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ITALY
S.I.S.M

(Segretariato Italiano Studenti in Medicina)

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http://www.big-italy-map.co.uk by Tourizm Maps © 2006

Participating cities (LC's)
Language: Italian
Currency: Euro
Time zone: UTC+1
Number of beds:

3.6 Beds/1,000 people

Number of Doctors:

4.2/1,000 Doctors/people

(Updated 2004)

Member of IFMSA since: 26-28 May 1951
Number of incoming students per year: 565
Who are our NEO's:
Our official website
  • www.sism.org
Come for exchange!
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Hi! welcome to Italy.. This main page in done, but we are still working on the LC pages.

If you have any question please contact us.


Duomo
Duomo

Contents

Overview

The Italian Republic is a country located in Southern Europe and on the two largest islands in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily and Sardinia. The independent states of San Marino and the Vatican City are enclaves within the Italian Peninsula. With 60,200,000 inhabitants, it is the sixth most populous country in Europe. Italy's capital, Rome, was for centuries the political center of Western civilization, as the capital of the Roman Empire. Centuries later, Italy would become the birthplace of the Renaissance, an immensely fruitful intellectual movement that would prove to be integral in shaping the course of European thought.

Modern Italy is a democratic republic and a developed country with the eighth-highest quality of life index rating in the world.[8] Italy enjoys a high standard of living, and is the world's 18th most developed country. It is a founding member of what is now the European Union.


Our health care system

As far as health care is concerned, Italy ranks No. 2 on the World Health Organization's list of top countries for quality health care services. In fact, Italy spent about 9.0% of their GDP for health care.

Italy's national health system (Servizio Sanitario Nazionale or SSN, for short) is administered through local health authorities and provides low or no-cost health care to all EU citizens, including in-patient treatment (including tests, medication and surgery during hospitalisation), visits to family doctors and medical assistance provided by paediatricians, obstetricians and other specialists. It also pays for part, sometimes all, of the cost of drugs and medicines, out-patient treatment and dental treatment. Emergency health provision is available to all EU and non-EU visitors. Regardless of where you come from, you must have some form of health insurance as soon as you arrive in Italy.


Our medical education

Medical school lasts 6 years (12 semesters). Traditionally, the first three years are devoted to "bioscience" subjects (physics, chemistry, biology, biochemistry, genetics, anatomy, physiology, immunology, pathophysiology, microbiology, and usually English language courses), whereas the later three years are devoted to "clinical" subjects. However, most schools are increasingly devoting the second semester of the third year to clinical subjects and earlier patient contact. In most schools, there are about 36 exams over the 6-year cycle, as well as a number of obligatory rotations and elective activities.

At the end of the cycle, students have to discuss a final thesis before a board of professors; the subject of this thesis may be a review of academic literature or an experimental work, and usually takes more than a year to complete, with most students beginning an internato (internship) in the subject of their choice in their fifth or sixth year. The title awarded at the end of the discussion ceremony is that of "Dottore in Medicina e Chirurgia" ("Doctor of Medicine and Surgery"), which in accordance with the Bologna process is comparable with a master's degree qualification.

After graduating, new doctors must complete a three-month, unpaid, supervised tirocinio post-lauream ("post-degree placement") consisting of two months in their university hospital (one month in a medical service and one in a surgical service) as well as one month shadowing a general practitioner. After getting a statement of successful completion of each month from their supervisors, new doctors take the esame di stato ("state exame") to obtain full license to practise medicine. They will then have to register with one of the branches of the Ordine dei Medici ("Order of Physicians") which are based in each of the Provinces of Italy.


Cities and hospitals offered for exchange

Local Committee Hospitals Additional Website
BARI Official Website
BOLOGNA Official Website
BRESCIA Official Website
CATANIA
- CAMPOBASSO
  • Presidio Ospedaliero "A. Cardarelli" di Campobasso
Official Website
CHIETI N/A
FERRARA Official Website
FIRENZE N/A
FOGGIA N/A
GENOVA N/A
MESSINA N/A
MILANO N/A
MODENA N/A
MONZA N/A
NAPOLI FEDERICO II N/A
NAPOLI SUN N/A
NOVARA N/A
PADOVA
  • Policlinico Universitario degli Studi di Padova
N/A
PALERMO N/A
PARMA N/A
PAVIA Official Website
PERUGIA N/A
ROMA LA SAPIENZA N/A
ROMA S. ANDREA N/A
ROMA TOR VERGATA Official Website
ROMA UCSC N/A
SASSARI N/A
SIENA N/A
TORINO N/A
TRIESTE N/A
UDINE N/A
VARESE N/A
VERONA N/A

The list refers only to hospitals participating professional exchange program.


David
David

Culture

Italy's global and international impact in politics, history, art, culture, philosophy, literature, archaeology, science, opera, cuisine, architecture, fashion, education, religion, cinema, entertainment and music remain vast up to this day. Elements which are famous of the Italian culture are its opera and music, its iconic gastronomy and food, which is commonly regarded amongst the most popular in the world (with famous dishes such as pasta, pizza, lasagna, focaccia, espresso and Italian gelato), its cinema (with classic films such as 8½, Bicycle Thieves, Cinema Paradiso, La Dolce Vita, Life is Beautiful, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly etc.), its collections of priceless works of art (found mainly in cities such as Rome, Florence, Venice, Naples and Milan, to name a few) and its fashion (Milan is regarded as the true fashion capital of the world).


Accommodation & Boarding

Each LC (Local Committee) has its own accommodation methods. Accomodations can be either dormitories, rented room/flat or hostel.

For more details go to the appropriate LC web-page, or take a look of our Exchange Conditions at this LINK


Social program

Many LC (Local Committee) provide social program, some near cities have a social program together. For more information visit the appropriate web-page.


Local & National transportation

The Italian Railways are one of the most important infrastructure in the country, with 19,394 kilometers (12,051 mi) of track. Italy has a vastly developed railroad system, consisting of: High speed trains (Napoli - Roma - Firenze - Bologna - Milano, Torino - Milano, to name a few), Euro-star trains, Freccia Rossa and Freccia Argento trains, Intercity trains and regional trains.

Italy has more than 100 airports (many are international airports), with many airline companies flying inside Italy (Alitalia, Air one, Easyjet, Ryanair, Meridiana, Ect') and internationally.

Many of the major cities have either an Underground train system or Tram and all cities have Bus and Taxi services.

View of florence (from Piazzale michelangelo)
View of florence (from Piazzale michelangelo)

Weather

Between the north and south there can be a considerable difference in temperature, above all during the winter: in some winter days it can be –2 °C (29 °F) and snowing in Milan, while it is 12 °C (54 °F) in Rome and 22 °C (72 °F) in Cagliari. Temperature differences are less extreme in the summer. The east coast of the peninsula is not as wet as the west coast, but is usually colder in the winter. The east coast north of Pescara is occasionally affected by the cold bora winds in winter and spring, but the wind is less strong here than around Trieste.

Summer is usually more stable, although the northern regions often have thunderstorms in the afternoon/night hours and some grey and rainy days. So, while south of Florence the summer is typically dry and sunny, in the north it tends to be more humid and cloudy. Spring and Autumn weather can be very changeable, with sunny and warm weeks (sometimes with Summer-like temperatures) suddenly broken off by cold spells or followed by rainy and cloudy weeks.

Both the mountain chains can see up to 5–10 m of snow in a year at 2000 m; on the highest peaks of the Alps, snow may fall even during mid summer, and glaciers are present.

The record low is –45 °C in the Alps, and –29.0 °C near sea level (recorded on January 12, 1985 at San Pietro Capofiume, hamlet of Molinella, in the Province of Bologna), while in the south cities like Catania, Foggia, Lecce or Alghero have experienced highs of 46 °C in some hot summers.


Cinque terre
Cinque terre

Exchange conditions

The application must include:

1) Curriculum Vitae

2) Two Passport size photos

3) Health Insurance (Must be shown to the Leo upon arrival! No Health insurance, No clerkship!)

3A) just for student going to Udine: Health insurance that covers hospital activity

4) Language Certificate

5) HBV proof of vaccination( will be asked upon arrival, it's compulsory to make activities in hospital)

6) Four Motivation Letters one for each department.

7) Passoport copy

8) Proof of Enrollment

All of this documents must be uploaded in the Card of Documents

CC must be sent at least 4 weeks in advance otherwise we cannot guarantee you the Professional Exchange anymore

UNILATERAL: the fee is 350 euros and should be paid at least 4 weeks in advance, ask to your LEO/NEO for more information.


For our official Exchange Conditions use this LINK

Feedback

Did not find the information you wanted? Have any comments?

Please write to us: Fabrizio: neo.out@sism.org or Giacomo: neo.in@sism.org


External links

Click here for Official Website of SISM.

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