Incoming foreign students to Ben-Gurion University
We welcome all foreign students to come to our university and have an unforgetable elective in one of the wards in "Soroka" hospital - worldly known for their outstanding teaching and student oriented manner.
Here follows information to students who wish to come to Ben Gurion University and "Soroka" hospital to do elective.
Please take your time to read, and feel free to contact us if you need any clarifications and/or further information at:
ELECTIVE IN UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL "SOROKA"
The Universitarian Hospital "Soroka" and A.S.R.N (The Organisation Of Health Sciences) offer a lot of options and services, that enable you to do an interesting and exciting Eective in the city of Beer-Sheva.
The services we provide are:
- Coordination of the requested wards or divisions.
- Temporary housing or dorm.
- Depending on your requirements and budget we can provide the appropriate housing.
- Reception of the student.
- Loaning and laundry of white robes.
- Different permits- hospital dining room permits, sport center (with open and closed pool, tennis and basketball courts), medical library etc.
- Follow up and general aid
Although small, the city provides a lot of diverse and fun night life! We can help with Counseling as to the best restaurants, bars, pubs etc
In any problem you can always call up our elective coordinator, who will help you solve any problem at hand.
Elective conditions BGU, Beer- Sheva, Israel:
- Available months: Year round.
- Available fields: Almost all clinical fields. Placement in the desired field is not always possible, so be sure to fill more than one choice. It should be noted that internal medicine is not generally recommended for students who do not speak Hebrew, Russian or Arabic.
- Confirmation: On receiving application forms, we need some time to check if it is possible for us to accept the student at the requested time, in the requested department and housing availability applications should be made at least 2months in advance.
- Fees: The price of the elective is $100 US per month. The whole fee has to be payed before you start your elective.
- Working hours: Depends on the specific ward. Usual working hours in Israel are Sunday- Thursday 08:00- 16:00.The requirement of attendance and performance during electives may vary according to the activities in the specific department. The participant in this program is a visiting non-matriculated elective student and thus does not receive any other status at the Ben Gurion University.
- Applications will be considered according to the following policies:
- Documents submitted in support of an application must contain original signatures and school seal.
- Insurance: All visiting students must be covered by personal and health insurance.
- Immunization requirements: All visiting students must provide evidence of immunization as shown in the enclosed immunization compliance form. Please complete and return this form with your visiting student aplication.
- Leave while on elective, can be taken during our local official holidays, or by arrangement with the supervising staff member in the department.
- Housing: Every effort is made to provide suitable housing for participants, however type and availability vary throughout the year. Costs are approximately $200US per person/ month and payment is made in cash upon arrival at the student's office. It should be noted that accomodations for couples or small children are not available. There are no phones in the rooms, but students may use several pay phones around the hospitel. There are cheaper rates after 7 p.m. and during weekends. A number of companies also rent cellular phones .There are computers all around the hospital and e mail services can be used.
- Social activities: Students taking electives are welcome to participate in campus activities. Further information is available in the Students' Center and posted on notice boards. The University Sports Complex is situated opposite the University dormitories with complete facilities for gym, tennis, basketball and swimming.
- Language: The national language is Hebrew. Most staff and many patients speak Arabic or Russian and English.
- Required Equipment: the student should bring his/her own stethoscope.
- Additional fees: Insurance- 100$ (per month) + 50$ Registration fee
So... What do I need to do in order to register for an Elective ?
This file contains two forms - Vaccines (Hepatitis, Mantoux, MMR..), and an Application form.
2. Send this forms, plus a letter from your university confirming you are a Medical student, to: Ms. Dana Viskin (Elective & Exchange Coordinator) - firstname.lastname@example.org
3. As soon your Elective will be confirmed, you'll be informed via E-mail.
4. If you're interested in accommodation - please notify us immediately.
Important : Your request should be sent at least 2 months prior to your desirable Elective dates.
BGU - Ben Gurion University
Ben - Gurion University of the Negev's Faculty of Health Sciences was created in 1974 in an attempt to revolutionize the medical education process. Prior to the Faculty's creation, medical education was largely directed at teaching high-tech medical skills with little regard to the quality of doctor-patient interaction. The faculty's innovative approach begins with a unique student selection process emphasizing the interview rather than grades and test scores. From the first year, the curriculum stresses learning interpersonal skills and the importance of seeing the patient as a human being and an integral part of his/her community. This accompanies the rigorous 6-year curriculum aimed at producing highly skilled doctors able to execute a high level of comprehensive medical care .
The Soroka Medical Center
The Soroka Medical Center is a tertiary care university hospital situated infront of the BGU campus. The Center serves a population of nearly 400,000 residents of the Negev including over 90,000 Bedouin. It is one of the largest, comprehensive and most active health care institutions in Israel, with over 12,500 births annually. It is also the major trauma center for the hundreds of automobile accidents that occur in the area. The broad spectrum of ethnic origins, cultural backgrounds and socio-economic levels of the population served by this hospital, provide the student with a wealth and variety of clinical experience.
ASRN - The Medical Student Association of the Negev
ASRN invites medical students to an elective at the Joyce and Irving Goldman School of Medicine, Ben- Gurion University of the Negev. ASRN considers elective students as its guests and will provide you with information about all social activities taking place at the relevant time. The faculty offers electives in most of the clinical fields. However, one of the Faculty's highlights is undoubtedly, the Division of Community Health. There are clinics spread out all over the Negev desert providing health care services to a heterogenous population.. The enormous variety of cultures, religions, origins and customs presents the community physician with rare genetic diseases, infectious diseases and more. So, you are more than welcome to take advantage of this unique opportunity. The Medical Students Association of the Negev (ASRN) serves over 2500 students of medicine, physiotherapy, nursing, medical system management, clinical laboratory science and emergency medicine. ASRN works for the students' welfare at the scholastic, social, and administrative levels. ASRN's staff includes coordinators for academic employment and student exchange. ASRN publishes a bimonthly magazine, "Dabeshet", reporting student issues and faculty news. The chairman and the vice chairman are members of a number of faculty committees and participate in discussions about the future of the faculty, its teaching methods and curriculum . As a part of a medical school that encourages community involvement. ASRN promotes many projects concerned with the welfare of the community such as: health education in area schools, social activities in hospital wards, and aid to humanitarian organizations.
Office Address: ASRN, Medical Students Association of the Negev Ben Gurion University of the Negev.
POB 653 Beer- Sheva 84105 Israel
Phone: ++972-8-6479538, ++
Web site: http://asran.bgu.ac.il
Office hours: Sunday to Thursday 9:00-15:00 (Subject to change).
Weather: Beer Sheva has a semi desert climate. The summer months are hot and dry, so be sure to drink a minimum of 9-10 glasses a day and wear a hat on trips. The winter months, especially the nights, can be very cold, so bring suitable clothing. Summer (May - October) average 32oC. Winter (November - February) 5-17oC with very little rain.
Currency: The local currency is "New Israeli Shequel".
Shopping & night- life
The main Students Center is situated on campus and a weekly list of social and cultural activities is posted on the notice boards. These include folk dancing in the univercity once a week, salsa nights once a week and there are movie theaters and many pubs and discos in Beer Sheva. Movies are generally shown once a week in the dormitories and every night on the main campus. Admission is less than $5-. All major stores are located in a shoping center called "Big" or in the mall - "Kanyon Hanegev", adjacent to the Central Bus Station or in few other shoppimg centers out of the center of town. The mall offers a large selection of stores including a pharmacy and supermarket, fast food restaurants and movie theaters. In down-town Beer Sheva, there are several discos and a busy night life.
A number of inexpencive cafetirias and restaurants are situated around the university campus. There is a small grocery store laundry machines within the dormitory complex and large supermarkets and the town market are a short bus - ride away.
Banking & postal services
A branch of Bank Hapoalim is located next to the Students' Center on campus, where students may change currency, withdraw or deposit money. Other main banks are in the town and office hours are: Sunday - Friday 08.30-12.30; Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday 16.00-18.00. The Post Office, located on campus, is open Sunday - Friday, 08.00-13.00, 16.00-19.00 (Wednesday and Friday afternoon closed). In addition to regular postal services the post office also offers sale of phone cards and fax services. The main post office of the city also offers currancy excahnge and "Western Union" service.
"Egged" and "Metropoline" runs an excellent bus service to all destinations from the Central Bus Station. A complete timetable is available from their information booth. When traveling at weekends, please remember that the bus services terminate early on Fridays and only resume on Saturday night. There are taxi services available, but it is much cheaper to travel by bus. Upon arrival at the airport, take the bus number 222 to the Tel Aviv North Train Station and from there, a number 380 bus directly to Beer Sheva. If you arrive after 8.00 p.m., take a 247 bus to the Tel Aviv Central Bus Station, and from there, no. 370. All buses have a stations across the street from the "Soroka" hospital and their final destination is the central bus station. Both bus companys travel the same routes at diffarent times, the bus from Tel Aviv costs about $6 US.
Israel rail service have recently improved services with the new railway is reactivated now, running sixteen trains a day from Tel Aviv to Beer Sheva. The schedule is often changed because the service is being constantly upgraded. The train from Tel Aviv costs about twice as much as the bus. The train has two stations in Beer - Sheva, one is near the hospitel and is called "Beer Sheva - North" - "Beer Sheva Tsafon" and the second is near the central bus station and is called "Central Beer - Sheva" - "Beer Sheva Merkaz".
There is a local bus service and taxis are available at anytime, the busses are colored blue and very cheap (under $1US per ride). An intown taxi drive costs around $4 US.
Faculty of Health Sciences Ben Gurion University of the Negev, P.O.B. 653, Beer Sheva, Israel
Telephone: 972-8-6479951, 972-54-4748578 Fax: 972-8-282851