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Degree course in Medicine and Surgery:
"Not just to teach the medical profession, but also to build a solid scientific basis for continued training that will be vital for the reception and understanding of future medicine"
Admission to the Harvey course
Candidates who possess a High School Diploma or equivalent foreign qualification may be admitted to the Degree in Medicine and Surgery.
The number of students admitted is provided for under Italian legislation governing admission to university courses (Statute 264, August 2, 1999) and is decided bearing in mind national planning, availability of teaching staff, teaching and hospital facilities, the recommendations of the European Union’s Advisory Committee on Medical Training as well as criteria and guidelines laid down by the University and the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery in question. Admission is also dependent on the results of the entrance exam, as established by the ranking emerging from the entrance exam.
The entrance exam is a national test drawn up by MIUR, the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research and implemented on the same day in the individual Italian State Universities. It consists of 80 multiple choice questions on the following subjects: logic and general knowledge, biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics.
Recognition of exams taken in other degree courses
Students who enroll in the first year of Medicine and Surgery (LM 41) who were already enrolled in a degree course in Biology, Pharmacy, CTF, Biotechnology, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering may make an application for previously passed exams to be recognized as such where the exams involved include:
- Physics (5 credits)
- Chemistry and Introductory Biochemistry (7 CFU), provided exams in General Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry and Organic Chemistry have been passed
- ENGLISH (2 credits) provided the student has passed an exam (i.e. with a mark) or obtained an idoneità in the English language in any degree course in the University of Pavia or other universities.
Students enrolled in a degree course in Biology, Pharmacy, CTF, Biotechnology, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering who have taken the exam in General Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry but not Organic Chemistry, should contact the course teacher so as to complete the exam (by establishing the program for the part relating to Organic Chemistry and Introductory Biochemistry).
NB: exams taken outside the Faculty are not counted in the final average making up the degree mark.
A University Credit (CFU) is the unit of measurement of work students are required to undertake. A CFU corresponds to 25 hours including hours of study, lectures, interactive teaching and practical training:
* 8 hours of lectures and 17 hours of study
* 12 hours of interactive teaching and 13 hours of study
* 20 hours of practical training
Educational organization of the degree course
Current legislation (DM 16 March 2007 GU 155 July 6 2007 - Suppl. Ordinario n. 153) lays down six years of study for the degree course in Medicine and Surgery with a total of 360 credits including 60 credits for Vocational Training to be acquired in educational activities designed to promote the acquisition of specific vocational skills.
Attendance at these educational activities (lectures and training) is compulsory and is a prerequisite to taking exams.
Semesters: The Degree course is divided into 12 semesters. The average duration is 14 weeks each, based on a teaching progression starting with basic science in the first two years and progressing with medical and clinical methods, health care organization in Italy, ethical and legal aspects of medicine.
Courses and exams: Individual courses are grouped into modules in keeping with the principle of integrated teaching with a total of 36 examinations (esami di di profitto) undertaken in the six-year course. Continuous assessment may be prescribed for courses held across two terms.
Internship/Vocational Training: The period of Vocational Training (60 credits) functions to all intents and purposes as an integral part of the Degree course. Starting in the third year it is carried out in one of the following clinics: Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as other medical and surgical specializations. The internship takes the form of tutorial teaching in which practical activities are conducted under the supervision of a Tutor-Teacher.
ADEs: 8 credits are assigned to elective educational activities (ADEs) chosen by students. There are no exams.
Thesis: 18 credits are assigned to thesis preparation.
Assessment of learning- Examination sessions
Assessment is either by:
exams without marks (idoneità) designed to determine the effectiveness of learning and teaching processes;
exams with marks (esami di profitto) designed to assess course objectives have been fulfilled, to certify an individual student’s preparation and quantify the outcome with a mark.
All exams are taken during specific exam periods.
Official exam sessions are:
First session in January-February,
Second session in June - July,
Third session in September.
Special sessions in December and around the Easter holidays are planned annually by the Academic Board.
Propedeutic prerequisites
Students must have passed the exam on the left in the following list before proceeding to take the exam on the right

Chemistry and Introductory Biochemistry
Histology and Embryology
Human Anatomy
Physics, Biochemistry and Human Anatomy
Human Physiology.
Human Physiology
General Immunology and Pathology and Medical and Surgical Semiotics.
Human Physiology, Immunology and Pathology, Medical and Surgical Semiotics
all clinical exams.
Anatomy Pathology
all sixth year exams

Transition from the first to the second year: in order to register for the second year students must have obtained at least 20 credits, including credits in courses with continuous assessment.
Transition from the second to the third year: to register for the third year students must have acquired a total of 50 credits in the course of the first two years, including credits earned through courses with continuous assessment.
Transition from third to fourth year: to register for the fourth year students must have passed the Human Physiology exam. A student who has attended the degree course for the number of years stipulated by the university regulations but who has not acquired all the credits needed to graduate is given fuori corso status.
A student who has not obtained a certificate of attendance at courses specified in the study plan for a specific year of study or who has not acquired the minimum number of credits required for enrolment in the subsequent year, becomes a ripetente i.e. a student who repeats the year.
ADEs: Optional courses
Optional Courses (ADEs) are those forms of learning and teaching chosen by students to shape their education in ways and through the study of subjects most congenial to them. These optional courses consist in a set of activities made available to students in the form of course extensions or specialized courses, which once chosen require compulsory attendance and the acquisition of credits recorded in a special learner diary (libretto diario del percorso formattivo) which is signed by the teacher providing the service. The Academic Board draws up a list of elective learning activities on an annual basis with a view to avoiding overlaps with compulsory curricular activities.
Mindful of the recommended curriculum, students should acquire a total of 8 CFUs in the course of their six-year degree, attending elective activities chosen from the following types:
Elective Internship: 1 credit
Monographic course: 1 credit
Elective Internship: an elective internship, with an attendance of no more than 20 hours, provides students with the opportunity to develop some specific interests either in research laboratories or in clinics. In pursuance of their cultural interests or intended future career, internship activities are designed to increase a student’s knowledge in a given area that falls outside the interactive educational activities, which are an integral part of the degree course.
Monographic Course: The monographic course, which consists of 8 hours of frontal lectures, is a deepening of the theoretical activity carried out during the course. The Faculty’s teaching schedule is updated annually. To obtain the required signature or certificate, a student must attend no less than 75% of scheduled lessons.
Vocational training
Vocational training activities are those activities which allow students to acquire specific skills in the field of Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as other specialized Medical and Surgical disciplines. These activities are conducted in person by the student under the direct supervision of a Faculty mentor and require the student to demonstrate a high degree of autonomy when making a diagnosis and proposed treatment.
The 60 credits for professional skills are acquired from the third year onwards.
Training activities for the preparation of the thesis (Regulation)
18 credits are awarded for thesis preparation in university clinical structures or biology institutions. This student activity is known as internato di laurea or degree internship. Students intending to carry out their degree internship within a specific structure must submit a formal request to the Director of the that structure together with a curriculum vitae (i.e. a list of exams passed, marks, optional attended activities, training periods in laboratories or clinics or any other activity performed for training purposes). After consultation with colleagues and having ascertained the availability of positions, the Director of the structure approves the request and assigns the responsibility for monitoring and certifying the activities carried out by the students to a Tutor, where possible specified by the student.
Degree exam
To be eligible to take the Degree exam, students must:
• have followed all the courses and have passed all the exams;
• have obtained a total of 360 credits in the course of the six years;
• have delivered to the Segreteria Studenti a) an application to the Rector at least 30 days before the Degree session; b) a copy of the thesis at least 10 days before the Degree session.
Degree Exams are held in the summer, fall and special “extraordinary” sessions.
Final Degree mark / Degree thesis discussion
Currently, the final score of the Degree in Medicine and Surgery, following the thesis defense, is determined by the following sum:
average exams in the Degree Course in Medicine: the average is multiplied by 11 and divided by 3, the result is rounded up or down to a ‘whole number’ (e.g. 95.5 -> 96 and 95.4 -> 94). The result is the baseline score.
points determined by the presentation and discussion of the thesis: these points depend on the baseline score referred to in Column 1 in the following table:

Up to points 
Up to points 
Up to points 
80 – 89
90 – 98
99 – 102,5
> 102,5

To reach 99 (legal votes), the baseline score should be an average of no less than 92.
To reach 110 (full legal marks), the curriculum should be an average of no less than 101.
To reach 110 cum laude, the curriculum should be an average of no less than 102.5 and have achieved at least one "laude" distinction in the curriculum.
The discretion in the range of scores depends on the commitment shown by the candidate during the thesis preparation, the exposition the student gives on the subject and ability to respond to the questions raised by Thesis Board members during the discussion.
A student who interrupts enrolment in this course for more than 6 consecutive years or who has not complied with the compulsory attendance for more than 6 consecutive years or who has not passed exams for more than 6 consecutive academic years, must apply to the Medical Teaching board for career reassessment. Provided they are no longer obsolete, credits earned previously will be accepted.




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