"The Bar-Ilan University Faculty of Medicine in the Galilee will change the face of the State of Israel."

— Israeli President Peres at the historic opening on Oct. 30th

Med School White Coat Ceremony 54 BIU Med students who began their studies abroad join their counterparts in receiving their "white coats" as they begin providing clinical services in six local Galilee hospitals. With them are, from left, Vice Dean Michael Weingarten, Dean Ran Tur-Kaspa and Vice Dean Moshe Ben Ami.

Bar-Ilan Medical School in the Galilee Holds First "White Coat" Ceremony

Two Med Students

Fifty-four students from the Faculty of Medicine in the Galilee donned medical white coats at a first-of-its kind ceremony symbolizing the transition to the clinical phase of their studies. Over the past few weeks these young doctors-to-be have begun their work in various hospitals throughout the northern region of the country.

Common in many medical schools throughout the world, the white coat ceremony is intended to create a psychological, spiritual and moral bond with the medical profession and promote empathy towards patients. Read more »

A Family Of Doctors Closes An Exciting Circle

When Roni Rahav attended a recent white coat ceremony, together with 123 of her friends from the first graduating class of the Bar-Ilan University Faculty of Medicine in Safed, she had difficulty holding back tears.

For her this exciting moment had special significance, folding within it the history of a family dynasty of doctors — beginning with her grandfather, a Holocaust survivor who lost his family, immigrated to Israel, and became the father of pulmonary medicine in the same historic building where the white coat ceremony took place. Read more »

BIU Launches Israel's First Medical School in the Galilee

Med School Ribbon Cutting

The historic opening of the initial site of the Bar-Ilan University Faculty of Medicine in the Galilee — located in the city of Safed — marks the beginning of a new era in healthcare services in northern Israel. The opening of the Bar-Ilan University medical school was marked by a festive ceremony in the presence of the President of Israel, Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and other noted guests.

Faced by a nationwide shortage of physicians and the need to upgrade medical services and infrastructure in the north, the Israeli government designated the establishment of a new medical school as a national priority initiative. Bar-Ilan University was chosen by the government to open the nation's fifth medical school — and first in the Galilee. Read more »

Safed Rejoices As Country's 5th Medical Faculty Opens

Medical School Opening

Jerusalem Post, October 31, 2011: Increasingly starved for young doctors, the country welcomed on Sunday the opening, in Safed, of its fifth medical school and the first in nearly four decades — the Faculty of Medicine in the Galilee. To mark the occasion, Prime Minister (and formally health minister) Binyamin Netanyahu convened the whole cabinet at the site of the temporary medical faculty campus and greeted President Shimon Peres, who in the past, as minister for the development of the Negev and Galilee, pushed for the opening of such an institution. Read more »

The Historic Launch Of A Medical School In Safed

Jerusalem Post, October 29, 2011: The opening today of Bar-Ilan University's new medical school in Safed is a milestone event in the history of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. Tomorrow, 124 students will begin their studies at this groundbreaking institution, including 54 Israelis returning to their homeland — and to the Galilee — from foreign universities where they have already completed three years of pre-clinical study. How will this medical school differ from Israel's others? First, in its location. Second, in its innovative character. Read Prof. Moshe Kaveh's Op Ed article »

Video: Bar-Ilan's Faculty Of Medicine In The Galilee — From Vision To Reality

Bar-Ilan University established Israel's 5th Faculty of Medicine in the city of Safed in the Galilee, on October 30, 2011. In addition to educating a new generation of doctors and medical scientists, Bar-Ilan also hopes to cultivate the area and provide advanced medical services and facilities to the entire Northern region of Israel. View video » (2 1/2 min.)

Video: Bar-Ilan's Medical School — Creating a Healthier Future for the Galilee

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Bar-Ilan Opens First Medical School In The Galilee

The Jewish Week, Novemeber 1, 2011: Bar-Ilan University opened Israel's first medical school in the northern region of the country, in Safed, this week. Seen as a national priority, the launch is in response to a nationwide shortage of physicians and the need to upgrade medical services and infrastructure in the north. Read more »

To learn how you can become a partner with the American Friends of Bar-Ilan University to bring to reality the Zionist vision of creating a world-class medical school in Northern Israel, please call Howard Charish, National Director of Development, at 212-906-3913, or contact him at howard.charish@afbiu.org.

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