Benedictine College Signs PreMed Agreement with Milan’s Humanitas University

Benedictine College Signs PreMed Agreement with Milan’s Humanitas University

International Opportunity for Benedictine PreMed Students

Published: Monday, February 22, 2016

Benedictine College has signed an agreement with Humanitas University, an international medical school based in Milan, Italy, to facilitate admission of Benedictine College pre-med students into its Medicine and Surgery degree program. Humanitas University is accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education and offers a 6-year university program taught entirely in English. The medical school is sponsored by Humanitas Research Hospital, one of the most advanced hospitals in Europe.

The International Medical Admissions Test (IMAT) will take place on April 7. The test is administered in 40 locations worldwide, including Benedictine College’s Graduate Programs classroom in the Kansas City metropolitan area (5125 Roe Blvd, Suite 150, in Roeland Park, Kansas 66205). To learn more about the admission test, click here.

Daniel Musso, director of the Center for International Education at Benedictine College, said Benedictine students admitted to the Humanitas program will be able to take the United States Medical License Examination Steps 1 and 2 while in school, making them eligible for a medical residency in the United States.

“Signing an agreement means that Humanitas prefers to attract students from specific, approved institutions they are familiar with,” Musso said. “In time, the two institutions are going to become more familiar with each other’s academic programs and will possibly develop specific courses or programs together.”

Musso said that in the future, if the correct classes are developed at Benedictine College, Humanitas might be able to accept Benedictine students into the second year of the program.

Humanitas Research Hospital was the first general hospital in Italy, and one of the few in Europe, to be certified for quality by the Joint Commission International. It has been featured in a case study by the Harvard Business School and was noted as one of the most innovative hospitals in the world by the Harvard Business Review.

Musso said pre-med students in the United States are looking to international medical schools because available spots in U.S. medical schools are far outpaced by demand.

“According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, for the 2015-16 academic year, more than 52,500 people applied to medical school in the U.S. for only about 20,600 positions,” he said.

Musso also noted the financial benefits of the arrangement. He said the average annual cost in tuition and fees for private medical school in the United States was about $51,000, compared to tuition and fees at Humanitas University of 16,000 Euros per year, or approximately $18,000 at the current exchange rate.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.