Tuesday, April 12, 2011

New International MD Program in Milan

I was recently asked to share the news about a new international MD program at Vita Salute San Raffaele University in Milan, Italy. Their MD program was launched in 2010 and is being taught in the English language.

Below is some additional information about the program:

Vita Salute San Raffaele University is part of the San Raffaele Foundation which includes hospitals, research centers and the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University. San Raffaele is well-known worldwide for its excellence: it is a highly specialized center for molecular medicine, diabetes and metabolic diseases, as well as biotechnology and bioimaging. The hospital channels many of its resources into cancer treatment, cardiovascular diseases and numerous acute and chronic-degenerative diseases, and a very efficient emergency department that serves a vast area.

The International MD Program builds on the institution's solid presence on the international scene: San Raffaele healthcare centers can be found in many countries of the world, including Brazil, India, Uganda, Poland, Chile, Israel, Mozambique and Algeria. This degree course provides medical-scientific education at the highest level, allowing students to improve their skills and to upgrade their knowledge. It also provides clinical and laboratory research opportunities and additional education in humanities and cultural sciences: philosophy, communication skills, cognitive neurosciences and psychology.

The International MD Program is designed to train a new kind of doctor: someone who possesses the necessary human, cultural and professional ablities to actively participate in healthcare and share ideas in today's globalized world. Unlike other medical programs in Italy where clinical courses are held in Italian, the International MD Program is fully in English, including classes, lectures, practicals and all clinical activities.

Students enrolled in the San Raffaele International MD Program have access to all the facilities of the Vita-Salute San Raffaele Institute and the San Raffaele Scientific Institute, including skill labs for practical training, a library with more than 20,000 books and several thousand scientific e-publications and resources, as well as to the clinical and research laboratories of the San Raffaele Scientific Institute, the largest private resarch institute in Italy, that further expanded with the inauguration of DIBIT, a scientific facility for basic, translational and clinical research. DIBIT is part of the largest biomedical science park in Italy, which includes the San Raffaele Hospital, Science Park Raf, created to support the foundation's development, and the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University.

Applicants who wish to enroll in the International MD Program are required to take an admission test. 64 places (32 for EU citizens, 32 for Non-EU citizens) are available for Academic Year 2011-2012.

The admission test will take place on April 28th, 2011 in the following locations:
Milan, (Italy)
New York, (USA)
Kuala Lumpur, (Malaysia)

Candidates who wish to take the admission test can visit this website for detailed information.

The application deadline is April 20th, 2011.
Here are the guidelines on the admission process for academic year 2011-2012.

For more information on the International MD program, please visit the following website:


  1. Sounds like a fantastic opportunity. I imagine you'd have to gain a basic knowledge of Italian at some point to be able to understand what's going on when you're rotating.

  2. Is Martha (Windroses) asking you to share this info? I just ask because I saw it on another blog I follow 10 minutes ago, and it sort of smacks of advertising via blog to me, and sounds sketchy.

  3. No! I didn't ask to share the info :) I've seen 20 med blogs so far getting the word out, and I have nothing to do with it.

    I originally went to Italy 9 years ago, and this has been a dream of mine for a long time, and it felt like my little secret. So trust me, I'm as surprised as anyone!

  4. I will say I was accepted at Rome, and was stuck with embassy and visa issues when I saw an article on the New York Times about these two new programs and decided for Milan instead...

    So I'm glad they're getting the word out, or else I'd be in an Italian program in Rome instead of an English one in Milan, but I'm not part of San Raffaele. I wish!!! It's an amazing institution, but I just can't afford it. I'm going for the other one.

  5. The International MD Program at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University

    - also known as -

    Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele

    Located in Milano, Italia or Milan Italy on the campus of San Rafaele Hospital and the Italian medical school and Psychology school.

    If you are having a hard time finding information about this program and school, look no further. I am currently enrolled in the school in the International MD program. I will be happy to try to answer any questions you may have about the school and the program and help you try to make a sensible decision as to whether or not to apply to this school and whether or not to attend here. I will be happy to share my opinions with anyone who asks and do my best to inform you. If I do not know something I will be happy to tell you that as well. There is a lot of information given during the process of applications for the test and matriculation to the school, some of which is true, other parts not so true. I am not a representative of the school and other than being a student I have no part or stake in the organization and do not represent San Raffaele in any official capacity. Also, I am an American who came here to study, so I can impart a bit of the perspective of an outsider going to school here. Therefore I will do my best to answer any inquiries honestly and truthfully.
    I can communicate in a number of languages, English being my native tongue. Please feel free to contact me at and I will do my best to be of help.

  6. I wonder how a U.S. citizen could afford to pay the tuition at San Raffaele. The EU doesn't offer any financial assistance whatsoever to American students, so is there a specific loan program that you can use to pay for your medical education there? I heard that Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan could do it. Is that true?