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MSIH faculty and staff are committed to helping provide a positive and successful educational and academic experience for our medical students. This includes:

Academic and Professional Guidance for MSIH students:
1st Year Academic Advisor: Dr. Lone Avnon
2nd Year Academic Advisor: Dr. Michael Star
3rd Year Academic Advisor: Prof. Daniel Kaplan
4th Year Academic Advisor: Prof. Noah Liel

Associate Director for Student Affairs: Prof. Ben Taragin

Electives Advisor: Prof. Shimon Glick

Wellness Support

MSIH is dedicated to providing support for the well-being of its students including resources to support all aspects of wellness: spiritual, emotional, physical, professional, social, and financial. Our aim is to foster a safe and supportive learning environment for all students.

One component of support offered at MSIH is through our on-staff social worker, Laura Stiebel, MSW. Laura is a great resource for students, providing mental health support to medical students at MSIH.

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An overview of MSIH policies can be found below. All medical students are subject to the following policies and procedures and are expected to be familiar with them. The MSIH Student Handbook is a centralized source of information about school policies and procedures, and contains additional information.

Health Regulations

Under Israeli law, you are required to have health insurance at all times while you are in the country. You are responsible for purchasing your own coverage. Although BGU does not have a special relationship with any one insurance company, most students purchase insurance through Harel-Yedidim, which offers coverage under a continuous policy. This policy entitles you to use the Kupat Holim Clalit services on campus.

The Israeli Ministry of Health requires certain immunizations for everyone working or volunteering in a hospital environment. You must submit proof of immunizations by November 1 of your first semester.

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Honor Code and Policies

Students who violate a code of behavior can be reported by the instructor, administrative staff, class representative(s) or injured third party, and events will be discussed in the MSIH Student Promotions and Professionalism Committee.

  • The Promotions and Professionalism Committee will discuss every case individually, may seek advice from any source it sees fit, counsel the student, follow their future behavior, and appoint an advisor.
  • The Student Promotions and Professionalism Committee will forward its recommendations to the School Director. The School Director may choose to accept, reject or modify the recommendations of the committee. The student may appeal the decision to the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences who may accept, reject or modify the decisions of the School Director.

Academic Requirements for M.D.

The total number of credits required by MSIH students for the M.D. Diploma is approximately 261.

Total Academic Weeks
The total number of academic weeks required by MSIH students for the M.D. Diploma are 180.

Research Project
Students must complete a research project either for submission to a scientific journal or for review from a faculty appointed reviewer, during their four years of medical school and prior to graduation.

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Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Satisfactory Academic Progress is the term used by the Financial Aid Office to apply Federal regulations to reasonably measure the successful progress toward a degree. Federal regulations require the Office of Student Financial Aid to monitor the academic progress of students receiving financial aid. If students do not meet the minimum requirements, they risk losing eligibility for financial aid.

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Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Standards

Student academic progress for medical students is measured in three areas:

Maximum Time Frame

The maximum allotted time frame for a student to complete the M.D. degree and still be eligible for federal loans over the duration is 150% of the expected 4 years. A student may only repeat a year of study once during the course of his/her studies.

Qualitative Standard

A student must complete all course requirements and examinations with grades consistent with the school’s graduation requirements in order to be promoted from one year to the next, prior to the commencement of the following academic year. Student progress is evaluated semi-annually by the Year Coordinator, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. Students who have failed a course will be required to meet with the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. If the student fails the subsequent make-up examination (“moed bet”) they will meet with the Promotions Committee.

After this review, the Committee will recommend to the School Director one of the following options: terminating studies, repeating a year, repeating the failed course or a clerkship. The Director has sole discretion to apply his decision which is bound by MSIH, Faculty and University regulations.

Students who does not meet these requirements will be ineligible for federal loans until such time as they improve their grades and once again meet the federal aid requirements.

Students who repeat an academic year must fulfill all of the requirements of that specific year unless agreed upon with the Director. During the year, the student will be ineligible for federal loans. Students are permitted to repeat an academic year only once during their four years of studies.

Before making a decision, the school Director will invite the student for a hearing. The student may bring one person of their choice to accompany them to this meeting. Students may not start third year clinical studies without completing all requirements of years one and two. A student may appeal the decisions of the school Director, in writing, to the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, in strict coordination with MSIH regulations and guidelines. Such an appeal is arranged by the school administration only, and the student is not to approach the Dean’s office alone.

Quantitative Standard

A student must have passing grades for at least 67% of the cumulative successfully completed courses leading to a degree that ensures completion of the academic credential within the maximum time frame allowed of up to 150%.

The M.D. degree requires four years to complete.

A student is ineligible when it becomes mathematically impossible for him to complete his program within the 150% framework.

SAP Evaluation Frequency

Both qualitative and quantitative progress is evaluated semi-annually by the Year Coordinator, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.

A student who is not maintaining SAP in a given semester will incur one of the following outcomes:

  • Placed on academic probation
  • Placed on probation for financial aid (this will allow the student to continue receiving financial aid for up to one semester, but the student will need to show improvement and maintain the cumulative SAP requirements in the following year)
  • Lose their eligibility to receive financial aid

The SAP decision may be delayed by outstanding grades decisions.

If aid is denied students may appeal. If the appeal is approved, students will be put on Financial Aid Probation for the next payment period. During this period grades are expected to improve. If at the end of this period, students fail the satisfactory progress check, they will lose eligibility for loans until such time as they regain SAP requirements.