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North American Medical Students Thrive in Diverse Region

Monday, June 9th, 2014

The sunny shore of Haifa’s bay usually imbues images of ships, sand and thoughts of carefree days. Yet gowns of black and green dotted the periphery, as many new physicians received their coveted diplomas and entered the medical profession.  The unique location of these rigorous studies aided to the nature of the student body, captured in the commencement ceremony.

Students, parents and friends filled the auditorium in the main campus of Technion, Israel’s leading technical university often dubbed the MIT of the Middle East, for the TeAMS class of 2014’s culminating ceremony. Dr. Andy Levy, dean of the overseas medical program reflected on this year’s graduating class. “The class has excelled in maintaining an environment at the medical school where students achieved academic strides in every measurable parameter,” Levy stated. Rooted in an atmosphere of professionalism, the students maintained a sense of camaraderie throughout the stressful years of medical school, often burning the midnight oil in group study sessions and communal meals.

The class of 2014 scored impeccably well in their match results, setting a very high standard for the program. Students placed in conventionally difficult specialties in residencies affiliated with the most prestigious programs in the United States; including Harvard University’s Mount Auburn Hospital, New York Presbyterian Hospital of Cornell University, University of Pittsburgh, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic, among numerous others.

Aside from high test scores and impressive placements, the graduates at TeAMS had the unique opportunity to engage in their first practical medical encounters with varied and diverse populations. TeAMS’ students receive their initial exposures to rounds and medicine “on the job” at Rambam Health Care Campus, which has more than 2,130,000 people in their regional span. At least 1,175,000 of these people are Jewish, while 655,000 are Muslim, 123,000 are Christian, 123,000 are Druze and another 75,000 are not affiliated with a religion.

Students at TeAMS gained exposure to diverse sectarian groups first hand, as they practiced on patients from differing backgrounds, an experience which has affected many.

As Olivia Diamond New York native and class of 2014 graduate explained, “We were immersed almost immediately into the goings-on of hospital life. We got to watch procedures and shadow doctors on their rounds.” Diamond waves farewell to Haifa as she departs for Harvard University’s Mount Auburn Hospital to begin her residency in internal medicine.

Josh Gelleris, class of 2014 and California native, explained that coming to a different region affected him on a personal level. “One of the reasons I chose to study in Israel was so that I could experience a new culture,” Gelleris said. “I believed that studying in a new place would give me the opportunity to add a dimension to my educational experience that I thought would be important to my personal development.” Gelleris leaves Israel to begin his residency in internal medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital of Cornell University.

At the commencement ceremony, Dr.Levy mirrored these sentiments by stressing the importance of treating each patient compassionately, no matter what their background. As Dr. Levy said, “I would like to bless each of you with a peace within yourselves, strive always to work to increase hope and strengthen your patients, not only physically through the knowledge you have accumulated but also by caring for them with empathy.”

Alexis Steinberg, originating from Canada and valedictorian for TeAMS class of 2014, described how exposure to this multicultural experience has influenced her outlook. “As physicians, our job entails more than just prescribing medications, especially since many diseases cannot be cured. In chronic diseases like, Alzheimer’s, ischemic heart disease, and diabetes mellitus, we are either just improving symptoms or increasing the quality of life for a patient. So, we need to really understand who the patient is in order to perform the art of healing, something that was conveyed to us while living in a foreign land.”

Rachel Stern Siegman

Technion American Medical School Waves Farewell to its 2012 Graduates

Monday, June 18th, 2012

About the Technion American Medical School in Haifa, Israel

The Technion American Medical School’s Class of 2012 graduated this month in a ceremony that marked the end of their studies in Israel and symbolized the start of their medical careers. 23 students from cities across America and Canada have spent the last four years in Haifa’s world-renowned Technion University as part of the intensely rigorous yet highly rewarding American medical program. These newly-qualified doctors will soon be returning to North America to begin their residencies at well-known medical centers and hospitals across the country.

Professor Andrew Levy, Director of the American School, lauded the students for their academic achievements, as reflected in the 95% pass rate on the USMLE exams and encouraged them to always remember the support they received, “You have every right to be proud of your achievements. But remember that you reached this place and will only go further with the help of many others, whether they be family, friends, teachers or patients. The more you recognize this, the more satisfied you will be in your careers and the more you will be able to cope with whatever life throws at you. We hope some of you will come back to us and make Israel your home after your training—we really need you. ”

Lauren Astrug, from Chicago, addressed her fellow graduates; “We all moved to Israel for many different reasons, but we leave here today all the same, as doctors. After four years, this rollercoaster ride is taking a turn in its tracks today and the ride sure has been one of the best adventures of my life.”

About the Technion American Medical School in Haifa, Israel

Jewish Press Staff

Going Beyond the Medical Norm

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

About the Technion American Medical School in Haifa, Israel

For many American students who want to study medicine, the option to study abroad is an attractive one. And for Jewish students, studying in Israel is becoming an increasingly popular option. One program to which many American Jewish students are applying is TEAMS (The Technion American Medical School Program). It offers qualified US pre-med college graduates the opportunity to pursue a career as physicians at a world-class technological institute—the Technion, amidst the stunning backdrop of Haifa’s Mediterranean coastline.

“I was supposed to go to med school in America,” explains fourth year TEAMS student, Lauren Astrug. “But then, In between my junior and senior years I went on a Birthright program to Israel and fell totally in love with the country. When I came back to America I made the spontaneous decision to apply to programs in Israel. I didn’t want to look back in twenty years time and regret never having got out of Chicago. And thank goodness I did,” she adds. “Because the past four years at the Technion have absolutely lived up to and surpassed all my expectations.”

The TEAMS program began seven years ago and is designed to prepare students for the USMLE licensing exams and residency in North America. With affiliations to over twenty medical centers in the US, students can carry out their clinical rotations in these centers, providing them with an increased edge in terms of residency matching. In fact, of the 2012 TEAMS graduates, over 85% have found residency positions at the most competitive programs in the US. This contrasts sharply to the 65% success rate of those who applied for the match worldwide.

In addition to the obvious religious, cultural and social advantages that studying in Israel brings to many American Jewish students, studying at the Technion offers other significant and distinct benefits. The Technion itself is a world recognized institute of science and applied science, which, since its founding 40 years ago, has seen the introduction of many innovations that have changed the face of medical research and patient care. And TEAMS requires its students to engage in basic or clinical research as part of their studies. “The quality of research at the Technion is outstanding and certainly comparable to the best universities in the US,” comments Professor Andrew Levy, Vice-Dean of the medical school and Director of the TEAMS program. “The TEAMS program attracts those students who are interested in being innovators in the future. Combining medicine and science is what it takes find the cure for a disease, and an appreciation of these two elements is what we aim to instill in our students. And we’ve been remarkably successful. Many of our students have won prestigious awards and presented their research at national meetings and a large percentage end up publishing their work!”

Another unique feature of the TEAMS program is its small class sizes. With just thirty students being admitted each year, each student can benefit from a unique level of individual attention and develop a strong rapport with members of faculty. The mentoring program, in which each student is paired with a personal advisor for the entire four-year program, also significantly enhances the students’ experience by providing them with a supportive and nurturing learning and living environment.

Studying in the TEAMS program has been an incredible professional and personal learning experience for me,” continues Lauren. “The atmosphere in school makes me feel like I’m part of a close-knit family. I’m being taught by leading professors in their fields and also get to spend time in the lab carrying out research with them. And to top it all off, I live in beautiful and sunny Haifa and get to go for runs on the beach every morning! What could be more perfect?”

Tami Benmayer

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