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Postby Nish » Sun Oct 23, 2016 10:16 pm


Speaking in broad terms, there will be 4 exam sessions for the first year.
These will take place in February, June, July and September. Except in July,
in each exam session you will be provided 2 chances in order to pass your
exam, although there have been certain cases where the professors only
provided us with one per exam session. In addition to these, there will be 2
extraordinary exam sessions in December and April starting from 2
nd year.
Here, you will only be provided with one chance to attempt your exam and not
all professors will provide exams either.
Some professors have certain rules and opinions about allowing you to take
the same exam twice in the same exam session, or to take the exam before a
certain number of days. Therefore, in order to plan you exam schedule better,
we suggest you email ( Make sure to email instead of asking during lectures
so that you have some evidence should there be any disputes later on) so
that you are aware of their point of view on the subject.
Most exams will be oral, especially starting from second year. However in the
first year you will also be required to take a number of written exams.
In addition to the official exams we also have Esoneri.
Difference between Esami and Esoneri
Esami is the Italian term for Exam.
Esonero is literally translated as "Exemption". This "Exemption" is basically a
piece of the whole "Exam". This is meant to help students out when the whole
content of the exam is really a lot, especially when the course lasts more than
1 semester.
The course of Human Anatomy, for example, lasts 3 semesters. The exam of
Human Anatomy is indeed divided into 3 "Exemptions". Human Anatomy I
includes the musculoskeletal apparatus and the circulatory system. Your final
score is not necessarily the mathematical average of the 3 scores you got,
since each "Exemption" may have different workloads. The workload is
theoretically expressed in the numbers of "Credits" aka "CFUs", however -
CFUs are NOT a reliable parameter you should be using when
evaluating the workload of an exam. Exams with few CFUs might be
exceedingly more difficult than others with more CFUs. This is because
CFUs are just a mere measure of the number of hours of
lessons/practical activity, but of course this tells nothing about the
complexity of the subject.
There is one important thing you should keep in mind though. "Exemptions"
might be offered in specific periods ONLY ( unlike exams)
Sitting the whole exam is not necessarily a bad decision, since it really
depends on how you planned your exam schedule throughout your 1st
​ year.
Exam Calander
Esoneri will be offered throughout the year, even while lessons are still taking
place. Esami will be offered strictly in the 4-6 exam sessions. There will not
be any lessons while they are taking place.
The professors will give out exam dates as soon as possible, and an exam
calander should be published somewhere in October. Professors are obliged
to stick to these examination dates. In the event they do change the date in
these examination periods, and the new date is inconvenient for you ( as a
class) due to pre-arranged travel plans, interference with another exam etc
you reserve the right to negotiate with the professor or in extreme cases,
complain to our course secretary who in theory, should urge the professor to
keep the exam on the date published.
On the other hand, for Esoneri the professors have the right to change the
exam dates any number of times as they wish to, and they will!! However,
some professors who provide esoneri will urge you to collectively discuss
which dates within the semester are most suitable for you and your
colleagues, and will try to accommodate your opinion.
The time and location of the exams will sometimes be published on infostud
and sometimes emailed to you a couple of days before the exam and in some
cases, the night before the exam! Feel free to email your professor if your
feeling anxious and be sure to spread the word among your colleagues.
Planning for exams
Conversely to what happens in UK and many other countries, you are NOT
supposed to sit exams on the first exam session. The concept you really need
to grasp is:
each year you have a precise number of exams you are supposed to
pass; you also have a list of exam dates in the following months:
February, June, July and September; you can sit all your exams
whenever you want throughout your academic year, regardless of when
lectures are given.
For example, if your Physics lectures are given in 1st semester, you can sit
your exam whenever you want (e.g. in February or June) and it really makes
NO DIFFERENCE in terms of grades whatsoever.
Having said that, its best to distribute the workload across all exam sessions.
You have 4 courses in your 1st semester of your 1st year (Chem, Bio, Phy,
Anatomy I) and you are simply not meant to sit all of them in February.
Or better stated in a different way: if you care about grades, you should
NOT attempt to sit 4 exams in a month.​ If you are happy with the passing
score, you may attempt it, but this comes at your own risk, since you should
take into consideration the possibility of failing, which somehow means
having waisted precious study time that you could have spent on studying
more in-depth a different subject.
Individual exams
As explained before, Esoneri literally translates to exemption. However in
practice we know this is not always the case. Here is a detailed explanation
of how each of the first year exams worked last year.
Note that some things may be slightly different for your year.
1) Physics – You will have 2 esoneri taking place before the february exam
session. In order to skip the written component of the exam you must have a
score with an average of 18 or more, taken from both esoneri ( Its ok if you
don't pass one esonero provided you score higher to compensate for this
from the second esonero). However, you will be tested on the content of both
exams at the oral, available in February and exam sessions beyond.
2) Biology and Genetics – You will have 2 esoneri in the 2 semesters. You
need to pass both esoneri in order to be exempt from the written component
of the exam. Also, in this case you will not be allowed to take the second
esonero if you failed the first. Should you choose to do the written exam
instead of the esoneri, it will be mainly on second semester work. The oral in
this case is not compulsory, but you have the option of doing it in case you
want to improve your grade. In general, the higher your grade in the written
exam, the harder it is to score higher with the oral ( for example if you get an
18, you may be able to get a 26 with the oral, but if you get a 28, the harder it
is to make it a 30).
3) Human Anatomy 1 – This is technically an esonero, but will be available
only in the main exam sessions and they will generally give out and stick to a
date, just like other official exams. To our knowledge, they will not test you on
the content of the first esonero in later esoneri. On a side note, you can only
do anatomy 2 and 3 in second year, and you cannot do anatomy 2 before
doing anatomy 1, and anatomy 3 without first doing anatomy 1.
4) Histology and Embryology – The course is sectioned into cytology,
histology and embryology. You will be offered the cytology and embryology
esoneri in the second semester and you can do histology only at the oral,
available on an official exam session. The 2 esoneri are independent of one
another, as in you can take embryology even if you failed/ didn't take cytology
and vice versa. You will simply be tested on cytology/embryology at the oral if
you didn't do either one of the esoneri mentioned above. However in practice
we know that almost always they tend to ask questions about everything (
Cytology, Histology and Embryology) at the oral. They will not fail you if you
have already done one of the esoneri and fail to remember questions asked
from this topic at the oral, but this will significantly impact your grade. Also,
bear in mind, that they are highly influenced by the grade that you got on your
5) Chemistry and Introduction to Biochemistry – No esoneri. You will simply
take both the written exam as well as the oral exam on the same day/ a
couple of days close to one another. Here, you have the possibility of
increasing your grade to a very high level if you do the oral well, even if you
don't do the written component so well ( But again, depends on the
6) Biochemistry – You can choose to do the whole exam in 2
nd year, or you
may give half the exam in the form of 2 written esoneri in first year, and the
second half in the form of an oral in second year. If you choose to do the
whole exam in 2nd year, note that the entire exam will consist of an oral.
*NOTE: All of the above was written based on our own experiences at the
time of writing. It is quite possible for the professors to change how the exams
are done, so you should follow the information the professors give you as the
official rule.
It is mandatory that you attend 67% of all lectures in order to be allowed to sit
for its respective exam.
In order to do this they will pass out sheets during the lecture where you must
sign your name.
So far IMS has not been extremely strict regarding the collection of
signatures. However, there have been certain instances where we weren't
allowed to take certain exams ( be very careful with your anatomy
attendence) due to a lack of attendence. Furthermore, It is known that the
medical secretary does random checks on attendance and although these
checks are quite rare, you may run into trouble in the event that you fall short
of the expected attendence.
Disregarding the 67% rule, it is a good idea to attend as much lectures as you
can so that professors will find you familiar at the exam ( contrary to popular
belief, they will remember you and some of the things you did in class), and
also to have an idea regarding what is covered in class.
Passing a year in IMS.
In order to pass onto 2nd year, you need to pass at least 2 of the following
1) Biology and Genetics
2) Chemistry and Introduction to Biochemistry.
3) Histology and Embryology
4) Physics.
If you have not completed at least 2 of the above exams by december 2016
you will have to repeat first year. However, you should aim to at least finish 2
exams by the end of September 2016, because some exams will not be
offered in December.
If you are repeating a year you will be registered into the same year with the
qualification ripetente. You will usually be exempt from attendance, unless
stated otherwise by the responsible committee.
In order to pass on to 3
rd year, you need to complete all of the above 4
subjects of first year.
In order to pass on to the 4
th year you must complete all of the exams of first
and second year, as well as one exam from third year.
In order to pass on to the 5
th year you must complete all of the exams of first,
second and third year.
In order to pass on to the 6 the year you must complete all of the exams of
first, second, third and fourth years as well and 2 exams from the fifth year.
( Needless to say, you have to complete all the exams of all years, in order to
If you are a non european student, you have to complete at least 1 of the
above subjects by the time you have to reapply for your permesso di
soggiorno for the first time, or else you will be lacking one document that is
crucial for your permesso di soggiorno renewal. The second time you renew
it, you are required to have passed at least 2 subjects and the third time three
subjects and so on.
It is forbidden to repeat more than 8 years inside of the same degree
programme. The interruption of the attendance for more than 6 years requires
the enrollment in a year determined by the decision of the responsible
There are certain courses that you must pass before you will be allowed to
take the examination for other courses.
1) In order to take the Biochemistry exam, you must have passed Chemistry
and Introduction to Biochemistry.
2) In order to take the complete Human Anatomy exam, you must have
passed Histology and Embryology.
3) In order to take the Human Physiology exam, you must have passed
Biology and Genetics.
4) In order to take the Pathology and Pathophysiology exam, you must have
passed Human Physiology.
6) In order to take the Applied Pathology and Pathological Anatomy exam,
you must have passed Pathology and Pathophysiology.
It is possible for further propaedeutics to be added to the above list, later on.
Registering for Exams
You must do this on infostud. Check the section written under online
Duration of exams.
Written exams are on average 60-90 minutes. Oral exams can range from
anywhere between 15 minutes to over an hour.
You will find syllabi printed on the official student guide given to you,
sometimes on elearning and sometimes the professor will provide you with a
copy during one of the lectures. In some instances you will not have a
syllabus at all. In this case, your supposed to use the lecture slides as a guide
to study.
In general, even if you have not covered something in class, you may still be
questioned on it, if it appears ( even briefly) on the syllabus/ lecture slides.
If you have any doubts regarding the differences in the syllabi published in
different places, we suggest you get in touch with ALL your professors who
will teach you that course. One thing that you must keep in mind is that
communication between professors isn't always excellent, so it is advisable to
always get your doubts clarified by all the professors in question, even if they
weren't involved in teaching you that particular section of the syllabus,
because they may be the examiner at your exam.
Contacting Professors.
You can contact professors via email. The official student guide that will be
given to you will contain all the emails of the professors currently teaching at
If you need to make an appointment with them you must email them
If you fail/ do not do as well as expected in an exam, you may book an
appointment to discuss it with your professor. You must do so as soon as
possible, because after a certain time they assume you are not interested in
reviewing your exam and will throw your exam away.
Some professors, will publish a visiting days and times on elearning after an
exam, so in this case you may simply visit them during these hours, without
making an appointment.
Grading system
The Italian University grading system for individual exams is based on a
30-point scale. 18 and above is considered passing and 30 is the maximum
score that you can get. A “Cum laude”/ “Trenta e lode” ( Honours) is added to
the maximum grade in order praise outstanding results.
If you receive a grade below 18 it will not be registered. If you pass and your
not happy with your passing score, you have the right to refuse it and retake
the exam on another day. In this case you simply tell the professor so.
Note- Failures and exam results that you refuse will not be recorded on your
Grading system and calculation of the final degree
We have not been notified of any official method of calculating our final
degree. The description below is a description regarding the calculation of the
final degree pertaining to the Italian course canale A ( which should be very
similar to the method our degrees will be calculated since the 2 courses are
very similar in terms of exam calendars, timetables, courses taught etc).
At the end 6th year, once you have finished your degree you will have to go to
the secretary and then get a receipt of application for your graduation.
Once you have this receipt you will have to print out all the proof of
examinations/ proof of erasmus/ exchange programs/ proof of progress tests
You will have 3 graduation sessions and 1 extraordinary session
the 3 sessions are in,
1) June/July/ September
2) October/ November.
3) January
The extraordinary session will be in March.
Depending on when you decide to graduate, you will be awarded extra points
to your final degree. Under current guidelines you will be given the following
points depending on when you graduate.
1) June/ July/ September – 3 Points.
2) October/ November – 2 points.
3) January – 1 point
4) March – 0 points.
After you have chosen your graduation date your score depending on all the
exams you have done will be calculated. According to current guidelines this
will be based on the arithmatic mean ( Differnt courses will decide to calculate
your degree based on the arithmatic average OR the weighted average. We
are unsure exactly which one will will be used for ours)
In order to calculate your final degree, the following steps are taken.
1) Add up all the marks, as recorded on infostud.
2) The total of the above step will be multipled by 11.
3) The answer from the above step will be divided by 3.
To this score your points from any exchange programs ( eg – Erasmus) will
be added.
If the duration of your exchange program was greater or equal to 3 months, 1
point will be added.
If the duration of your exchange program was greater or equal to 6 months, 2
points will be added.
After this, any lodi which you have gained during examinations will be added.
If you get more than 3 lodi, 1 extra point will be added.
If you get more than 6 lodi, 2 extra points will be added.
After this you will present your thesis. According to current guidelines, you
must have your thesis stamped and signed by the professor overlooking your
thesis as well as the presentation of the thesis ready before the graduation
session starts.
The thesis can give you a maximum of 7 points. Below is th breakdown of
said points,
1) Type of thesis. This depends whether its an experimental thesis, case
report etc – 4 points.
2) Quality of Presentation – 1 point.
3) How well you know the content of your thesis and the topic under
discussion – 1 point.
4) Your ability to answer questions/ offer clarifications during the discussion –
1 point.
These are also referred to as electives and they are usually seminars run by
guest lecturers or activities run by one of your usual professors.
Each ADE will have a certain number of credits assigned to it. You can earn
these credits by simply participating in these seminars/ activities. It is up to
you to decide which ADE's you want to do. Bear in mind you need to earn at
least 8 credit collectively using ADE's, by the end of 6th year. You may earn
these in any order, as long as you have 8 by the time you graduate ( ie -you
may be in 3rd year with a few missing credits, in which case you may attend
some some of the ADE 's that you may have missed in first and second year)
Your professor will usually ask you to collectively agree upon a suitable date
which is most convenient for the majority of your class. Once you let them
know them this date, they will let you know a time and a location. ( Make sure
to remind them to inform you).
The list of ADE's can be found on your student guide.
APPs stands for "Practical Professionalizing Activities", namely skills that
every medical student is supposed to master: e.g. measuring blood pressure
or taking a blood sample. They are mandatory and requested to be signed
and sealed before your graduation day.

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