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.

 

It’s been more than ten years since starting medical school. I can hardly recall what I felt was on the horizon at that time but I remember the overwhelming pride and optimism. Ben Gurion University’s Medical School for International Health (MSIH) offered an education that was rich in global health combined with a small program that was in its infancy relative to the century-old institutions in Canada. My class was a grab bag of students of different ages and stages in their lives with diverse backgrounds and experiences. It was a group of people who may not have otherwise found ...
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peace corps magazine
"I felt drawn to the thought of studying medicine overseas, in Israel, and on the campus at Ben-Gurion University at Soroka Hospital where the patients receive treatment for especially rare congenital and infectious diseases and speak such languages as Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, and Amharic. Ben-Gurion accepted my application to study medicine. It all seemed like a Peace Corps dream." Fourth year student, Aaron Zimmerman, a graduate of the Peace Corps and former journalist, has published the story of his journey to medicine in WorldView Magazine, the global Peace Corps publication. To read his story, scroll to page 17 at this ...
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by Stephanie Sestito (MSIH Class of 2021) Like many terms that get bandied about in global health (which is, in itself an amorphous and ever-changing term), cultural humility isn’t a simple or straightforward concept. I’d like to share with you my personal definition and some of the strategies that I envision as being a part of cultural humility. Cultural humility is a liberating, continual process. No matter how often you practice cultural humility, you will never arrive at the finish line - having learned all you need to know. It involves self-education, curiosity, open-mindedness, and an appreciation for difference. It trains ...
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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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