Virgilio Program curriculum augments the existing Medical School curriculum to help students build the skills and knowledge base to conduct significant biomedical research and navigate a career pathway as academic physician scientist.
During your 3 years in the Virgilio Program, the students will participate in theoretical courses and laboratory experience, as well as seminars and practicals, designed to integrate their research knowledge.
The program contains in-depth formal didactic courses which are designed to help students acquire knowledge and skills related to research methods, information gathering, critical analysis & review and data processing..
Laboratory rotations and tutoring
Alongside didactic courses are planned laboratory rotations of 4 weeks per academic year in order to enable students assimilate the theoretical knowledge acquired during the courses into practical experience. Laboratory rotations will be performed by the students across a portfolio of laboratories available in their University.
During the laboratory experience, the students will be required to:
1. keep a daily diary on the activities performed in the lab, highlighting their role;
2. write a final scientific and personal growth report that summarizes the lab activities, their own contribution, their understanding of the research project, the methods learnt, skills obtained, and the relevance of the experience with respect to the learning goals of the year;
Each laboratory experience of the student will be supported by a tutor who will guide the research experience, provide scientific inputs and at a later stage discuss thesis internship.
During the final year of the degree course, the students will be involved in a research project as the topic of their final thesis. This period can be spent in a laboratory of any of the three partner universities, depending on the student’s choice of the thesis topic. Three awards will be given each year to the best thesis.
The program will ensure that all students receive extensive mentoring from preselected successful physician-scientists who are committed to the mentoring process.