The practice of medicine is not merely a profession – it is a mission. Medicine is a unique profession in which the most advanced science and technology are interwoven with empathy and giving that translate scientific advances to the bedside, to relieve patient suffering and save lives. Medicine should be viewed as a humane profession that harnesses sophisticated scientific tools for the benefit of patients.
These insights are the inspiration guiding the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson School of Medicine at Ariel University, where we strive to combine advanced science and innovative technologies with early, gradual and guided clinical exposure to imbue our students with proper medical education, communication skills, empathy, integrity, reliability and humanity. The theoretical and scientific knowledge gained through the pre-clinical curriculum is incorporated into clinical practice in the study of patients in small groups around the patient’s bed, to prepare the future doctor for comprehensive patient treatment.
Comprehensive medical education by traditional teaching methods is today on the verge of impossible. There is a literal explosion of new medical information which doubles in content each year, with an average of 7,000 new drugs introduced every month. The volume and complexity of medical information today has exceeded the retention capacity of the human brain, leading to the risk that this knowledge will not be properly realized when treating patients.
To enable new doctors to keep abreast of the rapid pace of modern medical advances, the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson School of Medicine at Ariel University vows to train the next generation of physicians to properly utilize new information for patients’ benefit. From the onset, students will be directed to guided self-learning using digital tools for effective learning. For example, the first-year curriculum includes an innovative course in bioinformatics in which students will learn how to translate complex genomic and biological information into patient care, how to handle large data and how to perform efficient data mining. To train tomorrow’s physicians to function effectively for decades to come, students will study in-depth personalized medicine, with an emphasis on clinical molecular biology, human genetics and pharmacogenomics. At the same time, there will also be customized instruction for each student, accompanied by individual mentoring throughout the duration of medical school, with gradual exposure to actual scenarios facing physicians.
The Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson School of Medicine at Ariel University will lead to quality physicians and scientific innovation, and will also increase social justice by enabling hundreds of students to study medicine in Israel, thereby reducing the need to study abroad, which is unaffordable to many.