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.

 

Medical volunteer opportunities in Umm Batin
The article below is an account by two MSIH students, Jenna Meyer and Aaron Hochman-Zimmerman, of their interaction with Bedouin high school students. “What would you do if someone collapsed right in front of you?” “Isn’t it better to just take someone to the hospital yourself?” “Is it true you can use toothpaste to help with a bee sting?” These questions are often discarded by those with the honor and privilege of learning and practicing medicine. Yet when we sit to actually think about them, the weight and potential brevity of the scenario makes them worthy of deep consideration. Before ...
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Steven Zilberman
Prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union at the tail end of the 1980s, few Jews had been permitted to emigrate. Those who did were immediately stripped of their Soviet citizenship and made to pay an exit tax. Their assets ceded to the State, they became refugees looking for a place to settle. Fourth-year student, Steven Zilberman's grandparents and mother were among those who left. In the 1970s they were taken in by the US and lived among other immigrant populations in the neighborhoods of New York City. There, Steven was born and raised in an eclectic community of ...
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MSIH Class of 2022 waiting to be placed into appropriate Hebrew class
Australians, Americans and Israelis Meet in the Negev "I'm from Rockingham, about an hour south of Perth in Western Australia," said the tall, smiling woman clutching her MSIH student handbook. "I was looking for an international school that would accept the Australian Medical and Health Sciences Test. I've done volunteering work in India and elsewhere and when I came across MSIH, I knew it was the place for me." Esther Levison is the youngest of a family of immigrants to Australia. Her Jewish father - who, as a child escaped wartime Europe - met her Malaysian/Indian mother "probably through a ...
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Eliane Rozanes - a non traditional medical school applicant
"MSIH is the only foreign medical school in Israel that accepts students of all nationalities, not just North American,” explains Eliane Rozanes, in her perfect, slightly-accented English. Now completing her third year, Eliane has a fascinating life history. “My mother, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, grew up in Frankfurt, Germany. My dad is Israeli and they met while my mum was visiting family in Israel. After getting married they moved to Switzerland for professional reasons." Eliane, the younger of two siblings, is fluent in five languages. She effortlessly slides between English, Hebrew, German, Italian and French. “I know that familiarity ...
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medicine and Peace Corps
By: Aaron Hochman-Zimmerman Peace Corps in Morocco Years ago, when I began my first stint in Morocco I felt like I’d gotten myself in over my head. I signed up for a 27-month stint with the Peace Corps. After 10 weeks of language training (in a Berber dialect called Tashelheit) I would be sent out to a village to live by myself, learn about the local people and culture, teach them about myself and my culture as well as lead development projects. It felt like a lot, but over the coming weeks and months I managed, though never felt like ...
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