The Labor, Welfare and Health Committee of the Knesset approved on January 16, 2013 an exemption from the Israeli licensing exam for physicians who have successfully passed the American SMLE exam.
For physicians post-internship: To benefit from an exemption, the physician who has completed an internship must meet several conditions:
- The physician has a diploma from a foreign institution recognized by Israel’s Ministry of Health.
- The physician has practiced clinical medicine outside Israel.
- The physician has successfully passed all three phases of the USMLE exam pursuant to all the regulations set by the National Board of Medical Examiners*.
For graduates with a medical degree prior to having done an internship: An exemption for graduates with a diploma who wish seek to do their internship in Israel will be made under the following conditions:
- The physician holds a diploma in medicine from a foreign institution recognized by the Israeli Ministry of Health.
- Has successfully completed at least the first two phases of the USMLE pursuant to all the regulations set by the National Board of Medical Examiners*.
Effective date of these regulations: The exemption is in effect as of May 26, 2013 and will also be given to physicians who sat for the USMLE and passed it successfully prior to the effective date of the exemption.
An exemption will not be given to a candidate who has failed the Israeli exam: The exemption will not be given to a physician who sat for the parallel Israeli exam and failed to pass it.