The Medical School for International Health grew out of collaborations between faculty at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Columbia University Medical Center. It combines Ben-Gurion University's international reputation as a leader in a humanistic approach to community medicine with Columbia's reputation for excellence in medical education and its extensive network of faculty, researchers and clinical resources.
Now in its sixteenth year, the MSIH's curriculum is developed and approved by Ben-Gurion University faculty in consultation with faculty from Columbia University. Exchange programs allow faculty from Columbia University and other medical schools in the United States and Canada to take part in the school and assist in developing post-graduate training opportunities.
An Admissions Committee comprised of faculty from both universities make admissions decisions. The admissions process is conducted by the MSIH Admissions office, which is located in New York. The medical degree is awarded by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
Columbia University Medical Center's collaboration with BGU's Medical School for International health extends to the following areas:
- Setting program goals and mission
- Curriculum development and ongoing review
- Student recruitment and admissions
- Exchanges of fourth-year students for clinical activities
- Faculty exchanges allow Columbia faculty to teach medical courses and global health modules to MSIH students in Israel and via videoconferencing
- Residency advising to prepare applicants for the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
Columbia University Medical Center hospitals that currently offer fourth-year
students elective opportunities are:
Allen Pavilion Harlem Hospital Milstein Hospital Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
New York-Presbyterian Hospital St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Stamford Hospital, Stamford, CT