical students each year. The participants in the Electives Program take part in routine departmental activities, participate in supervised rounds, give patients bedside instructions and attend seminars and conferences. Due to hospital restrictions, practical hands-on training is limited. Students will have the opportunity to observe clinical activities. Theoretical lectures and clinical research are not a part of this program.

Full details can be accessed here 


Technion: Israel Institute of Technology – Rappaport Faculty of Medicine

Opened in 1924, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is the country’s leading scientific-technological university and one of the largest centers of applied research in the world.  With 12,500 students in 18 faculties, Technion commands a worldwide reputation for its pioneering work in nanotechnology, computer science, biotechnology, water-resource management, materials engineering, architecture, aerospace and medicine.  Technion graduates account for over 70% of the founders and managers of Israel’s high-technology industries. The Technion is home to Israel’s first Nobel Prize winners in science.

The Rappaport Faculty of Medicine has trained over 2000 physicians. In addition to the main stream curriculum the Faculty runs several multidisciplinary programmes including an MD/PhD for top ranking students those with a major research focus, an MD/Engineering, and the MD/Law (with the University of Haifa). The unique position as part of a technological institute is reflected in the medical student curriculum which aims to produce graduates who will be equipped to meet the challenges of modern medical technologies. Graduate students are also a major part of the faculty excellence in research and education. One of the pillars of the Faculty is the Institute for Research in the Medical Sciences, which offers strong research opportunities in the rapidly progressing field of molecular biomedical sciences.

Full details can be accessed via

For further details in the UK contact the British Technion Society at



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