School of Medicine
I will be working at Al-Makkased Hospital in Jerusalem in a clinical rotation in the Emergency Department and Internal Medicine wards in 8-12 hour shifts in direct patient care with the option of performing overnight shifts in the emergency ward. The hospital is the main referral center for
undeserved and impoverished Palestinian populations in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. There are 900,000 Palestinian refugees living in the West Bank. 25.7% of Palestinians live below the poverty line and 34% suffer from food insecurity. According to the World Bank, 56% of the
population has issues accessing healthcare and only 69% have access to clean water. 58% of the population is overweight, and 9% of the population has diabetes. In my rotations, I will see/treat everything from violent traumas, to exacerbation of noncommunicable diseases (diabetic complications, heart failure) and communicable diseases, to mental health disturbances (high rates of PTSD and mental illness). The hospital is open to all populations, and Israeli and Palestinian patients can both use its services. I have dedicated a lot of my time and extracurricular efforts to
working with refugees, including locally, as well as abroad working on projects for Syrian refugees in Jordanian camps, and working on projects involving Sudanese refugees stemming from the Darfur conflict. This opportunity represents a unique chance to work with this refugee population in this health setting as an extension of my career goals.
Jerusalem, Palestinian Territories