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MSIH Announces Ben-Gurion Global Health Scholarship

MSIH Announces Ben-Gurion Global Health Scholarship

September 14, 2017

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The Medical School for International Health (MSIH) at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) is pleased to announce the new Ben-Gurion Global Health Scholarship. The prestigious scholarship will be given to one outstanding medical student from anywhere in the world each year.

MSIH students during their clerkship in the Philippines

MSIH is a unique medical school that incorporates global health components into all four years of the core M.D. curriculum. It was one of the first programs worldwide to provide medical training for physicians to work in underserved populations in developing countries, rural areas, inner cities, and Israel’s Negev area with large numbers of Bedouins and immigrants.

The Ben-Gurion Global Health Scholarship will cover full tuition for the four years of the M.D. program, provided the student maintains satisfactory academic performance. Highly qualified applicants with an excellent academic track record and a demonstrated interest in global health will be considered. Decisions will be based on the applicant’s likely success in building a career at the intersection of medicine and global health.

“The need for medical training that addresses underserved populations has never been more important,” says Marvin Israelow, chair of the MSIH Advisory Committee of the American, Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev national board of directors. “The selection committee looks forward to finding a highly deserving individual who will fulfill the mission of our pioneering program.”

Prospective students can submit a completed admissions application by January 8, 2018 to be considered for the Ben-Gurion Scholarship. The winner will be notified by February 16.

Applicants will be evaluated for this merit scholarship by a committee of world leaders in global health and medicine:

Chair

  • Dr. Neil Schluger, professor of medicine, epidemiology and environmental health sciences and chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Deputy Chair

  • Dr. Lynne Quittell, assistant director of admissions and student affairs at MSIH, and a pulmonologist at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Members

  • Michael J. Klag, dean of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Babulal Sethia, president of the Royal Society of Medicine and consultant congenital heart surgeon at Royal Brompton Hospital, United Kingdom
  • Heather Zar, chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, director of the School of Child and Adolescent Health at Red Cross Children’s Hospital at the University of Cape Town, South Africa

In addition to the new global health scholarship, MSIH also offers scholarships for students dedicated to the field of global health for both financial need and merit.

About the Medical School for International Health

The Medical School for International Health (MSIH) at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) is a unique medical school that incorporates global health components into all four years of the core M.D. curriculum. As a small and prestigious medical school, MSIH offers an M.D. program that teaches students in English and provides the training necessary to practice medicine while meeting the challenges of global health — and make a real impact. With three years of study and training in Israel, fourth-year electives in North America and an eight-week global health clerkship at one of many sites in underserved communities throughout the world, the M.D. program is designed to provide an exciting path to residency in the United States, Canada and elsewhere. MSIH match rates are more than 90 percent, on par with top U.S. medical schools. For more information, visit http://msih.bgu.ac.il/.

About American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) plays a vital role in sustaining David Ben-Gurion’s vision: creating a world-class institution of education and research in the Israeli desert, nurturing the Negev community and sharing the University’s expertise locally and around the globe. As Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) looks ahead to turning 50 in 2020, AABGU imagines a future that goes beyond the walls of academia. It is a future where BGU invents a new world and inspires a vision for a stronger Israel and its next generation of leaders. Together with supporters, AABGU will help the University foster excellence in teaching, research and outreach to the communities of the Negev for the next 50 years and beyond. Visit vision.aabgu.org to learn more.

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