In our last post, we explained which documents the Israeli Health Ministry (Misrad HaBriut) requires, to enable foreign-trained doctors to have their professional credentials recognized in Israel.
The first two of these documents are:
- A 4-page Questionnaire – Application to Practise Medicine in Israel (“She’eilon”)
- A Request to Take the State Licensing Exam (“Bakasha Le’Hibachein”)
Both of these documents must be properly completed in Hebrew, signed, and submitted to the MoH Licensing Department, along with all the supporting documentation, in duplicate.
Here are some pointers to note when completing these two important documents:
1. The request to take the licensing exam must be completed even if you anticipate you will be entitled to an exemption from taking the exam (for example, if you have successfully passed the USMLE examinations, or have practiced medicine abroad for 14 years or more)!
4. Make sure you include an Israeli cell number for the purpose of receiving status updates regarding your application. Likewise, when inserting your contact details, give an Israeli address. Finally, provide the Licensing Department with a Gmail address (or similar), as a less common email address may well be rejected by the MoH mail server!
In our next post, we will discuss other documents that the Licensing Department require in special cases.
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