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.

 

Migrant health crisis
Dr. Shaanan Meyerstein speaks to MSIH students on his experiences working with refugees in various environments, specifically in the migrant health crisis in the US. The MSIH curriculum includes a special focus on Global Health, which uniquely trains the school's alumni to work in and around some of the most profound health crises across the globe. The article below is the first in a 3-part series on our Alumni and their experiences with the migrant health crisis in the US. As Physician-in-Charge, how would you staff an immigrant clinic in an inner city in the United States? What screening processes ...
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Physicians' Oath
In late September, twenty-eight students of the Class of 2023 took their Physicians' Oath at MSIH's 21st Ceremony. Several family members came to Israel from the US and Canada to watch their relatives take the Oath, this year administered by Prof. Shimon Glick, a founding faculty member of MSIH. The guest speaker at the ceremony was Dr. Sha'anan Meyerstein, (MSIH Class of 2010) now a physician in the Office of Refugee Resettlement in the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington DC. There, Sha'anan is involved in the Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors Program. An Immigrant in Need Dr. Meyerstein recounted ...
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First year student, Bruce Larkin (2nd right) at WHO in Copenhagen with Alumnus, Dr. Patrick O'Connor (right) and Dr. Dorit Nitzan
MSIH encourages all of its students to pursue Global Health activities whenever they can. Last year, at the initiative of a student, Bruce Larkin, several first-year students paired off with MSIH alumni to work together during their summer break. Bruce himself went to work with Dr. Patrick O’Connor, (MSIH alumnus, 2003) in his post as Team Lead for Accelerated Disease Control (ADC) at the WHO Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen. Together with other volunteers, Bruce sat in on a discussion about measles outbreaks in Europe which was co-chaired by Dorit Nitzan, acting-Director for Emergencies at WHO. Photo: First-year student, ...
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Transformative Learning
Javeed Sukhera, MD, PhD, FRCPC “The past is beautiful because one never realizes an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don’t have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.” — Virginia Woolf I knew I was interested in global health, yet I had no idea how one simple pamphlet would change the course of my life’s trajectory. Seventeen years ago a blue and white pamphlet came in the mail that referenced a medical school program in Israel focusing on global health. I had never imagined traveling as far as Israel to attend medical school, ...
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Columbia University Medical
Columbia University medical student Sarah Householder (second left) with students at Nazareth As part of the close association between MSIH and Columbia University, Columbia's medical students are invited to participate in clerkship opportunities in Israel. Sarah Householder, a student at Columbia's Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons reflects on her experience: The month I spent in Israel was exciting, complex, and challenging - not challenging because I was given too much responsibility or had many demands on my time, but challenging to adjust to new environments, meet new people, and reflect on how different patient populations and structures affect healthcare ...
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