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We are part of the San Raffaele Foundation which includes Hospitals, Research Centers and the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University.

San Raffaele is well known all over the world for its excellence and since 1971 has carried forward the inter-related lines of clinical medicine, research and education.


Vita-Salute San Raffaele University

In 1973, San Raffaele Hospital became a medical teaching center for the University of Milan and on the 26th March 1996 was itself granted University status.

In 1996 the University became functional with the Degree Course in Psychology. In 1998 the Degree Courses in Medicine and Nursing were initiated. The University Diploma in Physiotherapy and the Faculty of Philosophy followed in 2001 and in 2002 respectively.

The University forms an integral part of the Research Institute and Hospital that bear the same name, offering many opportunities to students and teachers alike.

Many European researchers have been trained at the San Raffaele/DIBIT laboratories, which offer a European PhD programme in Cellular and Molecular Biology and Neurosciences, in collaboration with the Open University.

The Vita-Salute San Raffaele University is twinned with Harvard University for Neurobiological Studies. Students can attend prestigious hospital structures and laboratories abroad to prepare for their dissertations.

The MD program at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University enjoys recognition from the World Health Organization (WHO Avicenna Database), the British General Medical Council (GMC), the US Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) as listed in the International Medical Education Directory (IMED) of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®).

The University has activated the European Credit System (ECTS) in all its schools, which is fundamental for interaction between European Universities.


The International MD Program at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University has been designed to foster a new kind of doctor. This doctor will possess the necessary human, cultural and professional values to provide healthcare and share ideas in today’s globalized world.


Mission Statement

The Vita-Salute San Raffaele University's mission is to prepare its graduates to best serve society and mankind.

In accordance with the highest professional standards in Europe and the USA, our future clinicians will practice patient-centered medicine of the highest standards.

We pursue academic excellence, bestowing upon tomorrow's doctors not only the best possible evidence-based clinical care whilst installing the art of medicine itself.

We believe that a patient should be treated as a whole: mind, body and soul, not just as a mere illness.

The School of Medicine is not alone in this endeavour: Vita-Salute San Raffaele University has both a School of Psychology and Philosophy that not only enrich the study environment, but work together to reach this goal and answer the question: Quid est homo? (What is Man?)


UniSR and the National Board of Medical Examiners

With specific regards to the International MD Program, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University has begun a consultation program with the US National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®) aimed at:

  1. Determining the correspondence of the San Raffaele International MD Program curriculum with curricula currently used in North American medical schools.
  2. Identifying the optimal points for the assessment of individual academic achievement and curricular effectiveness.
  3. Making recommendations concerning faculty development
  4. Developing specific assessment tools (either developed in loco or offered by the NBME).


Why Study Medicine at San Raffaele?

Vita-Salute is one of the top-ranking universities in Italy. In fact, the following research specializations are renowned in Italy and in Europe: Cancer, Urology, Cardiovascular diseases and cardiac surgery, HIV/AIDS, Rare diseases, Preclinical and Human Biological Sciences. This means you will study in an exciting environment, where breakthroughs are being made every day in the treatment of acute and chronic conditions.

The 1300 bed hospital in Milan is both a private and a public hospital, which means that you’ll get the chance to see a wide range of patients with everyday diseases or sometimes neglected or even rare genetic pathologies. Don’t forget that Lombardy is one of the richest regions in Europe and Milan is at its very heart.

Classes are smaller compared to the majority of medical schools. In the International MD course there will be no more than 60 students at a time, which will increase student-teacher interaction and productivity. Each student will be assigned to a personal mentor: a doctor that will help and guide the student through the years of the course.

We operate an innovative integrated ‘block’ curriculum, which means that you will always be at the center of the teaching process: lectures in the morning, seeing patients with those conditions you studied in the afternoon.. We use Problem-Based Learning (PBL). You will work in groups with other students to set your own learning goals. This approach encourages pro-active learning, creative thinking and teamwork. There is no traditional division between the two pre-clinical years and the four clinical years. In fact, you will re-visit topics from your first two years in the fourth and fifth years. You will also have the possibility to sit American licensure exams during the MD course, thus saving you precious time and money. The sixth year is virtually free of teaching and exams, allowing for a possible period abroad, giving you get a better chance to get into the residency of your choice.

The medical school, research institute and hospital at the San Raffaele Foundation in Milan all boast state-of-the-art facilities and are located on the same premises, allowing for unsurpassed interaction. Medical students can also use the facilities on the Campus, giving them the chance to meet other students studying subjects such as Nursing, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Biotechnology and Philosophy.

But it’s not all work! At Vita-Salute you will find clubs to join, cultural activities to follow, music bands to listen to and even play in, together with sports activities like football, basketball, cheer leading and many others. The clubs organize nights out and you will be able to meet students from other faculties and universities in Milan.

Finally, we pride ourselves on being a large family. Our students are very sociable and are committed to the local and International community through fundraising activities; this year medical students raised enough money to build a new orphanage in Uganda.


Key Features of the Program

The MD program at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University enjoys recognition from the World Health Organization (WHO Avicenna Database), the British General Medical Council (GMC), the US Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) as listed in the International Medical Education Directory (IMED) of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®).

The key features that make the San Raffaele International MD Program the only course of its kind in the world are:

  • Complete integration of US professional licensure examinations into the course curriculum. At the end of the six-year program, students will immediately be able to enroll in European or US residencies or postgraduate training. Similarly, the curriculum has been designed to allow those students interested in US postgraduate training to spend their final year abroad and take part in the pre-residency programs required for their future enrollment to US residencies.
  • Thirteen ECTS credits (more than 300 student hours) devoted to the Humanities (philosophy, ethics, human sciences, philosophy of science and language and communication skills). This part of the course aims to develop the students’ humanistic knowledge and concentrates on effective physician-patient and peer-to-peer relationships, in order to ultimately create a new type of doctor that has the human, cultural and professional background needed in today's globalized world.
  • A learning-by-practice approach to the basic sciences and clinical teachings based on short-term, intensive lecturing ‘blocks’ followed by the attendance of research laboratories at the San Raffaele Scientific Institute during the first two years of the Program, and hospital clinics and wards during the following years;
  • Assessment of knowledge acquisition with the collaboration of an external, independent third-party using valid and reliable measurement tools every semester. This will allow the thorough assessment of student preparation, as well as measuring teaching efficacy based on reliable international curriculum benchmarks;
  • A select and limited number (60) of students will be admitted each year following an entrance test based on analytical and logical skills. Applications from non-European students will receive particular consideration since 30 of the 60 available places will be reserved for non-EU students. Interaction will be guaranteed at lessons, during practical exercises, at the lab bench and at the patient’s bedside. Students from diverse backgrounds, from all over the world, will easily become part of the multicultural, multiethnic environment that is already present at the San Raffaele Scientific Institute; a place of mutual respect and love of diversity.

English will be the official language: for all lessons, practical activities and examinations.






Click here below for all the information on
Admissions to the A.Y 2011.2012.



    We inform you that in case of logistical necessities, the Admission Test of the 28th of April, planned in Milan, via Olgettina 58, may have to be organized in a different site always in Milan. Should this be necessary, the new address will be published in due time.

The Admission test will be on April 28, 2011.
A testing site will be in Milan (IT), New York (US) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
Registration to test will begin on March 7, 2011 and ends on April 20, 2011 at 3 pm (GMT+1)

Italian speaking students can download the BANDO DI AMMISSIONE.
English speaking students can download the GUIDELINES on the Admission Process.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for the International MD Program at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University is billed by trimester. Two forms of term bill payment are available: payment in full for the entire year or trimester payments (payments for the year are spread over three trimesters).

The International MD Program Tuition fees for both EU and non-EU students enroling in the Academic Year 2011/2012 are € 18,000.00 divided into the following instalments:

  • 1st installment € 6.000.00 to be paid upon enrolment*
  • 2nd installment € 6.000.00 to be paid by January 31, 2012
  • 3rd installment € 6.000,00 to be paid by March 31, 2012

* NON EU Citizens who have paid the confirmation deposit pay only the difference.


Tuition fees include:

  1. Identification badge
  2. Access to library and borrowing of books and texts
  3. Wi-fi Internet access: This access is regulated by internal policies which permit only a standard use for web browsing, email access and research database browsing within the San Raffaele site.
  4. Discounted health care and dental treatment for the student and next of kin.
  5. Discounted lunch/dinner coupons.

Download the Italian Competition Call Bando di Ammissione
Download the English Guidelines on the Admission Process A.Y.2011.2012

Further Information

For detailed information, please contact us.

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