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Medicine and Surgery

Sapienza University of Rome
6 years
Doctorate / PhD
Scholarships available
On campus
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Program description

Medicine and Surgery

Studying Medicine and Surgery requires commitment, conscience, love for others as well as for oneself, strong and convinced dedication in wanting to acquire indispensable tools and awareness to perform in a precise, punctual and conscious way a strong interest: the care of the sick. Studying Medicine today does not only mean studying diseases, but knowing, evaluating and acting with systemic knowledge on man in his entirety and complexity at the psycho-somatic level, in the correct socio-cultural and environmental context. Choosing to study medicine and surgery means taking on a constant commitment to study and attend courses (attendance is compulsory). The knowledge of basic subjects such as mathematics, chemistry, physics or biology (also important for passing the course access test) is accompanied by great ethical attention to sensitivity and transversal skills necessary for the exercise of professions in which you will come into contact with delicate and complex aspects. Great importance is given to the experiences in the ward and to the professionalizing practical activity: from the very first years, in fact, the students become familiar with the laboratory tools and begin to attend the hospital wards of the Polyclinic and other hospitals of the training network.

The Surgeon is equipped with the scientific basis and the theoretical-practical preparation necessary, pursuant to Directive 75/363 / EEC, to exercise the medical profession, as well as professional, decision-making and operational autonomy. Graduates in Medicine and Surgery are prepared to face the complex problems of modern healthcare, with a holistic approach to the problems of healthy or sick people, also in relation to the biological and social environment that surrounds them. They carry out their profession covering numerous roles in various clinical, health, research and bio-medical fields.

Admission requirements

The admission test is open to:

candidates from EU and non-EU countries as per art. 39, paragraph 5, of Legislative Decree no. 286, 25 July 1998, holding an upper secondary school diploma;

candidates from non-EU countries permanently residing abroad, holding a student visa for the academic year 2020/2021 for "university enrolment", holding an upper secondary school diploma

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

First year

  • Human Anatomy
  • Biology and Genetics
  • Chemistry and Introduction to Biochemistry
  • Medical Physics
  • Basic Medical Scientific Methods
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology and Genetics
  • Histology and Embryology
  • Basic Medical Scientific Methods

Second year

  • Human Anatomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Human Physiology
  • Pre-clinical Scientific Methods
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Pre-clinical Scientific Methods

Third year

  • Human Physiology
  • Laboratory Medicine
  • Pathology and Pathophysiology
  • Clinical Scientific Methods
  • Laboratory Medicine
  • Pathology and Pathophysiology
  • Clinical Scientific Methods

Fourth year

  • Pathological anatomy and associations with clinical anatomy
  • Applied Pathology I Diseases of Respiratory System and Cardiovascular System
  • Applied Pathology II - Diseases of kidney and urinary system
  • Applied Medical Scientific Methods
  • Pathological anatomy and associations with clinical anatomy
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Pharmacology and toxicology
  • Applied Pathology III - Diseases of the digestive system endocrine system and metabolism
  • Applied Medical Scientific Methods

Fifth year

  • Pharmacology and toxicology
  • Diseases of the Nervous System
  • Internal Medicine and General Surgery I
  • Applied Pathology Iv Diseases of the Blood Hematopoietic Organs Immune System and Rheumatology
  • Applied Pathology V- Infectious Diseases and Human Reproduction
  • Dermatology and plastic surgery
  • Orthopaedics Traumatology and Rheumatology
  • Medical-Scientific Methods: Public health
  • Diseases of the sensory organs
  • Psychiatry and clinical psychology

Sixth year

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Internal Medicine and General Surgery II
  • Medical-Scientific Methods: Public health
  • Paediatrics
  • Emergency medicine and surgery
  • Nternal Medicine and General Surgery III
  • Medical-scientific Methods: Forensic Medicine - Medicine and the Law
  • Internship for the State Exam – Medicine
  • Internship for the State Exam - Surgery
  • Internship for the State Exam – GP

Tuition fees

The tuition fee for this program is €1000 per year. 

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Learning Outcomes

Access to the profession of surgeon requires a master's degree in medicine and surgery, passing the state exam and enrollment in the professional register of the Order of Surgeons and Dentists.

The professional profile of the surgeon to be trained is the biomedical-psychosocial one. This profile is aimed at developing professional competence and the values of professionalism. It is based on the importance of integrating the biomedical paradigm of curing the disease with the psycho-social paradigm of caring for the human being. The theoretical perspective considered capable of combining the two different approaches is the meta-paradigm of complexity.

The profile, which identifies the specific mission of the degree course, is that of a doctor, at an initial professional level, who possesses:

a multidisciplinary, interprofessional and integrated vision of the most common problems of health and illness;

an education aimed at disease prevention, rehabilitation and health promotion within the community and the territory, with special attention to the principles of """"precision medicine"""" and with a humanistic culture in its implications of medical interest;

a profound knowledge of the new needs of care and health, focused not only on the disease, but, above all, on the centrality of the sick person, considered as a whole of body and psyche and inserted in a specific social, cultural and economic context.

Career opportunities

The Doctor, after passing the State examination for qualification to practice the profession and subsequent registration in the Professional Register of the Provincial Order of Surgeons and Dentists, will have job opportunities in public, private accredited or private hospitals. You can also carry out your service in other territorial structures of the ASL, such as outpatient facilities, hospices, nursing homes (RSA), drug addiction services (SerT), pathological addiction services (SerD), psychiatric structures, Centers for the disabled and long-term care. You will be able to carry out your service at the Scientific Hospitalization and Care Institutes (IRCCS), in the Universities or even carry out your profession independently.

Graduates in medicine can apply for academic and research careers, both in universities and in public bodies or private organizations.

Entry into the roles of the National Health Service requires the possession of the Specialization, which is obtained through enrollment and attendance at the courses of the Specialization Schools, while the entry in the rankings of General Practitioners requires attendance at the Regional Schools of Training in General Medicine.

The Specialization Schools are accessed by passing a national competition, while the Regional Schools are accessed by passing a Regional competition.

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Sapienza University of Rome

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Piazzale Aldo Moro, 5
00185 Rome

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