The course is characterised by a multidisciplinary and integrated approach to teaching, with a total of 360 credits and 29 exams, distributed into 12 semesters

Among the teaching methods, particular relevance is given to interactive teaching, which mostly consists of group activities coordinated by a tutor. Examples of such methods are Problem Based Learning, Case Method, Concept Maps and Portfolios. Particular attention is also paid to vocational training in order to promote the acquisition of specific vocational skills. This approach allows students to fully integrate theory and practice, developing a critical and autonomous reasoning.

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Study Plan A.Y. 2020/2021

Semester Course Teaching / Modules Credits
1st PRINCIPLES OF THE LIVING MATTER

Medical Physics Chemistry

9
1st BUILDING BODIES

Histology and Embryology Human Anatomy

11
1st BEING A MEDICAL DOCTOR

History of Medicine Bioethics General pedagogy

4
Annual THE CELL: MOLECULES AND PROCESSES

Biochemistry Applied biology Cytology Molecular biology Genetics

19
2nd BODY ARCHITECTURE

Human anatomy

9
Total 52
Semester Course Teaching / Modules Credits
1st BODY AT WORK 1 

Human physiology, Biochemistry, Neuroanatomy and Medical physics

14
Annual MECHANISM OF DISEASES

General pathology and Immunology, Microbiology, Genetics

22
2nd BODY AT WORK 2

Human physiology, Biochemistry, Human anatomy and Medical physics

15
Total 51

 

Semester Course Teaching / Modules Credits
Annual COMMUNICATION SKILLS

General Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Internal Medicine

4
1st FOUNDATIONS FOR SYSTEM DISEASES

Clinical Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Pathology, Radiology

7
1st SYSTEM DISEASES 1

Cardiovascular diseases, Nephrology, Pharmacology, Pathology, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Radiology and Urology

17
2nd SYSTEM DISEASES 2

Pharmacology, Radiology, Blood Diseases, Pathology, Internal Medicine, General Surgery and Respiratory Diseases

13
2nd HEAD AND NECK

Otorhinolaryngological Diseases, Odontostomatological Diseases, Ophtalmological Diseases, Human Anatomy and Human Physiology

8
2nd BIOSTATISTICS

Biostatistics

4
Total 53
Semester Course Teaching / Modules Credits
1st COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Clinical Psychology and General Psychology

2
1st SYSTEM DISEASES 3

Pharmacology, Radiology, Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, Pathology, Internal Medicine and General Surgery

17
1st BONE AND JOINT DISEASES

Orthopedics, Rehabilitation Medicine, Radiology

6
1st ICT FOR MEDICINE

Informatics and Hospital Management

3
2nd INFECTIOUS DISEASES

Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology

6
2nd PATHOLOGY

Pathology

4
2nd CLINICAL IMMUNOLOGY AND DERMATOLOGY

Dermatology and Rheumatology

4
2nd PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL
MEDICINE
Occupational Medicine, Public Health and Applied Economics
12
Total 54
Semester Course Teaching / Modules Credits
Annual PATIENT MANAGEMENT

Rehabilitation Medicine, Clinical Pathology, Biostatistics, Nursing, Internal Medicine and General Surgery

16
1st COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Clinical Psychology

1
1st MENTAL HEALTH

Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology

5
1st CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCE

Neurology, Neuroanatomy, Neurophysiology, Neurosurgery and Neuroradiology

9
1st NEUROPHARMACOLOGY 

Pharmacology

3
2nd OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY

Obstetrics and Gynecology

5
2nd PEDIATRICS

Pediatrics and Infant Neuropsychiatry

6
2nd ONCOLOGY

Medical Oncology, Radiology and Radiotherapy

4
Total 49
Semester Course Teaching / Modules Credits
1st EMERGENCIES

General Surgery, Internal Medicine and Anesthesiology

4
1st FORENSIC MEDICINE

Forensic Medicine

3
1st PATIENT MANAGEMENT

Plastic Surgery, Internal Medicine and General Surgery

8
Total 15

 

To take the following examination(s) the following exams must have been passed

The cell: molecules and processes Principles of the living matter
Body Architecture Building Bodies: from gametes to organs
Body at Work 1 and 2 Building Bodies: from gamets to organs
Body Architecture
The cell: molecules and processes
Principles of the living matter
Mechanism of Diseases Body at Work 1 and 2
System Diseases 1,2 and 3 Mechanism of Diseases
Foundations for System Diseases
Clinical Neuroscience Head and Neck
Pediatrics Infectious Diseases
System Diseases 1,2 and 3
Communication Skills Being a Medical Doctor
Patient Management Biostatistics
System Diseases 1,2 and 3
Clinical Immunology and Dermatology
Infectious Diseases
Bone and Joint Diseases
Clinical Neuroscience
Pathology
Neuropharmacology
Oncology
Emergencies
To enroll to the following year(s) The following exam(s) must have been passed
3rd Year Building Bodies: from gamets to organs body architecture

The cell: molecules and processes

Principles of the living matter

Body at work 1 e 2

 

Study Plan A.Y. 2021/2022

The following study plan is valid for newly enrolled students in the 2021/2022 academic year only.

Semester Course Teaching / Modules Credits
1st PRINCIPLES OF THE LIVING MATTER

Medical Physics Chemistry

9
1st BUILDING BODIES

Histology and Embryology Human Anatomy

12
1st BEING A MEDICAL DOCTOR

History of Medicine, Bioethics, Pedagogy

3
2nd THE CELL: MOLECULES AND PROCESSES

Applied Biology

6
2nd BODY ARCHITECTURE

Anatomy, Radiology

11
2nd THE CELL: FUNCTIONS AND CONTROL
Biochemistry, Human Psychology
9
2nd BEING A MEDICAL DOCTOR

Pedagogy, General Psychology, Clinical Psychology

3
2nd VOCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

Vocational Activities 1st year

3
Total 56
Semester Course Teaching / Modules Credits
1st BODY AT WORK 1 

Human Physiology, Biochemistry, Neuroanatomy and Medical physics

13
1st MOLECULAR MEDICINE AND COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY

Genetics, Molecular biology

8
1st MECHANISM OF DISEASES I

General Pathology and Immunology, Microbiology

9
2nd MECHANISM OF DISEASES II

General Pathology and Immunology, Microbiology

10
2nd BODY AT WORK 2

Human physiology, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Medical Physics

13
Annual VOCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

Vocational activities 2nd year

2
Total 54

 

Semester Course Teaching / Modules Credits
1st PATHOLOGY AND DIAGNOSTICS

Pathology, Radiology, Clinical Pathology

9
1st PHARMACOLOGY

Pharmacology

4
1st CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES

Vasculas diseases, Cardiovascular diseases, Radiology, Pathology

6
1st NEPHROLOGY AND UROLOGY

Nephrology, Urology, Pathology, Radiology

7
1st GENERAL SURGERY

General Surgery

3
2nd HEAD AND NECK

Otorhinolaryngological Diseases, Odontostomatological Diseases, Ophtalmological Diseases

6
2nd RESPIRATORY DISEASES

Respiratory Diseases, Thoracic Surgery, Pathology, Radiology

7
2nd PHARMACOLOGY

Pharmacology

4
2nd COMMUNICATION SKILLS

General Psycholgy, Clinical Psychology

5
2nd CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES

Cardiovascular diseases

2
Annual VOCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

Vocational activities 3rd year

12
Total 65
Semester Course Teaching / Modules Credits
1st GASTROENTEROLOGY

Gastroenterology, Pathology, Radiology, General Surgery

8
1st ENDOCRINOLOGY

Endocrinology, Pathology, Radiology

6
1st BONE AND JOINT DISEASES

Orthopedics, Rehabilitation Medicine, Radiology

6
1st BIOSTATISTICS

Biostatistics

4
2nd CLINICAL IMMUNOLOGY AND DERMATOLOGY

Rheumatology, Dermatology

4
2nd INFECTIOUS DISEASES

Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology

6
2nd PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE

Occupational Medicine, Public Health and Applied Economics

11
2nd INFORMATICS AND DATA SCIENCE

Informatics and Computational biology

4
Annual VOCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

Vocational activities 4th year

13
Total 62
Semester Course Teaching / Modules Credits
1st CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCE

Neurology, Neurosurgery, Neuroradiology, Nauroanatomy, Neurophysiology

9
1st MENTAL HEALTH

Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology

7
1st PATIENT MANAGEMENT

Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Rehabilitation Medicine

6
2nd PATIENT MANAGEMENT

Internal Medicine, General Surgery

5
2nd PEDIATRICS

Pediatrics

6
2nd OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY

Obstetrics and Gynecology

5
2nd BLOOD DISEASES

Blood Diseases, Pathology, Radiology and Radiotherapy

6
2nd CLINICAL AND MOLECULAR ONCOLOGY

Medical Oncology, Radiology and Radiotherapy

5
Annual VOCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

Vocational activities 5th year and Tirocinio pratico-valutativo

20
Total 69
Semester Course Teaching / Modules Credits
1st EMERGENCIES

General Surgery, Internal Medicine and Anesthesiology

4
1st FORENSIC MEDICINE AND BIOETHICS

Forensic Medicine and Bioethics

4
1st PATIENT MANAGEMENT

Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Anesthesiology, Clinical epidemiology and applied biostatistics (Biostatistics)

10
1st VOCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

Vocational activities 5th year and Tirocinio pratico-valutativo

10
2nd ELECTIVE COURSES 8
2nd FINALE EXAM 18
Total 54

 

To take the following examination(s) Year Semester You must have passed the following examination(s) Year Semester
Molecular Medicine & Computational Biology 2 I The Cell: Molecules and Processes 1 II
Body at Work 1

Body at Work 2

2 I

II

Building Bodies: from gametes to organs 1 I
Principles of the living matter 1 I
Body architecture 1 II
The Cell: Functions and control 1 II
Mechanisms of diseases I 2 I Principles of the living matter 1 I
The Cell: Molecules and Processes 1 II
The Cell: Functions and control 1 II
Building bodies: from gametes to organs 1 I
Body architecture 1 II
Mechanisms of diseases II 2 II Mechanisms of diseases I 2 I
Pathology and diagnostics 3 I MOD I e II 2 I e II
Pathology and diagnostics 3 I Molecular Medicine and computational biology 2 I e II
Cardiovascular Diseases 3 Annual MOD I e II 2 II
Nephrology & Urology 3 I Mechanisms of diseases II 2 II
Communication skills 3 II Being a medical doctor 1 annual
(esame al II sem.)
Gastroenterology 4 I Pathology & Diagnostics 3 I
Pharmacology 3 annual
(esame al II sem.)
General surgery 3 I
Endocrinology 4 I Pathology & Diagnostics 3 I
Pharmacology 3 annual
(esame al II sem.)
General surgery 3 I
Bones and Joints 4 I General surgery 3 I
Pathology & Diagnostics 3 I
Pharmacology 3 annual
(esame al II sem.)
Clinical Immunology and Dermatology 4 I Pathology & Diagnostics 3 I
Pharmacology 3 annual
(esame al II sem.)
Infectious diseases 4 II Pharmacology 3 annuale
(esame al II sem.)
Pathology & Diagnostics 3 I
Public Health 4 II Biostatistics 4 I
Clinical Neuroscience 5 I Head and neck 3 II
Pharmacology 3 annual
(esame al II sem.)
Pathology & Diagnostics 3 I
General surgery 3 I
Mental health 5 I Pharmacology 3 annual
(esame al II sem.)
Pathology & Diagnostics 3 I
Pediatrics 5 II Infectious Diseases 4 II
Cardiovascular Diseases 3 annual
(esame al II sem.)
Nephrology & Urology 3 I
Respiratory diseases 3 II
Gastroenterology 4 I
Endocrinology 4 I
Obstetrics and Gynecology 5 II General surgery 3 II
Pharmacology
Blood diseases 5 II Pathology & Diagnostics 3 II
Pharmacology 3 annual
(esame al II sem.)
Clinical and molecular oncology 5 II Informatics and data science 4 II
Pathology & Diagnostics 3 I
Public Health 4 II
Pharmacholgy 3 annual
(esame al II sem.)
Patient management
Emergencies
6 I Cardiovascular Diseases 3 annual
(esame al II sem.)
Nephrology & Urology 3 I
Respiratory diseases 3 II
Gastroenterology 4 I
Endocrinology 4 I
Public Health 4 II
Clinical Immunology and Dermatology 4 II
Infectious Diseases 4 II
Bone and Joint Diseases 4 I
Clinical neuroscience 5 I
Mental Health 5 I
Blood diseases 5 II
Communication skills 3 II
Clinical and Molecular Oncology 5 II
Bone and Joint Diseases 4 I

 

 

 

Teaching and assessment

There are several types of learning activities including core courses, vocational training, elective courses and training activities for the preparation of the thesis.

For each learning activity, students gain a certain number of university credits and a mark awarded on a 30-point scale or pass/fail exam. The minimum passing mark is 18/30. Any attribution of honor, in addition to the maximum mark of 30, is subject to the unanimous assessment of the Commission.

The assessment is performed through written and oral exams and where pertinent through the student’s portfolio. The clinical skills are assessed through OSCE (Objective Structure Clinical Examination). All exams are taken during specific exam periods.


Core Courses – Integrated teaching

Core courses are held by one or more professors, depending on the specific objectives assigned to each course. For each course, a Coordinator is appointed annually by the Academic Board. The specific objectives of each course are outlined in the syllabuses provided annually by the professors.

Integrated courses are those that include different modules, held by more than one professor. Students can thus gain a complete insight into all the aspects related to each subject. For example, in the “Head and Neck” integrated course students will learn the anatomy and physiology of the head and neck, as well as the related diseases (otorhinolarynogological, odontostomatological and ophtalmological). Continuous assessment may be prescribed for such courses. The marks of continuous assessment converge into one final mark.

Vocational training

This form of tutorial teaching involves performing practical clinical activities under the supervision of a tutor, but with a considerable degree of autonomy, to simulate the activity performed at a professional level. Students are required to acquire practical skills in several fields of medical practice, for a total of 60 credits. The skills acquired during the vocational training are tested through OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination). Vocational training activities may include laboratories for the acquisition of practical and relational skills, briefing and debriefing, formative feedback and portfolio.

Elective courses

Elective activities are learning activities freely chosen by students within a range of proposals offered annually by the teaching body, according to the established methods, procedures and limits of the degree programme. These activities give the student the opportunity to analyse specific or innovative subjects.

Students are also encouraged to attend internal seminars and conferences, participate in research activities and experiences abroad through the Erasmus programme or other international mobility options.

Final examination

To be admitted to the final examination, students must develop an original thesis under the supervision of a professor or tutor. This activity is known as internato di laurea or degree internship.

Eligibility to take the degree exam is subject to successful completion of all the exams required by the study plan for a total of 342 credits.

The final degree mark (out of 110) is determined by:

  • final weighed average (out of 110)
  • up to 10 points allocated by the Degree Commission

Any award of honors is subject to having achieved a weighted average of at least 102 and depends on the unanimous assessment of the Commission.

18 credits are assigned to thesis preparation

To calculate your weighted average consult the Academic Regulations.

Students can attend elective activities throughout the entire course of study, and must gain 8 credits in the context of elective courses before graduating.

 

 

Credits (CFU)
university credit (CFU) is the unit of measure of learning work that a student needs for the completion of each course.

1 CFU consists of 25 coursework and workload hours, including at least 50% of study.

Each CFU may correspond to:

  • 6 hours of problem based learning lessons and 19 hours of study
  • 12 hours of frontal lessons or equivalent teaching activities and the remaining 13 hours of study
  • 16 hours of laboratories and practical activities, including clerkship and 9 hours of study
  • 25 hours dedicated to theoretical-practical teaching with teacher’s guide for professionalizing activities
  • 25 hours of laboratory or clinical internship (elective activities)
  • 20 hours of theoretical and practical training for the preparation for the final test

The Virgilio Program

Applications are closed

The project is funded by Fondazione Cariplo and coordinated by Università degli Studi Milano Bicocca. It is open to students attending Humanitas University, Università degli Studi di Milano and Università degli Studi Milano Bicocca.

Medical students will develop a deep understanding of the link between basic research and clinical research and be able to combine patient care with biomedical research.

The program, taught entirely in English, is intended for a selected number of third-year medical students, who for three years will integrate their curriculum with inter-disciplinary seminars and internship activities in research laboratories.

In particular, the program allows students to gain 60 additional university credits through seminars, courses and laboratory activities.
team of mentors and tutors will support the students in all their activities, including the preparation of their thesis and laboratory activities.

Thanks to the collaboration between the three universities and the cooperation of the team of mentors and tutors, students will be able to carry out research activities to complete their experimental thesis in any of the three partner universities.

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How to Apply
Download the Call for Applications a.y. 2021/2022

To apply to the program, you need to fill in the following form and send it to virgilioprogram@unimib.it, alongside your motivational letter.

For any additional information, please visit the Virgilio Program    official website.

 

HUMANITAS GROUP

Humanitas is a highly specialized Hospital, Research and Teaching Center. Built around centers for the prevention and treatment of cancer, cardiovascular, neurological and orthopedic disease – together with an Ophthalmic Center and a Fertility Center – Humanitas also operates a highly specialised Emergency Department.