The Doctors in Italy Fellowship Program allows you to shadow doctors in Italy during the summer break, winter break, or spring break. The program is offered in different formats, and it can last 2 weeks, 3 weeks, 4 weeks, or 5 weeks. It includes:

  • 40 to 80 hours of shadowing in a clinical setting
  • ethical medical and surgical shadowing, compliant with AAMC
  • shadowing specialists in at least 4 different areas of medicine
  • 3 academic credits on selected programs through Arcadia University or through John Cabot University
  • a minimum of 3 group activities per week

Featured hospitals and cities

Campus Bio-Medico University Hospital – Rome

Campus Bio-medico University Hospital is a privately owned University, Research Centre, and Hospital. It is one of the few to have achieved the prestigious JCI Accreditation, the gold standard for the quality evaluation of hospitals. It has more than 20 areas of medical and surgical specialization, including cardiology, general surgery, neurology, orthopedics, geriatric medicine, and oncology. It stands out for the clean and elegant design of its building, and a selection of doctors who actively engage in cutting-edge research.

Thanks to its state-of-the-art medical facility,  cutting-edge technology and commitment to research and innovation, it is a top-ranked hospital and a great place for aspiring doctors to gain experience and learn from top professionals.

Rome is a large multicultural city, deeply rooted in ancient civilization and bearing testimonial of its thousands of years of history. Walking around the streets and monuments is breathtaking and it’s impossible to forget its stunning beauty. The city offers a wealth of historical landmarks and cultural attractions for students looking to study abroad. From the Colosseum to the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, there is no shortage of breathtaking sights to see in Rome. With its lively atmosphere and numerous universities, it is a popular destination for students looking to immerse themselves in Italian culture.

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MultiMedica Group – Milan

Multimedica Group is a leading healthcare provider in Italy, with a focus on innovation and excellence in patient care. The San Giuseppe Hospital, located in the heart of Milan, is a testament to this commitment. Founded in 1874, it has evolved into a modern university hospital with three specialized departments: clinical, surgical, and maternal/infant. As a center of excellence for emergency medicine, the San Giuseppe Hospital is a reference point for hand surgery and offers timely treatment for brain ischemia through its Stroke Center. For aspiring medical professionals, the San Giuseppe Hospital offers a unique opportunity to learn from top professionals in a variety of fields and gain experience in a dynamic and highly respected medical facility.

In addition to the San Giuseppe Hospital in Milan, Multimedica Group also operates the IRCCS Multimedica in Sesto San Giovanni, a research hospital dedicated to advancing medical knowledge and improving patient care. The IRCCS Multimedica is a cutting-edge facility that conducts research in a range of medical fields, including oncology, neurology, and cardiovascular medicine. As a research hospital, it offers exciting opportunities for aspiring medical professionals to participate in cutting-edge research and contribute to the advancement of the medical field.

Milan is a cosmopolitan city known for its fashion, art, and finance. As the economic and financial center of Italy, it is a hub for international business and a popular destination for students and young professionals from all over the world. With a rich cultural history and a bustling contemporary scene, Milan is a dynamic city that offers something for everyone.

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Galliera Hospital – Genoa

The Galliera Hospital in Genoa is a historic medical facility with a rich tradition of excellence in patient care. Located in a stunning historical building, built in 1877 in the heart of Genova, a few blocks from the sea, thanks to the kindness of the Duchess of Galliera, it offers a unique blend of old-world charm and modern medical technology.

As a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Genoa, it provides a range of specialized departments, including oncology, cardiology, and neurology, and offers rich learning opportunities for aspiring medical professionals. With its commitment to providing high-quality care and its beautiful surroundings, the Galliera Hospital is a perfect place for young students to gain valuable experience and immerse themselves in the rich history and tradition of the medical field.

With a capacity of 450 beds, the Galliera hospitals provide advanced diagnostic, therapeutic, and rehabilitative excellence, scientific research, training, and technological innovation, within its Coronary Intensive Care Unit, Post-Operative Intensive Therapy, Stroke Centre, Acute-care hospitalization (medical and surgical), Fragile Patients Area, and the Nursing Care Area with 15 beds.

Genoa is a picturesque maritime city located along the breathtakingly beautiful Italian Riviera. With its stunning natural scenery, including dramatic coastline and world-famous beaches, it is the perfect place for students looking to study abroad to enjoy an active and exciting lifestyle. Everything is within walking distance and with a short train ride, one can reach such gems as the Cinque Terre and Portofino.
The city itself is rich in cultural history and offers a vibrant atmosphere, making it a great place to immerse oneself in Italian culture and make new friends.

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Careggi Hospital – Florence

The Azienda Ospedaliera Careggi is a large government hospital located in the city of Florence, Italy. It is one of the most important hospitals in the region and serves a population of over 1 million people.

Founded in the 14th century, the hospital has a long history of providing excellent medical care to the people of Florence. It has undergone numerous renovations and expansions over the years, and today it is a modern facility with state-of-the-art medical equipment and technology.

The hospital is known for its comprehensive range of medical services, including general surgery, cardiology, neurology, oncology, and many other specialties. It is also home to one of the largest and most advanced emergency departments in the region, providing round-the-clock care to patients in need.

In addition to its medical services, the hospital is also a major research and teaching center. It is affiliated with the University of Florence, and many of its doctors are also professors at the university. The hospital is involved in numerous research projects and clinical trials, and it is at the forefront of medical innovation in the region.

The hospital is also committed to sustainability and has implemented a number of initiatives to reduce its environmental impact. For example, it has installed solar panels to generate electricity and has implemented a recycling program to reduce waste.

The hospital is also committed to providing access to care to anyone, regardless of gender, ethnicity, language, economic status, religious views, political views, or any other aspect of their identity.

Overall, the Azienda Ospedaliera Careggi is an important institution in the city of Florence, providing high-quality medical care and serving as a hub for research and education. If you’re a young professional interested in healthcare, it’s definitely worth checking out.

Florence is a city brimming with cultural charm, offering a unique blend of stunning art, breathtaking architecture, and rich historical roots. As a hub for education and cultural exchange, it is the perfect destination for students looking to immerse themselves in Italian culture during their studies abroad, surrounded by fellow students from all over the world.

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Sant’Orsola Hospital – Bologna

The Policlinico di Sant’Orsola in Bologna, Italy is a world-renowned healthcare facility that has been providing top-quality medical care to the community for over 300 years. Located in the heart of the city, this modern hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and some of the most highly trained and experienced medical professionals in the country.

One of the standout features of the Policlinico di Sant’Orsola is its focus on research and innovation. The hospital is home to numerous research centers and clinical trials, where doctors and scientists work together to develop new treatments and techniques for a wide range of medical conditions. This cutting-edge research has helped the hospital to earn a reputation as a leader in the field of healthcare, and has attracted patients from all over the world.

But the Policlinico di Sant’Orsola is not just a place for research and treatment; it is also a hub of education and training. The hospital offers a range of educational programs and internship opportunities for medical students and young professionals, giving them the chance to learn from some of the best doctors and researchers in the field.

Another thing that sets the Policlinico di Sant’Orsola apart is its commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility. The hospital has implemented a number of initiatives to reduce its carbon footprint and minimize its impact on the environment, including the use of renewable energy sources and the recycling of waste materials.

Of course, none of these things would matter if the hospital didn’t offer top-quality care to its patients. Fortunately, the Policlinico di Sant’Orsola delivers just that. The hospital is equipped with a wide range of medical facilities and services, including a 24-hour emergency department, intensive care units, and specialized clinics for cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and other conditions.

In short, the Policlinico di Sant’Orsola is a modern, forward-thinking hospital that is dedicated to providing the best possible care to its patients. Whether you’re in need of medical treatment, looking to further your education, or just want to work in a place that is committed to sustainability and innovation, the Policlinico di Sant’Orsola has something for you.

Bologna is a vibrant city located in northern Italy known for its rich history, cultural attractions, and delicious cuisine. It is a popular destination for travelers in their 20s due to its lively student life and abundance of universities, making it a great place to immerse oneself in Italian culture and make new friends.

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Pre-vet Programs in Rome, Florence, Perugia, Milan

Are you an aspiring veterinarian looking for a hands-on, immersive experience in Italy? The Doctors in Italy Fellowship for Pre-vet students offers just that! Available in multiple cities across the country, this program provides pre-vet students with the opportunity to shadow veterinarians at clinics and animal rescue sites, gaining valuable hands-on experience and learning from some of the best in the field.

But the experiences don’t stop there – during the fellowship, you’ll also have the chance to work with a wide range of animals, including small and large animals, exotic species, and wildlife. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in research projects and attend lectures and workshops to expand your knowledge and skills.

But it’s not all work and no play – the program is also designed to be a well-rounded and enriching experience, allowing you to immerse yourself in Italian culture and explore the beautiful cities and countryside. Past participants have raved about the program, and now it’s your turn to join the ranks and take the first step towards your dream career in veterinary medicine. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!

Learn more about the Pre-vet Programs >

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FEATURED STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS

Combine your real-life experience in healthcare with formal education, academic credit, and a better understanding of yourself, your career goals, and your path to achieve them.

Arcadia University Internship Seminar: Shadowing Doctors in Italy

This dynamic experiential education course provides the academic structure to maximize your medical shadowing experience and connect it to both your course of study and career aspirations through exploring intercultural work experiences, amplifying personal development, and enriching both your professional network and skill set.

The classes will be held online in the afternoon and will complement, enrich, and contextualize the clinical experience students gain at the hospital.

The class will give you an opportunity to gain insight into your individual, unique psychometric profile and intercultural competence through a development workshop – a valuable outcome for navigating your professional progress, networks, and personal growth in the future.

In addition to guided self-reflection and group discussions, part of the course will focus on building your own application portfolio, including a resume, public profile, cover letter, and application essay targeted to your preferred career in healthcare.

This portfolio will be useful for your graduate school application, job applications, and other career and academic opportunities you wish to pursue.

Course details:

Duration: 4 weeks
Credit: 3 credits

Course outline:

  1. Introduction to the Italian Healthcare System
  2. Intercultural Competency & Healthcare
  3. Critiquing the Workplace: Comparing European and American
    Approaches
  4. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Italy
  5. Constructing Your Narrative – Medical School & Allied Health
    Pathways and Applications
  6. Leveraging Your Experience: Professional Development
    Workshop
  7. Guest Lecture – Healthy Boundaries for Health Professionals
  8. Reflective Presentations

 

See the course syllabus >

DATES AND LOCATIONS FOR THIS COURSE

Florence
I term May 22 – June 16
II term June 26 – July 21
cost: €10,920 (11,800$)

Milan:
I term May 22 – June 16
II term June 26 – July 21
cost: €9,100 (9,800$)

Genoa:
I term June 26 – July 21
cost: €9,100 (9,800$)

Bologna:
I term May 22 – June 16
II term June 26 – July 21
cost: €8,900 (9,600$)

Dates and fees for all programs

Invest in your future by joining one of the Doctors in Italy Fellowship Programs. Choose the duration and type that best fit your academic aspirations, your budget, and your plans for the summer. See available Scholarships.

Academic credit options

4-week programs are credit-bearing and include a personal development course, with virtual debriefing sessions and mentorship by Arcadia University. See the featured program above for details.

5-week programs include a 3-credit course at John Cabot University on a topic of choice within liberal arts.

MILAN – SUMMER 23

2-week program
I term May 8 – May 19
II term May 22 – June 2
III term June 26 – July 7
IV term July 10 – July 21
cost: €3,970 (4,300$)

3-week program:
I term June 5 – June 23
II term July 24 – August 11
cost: €5,580 (6,000$)

4-week program (3 credits included):
June 26 – July 21
cost: €9,100 (9,800$)

GENOA – SUMMER 23

2-week program
I term May 8 – May 19
II term May 22 – June 2
III term June 26 – July 7
IV term July 10 – July 21
cost: €3,970 (4,300$)

3-week program:
I term June 5 – June 23
II term July 24 – August 11
cost: €5,580 (6,000$)

4-week program (3 credits included):
June 26 – July 21
cost: €9,100 (9,800$)

ROME – SUMMER 23

2-week program
I term May 8 – May 19
II term May 22 – June 2
III term June 5 – June 16
IV term July 10 – July 21
cost: €4,180 (4,500$)

3-week program:
I term June 19 – July 7
II term July 24 – August 11
cost: €5,580 (6,000$)

5-week program (3 credit course included):
I term May 17 – June 24
II term June 29 – Aug 5
cost: €9,890 (10,700$)

BOLOGNA – SUMMER 23

2-week program
I term May 8 – May 19
II term June 19 – June 30
cost: €3,800 (4,100$)

3-week program:
I term May 1 – May 19
II term September 4 – September 22
cost: €4,970 (5,600$)

4-week program:
I term May 22 – June 16
II term June 26 – July 21
cost: €6,900 (7,400$)

5-week program:
I term May 22 – June 23
II term June 26 – July 28
cost: €8,200 (8,890$)

FLORENCE – SUMMER 23

2-week program
I term May 8 – May 19
II term July 10 – July 21
cost: €4,620 (5,000$)

3-week program:
I term June 5 – June 23
II term July 10 – July 28
cost: €6,720 (7,200$)

4-week program:
I term May 22 – June 16
II term June 26 – July 21
cost: €8,760 (9,500$)

5-week program:
I term May 22 – June 23
II term June 26 – July 28
cost: €10,100 (10,900$)

ARCADIA UNIVERSITY INTERNSHIP COURSE – SUMMER 23

Florence
I term May 22 – June 16
II term June 26 – July 21
cost: €10,920 (11,800$)

Milan:
I term May 22 – June 16
II term June 26 – July 21
cost: €9,100 (9,800$)

Genoa:
I term June 26 – July 21
cost: €9,100 (9,800$)

Bologna:
I term May 22 – June 16
II term June 26 – July 21
cost: €8,900 (9,600$)

What is included in the program fees

The stress-free all inclusive package will leave you nothing to worry about. Just get your plane tickets and bring some pocket money for food and shopping, we'll take care of everything else.

Hospital shadowing
Experience daily life in top Hospitals, following world class doctors with international training for 20+ hours a week.
Central accommodation
Beautiful and clean double rooms in shared apartments, hotels, and dorms, all in a central and safe location will make you feel at home. Single room available upon request.
at least 4 rotations
Shadow doctors from different areas and discover your passions, together with friends from all over the world
Insurance and medical assistance
A full coverage, no-hassle insurance plan is included. If you need to see a doctor, you'll have access to a team of excellent English-speaking physicians.
Discover Italy
Enjoy the views and beauty of Italian streets and sunsets, with the guidance of our expert local staff on site and 3 weekly activities..
24/7 on-site local staff support
You and your family will have 24/7 access to our on-site coordinators to help you adjust and make the most of the experience. You'll never feel lost!
Explore Italy
All programs include at least one day-trip out of Rome, Genoa, or Milan. Free weekends will allow you to see even more with your new friends.
Airport pick-up and orientation
No stress upon arrival, we'll pick you up and show you around. Enjoy your stay and make yourself at home from day one!

A day as a Fellow

Here's a bit of what you can expect from a typical day of shadowing doctors in Italy as a Fellow.

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Shadow at the hospital in the morning

Start your day with some intensive shadowing. You’ll get to the hospital at about 8:30 a.m. and meet with the coordinator of the ward you are shadowing that day. You will then be assigned to a doctor, alone or with a shadowing buddy, and you’ll follow the doctor for the rest of the day. This may lead you to discover conditions you didn’t know about, observe the creation of the patient-doctor bond, assist in a procedure in the O.R., gain a better knowledge of human physiology, discover interesting research topics, and certainly get to know better the specialty and the doctor you are shadowing.

Explore Rome, Genoa, or Milan in the afternoon

Did you know that Rome’s historic centre contains more than 25,000 environmental and archaeological points of interest? Or that Milan is the second largest city in Italy and one of the Fashion capital in the world? Discover the beauty of Rome, Genoa, and Milan with your new friends, lose your way while walking around the cobblestone streets, then find it again as you follow the riverbanks of the Tiber, all the way to the Vatican or you wander around the fashion district in Milan, or you stroll along the beach in Genoa. Choose a new area to explore every day, and you won’t cease to be amazed – the three cities have many districts and each one of them is worth visiting.

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Dine out with friends in the evening

Although your apartment is equipped for cooking and eating at home, you are likely to find yourself wanting to go out and eat at one of the many delicious restaurants. Enjoy original Italian food, most of its delicacies are quite healthy as well. After a long day, you deserve to treat yourself with a big plate of your favorite pasta. There are also many inexpensive options for eating out, your on-site coordinator is a local and will help you find the best places off the beaten path.