The International Medical Doctor Programme at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University has been designed to foster a new kind of doctor. This doctor will possess the necessary human, cultural and professional values to provide healthcare and share ideas in today’s globalized world.
Why Study medicine at Vita-Salute San Raffaele?
UniSR is one of the top-ranking universities in Italy for research and teaching; it is well known in Italy and in Europe for research on Cancer, Urology, Cardiovascular diseases, and cardiac surgery, HIV/AIDS, Rare diseases, Preclinical, and Human Biological Sciences. This means that students have the unique possibility of studying and living in an exciting environment where breakthroughs are made every day in the treatment of acute and chronic conditions.
The 1300 bed hospital in Milan is both a private and a public hospital, which means that you’ll get the chance to see a wide range of patients with everyday diseases or sometimes neglected or even rare genetic pathologies. Don’t forget that Lombardy is one of the richest regions in Europe and Milan is at its very heart.
Classes are smaller compared to the majority of medical schools, which will increase student-teacher interaction and productivity.
The IMD Programme offers an innovative and integrated study curriculum, where students are at the centre of the teaching process. Group work and early patient contact are part of the stduy experience enouraging pro-active learning, creative thinking and teamwork.
You will start clinical rotations from the first year of your studies, following the Nursing course organized on the hospital premises. What's more, you will also re-visit topics from your first two years in the fourth and fifth years both in class and by sitting mock licensure exams. The second semester of the sixth year is free from lessons and exams, allowing you to concentrate entirely on your Thesis Internship and to do part of it abroad. This gives you the possibility of getting to know foreign institutions where you might want to continue with your specialization training.
The medical school, research institute and hospital at San Raffaele in Milan all boast state-of-the-art facilities and are located on the same premises, allowing for unsurpassed interaction. Medical students can also use the facilities on the Campus, giving them the chance to meet other students studying subjects such as Nursing, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Biotechnology, and Philosophy.
But it’s not all work! At Vita-Salute San Raffaele, you will find clubs to join, cultural activities to follow, music bands, sports activities such as football, basketball, cheerleading, and many others. The clubs organise nights out, and you will be able to meet students from other faculties and universities in Milan.
Finally, we pride ourselves on being a large family. Our students are very sociable and are committed to the local and international community.
The key feature that makes this program unique is its inspiration to internationally acclaimed models and adopts highly integrated, and in many aspects innovative, educational approaches. It offers many opportunities for clinical training and promotes integration of "transversal" disciplines and multiple courses, such as anatomy, physiology, general pathology, imaging, pathological anatomy and pharmacology within the clinical courses related to organs.
International electives and training activities: Students can spend part of their final years abroad by participating in international electives and clinical or research thesis internships.
English is the official language for lessons, practical activities and examinations; Italian language lessons are offered to international students in order to enable interaction with patients during clinical rotations.
Worldwide recognition: The International MD Programme enjoys recognition from the World Health Organization, the British General Medical Council (UK), and by the US Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®). The curriculum allows students to complete foreign licensing examinations in the correct timing for accessing residency programs.
Multicultural Environment: Vita-Salute San Raffaele University is a significant cultural, scientific, and social body that brings together people from different places in the world as part of the universal Mission that San Raffaele promotes. Students with diverse backgrounds from all over the world easily become part of the multicultural environment of San Raffaele.
In order to be eligible for enrolment, the successful candidate must possess a high school diploma with a minimum of 12 total years of education and a C1 English Language Certification.
Students with foreign academic certificates must have all the necessary documentation translated and legalized for enrolment by their local Italian Consulate.
Non-European Citizens must also request a Study Visa.
The Academic year begins in October and ends on the 30th of September each year.
Lessons usually begin at 9 am and end at 4 or 6 pm. Lunch break is from 1 to 2 pm. Exam sessions are envisaged during the year and attendance in lessons is mandatory.
The Italian system of evaluation goes from 18 points to 30 cum laude, where 18 means pass and 30 cum laude corresponds to honors. Each subject has a specific number of credits and each year a specific number of total credits.