After the third year of study, students complete their residency applications. Students who seek residencies in the U.S. forward their preferred ranking of teaching hospitals to the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) to forward to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Students are notified of the results of the match in March. The Ben-Gurion University office assists fourth-year students with the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) registration process and issues all official documents required for participation in the residency match. Students are advised that the right to practice is subject to the laws, rules, and policies of the country where the student seeks licensure, training, and/or the practice of medicine. Click here to view a complete list of residency placements obtained 2002-2013.
A Residency Committee comprised of faculty advisors and the directors from Ben-Gurion University and Columbia University helps students identify residency programs, as well as elective courses at hospitals, organizations, or sites specializing in global health.
After completion of the medical degree, all students must apply for a license to practice medicine in a specific country or state. The right to practice is subject to the laws, rules, and policies of the country where the student seeks licensure, training, and/or the practice of medicine. The licensing process is completed under the auspices of a medical licensing authority and is entirely separate from the awarding of the medical degree, which is granted by Ben-Gurion University.
Students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents who wish to conduct residency training and/or practice in the United States after graduating from the Medical School for International Health are required to maintain a specific visa status, which is determined by the residency program in accordance with regulations set by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.
All fourth-year students who seek residencies in the U.S. must register with the ECFMG in order to participate in the U.S. Residency Match through ERAS. Graduates who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents obtain the necessary visa documentation through ECFMG. The school advises all students to apply for the visa status recommended by ECFMG and can not provide immigration advice or assistance for students seeking other types of visas for residency training. To date, all students (both U.S. citizens and non-citizens) who have participated in the U.S. Residency Match have successfully obtained residencies in their desired field or geographical preference.
It is the student's responsibility to investigate the visa status available to them based on their citizenship, to obtain the necessary travel documents required for the visa, and to maintain the appropriate visa status required for their residency training in the United States.