Medic in Milano!


Hello everyone,

My nBeatrice imageame is Beatrice, I’m 23 years old and I’m a medical student at the Università Statale degli Studi di Milano. I would like to talk about my personal experience as a student and about how to gain admission and training
at the Italian universities.

First of all, you have to pass an entry test consisting of 80 multiple choice questions with five alternatives (only one is correct) for assessing the possession of specific skills and knowledge in: 40 questions of general knowledge and logical reasoning, 18 questions of biology, 11 questions of chemistr and 11 questions of physics and mathematics.

Legends say that after the test the road is all downhill. No assumption has never proved so wrong.

I remember the first day of class, I was attracted by the sign above the entrance door of the classrooms: “Mortui Vivos Docent” (the Dead Teaches the Living), really fascinating. I remember especially the first anatomy lesson, which for me is the most interesting subject, in which the teacher explained to us how complex and detailed is the study of medicine and that it’s essential to break down to a minimum the knowledge to learn them completely and exhaustive (because you know… “As students and future doctors we must know everything!” That’s correct).

Typically classes occupy the morning from 8.30 to 13 and in the afternoon from 14 to 16; for the most tireless students some training rooms can remain opened by appointments, such as microscopy laboratories. In the morning are held lectures of various subjects, while in the afternoon there are practical lessons for example about chemistry or histology or microscopic anatomy. For personal study remains the late afternoon and the evening (for commuters like me the train is always a good time for review… or for rest). The lectures are always very interesting because the teachers always start from clinical case examination. My favorite has always been the RX, I confess to a weakness for orthopedics and in particular for fractures. I know that as medical students you won’t be startled by my inclination to traumatology!

I do not know exactly what prompted me to orthopedics, perhaps because it was the first skill that I approached. The first surgery I saw was the extraction of means of synthesis from the tarsal sinus because of foot disease prone or “plates”. Maybe I liked it because orthopedics is the mechanics of medicine, that was a passion of mine, screwdrivers, screws drills and saws . The feeling crossing the sliding door of the operating room the first time was indescribable and repeats every time. t’s passion, is something visceral, that comes from inside and is difficult to explain in words.

I’ll be happy to tell you about other surgeries but now, coming back to the Italian University, practical lessons are also interesting. I always remember my astonishment at the first slide of a histological preparation (pulmonary alveolus). These practical lessons allow students to compete with each other and with the teachers, always kind and helpful towards the students.

Overall I can feel satisfied with the teaching methodology of my University.


So, England students, what about you?

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