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Health ministry recognises French medical degrees

French organisations in Israel are applauding a Health Ministry decision to recognise French medical degrees, breaking down a significant barrier for immigrants.

The ministry previously did not recognise French medical degrees because the structure of higher education in France is different from the Anglo-American model followed in Israel. But, in a letter sent to attorney Meir Buchnik, deputy director of the Kohelet Policy Forum, on Sunday, the ministry said it would recognise students who have completed six years of medical school in France and hold the Diplôme de Fin de Deuxième Cycle Études Médicales (diploma signifying completion of the second cycle of medical studies).

“These doctors studied medicine in the world’s finest schools, however, the Health Ministry refused to recognise them as doctors for the sole reason that the title given to French doctors is not MD [a remnant of France’s attempt to keep the doctors in France],” the Kohelet Policy Forum explained. “These doctors could work in any EU country, the US and in Canada, but they are not welcome in Israel unless they stay in France and finish their residency.”

Following Sunday’s decision, those students will now be able to finish their residences in Israel after taking an exam here. The letter also states that a graduate who has completed at least one year of residency in France will be entitled to practice medicine during their residency in Israel.

The Forum described the development as a “giant leap for the aliya of doctors from France,” because the previous red tape may have prevented them from immigrating.

Despite the progress, Ariel Kendall, CEO of Qualita, the umbrella organisation for French olim, said the group was “very sad” to see that the situation continues for nurses from France who are unable to work in their profession in Israel because their accreditation is not recognised.

“Is it logical that qualified, experienced nurses who trained in a country with a world-class medical level are not good enough for the Israeli health system, which is suffering from a massive shortage of manpower? 

“We call upon the Health Ministry to act as soon as possible in order to resolve this issue, as well,” he said.

 Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post

Thursday, July 06, 2017
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