Physician-Patient: from the University of Milan an innovative educational project
Unfortunately even nowadays, the relationship with a physician is characterized by paternalism which frustrates the awareness and critical spirit of people when they are ill – a time when they need it more than ever. Improving the information exchange with patients about diagnosis, possible treatments, connected risks and benefits, creates the conditions for a physician not to decide for the patient but rather with the patient.
In order to putthis change in perspective, a fundamental role must be played by training, not only of future physicians but also of other health professionals.
In 2014 the Rector of the University of Milan Gianluca Vago, publicly sealed a pact with patients on the occasion of the Congress “100 cum laude – united for patients“.
Soon afterwards, a Chair of Humanity was established at the University of Milan, which introduced into the degree course in medicine, and its oncology specialization, the skills and competence to train physicians to be able to listen to, and interact with, patients in an existential, emotional and social dimension.
The new Department of Oncology and Hemato-oncology of the University of Milan also avails itself of this innovative teaching project. This Department was established in 2015 and it brings together under one roof in a unique single-topic and multi-disciplinary location, the researchers and professors of five oncological university hospitals of Milan, centres of excellence in the Italian and international scene: San Paolo Hospital, Niguarda, Policlinico, the National Tumour Institute, and the European Institute of Oncology.