If you have not completed an internship overseas prior to making Aliyah, you are required to complete an internship, or staj, in Israel. Before you start working as an intern, you must pass the Israeli internship exam or USMLE step 2 ck. This exam is very similar to the USMLE Level 2 and is given twice a year.

Required documents

The following documents must be submitted to Misrad HaBriut, in order to receive permission to take the entrance exam for Staj. Staj placement is determined by lottery. For more information and updates, see the Misrad Habriut website: www.health.gov.il/doclib/bakasha_medicine.doc. 

  • 2 passport photos.
  • 2 photocopies of your Teudat Zehut, including the sefach (address stub). If you are a tourist, please submit 2 photocopies of your passport with valid authorization for living in Israel.
  • Official confirmation of start and end date of studies. Often, this information appears on your diploma or transcript. If not, you can request a letter from your medical school indicating your start and end date.
  • Final diploma from a recognized university (or certification from a university regarding completion of studies, completion of all requirements for the university, and entitlement to a degree in medicine to be awarded on a certain date).
  • Fill out two copies of each of the following forms. A photocopy is not sufficient. Forms must be written in Hebrew:
    • בקשה להבחן
    • שאלון לעובדים מקצועיים בתחום הבריאות

English documents do not require translation but must be notarized by an Israeli notary.

Students who graduated from American medical schools in Israel will be considered overseas graduates.

After Submitting the Documents

Once you submit the application to Misrad Habriut and get permission to take the exam, the exam itself is administered by the Moetza Hamadait (Scientific Council of the Israeli Medical Association): 03-610-0444 or 03-610-0419.

Misrad HaKlita Subsidy

A Misrad Haklita subsidy is available for the first two years of Hitmachut (specialization). The subsidy covers up to 50% of your salary during this period (but not more than 7,390 NIS per month). Note: This subsidy is available for no more than 24 physicians per year, and is dependent on the availability of government funding.

* Last updated on January 17, 2024 *

How can we help your Aliyah?