IDF medics in training 248.88.
(photo credit: IDF )
Sixty-four new medical students will on Sunday become the fifth class of
Tzameret, the Hebrew University’s and IDF’s joint medical track.
they graduate, after six years of studies and a year of internship, they will be
committed to serving as military physicians for at least five or six
Tzameret now has 290 students at all levels of the track, which is
conducted from the HU-Hadassah School of Medicine in Jerusalem’s Ein
This is the largest new class since Tzameret began five years ago;
the first class had 42 students and last year’s had 61.
Maj. “G.,” the
IDF officer in charge of academic affairs at Tzameret, said that between 400 and
500 people had applied to join the military medical track, but many fewer could
be accepted due to limitations in facilities, academic staff and
The new students even include new immigrants from the US, he
Thirty-nine men and 25 women were accepted, and – according to the
new director of the track, Prof.
David Gertz, a physician and PhD at the
HU Medical Faculty – they represent every ethnic and religious group in the
The youngest to join the program is only 17 years old, was
recognized as a “genius” in elementary school and earned an astonishing 745
score (out of 800) on his psychometric exam. His brother received his MD degree
as an academic medical school graduate who will soon become a military
physician, the IDF said.
Integrated throughout the regular medical
curriculum studied by all HU Medical Faculty students, Tzameret students also
take courses in military medicine that include aviation medicine, battlefield
wounds, operational military medicine and other subjects.
The IDF’s chief
medical officer, Prof. Yitzhak Kreiss, is actively involved in the program and
has been appointed a faculty member of the medical faculty in Jerusalem. Four
other members of his office in the IDF have been named as adjunct faculty
members in the medical school, Gertz told The Jerusalem Post in an interview on
“By beginning training early, they are exposed from the start
to military medicine and naturally become focused on it throughout their
studies,” said Gertz. “When they become IDF physicians, they will not be
starting from scratch. They will already be familiar with what unique things
they have to know and do.”
The IDF Spokesman added that the students are
prepared to be “officers, battlefront physicians and leaders in the Medical
Corps. Applicants are considered not only according to their academic abilities
through the university but also according to the judgment of professionals in
the IDF who put stress on being a commander and showing
Eighteen of the 64 were raised in large cities – in first
place was Haifa, followed by Petah Tikva. Twelve were accepted when they were
already soldiers, while four of them were already combat soldiers.