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Scenes of Spring at IMS-Milan

Scenes of Spring at IMS-Milan

Two decades ago, I spent the spring and summer in Italy, in Tuscany, on an archaeological dig. The thing that struck me back then about the country was how alive it was. I have since seen a lot of places — including the true tropics — but there is... read more
Problem-Based Learning at IMS-Milan

Problem-Based Learning at IMS-Milan

During problem-based learning, medical students analyze, in teams, a real-life case scenario, step-by-step, as if they were seeing the patient themselves. How does this play out specifically in an international medical school? At IMS-Milan, this month, we began... read more
A Visit to Humanitas

A Visit to Humanitas

Besides the six state universities that offer English-language MD programs in Italy, there are three private universities that do the same. (Or, to be specific, there are two private pariochial Roman Catholic universities — the Cattolica in Rome and San Raffaele... read more
Our Furry Friend at IMS Milan

Our Furry Friend at IMS Milan

Many afternoons, a cute little creature greets us on our way home from school. Meet Charisse. A brook runs by LITA, the home of IMS-Milan. The brook is actually part of an artificial network of irrigation canals that traverses the municipality of Segrate, wherein LITA... read more
Milan to the Swiss Alps

Milan to the Swiss Alps

Milan is only about a half-hour from the Swiss Alps, a great getaway for a busy med student. Let’s take a ride. You can actually see the Alps from IMS Milan. A ticket to the Swiss town of Chiasso, at their foot, is 5.50 €, and takes 33 minutes by direct train.... read more
Our First Real Look at Disease

Our First Real Look at Disease

Until today, in the first-year class at IMS Milan, we have only spoken about disease. Today, under the microscope, we actually looked at it — and the experience was profound. Our professor semi-surprised us, this week, with real-life medicine. Last night, she... read more
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