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.

 

modern medicine
MSIH prides itself in the extent of its Global Health immersion. Wherever possible, students are exposed to issues, people, problems, and solutions that affect populations around the world. As part of this immersion, second year students meet with fourth years who have recently returned from clinical clerkships in MSIH partner institutions in resource-scare settings. They are encouraged to ask questions of their peers, to learn from them, and to prepare themselves for their own experience in later years. Questions are fascinating. More often than expected, answers are even more fascinating: "In what ways did alternative/traditional medicine interact with medical care ...
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For three consecutive years, as the climax to their Introduction to Global Health course, first year students enter “The Big Pitch.” Teams present Global Health proposals showing how they'd effectively utilize a $25 million donation. The idea is modeled on an Emory University School of Public Health concept; students study an assigned country, identify a problem, and make an intervention pitch to alleviate a serious health issue in that country.\ At the direction of the professors, Dr. Anat Rosenthal, Dr. Mark Katz, and Dan Weksler-Derri, students are split into random groups - to distance them from friends and comfort zones ...
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A highlight of the Global Health experience at MSIH is the fourth year clerkship, which takes students to one of the school's partner institutions in a low-income country. During the clerkship, students shadow physicians as they tend to their patients - often with very limited resources and in difficult circumstances. One such site - St Johns Medical College and Hospital in Bangalore - has received scores of MSIH students over the years. Here's an album of photos from this year's experience ...
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Clinical Clerkship
Fourth year students, Chloe Pinto, Razon Dominic, and Justin Hylaride are currently doing a clinical clerkship in Belen, Peru. Here, Justin shares is a snapshot of their experience. First week in Belen. They call it the “Venice” of Iquitos, minus the tourism or any sense of luxury. On our first day a couple nurses escorted us through the Belen market, rows of tightly-packed street vendors with tarp coverings, to introduce us to the neighborhood clinic. We descended several flights of concrete stairs slickened by fish entrails and crossed through a district with entire families living in tin-roof homes on stilts ...
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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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