The mission of Tsameret, the Elite Military Medicine Track at The Hebrew Uhiversity-Hadassah School of Medicine, is to alleviate the acute shortage of military physicians in Israel, to close crucial gaps in medical knowledge in a military context, and to research techniques essential for meeting the life and death demands of conflict, war, terror and natural disasters.

Fast Facts

    • Tsameret was launched in 2009 as a collaborative effort between Hebrew University’s Faculty of Medicine, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the Israeli Ministry of Defense
    • Students enter the track immediately following high school, take on a twelve-year commitment, including service as military physicians for a minimum of five years and receive a medical degree
    • New recruits are draw from a cross-section of Israeli society

Global impact

Tsameret has already embarked on collaborative projects with institutions in the United States and Australia.  There are plans to develop a student exchange program as well as e-learning and e-communication mechanisms for use with military medicine programs around the world. These collaborations will enable soldiers, physicians and researchers to share information through real-time, interactive media, and most importantly, to build crucial ties with one another.

Meet Netta Bar-Ilan, a student on the Elite Military Medicine Track

Tsemeret Curriculum Highlights
The full six-year medical school curriculum plus internship year is simultaneously academically and physically rigorous, and includes supplemental training in the following areas:

General military medicine including treatment and management of traumatic injuries associated with combat or terror incidents, and non-conventional injuries resulting from chemical, biological or radiological attack; students are also trained in issues relating to land, air and sea evacuation

Flight and diving medicine to address injuries specific to military pilots, combat divers, and submariners

Extreme environmental conditions that can result in hypothermia, hyperthermia, dehydration, stress fractures, and related injuries

Military specific general medicine to ensure that the soldiers in their care are mentally and physically fit for work in high-risk positions, to care for female soldiers’ specific health needs, and to engage in general medical practice in a military context

Post-traumatic stress and military psychiatry to recognize and appropriately treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other psychological effects of combat, terror and the high-pressure realities of military service

Basic and advanced military training including IDF basic training, a military paramedics course and officers’ training

Physical education and training with access to personal trainers and a gym to ensure that students can meet the physical demands of military work

Leadership training including workshops and team building exercises to help shape the next generation of Israel’s medical leaders; in addition, students take part in special studies and field trips on Israeli history, Zionism, and Judaism.

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