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Medical News & Perspectives
September 11, 2002

"World Class" Physicians Get First US-Israeli Training

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JAMA. 2002;288(10):1224. doi:10.1001/jama.288.10.1224-JMN0911-3-1

Educators and students of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel and New York's Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons celebrated this spring the graduation of the charter class in the first medical degree program specifically designed to train physicians for the practice of international health and medicine.

But their joy was tempered as a new class of students in the MD Program in International Health and Medicine, as it is called, began studies this summer at Ben-Gurion, in Be'er Sheva in southern Israel. No one can be sure how the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the aftermath of September 11 will affect those enrolled in the fledgling educational effort—80% of whom are US citizens (The others come from Canada, Germany, and Israel).