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Health certification requested for admission to degree courses in Italian university medical schools

Health certification requested for admission to degree courses in Italian university medical schools

Annali di Igiene 18(6): 565-569

Prior to enrollment in degree courses in Italian university medical schools students are required to undergo health tests and preventive measures. The aim of this study was to census and assess the health certification required by Italian universities. Information was collected from course admission notices published on the university websites. Most universities requested health certificates for the academic year 2005-2006. Requirements usually focused on the risk of tuberculosis and hepatitis B for students enrolled in degree courses in medicine and surgery and in dentistry and dental prosthetics. Additional certification concerning physical and mental well being suited to specific tasks was also required for courses for the health professions of nurses, midwives, rehabilitation, technical and health prevention staff The request of several universities for antituberculosis vaccination clashed with legislation currently in force. Most universities did not notify the subsequent requirement for certification concerning physical and mental wellbeing on the website admissions list. The survey showed that Italian universities adopt different criteria in requesting certifications and different terms and conditions. In addition, requirements were often not updated. Competent university medical staff should be consulted to define what health certification is required from students for admission to different courses in university medical schools.

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