Medicine

6-year-degree course, taught exclusively in English. From the first year, theoretical interdisciplinary modules are integrated with hands-on experience and simulation activities, with clerkships commencing in the 3rd year.

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Humanitas Medicine and Surgery degree course is a 6-year university programme. The course is characterized by a multidisciplinary and integrated approach to teaching. According to the latter principle, most individual courses are grouped into modules with a total of 29 examinations, distributed into 12 semesters.

The course is taught entirely in English. However, students are advised that a basic knowledge of Italian will be required during the clinical practice that starts from the third year.

Among the teaching methods, particular relevance is given to interactive teaching, which mostly consists of group activities and team-work coordinated by a tutor. Examples of such methods are Problem Based Learning, Case Method, Problem Solving, 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. Students are also encouraged to participate to research activities organized by Humanitas (seminars, conferences) and experiences abroad.

The curriculum comprises a total of 360 credits, including 60 credits for Vocational Training. Attendance at these educational activities (lectures and training) is compulsory and is a prerequisite to taking exams.

130 places are available for the Medicine course 2016/17.

For info about admissions, click here.

Study plan

1st Year
SEMESTERCOURSE TEACHINGCREDITSMODULES
1STPRINCIPLES OF THE LIVING MATTER9Medical Physics
Chemistry
1STBUILDING BODIES11Histology and Embryology
Human Anatomy
1STBEING A MEDICAL DOCTOR4History of Medicine
Bioethics
General pedagogy
ANNUALTHE CELL: MOLECULES AND PROCESSES19Biochemistry
Applied biology
Cytology
Molecular biology
Genetics
2NDBODY ARCHITECTURE9Human anatomy
TOTAL52
2nd Year
SEMESTERCOURSE TEACHINGCREDITSMODULES
1STBODY AT WORK 114Human physiology
Biochemistry
Neuroanatomy
Medical physics
ANNUALMECHANISM OF DISEASES22General pathology and Immunology
Microbiology
Genetics
2NDBODY AT WORK 215Human physiology
Biochemistry
Human anatomy
Medical physics
TOTAL51
3rd Year
SEMESTERCOURSE TEACHINGCREDITSMODULES
ANNUALCOMMUNICATION SKILLS4General Psychology
Clinical Psychology
Internal Medicine
1STFOUNDATIONS FOR SYSTEM DISEASES7Clinical Biochemistry
Pharmacology
Pathology
Radiology
1STSYSTEM DISEASES 117Cardiovascular diseases
Nephrology
Pharmacology
Pathology
Internal Medicine
General Surgery
Radiology
Urology
2NDSYSTEM DISEASES 213Pharmacology
Radiology
Blood Diseases
Pathology
Internal Medicine
General Surgery
Respiratory Diseases
2NDHEAD AND NECK8Otorhinolaryngological Diseases
Odontostomatological Diseases
Ophtalmological Diseases
Human Anatomy
Human Physiology
2NDBIOSTATISTICS4BIOSTATISTICS
TOTAL53
4th Year
SEMESTERCOURSE TEACHINGCREDITSMODULES
1STCOMMUNICATION SKILLS2Clinical Psychology
General Psychology
1STSYSTEM DISEASES 317Pharmacology
Radiology
Gastroenterology
Endocrinology
Pathology
Internal Medicine
General Surgery
1STBONE AND JOINT DISEASES6Orthopedics
Rehabilitation Medicine
Radiology
1STICT FOR MEDICINE3Informatics
Hospital Management
2NDINFECTIOUS DISEASES6Infectious Diseases
Clinical Microbiology
2NDPATHOLOGY4Pathology
2NDCLINICAL IMMUNOLOGY AND DERMATOLOGY4Dermatology
Rheumatology
2NDPUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL
MEDICINE
12Occupational Medicine
Public Health
Applied Economics
TOTAL54
5th Year
SEMESTERCOURSE TEACHINGCREDITSMODULES
ANNUALPATIENT MANAGEMENT16Rehabilitation Medicine
Clinical Pathology
Biostatistics
Nursing
Internal Medicine
General Surgery
1STCOMMUNICATION SKILLS1Clinical Psychology
1STMENTAL HEALTH5Psychiatry
Clinical Psychology
1STCLINICAL NEUROSCIENCE9Neurology
Neuroanatomy
Neurophysiology
Neurosurgery
Neuroradiology
1STNEUROPHARMACOLOGY3Pharmacology
2NDOBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY5Obstetrics and Gynecology
2NDPEDIATRICS6Pediatrics
Infant Neuropsychiatry
2NDONCOLOGY4Medical Oncology
Radiology and Radiotherapy
TOTAL49
6th Year
SEMESTERCOURSE TEACHINGCREDITSMODULES
1STEMERGENCIES4General Surgery
Internal Medicine
Anesthesiology
1STFORENSIC MEDICINE3Forensic Medicine
1STPATIENT MANAGEMENT8Plastic Surgery
Internal Medicine
General Surgery
TOTAL15

3P Portfolio (Priority Presenting Problem Portfolio)

The 3P Portfolio is an innovative kind of Portfolio introduced in the Humanitas Medicine course from 2014.

Starting from the first year, students will have to reason on some of the most common and important clinical presenting problems by progressively incorporating in their portfolio the contents of the basic sciences and clinical sciences related to those problems.

Propaedeutic prerequisites

TO TAKE THE FOLLOWING EXAMINATION(S)THE FOLLOWING EXAMS MUST HAVE BEEN PASSED
The cell: molecules and processesPrinciples of the living matter
Body ArchitectureBuilding Bodies: from gametes to organs
Body at Work 1 and 2Building Bodies: from gamets to organs
Body Architecture
The cell: molecules and processes
Principles of the living matter
Mechanism of DiseasesBody at Work 1 and 2
System Diseases 1,2 and 3Mechanism of Diseases
Foundations for System Diseases
Clinical NeuroscienceHead and Neck
PediatricsInfectious Diseases
System Diseases 1,2 and 3
Communication SkillsBeing a Medical Doctor
Patient ManagementBiostatistics
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 YearBuilding Bodies: from gametes to organs
Body architecture
The cell: molecules and processes
Principles of the living matter
Body at work 1 e 2
4th YearMechanisms of diseases

Prerequisites

In order to profitably attend the first lessons, Medicine students are advised to read the following document describing the prerequisites for the first year courses:

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 a detailed description see below).

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.

 

Credits (CFU)

A university credit (CFU) is the unit of measure of learning work that a student needsfor 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:

  1. 4 hours of problem based learning lessons and 21 hours of study
  2. 8 hours of lectures and 17 hours of study
  3. 15 hours of laboratories and practical activities, including clerkship  and 10 hours of study
  4. 25 hours of laboratory or elective activities.

 

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

 

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.

Course schedule

2016 Lessons start:

  • for III-VI year students: September 28
  • for II year: September 29
  • for I yearOctober 17

2016 planning:

Exam periods

3 exam periods are defined for each academic year: 

 

Graduation periods

3 graduation periods are foreseen.

Why
Humanitas
University?
An Established Institution

An Established Institution
Humanitas is a renowned healthcare institution that has offered Medical Degrees for well over a decade as a partner of the University of Milan.

An International Career

An International Career
Join our international medical community where classes are taught in English by experienced professors and medical doctors from around the world. Your degree will allow you to work as a MD in the EU and abroad.

Clinical Experience

Clinical Experience
Direct clinical experience is supported by a solid tutoring system and starts in your third year, which gives you considerable practical experience.

Innovative and Active Teaching

Innovative and Active Teaching
Humanitas curriculum is enhanced by a wide variety of active learning methods based on a student-centred approach (Problem-Based Learning, Case method, Concept maps, Simulated patients).

Milano and Italy

Milano and Italy
Enjoy the style, culture, gastronomy and entertainment of one of Europe's most exciting cities. Venture further to experience the delights of Italy or use the opportunity to learn Italian.

Advanced Research and Technology

Advanced Research and Technology
Humanitas can count on state-of-the-art technologies and research experience. A new simulation centre of 1000 sm, designed according to the highest technological standards, will be ready for autumn 2017.

Contact Us

Contact
Humanitas University
Via A. Manzoni 113,
Rozzano 20089 Milan, Italy

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