Faculty of Biomedical Sciences at a glance
The Faculty of Biomedical Sciences of USI Università della Svizzera italiana was established in 2014 with the main purpose to make a contribution towards the solution of an important national problem: the dearth of physicians trained in Switzerland. The Faculty is headed by Dean, Prof. Dr. med. Giovanni Pedrazzini.
Master of Medicine
To reach its goal, the Faculty offers since 2020 a Master of Medicine (three years of clinical training), in cooperation with ETH Zurich, University of Basel, and University of Zurich regarding academics, and with EOC, clinics, and general practitioners regarding clinical training. The Master addresses the new challenges of medical practice by combining clinical and scientific training with communication skills.
Other study programmes
The Faculty is already offering Doctoral Programmes (Medical Doctor Programme and PhD Programmes), as well as an Executive Programme in Sleep Medicine, which is set-up in cooperation with University of Bern.
The Faculty supports the following Institutes at an organisational level:
- the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB), affiliated and based on Bellinzona campus;
- the Institute of Oncology Research (IOR), affiliated and based on Bellinzona campus;
- the Institute of Public Health (IPH);
- the Euler Institute
The Center of Advanced Studies on Entrepreneurship in Biomedicine (CASE BioMed) adds to the medical and scientific education at the Faculty by offering advanced programmes in innovation and entrepreneurship.
"Our Faculty is committed to training competent and skilled doctors, ready to take on the challenges of today and tomorrow. It also aims to improve the quality of medical care in the Swiss Italian speaking region. Lastly, it seeks to coordinate and further develop basic pharmacological and clinical research, also through networking with leading national and international institutions".
Mario Bianchetti, First Dean of the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences
Faculty Associate Institutions are the European School for Advanced Studies in Ophthalmology (ESASO), which offers specialised training in ophthalmology since 2008, and the Sasso Corbaro Foundation, which conducts training, research, documentation and consultation in the field of medical humanities and clinical ethics since the year 2000.