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Israel ends lucrative American medical training programs to focus on local doctors

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14.08.2022

Israel has announced that it is closing three lucrative American medical training programs at Israeli universities, in order to free up space for local students, as the country faces a doctor shortage.

Through these programs, foreign nationals — mostly Americans, but not exclusively — study medicine in English while living in Israel, and then sign on for their residencies in the United States.

The move, which was approved by the Council for Higher Education, the Education Ministry, and the Health Ministry, is expected to increase the number of Israeli medical students by 130 each year, beginning in 2023. It comes after Israel stopped recognizing medical degrees from a number of countries, mostly in eastern Europe, due to quality concerns, which is leading to an impending shortage in the number of doctors.

“This will help tackle the growing and expanding needs of the State of Israel, as part of our comprehensive program to significantly expand the number of medical students,” Education Minister Yifat Shasha-Biton said in a statement.

Three universities currently offer American-accredited programs: Tel Aviv University, Ben Gurion University in Beersheba, and the Technion: Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa.

Through these programs, foreign nationals study medicine in English while living in Israel and then sign on for residencies in the United States. In a small number of cases, after completing their residencies, some students return to Israel to practice medicine, but the majority remain in the US or Canada.

The closure will go into effect at the beginning of the fall of 2023, and currently enrolled........

© The Times of Israel


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