Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

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Course details

In order to achieve formative goals, the Medicine and Surgery programme is organized to offer a total number of 360 University Formative Credits, Crediti Formativi Universitari (CFU), spread over a 6-year course. 60 credits consist of activities aimed at acquiring specific professional skills. Each CFU corresponds to 12 hours of teaching. In case of professional training, each credit corresponds to 17 hours.

First year

  • Basic Sciences - 16 CFU
  • Biomedical Sciences I - 12 CFU
  • Biomedical Sciences II - 13 CFU
  • Organic and Functional Systems I: Bones and muscles - 6 CFU
  • Residency in health Center - 1  CFU
  • First Aid and nursing Practice I - 2 CFU
  • Italian Language - 2 CFU

Second year

  • Organic and Functional Systems II - 18 CFU
  • Organic and Functional Systems III - 17 CFU
  • Family, Society and health - 6 CFU
  • First Aid and nursing practice II - 3 CFU
  • Informatics - 2 CFU
  • Methodology of research I - 1 CFU

Third year

  • Biopathology and Introduction to medical Therapy I - 23 CFU
  • Biopathology and Introduction to medical Therapy II - 14 CFU
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics - 4 CFU
  • Public health - 2 CFU
  • Methodology of research II - 1 CFU
  • Introduction to Clinical medicine - 5 CFU
  • Scientific english - 2 CFU
  • Italian Language - 5 CFU

Fourth year

  • Clinical Center residency I - 13 CFU
  • Medicine residency I - 13 CFU
  • Maternal and Child health residency - 19 CFU
  • Clinical neurosciences - 12 CFU
  • From Clinical to molecular Biology I - 8 CFU

Fifth year

  • Clinical Center residency II - 9 CFU
  • Medicine residency II - 22 CFU
  • Public healt residency - 9 CFU
  • From Clinical to molecular Biology II - 2 CFU
  • Surgery residency I - 10 CFU
  • Surgery residency II - 17 CFU

Sixth year

  • Hospital residency - Final Training - 24 CFU
  • Health Center residency - Final Training - 16 CFU
  • From Clinical to molecular Biology III - 5 CFU
  • Community Care and general medicine - 2 CFU
  • Final Test - 18 CFU
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) 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.

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.