Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Cattolica International

Course details


In order to achieve formative goals, the MD Medicine and Surgery offers a total number of 360 University Formative Credits, Crediti Formativi Universitari (CFU) or ECTS = European Credit Transfer System, spread over a 6-year course.

60 credits consist of activities aimed at acquiring specific professional skills.

Th Study Plan as detailed here refers to the one approved for Academic Year 2023-24 and may be subject to some slight variations. 

First year

  • Basic sciences
  • Biomedical sciences I 
  • Biomedical sciences II 
  • Organic and functional systems I: bones and muscles
  • Residency in health center
  • First aid and nursing practice I 
  • Italian Language 
  • Introduction to Christology and scriptures
  • Optional project I
  • Vertical domains I / Electives I

Second year

  • Organic and functional systems II
  • First aid and nursing practice II
  • Methodology of research I
  • Organic and functional systems III
  • Bioethics and medical humanities
  • Introduction to theological anthropology and ecclesiology
  • Informatics
  • Optional project II
  • Vertical domain II/Electives II

Third year

  • Biopathology and introduction to medical therapy I
  • Biopathology and introduction to medical therapy II
  • Epidemiology and biostatistics
  • Public health
  • Introduction to clinical medicine
  • Methodology of research II
  • Introduction to ethics and Christian ethics
  • Scientific English
  • Italian language
  • Optional project III
  • Vertical domain III/Electives III

Fourth year

  • Clinical center residency I
  • Medicine residency I
  • Maternal and child health residency
  • Clinical neurosciences
  • From clinical to molecular biology I
  • International foundation of medicine (IFOM) test
  • Optional project IV
  • Theology (seminarial course)
  • Vertical domain IV/Electives IV

Fifth year

  • Clinical center residency II
  • Public health residency
  • Medicine residency II
  • Surgery residency I
  • Surgery residency II
  • From clinical to molecular biology II
  • Optional project V
  • Vertical domain V/Electives V

Sixth year

  • Health center residency - Final training
  • From clinical to molecular biology III
  • Hospital residencies - Final training
  • Practical-evaluation training general medicine
  • Optional project - Final project
  • Final test
During clinical studies (Years Four, Five and Six) students must acquire specific knowledge in internal medicine, general surgery, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, as well as in medical-surgical specialities. For this purpose, students will be required to undertake professional training by participating in an internship in healthcare operational units designated by the Degree Programme Committee.

Teaching is mainly undertaken through class lectures complemented whenever possible by in-class or laboratory exercises. Supplementary professional training is held in small seminar groups led by faculty staff or tutors.

Tutors are assigned to specific groups of students and undertake teaching as well as tutoring. Tutors also record attendance in students’ activities booklets.

Students with attendance below the minimum requirement (65%) must contact the Coordinator of the Integrated Course to arrange additional activities necessary to compensate for low attendance and obtain the Coordinator’s signature so that they can then take the related exam.

In line with the European Directive 2013/55/EU, each professional training credit (CFU or ECTS) corresponds to 25 hours of teaching, and students must accumulate a minimum of 60 of these credits out of an overall total of 360 credits.

The Degree Programme Committee can identify non-teaching hospitals or healthcare facilities where internships may be either in part or entirely carried out. 

Once the Professional Training Practice Commission (CTP) has carried out the necessary evaluation and confirmed the subsequent accreditation and academic suitability.

Upon successfully passing an assessed internship, the State Examination and following registration with the Medical Association of their local Province, all Medicine and Surgery graduates are qualified to perform clinical care in Italy.

Graduates in Medicine and Surgery are qualified to carry out surgery in the various roles and in clinical, health and biomedical professional fields.

The programme is designed for students who wish to become qualified general practitioners.

A natural extension of the Medicine and Surgery training programme is access to specialty training schools in the sector or further studies in the three-year regional programme of specific training in general medicine for which graduate students in the LM-41 class are eligible.

Graduates from the degree programme taught in English will be eligible to participate in USMLE Steps 1 and 2 and, thus, in the USA Post Graduate Training and Residencies, as well as in similar programmes scheduled in European countries or non-European anglophone countries.

Non-Italian graduates from the International MD Medicine and Surgery programme have the opportunity to attend Italian language courses essential for their integration into Italian society and, in particular, for doctor-patient communication in the national health context. Knowledge of the Italian language will favour the graduate’s access to the Specialty Training Schools within the Italian University.

The programme offers students enrolled in the first year of the Single-Cycle Master’s Degree Programme in Medicine and Surgery the possibility of obtaining a Triple Degree at the conclusion of their study plan:
  • Laurea Magistrale in Medicina e Chirurgia (Master’s Degree in Medicine and Surgery) from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
  • Medical Degree from Thomas Jefferson University – Sidney Kimmel Medical College
  • Master of Science in Health Care Policy with a concentration in International Health and Medicine from Jefferson College of Population Health

To find out more, visit the dedicated webpage.

Classes for academic year 2024/25 will start in September 2024.

You can refer to the academic calendar of the Faculty for the academic year  2023/24.

Students are required to attend theology teachings aimed at offering a reasoned and critical knowledge of the Christian message. Bachelor students will have to attend three seminars, for a total of 36 hours per year.