BGU is consistently voted the most popular campus among students in Israel. Once on campus, you’ll join our dynamic, welcoming university community. Though MSIH students live off-campus, BGU is the center of student life, connecting people from all backgrounds and areas of study. In addition to convenient facilities and restaurants, the campus is host to an exciting array of events, performances and student organizations. Life at BGU is truly immersive for international students — you get to experience the “real” Israel, learning alongside Israeli students and making yourself at home.
MSIH’s student organizations are a key component of its close, supportive community. These groups are an excellent way to meet people, explore your surroundings and gain valuable career and life experience. Options include:
- Adopt a Safta or Saba is an initiative that pairs young adults with survivors of the Holocaust in an effort to mitigate the pain of loneliness and enrich the quality of life that is experienced by such fellow human beings.
- American Medical Student Organization (AMSA) works to promote the well-being of students through access to resources, scholarships and networking opportunities, as well as fundraising and social events such as the annual prom.
- BGU Medical Students’ Association (ASRAN) was established to represent the interests of medical students at the BGU Students’ Association. MSIH students elect an annual representative to ASRAN.
- BGU Student Union is the representative body of the students on campus, responsible for promoting and developing student life in Beer Sheva.
- Bedouin Tutoring Program gives MSIH students the chance to teach English to high school students at the Umm Batin High School, located in a Bedouin village south of Beer-Sheva.
- Emergency Medicine Interest Group cultivates opportunities for MSIH students to learn about the field of emergency medicine through guest speakers, workshops and volunteer opportunities.
- Ethics Advisory Committee (EAC) organizes lectures, debates and a book club related to ethics education and awareness.
- Families in Medicine Group organizes lectures and events on the topic of family-career balance.
- Global Health Made Local pairs MSIH students with Israeli medical students to help local families manage illness and navigate the health care system.
- Global Health Working Group facilitates the academic and professional growth of
MSIH students’ global health knowledge and skills through working with the
student body, the faculty, the administration, and alumni.
- Mental Health Interest Group promotes conversation and education about mental health issues.
- MSIH Basketball Association which offers students a competitive, structured athletic program beyond the scope of the intramural level.
- MSIH Student Council coordinates student activities, facilitates communication with administration, maintains ties with alumni and works to improve medical education at MSIH. There are many clubs and interest groups associated with the student council, including the Pediatric, Surgery, Neurology and Psychiatry Interest Groups, as well as the Medical Ethics Club, Journal Club and Global Health Med Tech Club. There is also an Ethics Committee and Curriculum Committee.
- Negev Refugee Center Hebrew Tutoring which is composed of Hebrew speaking volunteers who meet once a week to teach Hebrew to asylum seekers from Sudan and Eritrea.
- Palliative Care Interest Group organizing lectures and panel discussions to increase awareness about cross cultural palliative care. There is training and volunteer opportunities at Soroka Hospital to ensure no patient dies alone.
- Physicians for Human Rights is an international organization that works to stop human rights violations through science and medicine.
- Save a Child’s Heart is an Israeli organization that aims to improve cardiac care for children from developing countries.
- USMLE Step One Panel is a group of third-year MSIH students who help second-year students prepare for the Step One exam.