Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

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Medicine and Surgery

Luca Richeldi, Medicine and Surgery Program Coordinator, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome

The programme in a nutshell

Developing a people-centred health care

The International Medicine and Surgery Degree program lasts six years and it is entirely English-taught. It provides full integration of learning objectives of European and US curricula and it is achieved through a multidisciplinary approach. The attention isn’t focused only on basic and clinical sciences, but also on patient management, legal responsibilities of the medical profession and its ethical aspects.

Teaching approach

Traditional frontal lectures are English-taught as well as other practical activities, traineeship, vocational training and optional projects.

Career prospects

The Degree program is thought to develop qualified medical personnel and professionals in the field of clinical and scientific research.The students who are interested in the “US Postgraduate training” will be also able to apply for the possibility of attending their final course year abroad.

Planning of educational activities first semester a.y. 2020/21

Classes (lectures) –  The “A. Gemelli” Faculty of Medicine and Surgery

The class calendars for the undergraduate programmes in the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery have been scheduled for teaching with students being physically present on campus with all preventive measures being taken in accordance with government guidelines. Details are as follows.

For first-year students and for students on years involving practical internships in healthcare situations, all classes of the programme will take place with students physically present on campus with suitable social distancing.
For second and third-year students, classes will be delivered both with students being physically present and remotely. Groups organised alphabetically may be formed and will alternate, possibly on a weekly basis.
All classes can also be accessed via the dedicated online platform both live-streamed and asynchronously.

  1. Classes held in the microscope laboratory
    All students taking classes for professionalising experience undertaken in laboratories will be guaranteed the possibility of being physically present, and may be divided into smaller groups so that social distancing can be practised and classes will be more productive.
  2. Recording attendance
    Recording of attendance will be guaranteed both for course delivery with students physically present and for courses accessed remotely. The minimum total hour requirement for each course will remain unchanged.


Should further measures be invoked by government authorities regarding the health emergency, remote teaching will be guaranteed in the same way as happened in the second semester of this academic year.

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The 2013/2014 academic year saw Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore launch its six - year single - cycle Master’s Degree programme in Medicine and Surgery, with an innovative curriculum and taught entirely in English.
The programme provides for full integration of teaching objectives and methods used in European and US curricula. It provides the scientific basis and the theoretical and practical training essential for the exercise of the medical profession internationally. Students receive top quality education which will allow them to develop all the technical competencies required to operate independently and responsibly in the medical sector. The overall objectives are pursued using a teaching approach designed to examine health issues in depth in a holistic manner, taking account of the influence of the surrounding chemical - physical, biological and social environment.
The aim of the single - cycle Master’s Degree programme in Medicine and Surgery is to educate, help and support future medical practitioners with professional knowledge enriched by a multidisciplinary and integrated view of the most common issues related to health and illnesses.
The scope of this programme is oriented towards the community and the regional area, with specific focus on prevention and wellbeing.
Skills and attributes that graduates will exhibit include the following:

  1. communication skills;
  2. continuing education and good self-assessment skills;
  3. strong analytical and problem solving skills for medical practice;
  4. in-depth and focused clinical experience based upon scientific evidence;
  5. continuing professional development and refreshment of medical knowledge;
  6. wide-ranging and interdisciplinary education.

One outstanding feature of the programme is the complete integration of basic and clinical sciences.
This is achieved through constant use of a multi-disciplinary approach and early involvement in patient management. In addition, not only is there an emphasis on medical anthropology and bioethics, there is also focus
on fine-tuning communication skills to deal with patients and their families which is an essential part of the six years of teaching.

The programme provides a strong foundation as well as all-round theoretical and practical competence. Students also acquire skills for independent decision-making and are trained to deal effectively with health issues from the viewpoint of prevention, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment.




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