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The Technion American Medical Students (TEAMS) Program offers an excellent opportunity for qualified U.S. or Canadian pre-med college graduates, to pursue a career as physicians, for the M.D. degree in the Ruth & Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel.

The program began in 1983. All the hundreds of graduates have successfully passed the licensing exams to return to the U.S.A. or Canada. All graduates have been accepted for residency positions, many amongst the prestigious specialties and subspecialties. The program couples a strong curriculum in basic medical sciences at a world-class technological institute with clinical education at some of the finest medical centers in the country. Studying in Israel considerably enriches the medical school learning.

The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and the Ruth & Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine

The Ruth & Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, founded in 1969, is just one of 20 faculties and departments of the Technion. As an integral part of Israel's only science technology university, the medical faculty is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the most up-to-date technology in all major fields of science and engineering and to educate highly skilled, technologically oriented physicians. The Technion has ongoing collaboration agreements with the world's leading institutions in medicine and bio-medical engineering. One such agreement with Johns Hopkins University has recently been signed and is actively advancing.

The Faculty of Medicine is housed in the Rappaport Building, in Bat-Galim, Haifa, next to the Rambam Medical Centerand on the Mediterranean shore. The main Technion campus is located in Neve Sha'anan, Haifa and is the home of other Technion faculties and departments. The Faculty of Medicine serves as the academic core for the study of medicine in northern Israel. It contains the basic science research laboratories and the preclinical teaching departments, which include biochemistry, physiology, biophysics, immunology, pharmacology, microbiology, anatomy and other morphological sciences, as well as teaching labs, the central medical library, seminar rooms, and lecture halls. Clinical education and research take place in formally accredited clinical departments of three affiliated medical centers in Haifa (Rambam Medical Center, Bnai Zion Medical Center, and Carmel Medical Center), and in additional affiliated centers in the nearby cities.


The M.D. degree of the Faculty of Medicine of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is fully accredited by the Israeli National Council for Higher Education and is listed in the Directory of Medical Programs of the World Health Organization.

The student in the TeAMS program fulfills 36 months of study, as required from foreign (non-USA) medical school graduates in order to be licensed in the United States. Graduates of the Technion Faculty of Medicine who plan to return to the United States may participate in AMA-approved internship and residency programs upon certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), which is granted after passing parts I and II of the U.S. Medical Licensure Examination (USMLE).


The Technion American Program Offers:

  • A full range of clinical opportunities within teaching hospitals
  • State-of-the-art laboratories, medical equipment and facilities
  • Internationally renowned researchers and staff
  • English-language curriculum
  • Warm, supportive, encouraging environment
  • Integration with the local student body
  • Access to all Technion facilities (campus swimming pool, sports center, social and cultural activities)

We invite you to join us at our many scheduled information seminars in the U.S. and Canada. You will have the opportunity to learn about our program, the admission process and the support you will receive as a medical student. Email [email protected] for information about our seminars and to schedule a time to meet our Recruiting and Admissions staff.



Program is available to qualified U.S. and Canadian citizens or permanent residents who have spent at least 8 years out of the last 10 years residing in North America. The American Program in the Technion Faculty of Medicine offers an opportunity for students to pursue an M.D. educational program with a curriculum and course of study patterned after U.S. medical schools. Equal consideration is given to all applications from qualified applicants without regard to sex, religion, age, race, color, national origin, or physical handicap, within the meaning of applicable federal and state laws.

Entrance Requirements

To qualify for admission an applicant must have:

1.Completed a baccalaureate degree and required pre-med courses (U.S. or Canadian college graduates) at the time of entrance into the program

2.Successfully completed the following courses:

  • General Chemistry - one-year course with laboratory
  • Organic Chemistry - one-year course with laboratory
  • General Physics - one-year course with laboratory
  • General Biology - one-year course with laboratory
  • English Composition or Literature - one year
  • (Statistics and Calculus are also strongly recommended)

3. Taken the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)

The Admissions Committee has no preference regarding an applicant's undergraduate major. The committee is interested in the applicant's science preparation and in the breadth of the total undergraduate academic and extracurricular experiences. The TEAMS program hopes to attract highly qualified men and women whose personal qualities and achievements indicate great promise for becoming outstanding clinical physicians.

How to Apply

To apply for admission the applicant should submit the following materials:

  1. A completed application form
  2. The required application fee ($50)
  3. Official results of the MCAT to be sent with the application
  4. Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  5. Three letters of recommendation, two of which must be from individuals who can evaluate the applicant's background in the sciences. An official letter from a college's premedical committee may substitute for the three letters of recommendation.

Admissions Process

The Admissions Committee evaluates applications after all supporting documents have been received. Members of the Admissions Committee carefully review applications taking in account the scope and quality of each student's academic background, MCAT scores, premedical committee evaluations, recommendations, and personal information. Potential candidates are invited for an interview by the Admissions Committee.

The Admissions Committee reviews the applications of all candidates who have been interviewed and recommends admission. The Admissions Committee will recommend candidates with attitudes of responsible individuals ready to pursue a medical education outside of North America. Candidates are notified of the committee's decision within three weeks following the final interview.


Tuition for the 2013-2014 academic year is $29,750 (US$)

Additional student association, security and welfare fees are set by the Technion and are updated yearly. For 2013-2014 academic year the additional fees are approx. $270 (US$).

Payment can be made by U.S. dollar checks to the order of the "Technion-Faculty of Medicine" in two installments:

> First day of Winter Semester: 50% of tuition plus the addition fees

> First day of Spring Semester: 50% of tuition

During the first year at the Technion, microscopes are required for some courses. They may be rented from the Technion for a fee of $400 each.

We would like to remind you that it is up to each student to complete the mandatory vaccinations prior to beginning the studies in the Technion. Students must bring certifications for the immunizations received in the past (most recent ones) for: IPV, Td, MMR, TB, Hepatitis B (etc.). These certifications will need to be approved by the Israeli Medical Health Department.


Objectives of the Curriculum

  • To train physicians who will have a general fundamental knowledge of medical science and practice on which to base future practice as primary care physicians, or in any of the specialties, or for a career in research.
  • To provide the graduates with the knowledge, skills, and professional standards of behavior necessary for dealing with all aspects of medicine.
  • To provide the students with an understanding of the health needs of the public and the importance of community and preventive medicine.
  • To provide the students with sufficient background to aid and stimulate their continuous advancement, upon completion of studies, through self-instruction and postgraduate specialization programs.

The curriculum achieves these objectives by various methods, in some instances by organizing didactic material around multidisciplinary teaching units. For example, molecular genetics is taught by biochemists, geneticists, and cell biologists. Neurosciences are taught by the divisions of anatomy, histology and cell biology, physiology, and pharmacology. Topics in  mathematics and physics are taught with pertinent medical courses: electricity with nerve conduction, the gas theories with the respiratory system, and hydrodynamics with the cardiovascular system. In other cases, subject matter is taught in the classical fashion. Instruction includes formal lectures, laboratory sessions, small-group conferences, review sessions, and exams following each segment of every course.

The curriculum emphasizes self-study, both as a means to supplement course material and as the basis for the ongoing development required of the practicing physician and scientist to keep abreast of the rapid changes in medicine. The curriculum emphasizes the behavioral sciences, in which students learn the various facets of the doctor-patient relationship and study the ethical aspects of medical practice. Preventive medicine and community public health services are stressed as major elements in health care.

Clinical Electives in Israel and the U.S.

Clinical Electives in Israel: 4 weeks out of 16 weeks must be done in Israel, within one of the Technion affiliated hospitals.

Clinical Electives performed outside the Technion: Maximum time allowed for credit for clinical electives outside the Technion - 12 weeks.

Technion American Medical Students (TEAMS) Program

Pre-Clinical Years

The first two years of the program are dedicated to building a foundation in the sciences basic to the study of medicine. During the basic and the pre-clinical studies students attend lectures and participate in small-group seminars, review sessions, and laboratory sessions. Emphasis is on an individual performance of experiments, anatomic dissections, and pathology procedures designed to impart necessary skills and the scientific approach.

The first year In the first half of the year the students are already exposed to the medical system recognizing various functions of the hospital. The clinical experience is combined with introduction to psychology and a course in emergency medicine.

1st year

  Course Points   Course Points
274112 Cell Biology 4.0 274214 Physiology 1 4.0
274124 Biophysics and Neuroscience 5.5 274216 Histology 4.0
274135 Anatomy and Embryology 4.0 274300 Genetics 3.0
274126 General and Clinical Biochemistry 1 3.5 274217 Anatomy 2 4.0
274345 Research Methods & Biostatistics 3.0 274228 Physiology 2 4.0
274136 Behavioral Science and Medical Professionalism 1.5 274229 Endocrinology 3.0
274344 Epidemiology 2.0 274303 General and Clinical Biochemistry 2 3.5
      274119 Introduction to Emergency Medicine 1.0

The second year of the program includes pre-clinical instruction in various courses listed below. During this year, students are also given the course Introduction to Clinical Medicine, which includes core lectures in all aspects of clinical medicine, and a course in Physical Diagnosis. The latter course emphasizes techniques of medical history taking and physical diagnosis. From the beginning of this year the students are already exposed to the medical system recognizing various functions of the hospital.

 A USMLE preparatory course is integrated into the curriculum beginning in the second semester of year 2 of the program and runs up to the taking of the exam in August of the second year before the start of the clinical rotations in year 3.

2nd year

  Course Points   Course Points
274306 Pathology  Gen 4.0 274341 Specific Pathology 5.5  
274307 Pathology  LAB 1.0 274342 Specific Pathology Lab 1.0
274310 Immunology and Lab 5.0      
274355 Basic Pharmacology 6.0 274309 Hematology 4.5
274315 Microbiology 4.5
274321 Introduction to Clinical Medicine 1 And Physical Diagnosis 5.0 274343 Introduction to Clinical Medicine 2 And Physical Diagnosis 5.0


Clinical Years

The clinical studies are conducted in the form of clerkships of small groups of students. The main emphasis is on clinical bedside teaching and tutoring in the affiliated teaching departments of hospitals, outpatient clinics, and primary care clinics. The students come in contact with patients, participate in clinical rounds and the decision-making process, acquire the skills of history-taking and physical diagnosis under the supervision of the teaching staff, and are exposed to the subspecialties and the ancillary diagnostic procedures carried out in laboratories and imaging facilities. Division chairmen allocate teaching departments for the academic year and student groups are assigned to those departments.

Year Three of the program includes 42 weeks of instruction and a clinical rotation program. Clinical rotation exams will be NBME shelf exams in Medicine, Surgery, OBGYN and Pediatrics. All types of clinical activities take place in formally accredited clinical departments. The student will participate in a clinical rotation program similar to the program given to the Israeli Technion medical students; however, the clinical instruction will be given in English. During the third year the students will have to take and pass final exams in Pediatrics, Obstetric and Gynecology, and Neurology. The clinical courses taught in this year and in the fourth year are listed in the Table.

The fourth year of the program comprises 30 weeks of instruction, from September to the end of April. The student starts the year with 12 weeks of electives in Israel or in the USA. In addition, six clinical courses of two weeks each has to be chosen from the list of subspecialties in surgery and three courses from the internal medicine subspecialties.

Clinical Years (3rd and 4th year)

3rd Year - Clinical 4th Year - Clinical
  Course Weeks   Course Weeks
274534 Internal Medicine 9 274529 U.S. Clinical Electives 12
274523 General Surgery 6 274655 Clinical Elective 7
274509 OB/ GYN 6 274621  Medicine Subspecialty elective 4
277535 Psychiatry 5      
274536 Pediatrics 6   Sub Internship (pediatrics, surgery or medicine) 6
274601 Neurology 3   Surgery Subspecialties 4
274604 Family Medicine 4 274724 MD Thesis 0
  Total Credits 39.0   Total Credits 33.0
  •  Sub-Internship  - (Choose one):
Surgery / Pediatrics / Medicine

Clinical Elective

Electives and Surgical Subspecialties Electives and  Internal Medicine Subspecialties
Pediatric surgery  Cardiology
Plastic Surgery  Nephrology
Urology Hematology
Orthopedic Gastroenterology
Cardiothoracic Surgery Imaging
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Oncology
Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine Dermatology
Otolaryngology-Head and Neck  Surgery (E.N.T.) Rheumatology
Ophthalmology Infectious diseases
Anesthesia Endocrinology
Neruosurgery Pulmonology
Vascular Surgery Immunology and Allergy


MD PhD Program

The Faculty of Medicine in the Technion offers a MD/PhD Program for excellent students.

The program is structured as follows:

  •  First stage: 2 academic years within the medical school program (pre-clinical part of the MD program).
  • Second Stage: The following 2-3 years are dedicated solely to research within the PhD program.
  • Third Stage: Returning to the MD program curriculum and studying the last 2 years within the clinical studies part of the MD program.

Acceptance to the MD/PhD program is done after the first year of studies in the Technion, and is based on the GPA of your courses in the first year within the MD program as well as on an interview. We will also be looking favorably at all your background and relevant research experience.


Student Life
The academic mission and program of the Technion have an important complement in the broad educational framework that students find outside of the classroom. These activities can be found in the leadership and service opportunities offered at the Technion; Cultural events, performances and artistic outlets and spiritual observances; athletic skill and excellence at several levels; political and social action on- and off-campus as well as work experiences.

Accommodations in Israel
The Technion can make arrangements to reserve dormitory rooms for students. Arrangements can be made through the Technion American program Coordinator. Payment must be made upon arrival.

Some students choose to live close to the Medical Faculty in Bat-Galim or the neighboring area of Kiryat Eliezer. Students in our program and in our faculty advertise apartments for rent through our administration office and we will gladly assist in finding suitable apartments.

Health Insurance
If a student does not have a health insurance policy that is valid outside his country, it is imperative that he arrange one immediately upon arrival in Israel.

Technion Sports Center and Facilities
The Sports and Physical Education Unit serves the entire Technion student body. A wide choice enables each student to choose his/her favorite activity. Special emphasis is placed on recreational activities and lifetime sports, such as swimming, tennis, lawn-bowling, bowling, sailing, target shooting, badminton, cycling, orienteering etc. These are in addition to conventional sports such as basketball, volleyball etc. New sports have recently been introduced, among which are: triathlon, aerobic dancing, judo, teakwood, and karate. Courses for self defense and survival are open both to female and male students. The sports facilities are available for extra-curricular use throughout the day. The Sports Unit organizes the annual Open Technion Championship in which students, faculty members and Technion staff compete with each other in basketball, soccer, tennis and squash. Open Sports Day is held on the Technion Annual Student's Day, when teams of students from different faculties compete. The Technion teams participate on a national level in inter-university championships. At the national level, the Technion teams are part of the official leagues organized by different sport organizations, such as the Sports Union and Israeli Championships. The rugby and chess teams compete in the National League; basketball and handball in League A and in other leagues.

Student Association
Students in the Technion Medical School are encouraged to become active participants in the dynamic campus community.
Campus libraries and the athletic facilities are open to medical students. Activities include: trips, dances and parties, movies, aerobic, Yoga, massage, music lessons.

Various scholarships
Discounts on municipal taxes
Aid with income taxes - tax coordination, exemptions, refunds.
Free legal counseling
Student identification card - free registration and renewal
Sale of photocopy-cards, free copy-cards for student doing milu'im (army reserve duty) in over 5 days of classes and for female students after maternity leave.
Sale of laser printer cards (one free laser printer cards for students in each pre-clinical year)
Class pictures for graduating students
Committee for Army reserve duty exemptions (valta"m)
Army reserve duty compensation
Compensation for transportation fees - Family practice program
Coordination of transportation to hospital departments
Photocopies of test packets and lecture packets
Distribution of USMLE and CSA applications (American Licensure Exams)
"Statuscope", the Student's Faculty of Medicine newspaper
Organization of ceremonies
Organization of sport activities
"Adopt-a-student" - Program to help incoming American students
Volunteer work in Haifa's community
Discount at the campus bookstore

Futher Information

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