WASHINGTON (Jul. 16)
United States medical students now have the opportunity to take three months of their advanced training in Israel. The Tel Aviv Medical School, in conjunction with the Tel Hashomer Hospital, was chosen for a pilot program sponsored by the U.S. Public Health Service and administered by the American Association of Medical Colleges.
Designed to acquaint American students with foreign medical facilities and the problems they encounter, the program, according to Association co-ordinator, Francis Cholko, has already awarded 20 fellowships to students representing medical schools from all sections of the country. Ten are now in Israel.
The American agencies involved also hoped to initiate the same kind of “Israel” program in several other countries. According to Mr. Cholko, the availability of counterpart funds — local currency used In payment to the U.S. Government — governed the selection of possible countries where the program could be instituted. Israel was chosen from among them to head the pilot program because the similarity of its medical problems and facilities to those in the U.S. “insured that the program would begin with ease.”