M.D. Program

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The Medical School for International Health (MSIH) at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) offers a small and challenging four-year program that prepares you to practice medicine in the United States and around the world — as well as across cultural, geographic and technological boundaries.

Why Choose MSIH?

As a graduate of MSIH, you will be a highly skilled physician with expertise in global health. We incorporate global health and cultural competency components into all four years of the core curriculum. Our specialty M.D. program trains you to understand health issues so that you can not only treat the patient, but also address the underlying cause.

What makes MSIH unique?

“One lesson I take with me from my time at MSIH was the phrase “global health is health.” This phrase was repeated over and over during my time as a student, but its wisdom holds true and the tenets of global health are essentially ingrained into my practice on a daily basis. I had not entirely expected it but even in the middle of Iowa, I am still practicing the skills that were embedded into my learning at MSIH. On a regular basis, I am caring for non-English speaking patients and utilizing interpreter services, practicing cultural sensitivity, and understanding and navigating the social determinants of health. These aspects of medical training were so deeply rooted in us as students in Be’er Sheva that I feel uniquely prepared to care for and advocate for these patients that otherwise may be marginalized by the health care system.”

Nir Ben-Shlomo

M.D., MSIH, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Class of 2020
BA, Peace and Conflict Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Current Resident in Otolaryngology at University of Iowa

Research Opportunities

Research is a required component of your M.D. program at MISH. The research project will be conducted under the guidance of a principal facilitator who holds an academic degree (M.D. or Ph.D.). There are a variety of research opportunities available to students.

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Residency Placements

MSIH alumni are uniquely prepared to complete residency in the United States and around the world. We provide a path to residency parallel to that of the top medical schools in the U.S.; the match rate for 2021 was 96%, with many students matching to their first or second choice of residency.

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