Why Study Medicine and Surgery
The MD program in Medicine and Surgery of University of Turin is entirely taught in English, and takes place in the teaching facilities at San Luigi Gonzaga University Hospital, whose campus-type environment allows a seamless integration of students with the clinical areas.
Since early in the degree, the curriculum combines scientific and clinical knowledge with interactive teaching methods. The educational goals of our degree program are particularly suited for students interested in scientific research and cooperation. The close proximity of teaching, research, and hospital facilities promotes communication between students and teaching staff, and so do the integrated courses and the practice-based learning opportunities.
The Erasmus Plus Programme, as well as other forms of exchange and cooperation with foreign institutions, ideally completes the training. The Erasmus Plus Program encourages the acquisition of useful skills to be competitive in an increasingly globalised job market. With special emphasis given to international collaboration and cutting-edge research, the MD-PhD program provides students with a comprehensive scientific training. Moreover, collaborations are in place with non-profit organizations engaged in humanitarian missions in Italy and abroad for students who wish to work in global health early in their training.
The postgraduate degree program lasts six years and is divided into twelve semesters. Exams can be taken at the end of each semester.
The overall structure of the degree program is intended to stimulate and reward the most deserving students, and support with appropriate mentoring any student who experiences difficulties. Student services are designed to maximize the integration of students and help them with all administrative procedures, with special attention given to the needs of foreign students. To the same purpose, the state, which guarantees the right to study, and the University work together to support students with scholarships and other forms of funding.
University life at Medicine and Surgery takes place in a campus-like environment designed to integrate teaching, research and support services. The campus boasts a wide network of structures including university buildings, hospitals, emergency wards, Local Health Public Utilities districts (ASL), general medical practices and, to a lesser extent, paediatricians. Such a variegated offer makes clerkships a highly instructive part of the curriculum. An inter-professional clerkship (together with nursing students) is also scheduled for first year-students.
The proximity of University and hospital facilities simplifies communication between students and teaching staff, as do the extensive use of integrated courses and the early development of the patient-physician rapport through interprofessional clerkships during the first year. During these clerkships, third-year nursing students will tutor first-year medical students, in an effort aimed to the development of interprofessional collaboration and team-work.
The "Dorsale Clinica" (clinical backbone) is a set of lessons designed to discuss clinical cases with the course coordinators. Each year from the second to the fifth includes a "Dorsale Clinica", each focused on the topics of the courses held during that specific year.
The presence of different research groups fosters close integration between teaching and research. Finally, student services such as the Erasmus Plus Program, the Erasmus Placement Program, and the Job Placement Program, increase the opportunities for intellectual growth, acquisition of new skills and methods, and engagement with the job market.