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Roger Sebel Hebrew University Medical Elective Term Fellowships

General Information


As an extension of the Student Exchange Fellowship program, in 2006, the Fund established fellowships to assist University of Sydney medical students to undertake their medical elective term at the Hebrew University.

These scholarships are also known as the Roger Sebel Fellowships in recognition of the valuable contribution made to the work of the Fund by Mr Roger Sebel.

For further information about these grants, and information about doing a Medical Elective Term at the Hebrew University’s Hadassah Medical School please click on the links below:

Jerusalem Elective Hebrew University Hadassah 2018-19

Medical Elective Term 2018

or contact the Fund Office.

Read a report from previous participant - Anna Fisher (PDF, 57KB)

Awardees for January 2014 Medical Elective Term

HU Medical Elective Term F/p – Jan 2014 Awardees


Isabelle Kapterian, Hugh Caterson and Charles Meares were the scholarship Awardees in January 2014.

Charles and Hugh were both headed to the Department of Cardiology at Hadassah where they looked forward to honing their skills in this field which they believe will be useful to them across all other fields of medicine in which they may decide to practice.

Isabelle’s elective term was in the field of General Surgery as she aspires to be a surgeon and saw the time at Hadassah as a great opportunity to strengthen her knowledge and ability in this area.

All three students were very interested in seeing how medicine is practiced in this highly multicultural environment servicing a population which includes Russian immigrants, Jewish Israelis and Palestinian Arabs with each group having its own particular attitudes to health and disease. They all shared Isabelle’s interest to see if “methods used here could be applied in Australia, particularly in regions where the demographic is predominantly culturally and linguistically diverse.”

Read about their experiences here.

January 2013 Awardees

HU Medical Elective Term F/p – Jan 2013 Awardees


The Hebrew University Medical Elective Term Fellowship Awardees for January 2013 were Simon Reid, Darren Rom and Tamsea Sefa. Below you can read some of their thoughts about the Elective at the time of their application. You can then read about how it all went here.

The Trustees of the Fund are pleased to announce that the Hebrew University Medical Elective Term Fellowship Awardees for January 2013 are:

  • Simon Reid – "I was drawn to undertake an elective term at Hadassah Ein Karem after reading about the hospital’s nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize for their equal treatment of all patients, regardless of nationality or religion. I feel that this environment would be an ideal place to continue my development towards becoming a practitioner who sees his patients in their entirety and factors their cultural context into the treatment of disease.”
  • Darren Rom – “I see this as a great opportunity to work with and learn from an internationally recognised specialist team (in Plastic Surgery). I hope to further my knowledge and understanding in this field - an area of medicine I have yet to experience in the Sydney Medical Program. In Jerusalem, I I am also interested in gaining an appreciation of the diverse cultures and people of the area and some understanding of the challenges these bring to the healthcare system and how these are met.”
  • Tamsea Sefa – “I will spend my elective term with the Trauma Surgery Team to further my knowledge and skills in the field of critical care and surgery, particularly my understanding of surgical management of emergencies and trauma. Because a trauma theatre may have several specialists operating, it will afford me the opportunity to experience specialties I would not encounter in the Sydney Medical Program. Being under the supervision of Prof Rivkind, the founder of the Trauma Unit at Hadasssah, I also hope to undertake some research with him in the area of fluid resuscitation and assessment of blood loss which are among his areas of research interest.”