By initiative of USI, in 2009 the Council of State of the Canton Ticino appointed a working group, led by the former President of USI, Prof. Piero Martinoli, to evaluate the feasibility of a medical training programme in Ticino. This initiative was motivated by the need to address an important national problem: the dearth of physicians trained in Switzerland.
The first Feasibility Report was submitted to the Department for education, culture and sport (DECS) of Canton Ticino in January 2011, which approved the findings recommending a medical training program at graduate level (Master’s) in collaboration with other Swiss medical faculties.
Based on USI’s proposal, in March 2014 the DECS presented its dispatch to the Grand Council of Canton Ticino requesting the creation of a new Faculty of Biomedical Sciences and of a Master Medical School at USI. On November 24th, 2014, the Grand Council of Canton Ticino approved the creation of the Faculty.
Piero Martinoli, former USI President and chair of the project who led to the creation of the Faculty