Introduction :

Neubauer – Introduction to Medicine

The Neubauer American Spring Semester – Introduction to Medicine program is open to pre-med or other pre-health undergraduate students.

The semester is an intensive introductory program in medicine combining the wider interpersonal aspects of clinical medicine in Israel, taught in English by distinguished Technion professors from the Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine.



March 13 – July 21, 2016

 Timetable (2016):

January – March Internship in a medical/biomedical high-tech or start-up company, or at a Technion laboratory
March – July Academic classes
July – August Option to continue internship


 Program Overview

The Neubauer American Spring Semester – Introduction to Medicine program is designed for individuals seeking to enter the medical profession. As part of the academic curriculum, students will be exposed to clinical research to gain an understanding of science and of scientific method in a world where medical practice is rapidly evolving, and learn about the various facets of the doctor-patient relationship as well as ethical aspects of the medical practice through real-life clinical experiences.

Of key benefit to students is their exposure through this program to advanced clinical practices and cutting-edge research coming out of the Technion and Israeli academia and industry on the whole – scientific work which has propelled Israel as a world-leader in both basic and applied research, clinical medicine, and as a pioneer of innovative approaches and technologies for the benefit of patients (such as personalized medicine).

 Program Highlights

  • Gain an introduction into the vast and ever evolving world of medicine
  • Intern in a medical/biomedical company or a medical related laboratory
  • Take real medical school courses
  • Obtain exposure to the various facets of the doctor-patient relationship and observe real-life clinical work
  • Strengthen your CV towards medical school
  • Gain insight into the unique aspects of the Israeli medical system and areas like emergency medicine and army medicine
  • Shadow a physician for a one month period
  • Participate in a variety of extracurricular activities: meetings with entrepreneurs, visiting companies, cultural lectures and encounters, exciting social activities and cultural events, tour Israel and learn about its fascinating history and culture
  • Earn up to 20 Technion Academic credits

Academic Program

Participants will earn up to 20 academic credits that can be transferred to their home institutions.

As part of the program, students may choose from the following options:

  • Enroll in 1-2 courses out of four English taught courses given at the Technion American Medical Students (TeAMS) program
  • Enroll in academic courses from a variety of Technion academic courses offered by the Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine
  • Work on a research project with a Technion faculty member or intern in a medical/biomedical company for credit!
  • Shadow a physician twice a week for a period of one month


Program Management

The Neubauer American Spring Semester – Introduction to Medicine program is managed by Prof. Andrew Levy, the Director of the prestigious Technion American Medical Students (TeAMS) Program and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the Technion.

Since 1983, the TeAMS program has prepared medical students for successful residency placement and future careers in health and medicine in the United States and Canada. Over the years, TeAMS graduates have obtained internships and residencies at some of the most prestigious medical centers in the USA (Mayo, Cleveland Clinic, Stanford, Cornell and Harvard) and in all medical subspecialties, including surgery, opthalmology, radiology, medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, neurology, psychiatry and family medicine.

Technion Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine

The Ruth and Bruce Faculty of Medicine at the Technion serves as the academic core for the study of medicine in northern Israel. It contains 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 also take place in affiliated hospitals in the region, including the Rambam Health Care Campus (a 1,000-bed academic hospital and the largest hospital in northern Israel serving over 2 million residents constituting the tertiary referral center for 12 district hospitals), Bnai Zion Medical Center, Carmel Medical Center, HaEmek Medical Center, Hillel Yaffe Medical Center, Laniado Hospital, and the Western Galilee Hospital of Nahariya.


About the Neubauer Family Foundation

Headed by Joseph Neubauer and Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer, the Neubauer Family Foundation operates as a non-profit organization. The charitable foundation supports and grants funds for arts, culture, music, human services and educational institutions in communities in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Illinois. The Foundation has also directed financial resources worldwide, including Jewish museums in Berlin and Warsaw, and in Israel, funding research fellowships for national security studies.

The Neubauer Introduction to Medicine Semester Abroad Program is open to pre-med or other pre-health undergraduate students, who are interested in entering the field of medicine. It is an intensive introductory program in medicine, combining the wider interpersonal aspects of clinical medicine as it is practiced in Israel.


Academic Courses

All of the courses are taught by distinguished Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine in English.

Participants will earn up to 20 academic credits that can be transferred to their home institutions.

The following academic courses will be taught:

  • The History of Medicine ( Moshe Fainsod): providing an introduction to the thought processes, tools and experiences of modern medical practice.
  • Ethics and Medicine (Dr. Gershon Gronfeld): examining the ethical dilemmas repeatedly faced by members of the medical profession and ethical approaches.
  • Medicine and Halacha (Rabbi Prof. Yigal Shafran): presenting essential Halachic and ethical issues in modern medical discourse in order to understand the confluence of medicine with the Jewish law.
  • Introduction to Emergency Medicine (Dr. Eric Schier): presenting the fundamentals of emergency medicine, focusing specifically on pre-hospital, triage, and first hour.
  • Behavioral Science (Dr. Tzvi Dwolatsky): an introduction to behavioral sciences, covering topics such as communication skills, children and adolescents, the elderly, women’s health, ethical issues, support systems and more.
  • Becoming a Doctor (Dr. Robert Glueck): an introductory course on patient care.
  • Human Sexuality (Dr. David Rabinowitz): providing an overview of the topic starting with the history of sexology and early pioneers to the understanding of sexual dysfunction and deviation in men and women, as well as psychological, social, cultural and anthropological aspects.

 Technion American Medical Students Programs (TeAMS)

  • Epidemiology (Dr. Ronit Almog): presenting an introduction to the basic principles and methods of epidemiology and its applicability to public health and research, and providing skills to begin to interpret and critically evaluate literature relevant to public health professionals.
  • Genetics (Dr. Sara Selig): introducing a wide spectrum of topics related to human genetics at the level of basic knowledge with emphasis on topics relevant to clinicians. It will provide an overview on the newest developments in the field of human genetics, and current technologies used for genetic testing.
  • Physiology I (Prof. Lior Gepstein): The course focuses on the respiratory and cardiovascular systems including: hemodynamics, cardiac mechanics, coronary systemic circulation, mechanics of respiration of respiration and more.
  • Physiology II (Dr. Zaid Abbasi): This course deals with the study of two body systems, the renal and gastrointestinal systems.

Detailed information about each of these the courses can be found in the section “Courses & Syllabi”

A variety of academic courses in fields of engineering, science, entrepreneurship and humanities are offered by Technion International. A listing can be found here.


Activities and Seminars

As part of the Neubauer Introduction to Medicine semester program, students will also be offered the following activities:


  • Work on a research project with a Technion faculty member (refer to ‘Internship in a Technion Laboratory’ below)
  • Intern in a medical/biomedical/biotechnology company (refer to ‘Internship in a High-Tech or Start-Up Company’ below)
  • Shadow a physician twice a week for a period of one month
  • Seminar on Military Medicine in Israel
  • Introduction to the Israeli Medical System Seminar
  • Extracurricular activities including: weekly encounters with entrepreneurs and authors, and lectures on Israeli society, culture, geography, history, politics etc.


Internship Experience

  • Internship in a Technion Laboratory – International students have an opportunity to conduct scientific research in one of the Technion’s engineering/science laboratories, arranged through Technion International. The internship can last anywhere between 3-12 months and is dependent on approval by the relevant faculty member.
  • Internship in a High-Tech or Start-Up Company – Internships are arranged through an external provider – Israel Way. Students can start an internship program prior to the beginning of the semester (January-March), which may be extended throughout and after the semester. The minimum duration of a full-time internship is 8 weeks.


Conversational Hebrew for Beginners

Come learn some Conversational Hebrew!
Technion International, together with the Department of Humanities & Arts offers a beginner’s Hebrew language course for international visitors. The course is offered each semester and is open to students, postdocs, sabbatical visitors and spouses of visiting scientists.
The course will provide knowledge of the Hebrew letters, vocabulary and basic language and grammar structures. Students will acquire elementary reading, writing and communication skills to use during their visit. The course will be taught during the semester.
Course Duration: 14 weeks (4 academic hours each week, taught in the afternoons)
Cost: NIS 1,100
If you are interested in applying for this course, please send an email to:


March 13 – July 21, 2016


Time Table (2016)

January – March              Internship in a medical/biomedical high-tech or start-up company, or at a Technion laboratory

March – July                     Academic Classes

July – August                   Option to Continue internship



Application deadline for the Spring Semester is December 1, 2015.

Internships should be applied for at least 2 months in advance.

Admission to the Semester Abroad program requires a GPA of 80/3.0 and above. In addition, all students are required to have taken a course in Basic Biology.


To begin your application process, click Apply Now to launch the online application system.

Your application package must include the following documents:

  • Two letter of recommendation*
  • A motivation letter outlining why you want to study at Technion
  • Resume with passport sized picture
  • Transcripts (original or approved copies)
  • $50.00 application fee
  • Students from non-English speaking countries must either undergo a personal interview or submit their TOFEL/IELTS scores

*An original copy must be sent directly from the recommender.

English Proficiency

Since the academic program at Technion International is taught entirely in English, applicants are required to demonstrate their English proficiency before their enrollment. Applicants from countries where English is not the primary language may be required to undergo an interview in English.

All forms and documents relating to your application should be sent to our Study Abroad Coordinator:
Ms. Dana Ben-ari


The admissions process will be based on a careful examination of each application and decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Emphasis will be placed on an applicant’s academic achievements.


Registration Fee (Non-Refundable) $50 USD
Tuition (without internship) $9,000 USD
Tuition (with internship) $10,500 USD
On-Campus Housing (per month) $380 USD
Health Insurance & Estimated Living Expenses (per semester) $4,000 USD

*Please note that tuition fees do not cover applicants’ airfare to and from Israel.

**Prices are subject to change due to Technion decision, fluctuations in market prices and currency exchange rates.



All students enrolled in a Neubauer Semester Program will be provided with either on-campus housing or off campus accommodations through Technion International. Housing costs range between $380-$500 per month depending on the number of tenants per room and location.



Orientation Day

Technion International provides a comprehensive Orientation day designed to familiarize students with the campus and surrounding neighborhoods, and to provide a general guide to student life in Israel. Orientation presents you with such “survival tips” as acquiring a student card, email account and internet access code, opening an Israeli bank account, getting a cellphone, and getting around the sprawling Technion campus and your dormitory.


Immunizations and Titers


Since students will be working within hospital settings and will be coming in contact with patients, they will be required to have to get following vaccines for their personal protection prior to their arrival to Israel:

  1. Hepatitis B- this is a series of 3 shots. After the 1st is administered, you must get another one a month later, and the last one you get 5 months later. Altogether, Hep B is administered over the span of 6 months.
  2. Hepatitis B Titer- This can be tested 2 weeks after the last shot of the Hep B immunization was administered, to prove you have developed antibodies.
  3. Tetanus
  4. Polio- The law here in Israel requires one to have a polio vaccine within the last 10 years; in contrast with policies in other states declaring that individuals need only get the Polio Vaccine once in a lifetime.
  5. Diphtheria
  6. Measles, Mumps, rubella
  7. PPD test (2 are required)
  8. Chicken pox
  9. Flu shot

The Neubauer Introduction to Medicine Semester Program course listings:

  1. 275200 History of Medicine – Prof. Moshe Fainsod
  2. 274320 Ethics and Medicine – Dr. Gershon Gronfeld
  3. 275202 Medicine and Halacha – Rabbi Prof. Yigal Shafran
  4. 274119 Introduction to Emergency Medicine – Dr. Eric Schier
  5. 274136 Behavioral Science – Dr Tzvi Dwolatsky
  6. 274140 Becoming a Doctor – Dr. Robert Glueck
  7. 275203 Human Sexuality – Dr. David Rabinowitz


The following academic courses are offered through the Technion American Medical Students Program Courses (TeAMS) program. Students may choose to study 1-2 of these courses:

  1. 274344 Epidemiology – Dr Ronit Almog
  2. 274300 Human Genetics – Dr Sara Selig
  3. 274214 Physiology 1 – Prof. Lior Gepstein
  4. 274228 Physiology 2 – Dr. Zaid Abbasi

More information here.