Northwell Neurology Residents Learn About International Health Care During Visit to Israel

(from left to right) Lana Pinkhasov; resident Evan Schloss, MD; William Lynch; Professor Natan M. Bornstein; Paul Wright, MD; resident Claire Carrazco; resident Margarita Mikhaylova, MD; and, resident Steven Tversky, MD

In an effort to offer its neurology residents an international  experience, Paul Wright, MD, chair of neurology at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center, both members of Northwell Health, recently sent four neurology residents to Israel to both tour hospitals there and teach at the Tel Aviv campus of The Sackler School of Medicine.

As part of the two-week September trip, the residents taught at Tel Aviv University; visited a Bedouin settlement, military base and toured Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem along with Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv. The residents were educated about the Israeli health care system along each stop, examining health care economics and delivery models for its diverse population.  

“The goal of the trip to Israel was to add an exciting international component to the education of our neurology residency training program,” said Dr. Wright. “As a physician, it is important to have knowledge of socio-economic health care climates that exist in other countries.”        

Evan Schloss, MD, a fourth-year neurology resident said of his trip to Israel, “It was a true pleasure to travel across the world to teach neurology, something that I love. Seeing the way health care is practiced in so many different settings – at a military base, an isolated desert, a flourishing metropolis, made me realize that anywhere one practices medicine, the inherent challenges are the same.”

Margarita Mikhaylova, MD, a fourth-year neurology chief resident, said the trip deepened her insight into the industry. “The experience gained through this opportunity was multifaceted,” Dr. Mikhaylova said. “I am eager to apply my newfound knowledge in residency and beyond. At the end of the trip, I was surprised to find the extent to which exploring an international health care system deepened my insight into health care back home.”

To learn more about the neurology residency training program at Northwell Health’s Neuroscience Institute, click here.

Michelle Pipia-Stiles
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