Elective Reports 2009

General Practice, Netanya, Israel

I arranged this myself through a private contact and was supervised for three weeks by a doctor who had trained in South Africa.  I sat with each of the four general practitioners, and their trainee, all of whom spoke good English and were very friendly.  This itself was interesting as each had a different background and attracted different kinds of patients.  They were all keen to teach, happy for me to ask questions and encouraging to examine patients.  They would call me if they had a particularly interesting patient, and I took part in assessment for referral to hospital. Before I went, I was concerned that my limited Hebrew would be a problem. I was amazed how much I picked up and although it was sometimes a bit limiting, the majority of the patients knew English, even if not as a first language. By the end of the elective, I could understand the flow of the consultations.  The only limitation was that the building was small and there were never any rooms free for me to see patients and then present them. I  would be happy to pass on details to anyone else who is considering an elective in General Practice in Netanya.

Rachel Baigel
Final Year Medical Student – University College London


Infectious Diseases and Neurology, Ichilov (Sourasky) Hospital, Tel Aviv, Israel

We undertook our electives in Tel Aviv at the Ichilov (Sourasky) Hospital in Tel Aviv.

Lizzie worked  with the Infectious Diseases team under the supervision of Professor Shapiro.  She spent most of her time on ward rounds and in clinical meetings.  The team were very friendly and conducted all of their clinical work in English while she was there, which made her experience much more worthwhile.

Owen worked with the Neurology team headed by Professor Giladi.  This was a large department which offered an excellent opportunity to see a broad range of conditions.  The grand rounds and journal clubs, which were run weekly, were particularly interesting.  There was a very “relaxed” atmosphere among the doctors on the ward and I was made to feel very welcome.

In addition to our time spent in the hospital and around Tel Aviv, we felt this was a brilliant opportunity as first time visitors, for us to explore Israel.  We visited Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, Haifa, Acre, Eilat and also made a short trip to Petra.  It was a wonderful experience and we are both very pleased we chose to do our elective in Israel.

Elizabeth Orrin and Owen Ingram
Final Year Medical Students – University College London


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