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Masters' degree in Medicine and Surgery

The English-taught Masters’ Degree in Medicine and Surgery has been successfully operating alongside its Italian since 2009. The teaching program offers a diverse educational pathway which includes formal lectures, laboratory work, practical group activities, seminars, and traineeships. The different elements of the course work in synergy to provide students with the scientific foundations and clinical training necessary for the practice of medicine and of the health professions. The 6-year integrated Master’s degree is completed in 12 semesters which contain an aggregate of 360 credits, at least 60 of these are acquired in training activities.

There are currently 100 positions available on the Masters course. 70 reserved to EU applicants and 30 available to international applicants. The admission to Medicine and Surgery Programm is based on the score obtained in a multiple-choice test (logics, biology, chemistry, physics and maths ).

Over the course of its 650-year history, the University of Pavia has produced and hosted a number of nationally and internationally renowned physicists, mathematicians, writers and jurists. Famous students and professors include: Lorenzo Valla, Gerolamo Cardano, Cesare Beccaria and Alessandro Volta. However Pavia’s strong academic reputation rests above all on the achievements of its biologists and physicians. Famous scientists who have taught or studied at the University include: Giovanni Battista Carcano Leone, discoverer of the foramen ovale and the ductus arteriosus; Gaspare Aselli, discoverer of the lymphatic system; Lazzaro Spallanzani, one of the founders of experimental biology; Bartolomeo Panizza, discoverer of the visual area of the occipital cortex; Camillo Golgi, one of the founders of modern neuroscience; the anatomist Antonio Scarpa; the famous histologist Enrico Sertoli and the neurobiologists Adelchi Negri (Rabies “Negri bodies”), Carlo Martinotti (the cerebral cortex “Martinotti’s cells”) and Vittorio Marchi (Marchi’s degeneration method”).

Specific Mission
The mission of the Master degree programme is to train medical students within a biomedical-psychosocial framework, providing them with a multi-disciplinary and integrated vision of the problems relating to health, illness and death. Graduates will be encouraged to orientate themselves towards the community, whilst maintaining the essential objective of preventing disease and promoting good health. Modern health care focuses not only on disease, but also on the sick individuals, their psyche and soma and how they are positioned within the social environment. Bearing this in mind, the course aims to generate physicians who have a humanistic approach to medicine. In addition, the master course is seen as the first stage of the physician’s long-term instruction and the course has therefore been calibrated to emphasise the importance of self-education. The study of epidemiology is emphasised as well as the students’ practical experience (not only in a hospital environment but also in the local area) so that they develop clinical reasoning and the culture of prevention. Over 40 specialisation schools operate within the faculty.

The Teaching Method
The teaching method includes the horizontal and vertical integration of knowledge. It focuses primarily on providing a strong methodological foundation – this is achieved by studying the pre-clinical disciplines - and then focuses on problem-orientated learning which involves early contact with the patient, the acquisition of strong clinical skills as well as the attainment of good inter-personal skills. Students will carry out periods of professional training (each worth 60 credit points) in the fields of internal medicine, general surgery, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology as well as in medical and surgical specialities. Upon completion of the degree course, graduates will be able to either specialize or practice medicine in Italy. Italian language course is offered to foreign students. In addition to exchange programs such as LLP Erasmus and Erasmus Placement, and elective exchange with Anglia Ruskin University our Medical School is part of the GHLO project promoted by American Association of Medical Colleges.

Admission announcement  2013-14  (pdf)

Contact details

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