University Medicine in Italy: an exemplary “case report” of several unresolved criticities

Roberto Manfredi



The present role, space, task, mission, function, and outcome of University Medicine in Italy are briefly examined, taking as a pure and trivial pretext the actual professional activity of single, representative physician who changed his role at the same specialistic Department of the same University Hospital, by covering an University role in the past five years, after working at the same facility as an Hospital-affiliated specialist in charge of the same Medical Division during the previous 14 years. The lights and shadows of assistential and academic medicine organisation and integration in Italy are the starting point of our preliminary observations, which may be potentially extended to the University Medicine as a whole, from an organisative, functional, and especially ergonomic point of view.


University Medicine; Service integration; Assistance activity; Academic and scientific duties; Work ergonomy

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