Medical Publishing 2015

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The first edition of the Course in Medical Publishing has been very successful.

 “A unique opportunity to meet the experts from Harvard and Oslo Medical Schools, and learn the tricks about Medical Publishing in the best scientific journals in the world! Join this intensive day and enjoy the practical activities to make your next paper the best!”

The 2nd edition of the course in Medical Publishing is on the way for 2016.

27th May

30 Marzo

Main University BuildingMy name is Davin McLoughlin, and I am a Scottish medical student currently in my second year on the BEMC course at the University of Bari “Aldo Moro”. In this article, I will provide an insight into our course, especially since there does not seem to be much information available for students on the Internet at this moment in time.
(Also from english conference) Some of BEMC students with course coordinator portincasa

I have been studying here for around one and a half years now, and I can safely say that I am rather content with my decision to enrol here. In regards to course structure, it more or less mirrors the traditional and lecture-based Italian medical course. I actually really appreciate this structure, since from what I know, graduates of the Italian course here in Bari usually end their degree with an exceptional theoretical knowledge base to work with throughout their entire careers. I do feel this is something which is starting to lack in medical courses back in the UK, but luckily, here this knowledge is still heavily valued and is given great importance.

Additional elective course-conference being held in english by professor from polandAlthough, as a result of a high emphasis on theory, the practical aspect usually suffers on the Italian course, this is where being on the BEMC course has an advantage. Due to the fact we are a small group (around 20 students), it is a lot easier to organise ourselves in order to have hands-on experience in the hospital. For example, we recently finished a “Practical Skills” course with an internist, in which we were taught the basic aspects of a clinical examination. He then invited us to follow him on his ward round in order to to have a bit of practise, as well as to see the process of a standard clinical examination in a hospital setting. Furthermore, there are lots of student associations which run courses to help you with practical skills. I also find it very convenient that the medical school is actually located within the Bari Policlinico hospital, which is something that will prove very useful when it comes to internships during the clinical years.

Aula MagnaMost of the professors teaching us have had some research experience abroad, so the level of English is usually quite good. In addition, the professors are usually experts in their field and it only usually takes a quick glance at their CV to realise that. For example, a part of our virology course was taught by a professor who had previously specialised at Harvard University, and then went on to make a discovery related to liver cancer which even made the Italian national news. Since the lecturers usually have an interest in research, we are also sometimes made to study research papers for our exams in certain subjects. Although this may be frustrating due to the extra load on top of studying the book, it is very beneficial in terms of being up to date with our medical knowledge.

Elective conference held in english by cardiologist from Utrecht in HollandA lot of exams are oral, with a few written exams here and there. This was a strange concept for me at first, since it was not something I had really encountered during my school years in Scotland. However, I do find that the dreaded oral exam at the end of the course pushes you to study the content harder, resulting in an overall better understanding of the subject, rather than if it was just a standardised multiple choice paper.

Student Association Suturing CourseOf course, even as a medical student, it is necessary to have a social life of some sort. Luckily, there always seems to be something going on in the city of Bari, as well as the surrounding cities within the region of Apulia. I find the people of Apulia very sociable, with numerous festivals providing an opportunity go out and chat with friends while guzzling a Peroni beer with a delicious “panino con polpo arrosto”.

Bari LungomareThat is something I most certainly cannot take away from Bari…the lifestyle. The fact I can walk out of the Policlinico after a hard day of studying and take a 15 minute train ride to some of the best beaches in Italy really does amaze me. The food is also sublime, with a wide variety of dishes ranging from braciole (which are like meat rolls) to orecchiette pasta. The people here are also very hospitable and will never hesitate to invite you over for a meal cooked by “La Mamma”.

Bari VecchiaOverall, despite the fact there are still rooms for improvement in terms of organisation (which seems to be a common theme among some Italian universities), it seems that things have certainly improved since the BEMC course first started. This is taking into account the current situation and after having spoken with a few of the students who were among the first to enrol on the programme more than 3 years ago. I would definitely recommend Bari to anyone, both for the medical school and the lifestyle.

Policlinico Main EntranceIf you have any questions about the medical school, or admissions, etc., please feel free to email me at . Alternatively, you can get in touch with our student representative, Nicolangelo Diomede, via email at .




Policlinico Central Library

28 -29 April

50th Annual Scientific Meeting of the European Society for Clinical Investigation – Paris, France 27-29 April 2016


18th December

Il 18 Dicembre 2015 ad Altamura (Ba) si terrà la quarta edizione del convegno “LA DIETA COME MEDICINA”. presso la Sala Convegni A.B.M.C. in Piazza Zanardelli. A seguire il programma completo.

17th December

Another very successful Seminar took place on the 17th of December in the Policlinico di Bari, Bari, Italy, thanks to our guest professor Hendrik Nathoe, MD, PhD, Cardiologist at the University Medical Center of Utrecht, the Netherlands and also President of the European Society for Clinical Investigation (ESCI).

10th November

BEMC is moving forward: we are in the process of organizing activities in italian language for our foreign students like lessons, seminars, mentorships and other initiatives like “one-day-with-BEMC” (a small group of italian students attending lessons with BEMC students) and “Un giorno piu’ italiano (foreign students meet the Italian students at lesson). Also, brand new electives will be available soon: “Learn-five” (Semeiology-Internal Medicine), “My-research” (Joining simple ongoing research protocols) etc.

5th - 7th November

UniBa hosted the “Stati Generali” Congress and BEMC vision and mission was officially presented by the coordinator Prof. P. Portincasa with the Rector together with other Italian Rectors, the President of Fiera del Levante (Prof. U. Patroni Griffi) and UniBA Staff and students from International Office and Medical School. On that occasion a video has been released about the ongoing activities of UniBa (follow at

29th October

The University of Sofia Medical School and Bulgarian Academy of Sciencies join NEMT!

Last October the Medical School in Sofia hosted the 1st Workshop in Scientific Medical Publishing (invited speakers Prof. Piero Portincasa, Dipartimento di Scienze Biomediche e Oncologia Umana of Policlinico di Bari and University of Bari, and Prof. Giuseppe Calamita, Dipartimento di Fisiologia Generale ed Ambientale of the University of Bari) with an audience full of Bulgarian and international Students belonging to the “Premedicus” association. The Pro-rector from the Department of Student’s Education, Prof Lyubomirova, addressed the meeting and promised to visit the University of Bari and the Medical School.

Sofia Bari E+

20th October

The seminar Visualization of Mitochondrial Function and Structure as a powerful tool for diagnosis of Mitochondrial Disorders took place on the 20th of October, 2015.
It was an important opportunity for School of Medicine of the University of Bari to meet one of the most important experts about Mitochondria, prof. Wieckowski.



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