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MSIH students celebrate a highly successful match:

Fourth year students at the Medical School for International Health (MSIH) celebrated a highly successful match this year, with a
90% match rateHighlights of the 2017 U.S. residency match include placements at Emory University School of Medicine, Georgetown University Hospital, Case Western/Metro Health Medical Center, University of North Carolina Hospital, Tulane University School of Medicine, UC Irvine Medical Center, University of Virginia Medical Center and other leading medical centers. While many students matched in primary care fields such as pediatrics, internal medicine, ob/gyn and family medicine, others matched in specialties such as psychiatry, anesthesiology, radiology and surgery.

Elon Richman, a graduate of the University of Florida, matched in psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine.  Elon is one of three MSIH students who will be beginning their residency in psychiatry this year.  Kristie Hadley, a graduate of Loyola University, matched in Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Kristie reflects on her experience at MSIH by saying, "I’m a better physician and person thanks to the passion of my medical school friends, who are dedicated to creating a more just world through medicine.” 

Alumni Spotlight:  Shaanan Meyerstein, MD, MPH, FAAP 

Shaanan Meyerstein earned his undergraduate degree at Columbia University and graduated from MSIH in 2010. After graduation, Dr. Meyerstein completed his residency in Pediatrics at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York and spent a year in Botswana with the Baylor International Pediatric HIV Initiative.  For the past two years he practiced as a Pediatrician in the ER at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC,and this past September Dr. Meyerstein assumed a new role as a Medical Officer for the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), Unaccompanied Children’s (UC) Program

Last year, the UC Program received nearly 60,000 referrals to place children, primarily from Central and Latin America who come to the U.S. without parents or legal guardians, into ORR-funded programs/shelters across the country.  Dr. Meyerstein provides medical consultation and oversight to ensure delivery of appropriate health care services to UC within ORR care, including infectious disease screening.  He also oversees contact investigations if children are diagnosed with reportable diseases, such as TB and Varicella. 

During his tenure at ORR, Dr. Meyerstein became a Commissioned Officer, with the rank of Lieutenant Commander, in the U.S. Public Health Service. He continues to work in the ER one evening a week to maintain his clinical skills.

Dr. Meyerstein continually reflects on his experiences at MSIH as having helped him throughout his career, particularly in his current capacity. The time he spent coordinating the care of a Sudanese refugee with leukemia during his second year at MSIH was a very formative personal and professional experience.

Faculty Spotlight: Michael (Mick) Alkan, MD - When Crisis Calls

MSIH professors bring the real world into the classroom, as they are global health practitioners with firsthand experience.  Dr. Michael (Mick) L. Alkan is one such faculty member, as he is the former head of the Infectious Diseases Institute at Soroka University Medical Center and a Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Senior Advisor on Global Health at MSIH. 

Prof. Alkan, who is known for being among the first on the scene to provide medical relief to victims of disasters worldwide, incorporates his experiences into his teaching.   Since 1998 Prof. Alkan has been active in MASHAV (Israeli Ministry for Foreign Affairs branch for international collaboration) projects in Africa, South East Asia and Latin America. In 1999, Dr. Alkan headed the Internal Medicine Clinic at an Israeli field hospital for Kosovo refugees in Macedonia.  He was also among the first on the scene providing medical relief to disaster areas including to victims of Katrina in Louisiana, the Congo after a major volcanic eruption, India following an earthquake, Nepal after the country’s catastrophic earthquake and the Far East after a Tsunami. 

Sharing these experiences with students is invaluable and as Prof. Alkan notes, “Even when you witness it first-hand you can’t even
begin to grasp it.”  In addition to his work as a global health practitioner and professor, Dr. Alkan serves as an advisor to medical school programs and community clinics in Kenya, Ethiopia, Nepal, India, Peru, Greece, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

MSIH Admissions Update:

MSIH is the only four-year North American-style medical school to incorporate global health coursework into all years of the medical school curriculum.  An English-language track at Ben-Gurion University, MSIH has been affiliated with Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons since inception. 

May is the final month to submit your application to be considered for MSIH's entering class of 2017.  The application is available on our website at,  We will begin accepting students for the entering class of 2018 in early July.

Join us for a webinar.  We will be hosting an upcoming informational webinar for any students interested in learning more about MSIH on May 23rd, at 12:00 pm EST.  Click here to register.

If you would like more information about the Medical School for International Health, please contact the Admissions Office at 844-422-MSIH, visit our website at, or view the first-year medical student blog MSIH first year blog.

Best wishes,      
Kelly A. Coleman, MBA
Assistant Director of Recruitment and Public Relations
Medical School for International Health 

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