Important Announcement for Physician Assistants

The Israeli government and the Ministry of Health are striving for a full change in the role of PAs in the Israeli medical system.  Once this is approved, PAs who will make Aliyah will be able to convert their licenses like any other medical professional with a fully regulated and transparent process.  Unfortunately, until the new government will be formed and until the PA bill will be signed off, the entire process is on a complete halt.  Currently, there are no courses and no license conversions.  We know it is frustrating but hope it will lead to a better outcome in the end.

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The Ministry of Aliyah and Integration is offering a retroactive reimbursement of up to 4,000 NIS to Olim who were required to translate and/or notarize documents in order to transfer their professional license in Israel.  The Oleh must submit the original receipts (or verified copies).

  • The reimbursement only covers translations and notarizations for professional needs
  • You can be reimbursed retroactively back to receipts that were issued from January 15, 2015
  • Age limit: Retirement age

In addition, the Ministry offers a reimbursement for Olim who took the governmental licensing exam.  Your eligibility lasts for 10 years from your date of Aliyah.  The reimbursement is ONLY given retroactively and will be paid back ONLY after submitting the receipt for your exam to your local Misrad Haklitah office.

Please note:  If you didn’t participate in a Misrad Haklitah preparation course for the governmental licensing exam, you may be entitled to reimbursement for two exams (if needed).

As of October 2016, it is possible for a foreign-trained Physician Assistant (PA) to become a PA in Israel.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) is launching a course to train medical professionals to become PAs within the Israeli medical system.

Israeli PAs will work under the supervision and guidance of physicians and will engage in all aspects of medicine: obtaining medical histories, undertaking physical examinations, diagnosis and treatment of illnesses and injuries, ordering and processing of laboratory tests, performing medical procedures, assisting during procedures and advancing health education.

The need for PAs in Israel has been discussed for decades. In 2012, a professional committee was assembled to examine the ways in which PAs may be incorporated as an integral piece of the Israeli medical establishment. In accordance with the committee’s recommendations, it was decided to launch the program by training PAs in three medical fields: emergency medicine, anesthesiology and pathology. The positions will be filled by acting health professionals, by expanding their responsibilities according to section 59 of the Physicians Ordinance and the Physicians Regulations (Qualifications for Performing Exceptional Activities), 2001.

An Emergency Medicine PA training course has already begun. The second course is due to open at the end of February 2017, and its enrollment will begin shortly. The courses in anesthesiology and pathology are still under development.

In order to be licensed as an Israeli PA all applicants are required to complete an MOH-approved training program. The following professionals are eligible to apply to the Israeli PA course in Emergency Medicine:

  • Israeli-trained paramedics
  • Certified PAs from other countries
  • MDs, whose degrees have been approved to take the licensing exam by the Israeli Ministry of Health

The training course in Emergency Medicine PA will be take place at the MOH’s training center at Sheba Hospital in Ramat Gan and it will last approximately 9 months. Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a PA diploma from the Israeli Ministry of Health. Currently, the course is fully funded by the MOH. Participants will also receive a monthly allowance during the course.

In order to join the course, candidates must be hired by a hospital that offers PAs positions.  Major parts of the course will involve training at the sponsoring hospital, and upon completion of the course the PA will continue to practice in the training hospital.

For registration and more information please contact the course director, Mr. Udi Gelbshtein from the MOH, at [email protected]

For the Ministry of Health information about becoming a Physician Assistant in Israel, click here.

Medical Ulpan
From time to time, depending on registration, the Israeli Ministry of Aliyah and Integration is able to offer a medical Ulpan (in-person and/or online). Participants must either first successfully complete a regular Ulpan course or pass a Hebrew entrance exam to join. If you are interested in having Nefesh B’Nefesh pass along your information to the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration please complete this form:

* Last updated on March 6, 2023 *

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