Since its establishment in 1954, the University’s growth has paralleled that of the State of Israel. Today, 36,000 students and more than 2,200 faculty members make it the country’s largest institution of higher education. The University has earned an international reputation for the excellence of its programs and participates in joint projects and exchange programs with universities in Europe and in North and South America.
The University’s medical school was established in 1964. Eight years later, in 1972, the school was officially named the Sackler School of Medicine in recognition of the substantial funding provided by Drs. Arthur, Mortimer and Raymond Sackler, U.S. physicians.
The Sackler School of Medicine New York State/American Program
In 1976, the Sackler School of Medicine New York State/American Program was launched. Its goal was to provide young Americans with an opportunity to realize their dream of becoming physicians and to develop a strong, positive relationship with Israel.
Today, the program annually welcomes approximately 300 medical students who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada. More than 1,600 physicians have graduated from the program and have gone to contribute significantly to the healthcare of patients at leading medical institutions throughout the U.S., Canada and Israel.
The goal of a Sackler education is to provide graduates with an exceptional academic foundation in the science of human disease and with the clinical skills to translate this knowledge into accurate diagnoses and treatment. Equally important, Sackler strives to cultivate and nurture in its graduates the qualities that foster an empathetic, ethical doctor-patient relationship. Graduating physicians are encouraged to foster their own career-long commitment to professional self-assessment and continuing education in order to keep abreast of the rapid changes in medicine.
Chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York, the program is accredited by the State of Israel. The New York State Education Department reported that the program “meets or exceeds accepted standards of academic quality.”