Medical studies in English in Humanitas University, Milan
There are two Medical courses in English language offered by humanitas university. The first one is Hunimed, the “mainstream” Medical school which prioritizes clinical teaching; the second one is the very new MEDTEC School, which is instead a sort of joint degree with a curriculum spanning also the biotechnological advances in medicine and how they can be employed by physicians.
The Humanitas University Medicine and Surgery degree – for short, Hunimed – is the medical program offered by the Humanitas Research Hospital, a private institution which has been running this course since 2014. The course spans six years, with the first two being dedicated to the study of basic and human sciences, and is entirely taught in English. The following four years are instead devoted to clinical disciplines, such as Internal Medicine, Surgical Specialties and Emergency Medicine.
Starting from the third year, Clerkships in the Humanitas Hospital will be included in the daily routine, thus providing a 360° training for the future physicians. Medical students who are interested in research activities may also take part in the “Virgilio Program” and obtain credits through additional seminars and laboratory activities.
The teaching is performed using a multidisciplinary and interactive approach, where students tackle every topic from several different perspectives so as to acquire a holistic approach to medicine; this translates to different subjects being grouped as integrated courses in order not to lose sight of the general concepts, and the use of case scenarios and problem-based learning.
Exams take place in different sessions, mainly January-February, June-July, and September, and may be written or oral.
Quick facts about Hunimed
- Admission & Requirements – Entry to the course is restricted by the Ministry of Education. Candidates are required to have obtained a Secondary School Diploma and are selected through the Humanitas IMAT test.
- Emphasis on hands-on training – Aside from the Clerkships based at the Humanitas Research Hospital, the Hunimed students will also take advantage of a Simulation Centre provided with high-fidelity rooms.
- The campus – Located next to the hospital, the campus has an area of 20,000 sqm, and is provided with residences, laboratories, libraries and group study areas, sports facilities and a canteen.
- Funding – Each year the university offers a few merit-based scolarships that aim to cover completely or partially the annual tuition fees.
- International mobility – Humanitas encourages students to complete part of their training abroad by investing on bilateral international agreements and mobility programs such as Erasmus+.
- Living in Milan – Milan is not just the Fashion Capital: it’s the throbbing heart of the Italian industry and a technologically advanced city. If the city is all about work during the day, after dark it lights up with a rich nightlife.
MEDTEC School – Innovation at Humanitas University
Hunimed is not the only medical course that Humanitas University is offering. Born from a partnership between Humanitas University and The Politecnico di Milano (one of the most renowned institutes in Italy for engineering and technical development), MEDTEC School is a medical school with a focus on acquiring both the medical and the biotechnological skills that will be required from the physicians of the near future.
Some of the fields of research and competence that students will make acquaintance with include precision medicine, big data analysis, A.I. and machine learning, robotic surgery, 3D printing and bioprostheses. In addition to the M.D. qualification, MEDTEC School graduates will also earn a Biomedical Engineering Bacherlor’s degree issued by the Politecnico di Milano.
The academic year 2019/2020 will be the first one for this course, and the number of places currently allocated is 50 (Italian and EU only); the admission test will be on September 6th, 2019, and the semester wil start on September 23rd. There is an open day on June 29th, so make sure to check it out!
For further information, visit the Humanitas University website.
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