Medical profession requirements amended

Bill adds clinical criminology, podiatry, surgical podiatry and chiropractic to list of recognized health professions.

March 16, 2010 22:36
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A doctor treats a patient at an Israeli hospital.

A doctor treats a patient at an Israeli hospital.. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimksi)


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Amendments to the law regulating paramedical professions were approved on Tuesday by the Knesset Labor, Social Affairs and Health Committee for a second and third reading in the plenum, which was due to be held later in the evening.

The bill will add clinical criminology, podiatry, surgical podiatry and chiropractic to the list of recognized health professions. In addition, changes were made in the existing recognized health professions of occupational therapy, physical therapy, clinical communications specialists and clinical dietitians.

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Those who graduated in these disciplines from Israeli academic institutions before January 30, 2009 and meet the criteria of the law will be exempt from having to take a licensing test. Those who graduated from foreign institutions will also be exempt if they worked in their field in Israel for at least a year during the past five years, under a supervisor who had a recognized license in the profession.

Those who did not can register for the test or work for at least one year. Those who studied abroad can get a temporary license, in effect until January 30, 2013. A foreign graduate who worked in Israel for at least five years in the field will be exempt from an exam.

The amendments were initiated by the Health Ministry.

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