Faculty of Medicine Newsletter 56 (January 14 - 27, 2022)

ניוזלטרים בעברית, כאן.

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Introducing Ilanot Medical Leadership Cadet ProgramIlanot

This year’s MD applicants are being offered a unique opportunity thanks to the Israeli Ministry of Health. “Ilanot” aims to cultivate the next generation of medical leadership, with a focus on the periphery. Up to 30 cadets are slated to be hand picked from highly motivated Azrieli applicants.

Ilanot is made possible thanks to cooperation with organizations in the Negev and the Galilee as well as the Department for the Reserves for Israel in the Prime Minister's Office, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry for the Development of the Negev and the Galilee, hospitals and HMOs in the Negev and the Galilee, local councils and local associations and of course, the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine that welcomes the program.

Students will receive a tuition and living expenses stipend, leadership training, and mentoring throughout the period. In exchange, Azrieli students commit to living in the Galilee and working for seven years in the Galilee after graduation.

Four year MD track applications for academic year 2022-23 are being accepted January 16 – February 13, 2022.

Medical Students Learn from Seniors in “Aging” Courseseniors

Second-year students in the four-year MD track were recently given the opportunity to meet (via Zoom due to Covid-19) members of the senior "Galilee Team" from the Upper Galilee. The students are currently well into their "Aging" course which is given by Dr. Amitai Oberman. As part of the course, they meet with seniors to learn first-hand, and not just via textbooks. The meeting proved enriching and a lively discussion arose that led to tips as to how best to be a good and professional physician, especially around this special and important age group with its unique needs.


Congratulations to Prof. Tzipora Falik-Zaccai upon her promotion to full professor.


Condolences to Yehiel Dahan on the passing of his mother.


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Reminder that publications by Azrieli faculty are generally posted in chronological order based on publication date, per PubMed listings. If you have published an article recently that appears on PubMed but that was not listed in a Newsletter, I apologize, and please do let me know.


  • Liron Jerbi, Maya Azrad, Avi Peretz: Evaluation of Factors that Affect the Performance of COVID-19 Molecular Assays Including Presence of Symptoms, Number of Detected Genes and RNA Extraction Type (Mol Diagn Ther . )
  • Maya Frank Wolf, Inshirah Sgayer, Liat Yaron, Oleg Shnaider, Marwan Odeh, Jacob Bornstein, Michal Carmiel: Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy - prevalence and ethnic distribution in northern Israel (Ginekol Pol . )
  • Edo Y Birati: Low Blood Pressure Threshold for Adverse Outcomes During Left Ventricular Assist Device Support (Am J Cardiol . )
  • Alessandro Gorohovski, Milana Frenkel-Morgenstern: The Association of Previous Vaccination with Live-Attenuated Varicella Zoster Vaccine and COVID-19 Positivity: An Israeli Population-Based Study (Vaccines (Basel) .)
  • Maayan Katz, Maya Azrad, Daniel Glikman, Avi Peretz: COVID-19 Vaccination Compliance and Associated Factors among Medical Students during an Early Phase of Vaccination Rollout-A Survey from Israe (Vaccines (Basel) . )
  • Nasser Sakran: The Effects of One Anastomosis Gastric Bypass Surgery on the Gastrointestinal Tract (Nutrients . )
  • Gassan Moady, Shaul Atar: Management of Patients with Left Ventricular Assist Device during the COVID-19 Pandemic (Medicina (Kaunas) .)
  • Wisam Sbeit, Moeen Sbeit, Amir Mari, Tawfik Khoury: The Possible Association of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease with Acute Cholangitis: A Retrospective Multicenter Cohort Study (Life (Basel) . )
  • Nasser Sakran: Food Addiction and Binge Eating Impact on Weight Loss Outcomes Two Years Following Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery (Obes Surg .)
  • Yishai Mintzker: BNT162b2 Covid-19 Vaccine in Children 5 to 11 Years of Age (N Engl J Med .)
  • Jalal Baranseh, Anton Ouryvaev, Gassan Moady, Ayelet Shai: Pro-BNP in the differential diagnosis of dyspnea in patients treated with immune-checkpoint inhibitors: Case Report (J Oncol Pharm Pract .)
  • David Azoulay, Ilan Levov, Ety Shaoul, Amir Asher Kuperman: Laboratory Indices in Patients with Positive and Borderline Flow-cytometry EMA-screening Test Results for Hereditary Spherocytosis (J Pediatr . )
  • Khalaf Kridin, Orly Avni, Erez Onn: Dipeptidyl-peptidase IV inhibitor (DPP4i) confers increased odds of bullous pemphigoid even years after drug initiation (Arch Dermatol Res .)
  • Karl L Skorecki: De novo mutation rates at the single-mutation resolution in a human HBB gene-region associated with adaptation and genetic disease (Genome Res .)
  • Yuval Cohen, Otzem Chassid: Light Intensity in Nursery Schools: A Possible Factor in Refractive Development (Asia Pac J Ophthalmol (Phila) .)
  • George Habib: Metabolic effects of medical cannabis treatment (J Investig Med .)
  • Yishai Mintzker: Replacing PICO in non-interventional studies (BMJ Evid Based Med . )
  • Amitai Bickel, Samer Ganam, Ibrahim Abu Shakra, Inbal Farkash, Rola Francis, Fahed Merei, Isaac Cohen, Eli Kakiashvili: Delayed diagnosis and subsequently increased severity of acute appendicitis (compatible with clinical-pathologic grounds) during the COVID-19 pandemic: an observational case-control study (BMC Gastroenterol .)

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