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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 equivalent since 2009. The programme consists of a broad range of teaching including formal lectures, laboratory work, practical group activities, seminars, and work placements. The different elements of the course work together to provide students with the scientific foundations and clinical training necessary for practicing medicine and for the health professions. The 6-year integrated Master’s degree is completed in 12 semesters which contain of 360 credits altogether, at least 60 of these must be acquired on placement.

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 therefore providing them with a multi-disciplinary and integrated vision of the problems relating to health, illness and death. Graduates will be encouraged to play an active role in the community, whilst maintaining the essential objective of preventing disease and promoting good health. Modern healthcare focuses not only on disease, but also on sick individuals, their psyche 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 education and the course is therefore aimed towards emphasising 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 Methods
The teaching methods include the horizontal and vertical integration of knowledge. They focus primarily on providing a strong methodological foundation. This is achieved by studying the pre-clinical disciplines. Then they focus on problem-orientated learning which involves early contact with the patient, the acquisition of strong clinical skills as well as improving inter-personal skills. Students will go on periods of professional training (each worth 60 credits) 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 specialise or practice medicine in Italy. An 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  (pdf)

Contact details

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