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MSIH Students Complete Clinical Electives Across Continents

MSIH students are very successful year in and year out when it comes to residency placements. Over the past decade, the U.S. residency match rate has been over 90%. Additionally, some MSIH students complete residency in Israel and Canada.

Part of that success is based on the strength and breadth of their clinical experiences. This past year, fourth year MSIH students completed clinical rotations at roughly 50 different U.S. hospitals, as well as at hospitals in Israel and in Canada. In the U.S., students completed clinical electives at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Maimonides Medical Center, University of Tennessee Medical Center, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, as well as at many other medical centers.

Through years of experience, utilizing connections with alumni, hospitals and institutions in the U.S., Canada and Israel, MSIH takes pride in the sophisticated infrastructure it has developed to assist students in finding clinical electives.

The first step of the process,” says Israel-based Electives Coordinator, Liora Coren, “is an interview with each student conducted by our senior faculty. During the interview, students are questioned about their interests, and advice proffered about where they should apply. Each and every student receives personal attention to make sure they’re properly guided.”

Liora also maintains a comprehensive database of hospitals, disciplines and contacts at hundreds of institutions around the U.S. where students have taken electives in the past. The database is up-to-the-minute and carefully maintained.

Meanwhile, at the MSIH offices in New York City, Electives and Alumni Relationship Manager, Victoria King processes partner elective applications. Victoria also connects students with alumni who can guide them throughout the electives process and help them find placements. “They don’t just find electives,” says Victoria. “They become mentors of the students and advise them about many aspects of their careers. It’s a testament to our school that so many alumni are prepared to go to such lengths to help current students.

MSIH alumna Dr. Bethany Sweet (’07) is a Family Medicine physician at Yelm Family Medicine is located in Yelm, WA. She has hosted MSIH students for clinical electives, and this past year, hosted MSIH student Stephanie Sestito (’22). Stephanie is grateful for this experience, reflecting on how Dr. Sweet “is a wonderful teacher, and has helped me to understand the full scope of what family medicine offers as a specialty. I have learned so much during this elective, both from shadowing her and by taking on more responsibility for patient care in the clinic. It’s so nice to get instruction and feedback from a physician who was once in my shoes. I hope to give back in the same way after I finish my training.”

MSIH faculty and staff are committed to helping provide a positive and successful educational and academic experience for our medical students. The support and advising MSIH students receive helps them secure clinical rotations at top notch medical centers in the U.S., Canada and Israel. These clinical experiences help pave the path for success.

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