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residency graph 2015 updated 5.5.jpgUPDATED: Fourth-year medical students chosen for highly-selective residency
programs in the United States
Fourth-year medical students at the Medical School for International Health spent the third week of March anxiously waiting to find out where they were selected for residency, and where they would be living for the next few years. Several graduates, who did not enter the match last year as they were pursing advanced degrees, were also successfully matched.

Thirty percent of those selected will be doing their residency in Internal Medicine, with another twenty-two percent working in Pediatrics and fifteen percent in Family Medicine.

Highlights of the match include Julia Rubin-Smith, MSPH a graduate of Vassar College, who received her master's of public health from Harvard University, was selected for her first choice, the University of Minnesota Pediatric Residency Program.

Barnes Laurel (1).jpgLaurel Barnes, MD, will be doing her residency in General Surgery at Erlanger Hospital, University of Tennessee College of Medicine, in July.

Aubrey Raimondi, MD who graduated in 2014 and pursued an MPH with Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health  this year, was also selected for her first choice, and will begin her residency at Icahn School of Medicine's Beth Israel Family Medicine program in New York.

Ross Green.jpgRoss Green, a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona. In July, he will be working at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque as a Pre-Residency Fellow in the department of Neurosurgery.

John Powers, who was our first-ever blogger of the month back in August, 2010, was selected for the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education's residency program in the Department of Psychiatry.

And Christopher Brown, a returned Peace Corps volunteer who has been very active with the MSIH's Global Health and Medicine working group, will return to his hometown in Seattle, Washington, where he will do his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals.

For details on locations and specialties, click the links below.  And check our news page for more highlights next week!

 2014 Residency Placements Highlights include:

Tobin Greensweig, who will be moving to Indianapolis, Indiana to begin his Medicine-Pediatrics residency at Indiana University’s School of Medicine.

Bram Wispelwey, MS, a graduate of Columbia University’s Institute of Human Nutrition (IHN), was selected for Harvard University’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He will be specializing in Internal Medicine.

Another IHN graduate, Lauren Cook-Chaimowitz, MS, entered the Canadian Residency Matching Program (CaRMS), and was selected by the Department of Emergency Medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario Canada.

Sarah Corbridge, a graduate of Northwestern University and a native of Evanston, Illinois, will spend her first year of residency at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. She was selected for a PGY-1 preliminary year in Medicine. She will then move back to the Midwest, to do her PGY-2 year in the Department of Neurology at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine in Madison.

David Kawior, a Yeshiva University graduate, will be returning home to Chicago, where he will begin his Emergency Medicine residency at Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Irene Koplinka-Loehr, a recipient of a tuition scholarship to help cover her first year of medical school at the MSIH, was selected for the Family Medicine/Inner City residency program at the University of Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital. We know that Irene’s family, who lives in Ithaca, New York, will be grateful that instead of a ten-hour plane ride, it will only take them a ninety-minute drive to visit her.

Another first-year tuition scholarship winner, Isaac Hatton, will be in the same state as Tobin, as he has been selected for the Family Medicine residency program at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Indiana.



Highlights of the 2013 residency match include:

Jonah Mink, MD (’12), a graduate of Brandeis University, who has been accepted into the Department of Family Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.


Dr. Mink has spent the last year working with Migrant Health:IL, an organization he created with third-year MSIH medical student Tobin Greensweig, to improve medical care to refugees, asylum seekers and migrant workers in Tel Aviv who seek medical care at the volunteer-run clinic.


Benjamin Gruenbaum, who was featured in our January 10, 2013 e-news update, will do his residency in Anesthesiology at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut.

Benjamin is a Connecticut native who has spent the past four years studying neurosurgical anesthesia, and was awarded a travel grant by the Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care to attend and present at their October  2012 meeting.  His poster "The effect of blood glutamate scavengers oxaloacetate and pyruvate on neurological outcome in a rat model of subarachnoid hemorrhage" was his twenty-ninth research abstract. His current research is based on clinical anesthesiology and critical care, and focuses on mechanisms of neuroprotection.


Wen Ao Dana Wang, a graduate of the University of California - Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Molecular Cell Biology and Art, has been selected for residency in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard’s South Shore Psychiatry Residency Training program. Ms. Wang has recently returned from her eight-week global health clerkship in Northern Ontario, where she worked with the aboriginal people in Timmins, North Ontario.

Ms. Wang is a member of the Mental Health Interest Group at the MSIH, and is a frequent contributor to their blog, which focuses on mental health issues around the world. Visit the blog by clicking this link.



Highlights of the 2012 residency placements include:

Rachel Barney (seen at left with MSIH Director Richard Deckelbaum, MD), has been accepted to the Emergency Medicine-Family Medicine residency program at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware. This sub-specialty of EM only offered four spots in two programs in the United States, and Ms. Barney’s global health training has prepared her to work in this emerging field of medicine. Ms. Barney is a 1995 Columbia University graduate with a degree in Chemical Engineering who is a former United States Marine Corps helicopter pilot. She was first exposed to the healthcare field while working as a New York City emergency medicine technician in 1993.

Prakash Ganesh, a native of British Columbia, Canada with a degree in Physics from the University of California at Riverside, will do his residency training in Family Medicine at Case Western University Hospital’s Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Case Western’s Family Medicine program offers a Global Health training track, and residents are able to work with medically underserved patients at the Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland and Care Alliance Health Center. Cleveland’s inner city is designated as a Health Provider Shortage Area by the United States Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Megan Straughan, former chair of the MSIH student council and recipient of the Distinguished Service Award in 2009, has been selected for the General Surgery residency program at the University of South Carolina’s Greenville Hospital System. Ms. Straughan, a graduate of Grinnell College with a degree in Chemistry, has just returned from her eight-week global health clerkship in Nepal, where she worked in the Emergency Medicine outpatient department of Patan Hospital in Kathmandu.

Matthew Patchett will be relocating from his native Utah to New York City, as he has been selected by the Internal Medicine department at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, an affiliate of Columbia University Medical Center. Matthew will be joined by fellow classmates Louisette Soussan, Zubin Udwadia, and 2011 graduate Chris Gasho, who have all placed in Internal Medicine together. Mr. Patchett is a graduate of Southern Utah University, with a degree in Biology, and became interested in global health while working as a medical interpreter and volunteering at a free medical clinic during his undergraduate education.



Residency Planning at the MSIH

After the third year of study, students complete their residency applications. Students who seek residencies in the U.S. forward their preferred ranking of teaching hospitals to the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) to forward to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Students are notified of the results of the match in March. The Ben-Gurion University office assists fourth-year students with the Electronic Residency Application Service(ERAS) registration process and issues all official documents required for participation in the residency match. Students are advised that the right to practice is subject to the laws, rules, and policies of the country where the student seeks licensure, training, and/or the practice of medicine. 

Students meet with faculty one-on-one and in groups beginning in the second year, to help identify residency programs, as well as elective courses at hospitals, organizations, or sites specializing in global health.

After completion of the medical degree, all students must apply for a license to practice medicine in a specific country or state. The right to practice is subject to the laws, rules, and policies of the country where the student seeks licensure, training, and/or the practice of medicine. The licensing process is completed under the auspices of a medical licensing authority and is entirely separate from the awarding of the medical degree, which is granted by Ben-Gurion University.

Students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents who wish to conduct residency training and/or practice in the United States after graduating from the Medical School for International Health are required to maintain a specific visa status, which is determined by the residency program in accordance with regulations set by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.

All fourth-year students who seek residencies in the U.S. must register with the ECFMG in order to participate in the U.S. Residency Match through ERAS. Graduates who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents obtain the necessary visa documentation through ECFMG. The school advises all students to apply for the visa status recommended by ECFMG and can not provide immigration advice or assistance for students seeking other types of visas for residency training.

It is the student's responsibility to investigate the visa status available to them based on their citizenship, to obtain the necessary travel documents required for the visa, and to maintain the appropriate visa status required for their residency training in the United States.


MSIH students, both US citizens and non-citizens, who have entered the US Residency Match, have very hight match rates that are comparable to those achieved from students in medical schools in the United States.​