Applying for an Israeli Medical License

Just like applying for a medical license in any country in the world, there is a process and set of standards that is unique to Israel. Therefore, a little patience and understanding will go a long way. It’s best to start the application process about 1-2 years before you plan to make Aliyah so that everything will hopefully be in order by the time you move to Israel.

Regarding the medical licensing process in Israel, please read the information below carefully. Though it may seem overwhelming, it is achievable. The process may be demanding and, at times, frustrating, but we are here to assist you every step of the way. Feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] with any questions.

Disclaimer: Misrad Habriut regulations are subject to change at any time. For the most current licensing information, please refer to the Misrad Habriut website. Nefesh B’Nefesh is not responsible or liable for any site inaccuracies or legal changes.

Licensing overview

Medical licensing in Israel is a two step process. It is recommended to begin both steps before making Aliyah:

  1. Apply for medical licensing through Misrad Habriut (Ministry of Health).
  2. Apply for board certification through the Moetza HaMada’it (Scientific Council) of the Israeli Medical Association.

The Israeli Medical Association (IMA) has launched an English-language guide on how to become a physician in Israel. You can find the comprehensive guide HERE. This valuable resource is a must-read for anyone aspiring to pursue a medical career in the vibrant and dynamic Israeli healthcare system. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to kickstart your Aliyah journey toward making a meaningful impact in the field of medicine!

Discover MedEx

The premier medical licensing conference in Teaneck, NJ! Attendees from 20 states and Canada joined last year. Take care of licensing needs, including authenticating documents with an Israeli notary. Don’t miss the job fair and more! Click HERE for details. Perfect if you plan to make Aliyah within one or two years.


Did you know that your prospective employer may have a financial incentive to hire you?

That’s right! Employers can receive financial assistance to offset the salary of a New Oleh or returning resident doctor.

Click HERE for more information and to see if you qualify!

* Last updated on January 16, 2024 *

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