Almost two dozen North Americans recently graduated from the Technion’s prestigious American Medical Program. The new doctors, who have all found jobs in top-notch medical facilities across North America and Israel, praised the Technion for its innovative program.
Michael Chait with his wife
Nearly two dozen medical students from cities across the USA and Canada who recently graduated from the Technion’s prestigious American Medical Program heaped praise on the faculty for creating a unique learning environment, which has enabled them to find jobs in top-notch medical facilities across North America and Israel.
The smiling faces of the students and the tears that flowed from the eyes of parents who had flown in for the emotional graduation ceremony, which was held in Haifa, underscored the sense of accomplishment. Since the American Medical Program debuted at the Technion in 2006, over 93% of all graduates have found jobs at hospitals in N. America and Israel.
With a dual focus on research and clinical studies, the Technion’s mission is to advance knowledge in life and medical sciences, improve health care and train compassionate clinicians, researchers and teachers. This unique medical degree program boasts an unparalleled focus on research, intimate class size and a diverse student body.
“Studying at the Technion was very stimulating, as the breadth of the medical courses gave us a foundation and understanding of the profession that is equal too, if not better, than in the USA,” one of the graduates proclaimed. “Also, the sense of community and the very positive Jewish experience I had was also an element that I really loved about the Technion. I become a prouder and stronger Jew. Shabbat at the Technion was inspiring and memorable. Friday night ‘potluck’ dinners were so much fun because we really got an opportunity to get to know each other and meet new people.”
The socially inclusive atmosphere spurred several couples to get engaged in Israel.
Dr. Michael Chait, who is originally from Monsey, New York, and will be joining the staff of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in metro Detroit, Michigan, praised the excellent education he received at the Technion. “The research was very strong and we were given a real strong foundation in medicine through our studies and interaction with professors and tutors,” said Dr. Chait. “Whether it was praying or eating together on Shabbat, the sense of togetherness was powerful and something I will take with me back to America.”
Erik Wells, from Portland, Oregon, stressed how enriching it was to study and reside in Haifa, where several cultures live and work together side-by-side. “I’ve been enriched by learning about the three monotheistic religions and now feel I’m a true global citizen,” said Wells, who will be returning home to work at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital.
At the graduation ceremony, Technion President Professor Peretz Lavie told the new doctors, “Be sensitive to human pain and suffering. Be humble, honest and at peace with yourself. Your role as doctors is to improve the quality of life of your patients and not to delay death. Care, have compassion and make sure you are making the world a better place.”
Technion Faculty of Medicine Professor Shimon Marom also reminded the graduates, “We must show love and compassion to our patients regardless of ethnic or religious background. Jews, Muslims and Christians. We all must all work together for the sake of humanity.”