Student Stories

Student Stories

Our students have a whole range of stories to tell. Here are just a few to give you insight into life at MSIH.

 

Aaron Zimmerman in Cape Town
Aaron Hochman-Zimmerman is a native New Yorker who chose to spend his summer in South Africa working as a paramedic. He is currently a 2nd year MSIH medical student in Beer Sheva. Here he shares with us a story of his experience. By: Aaron Hochman-Zimmerman I was able to watch South Africa hold New Zealand to 20 hard-fought and scoreless minutes until paramedic Brett turned up with his student, Jess. I was the third member of the crew, a former EMT and current medical student. Rather than an ambulance, we were assigned a “response car” and were expected to be ...
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Dr. Jennifer Eitingon
"Living in Israel made me understand the importance of teamwork and improvisation. There is the feeling that any situation can be confronted and handled. There is an environment of leadership when necessary, and knowing how to work as a teammate when necessary." Dr. Jennifer Eitingon graduated MSIH in May, 2017. She is now doing her preliminary year in surgery at Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York. We asked Jennifer to describe her time studying medicine at MSIH. These are her words: "Throughout the past four years, I was placed in situations that made me uncomfortable, but taught me just how much I ...
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Israel is my third home. Having lived in two other comparably large countries, India and America, Israel has managed to take up a giant place in my life. India was my first home since I was born there but moved a few months later. However, I was able to visit my extended family in India, for weddings, to climb mountains, and indulge in the spicy and sweet foods. But where I was able to grow up and learn, was through New York, my second home. Looking for Credits During my undergraduate career at Hofstra University, I was enrolled as a ...
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A global health summer program at MSIH by Ioana Scherbakova, first year Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons student I couldn’t have asked for a better or more rewarding summer than the one I experienced in Israel through the Global Health Summer Program at Ben Gurion University. I spent a total of 5 weeks in Israel, from June 24 to July 31 of 2017, and completed two rotations in which I shadowed physicians and learned about the Israeli health care system. My trip began at a pediatrics clinic in a small Bedouin town in the Negev desert called Tel ...
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Reaching out to Syrian refugees in Jordan: a personal journey by Mark Hylarides Soft brown eyes gazed on me with a mix of interest and hesitancy. A young girl and two little boys stood nervously gripped to their mother who sat on the concrete floor across from us, smiling. We reclined on thin cushions pressed against the walls of the small room — Syrian hospitality offers its guests the best seats. I could faintly smell Turkish coffee being prepared in the other room. A single overhead light illuminated peeling paint on the walls, and looking down, I faintly perceived intricate ...
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