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Podiatry has never been a recognized profession in Israel. After years of political and legal struggles, the new amendment has finally been approved, and Israel’s Ministry of Health (MOH) is now issuing official licenses to podiatrists and surgical podiatrists.
Overview of the Licensing Process
You may apply to the Ministry of Health (MOH) for licensing either before or after Aliyah. One should start preparing the documents (see below, as appears on the MOH’s website) about 6 months before Aliyah. To expedite the process, the documents can also be submitted prior to Aliyah. These documents need to be translated and notarized by an Israeli notary (the alternative is to have them translated by a certified translator and verified, in lieu of notarized, at the Israeli consulate). Please note that the license will only be issued once you make Aliyah and become a full Israeli citizen (or a resident).
Please bear in mind that this is a brand new regulation and your patience is required while everybody (including the MOH) learns the ins and outs of the new licensing regulation.
For inquiries refer to the official website of the Ministry of Health.
For information contact:
Ronen Fuxman, our medical professions liaison, at email@example.com
Dr. Jonathan Rosenblum, senior surgical podiatrist at Shaarey Zedek, 050-595-5161.
Dani Wiesz, President of Israeli Podiatry & Chiropody at firstname.lastname@example.org
The process of licensing involves 3 main steps:
- Submitting documents to the MOH.
- Once the documents have been approved by MOH, podiatrists will be required to work under supervision. The duration of supervised work will be determined based on the applicant’s work history.
- If you have worked for at least 2 years after getting your license, you will have to work for 6 months under supervision in Israel.
- If you haven’t worked for 2 years, you will have to complete the remaining months and add 6 more months under supervision.
- The bottom line is a minimum of 30 months of under-supervision work, 6 of them in Israel. The supervisor must be at the level of a head of an orthopedic department.
- Upon completion and approval of your work supervision, you will need to take an oral licensing exam.
Below are the required documents for obtaining a medical license in Israel (as appears on the MOH’s website):
- 2 passport photos.
- A photocopy of your Teudat Zehut (Israeli identity card), including the address slip and statement of status in Israel (citizen or resident). If your status in Israel is not specified on the identity card, please send a copy of an Israeli passport or confirmation from the Interior Ministry of your status in Israel (if you don’t have it yet, send a copy of your current passport).
- Questionnaire for Health Care Professionals (can be filled out online and in English in some sections. Follow the instructions). The MOH will use your Israeli cell phone number to communicate with you. Make sure to include an Israeli cell phone number. If you don’t have one, use one belonging to a friend or family member.
- a current license – *Requires verification (see below).
- An application form for conducting supervised podiatric / surgical podiatric work (in Hebrew).
- A final certificate of podiatry / surgical podiatry and your curriculum. *Requires verification (see below).
- A formal confirmation of the date of commencement of the studies and the graduation. *Requires verification (see below).
- An original status recognition certification – to those previously holding a status recognition certification by the MOH.
- Proof of practical training for a duration of at least two years. If you were employed, you must provide a letter with an official letterhead from your employer. If you were freelance, you need an official letter from your accountant.
- To apply for a surgical podiatry certificate, you must also include proof of practical training for a duration of two years in the country in which you were qualified.
- Professional integrity certificate (letter of good standing) by the competent authorities from your country, confirming that there were no disciplinary, malpractice or medical ethics complaints against you. This certificate should be mailed directly from the medical board of the state in which you are licensed to the Israeli MOH.
*For the documents which require verification, you have 3 verification options:
- Verified with an apostille after having the original document notarized (recommended).
- Bring it to an ISRAELI notary and have them notarize it.
- A verified copy (אימות העתק, Imut He’etek) at the Israeli consulate.
All documents must be submitted in two copies. You must submit the verified copy plus an additional photocopy of the original document. Always keep the originals for yourself, as well as a photocopy of the verified document.
Please note: You are entitled to receive a reimbursement for your notarization and translation expenses (up to NIS 4000). This can be done ONLY AFTER completing your Aliyah. Take your original receipts to your local branch of Misrad HaKlita. This can be done retroactively.
- You will receive a text message from the MOH confirming you are approved to conduct supervised work.
- Please note: the supervised work must be done consecutively (excluding 30 days off).
- At the end of the supervision period, you need to fill out and send the professional opinion form (in Hebrew) to the Medical Professions Licensing Department in preparation for receiving a certificate of profession for podiatry / surgical podiatry, including the exact employment dates (day, month, year). Tip: keep track of your work during this period for your and your supervisor’s records.
- At the end of the supervised employment,and following the acceptance of the professional opinion form by the Medical Professions Licensing Department within the MOH, your eligibility for taking the oral medical examination will be assessed.
- If you are eligible, you will receive a text message (SMS) confirming you can take the exam.
The Medical Professions Licensing Department of the Ministry of Health must receive confirmation from the Israeli police that you do not have a criminal record. Once the confirmation has been received and accepted, your license will be issued as long as you meet all the other legal requirements.
As stated by the law, The Ministry of Health is not permitted to request the aforementioned confirmation directly from the applicant.
- If you are eligible to take the test, you will receive a text message (SMS) with information about the exam.
- You must send your application form for taking the governmental podiatry / surgical podiatry licensing test (in Hebrew) to the Medical Professions Licensing Department up to 60 days prior to your exam.
- The oral exam takes place twice a year and can be taken in Hebrew or English.
- A request for a time extension (eligible if you have lived in Israel for up to 7 years as of the date of Aliyah or if you have a didactic diagnosis) is to be submitted with the examination application form along with any official documents confirming your status or diagnosis.
- You will receive a text message (SMS) notifying you of your examinations results (pass or fail) and your eligibility for receiving a certificate of profession in podiatry / surgical podiatry.
- In the case of failing an exam, there is the option to appeal. For more information about the process of appealing, contact Ronen Fuxman at email@example.com .
Certificate of Profession
Mazal Tov! If you met the terms and regulations, you will receive a text message (SMS) confirming your eligibility for a permanent license as well as instructions in how to pay the certificate of profession fee.
The fee is to be paid on the governmental payments website.Those wishing to pay the fee via the postal services are requested to turn to the Call HaBriut center and request a payment voucher via the postal services.
As stated by the law, a certificate of profession is to be issued solely to podiatrists holding Israeli citizenship or those classified by law as a “resident of Israel.”
Following payment of the fee, you will receive your podiatry / surgical podiatry certificate of profession via registered mail to your updated address in the Ministry of Health.
You CANNOT call/advertise yourself as “Dr. John Smith.”
However, you can call yourself: “John Smith, Doctor of Podiatry.”
This article was last updated on March 31, 2020.