In partnership with Ben Gurion University, Soroka Medical Center hosts one of Israel’s most prestigious medical schools. University students train at Soroka Hospital, and Soroka doctors are devoted and respected teachers at the University.
Soroka doctors have achieved an international reputation for training physicians and other health professionals uniquely prepared for the challenges of 21st century medicine, as well as for high-quality medical research. Many of their innovations have been adopted by leading institutions in Israel and abroad.
At Soroka, doctors become expert physicians. And before that, students become doctors. Like Dr. Avi Yitchak.
A graduate of the medical school at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Dr. Yitzchak now specializes in surgery at Soroka Medical Center, serving as an expert surgeon in that department. He was a typical medical student. Hard-working, passionate, and ambitious. He just took a slightly different route to get there. Born in Ethiopia, Avi moved to Israel at 19 and later served in a paratroopers unit in the army as a medical officer with the rank of major.
“I have to be a doctor,” explains Dr. Yitzchak. “I can’t enjoy life without personal contact with people, without seeing the smile on their faces when we help them and their joy when they feel better. In those moments it’s clear to me that I chose the career path that’s most appropriate for me.”
The Medical School for International Health is an English-language track in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ben-Gurion University in Beer-Sheva, Israel.
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev was founded in 1969 with the aim to bring development to the Negev, a desert area comprising more than sixty percent of the country. The University was inspired by the vision of Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, who believed that the future of the country lay in this region.
Today, Ben-Gurion University is a major center for teaching and research, with campuses in Beer-sheva, including the Marcus Family Campus, as well as in Eilat and Sede Boqer, where Ben-Gurion lived in his final years and is buried.
More than 18,000 students are enrolled in seven schools, including the Joyce and Irving Goldman Medical School, which is a model for community-oriented and global medicine.