Italy (SISM) - Messina
LC GENERAL INFORMATION
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neurology, deramtology, toracic surgery, Gynaecolgy/obstetrics, Pediatrics, neurosurgery, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Endocrinology, Anesthesia, Biology, Genetics, Hematology, Hygiene, Infectious diseases, Internal Medicine-Cardiology, Internal Medicine Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine-Invasive Cardiology, Internal Medicine-Nephrology, Internal Medicine Pulmonary, Nuclear Medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, Pediatric surgery, Pharmacology, Physiology, Psychiatry, Radiology, Radiotherapy, Surgery-Gastrointestinal, Surgery Orthopedics, Surgery-Plastic Surgery, Surgery-Vascular Surgery, Urology
01/08 to 31/08
48 SCOPE STUDENTS
2 SCORE STUDENTS
Pocket money
Students Residence
Please notice that friends or relatives cannot be hosted in our residence
http://messina.sism.org/
LEOs
Sebastiano Caruso
OVERVIEW
Messina is the third largest city on the island of Sicily. 
It has a population of 240,000 inhabitants and about 500,000 in the metropolitan area. 
It is located at the North-East corner of Sicily, on the Strait of Messina, which divides Sicily and the mainland.
Founded by Greek colonists in the 8th century BC, Messina was originally called Zancle, from the Greek.
UNIVERSITY AND HOSPITALS
Università degli studi di Messina
Largo Università
98100 Messina
www.unime.it/en (English)
Main hospital:
Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria “Gaetano Martino” 
Via Consolare Valeria 98125 
MESSINA
Tel. +39 0902221
Homepage: http://www.polime.it (Italian)
IN EMERGENCIES
If you are injured you can go to the hospital for medical treatment. If you need 
an ambulance, call 118 (First Aid Ambulance).
ABOUT YOUR CLERKSHIP
You will be assigned to a supervising doctor who will guide you during your 
practice. 
Practice starts at 8:00 – surgical departments and 9:00 – clinical departments
Likely more than one person will be assigned to the same department (up 
to 4 people, depending on the department). Practice usually finishes around 
14:00. Working days are Mo-Fri.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING IN HOSPITAL? 
Bring your own scrub (especially if you go in a surgery department),
white coat, stethoscope, lamp (especially if you go in a department of 
neurology, emergency or anesthesiology), as well as a pair of shoes 
(sneakers or slippers) only for surgery department (that means also anaesthesia and gynaecology). 
There is NO COLOR CODE. You can wear any color you like.
RESEARCH PROJECTS AND LABS

Evaluation of occul Hepatitis B virus (HBV)infection in peripheral blood mononuclear cells

BOARDING
You will receive pocket money, so you can try our famous food in the restaurants of our city!
LODGING
“Residence ERSU” - Residence Universitario
Via Pietro Castelli,
98100 Messina
Tel num. +39 0906014401
Double mini-aparments with independent entrance, fully furnished. AC, fridge, locker and private restroom.
Wi-Fi available in public areas and canteen.
TRANSPORTATION
Bus: they cover the whole city area.
You can get a monthly ticket for 30€ allowing you to use ANY bus and tram.
http://www.atmmessina.it/ (infos and timetables).
Most useful lines: #79 and #45.
Tram: running across the city center – very useful. You’ll need to get a tram in the morning in order to reach the Hospital. It is a 20 minutes ride.
You can use the monthly ticket mentioned before.
Taxi: aren’t usually very cheap. You’d better ask for the price beforehand.
Taxi phone number:
+39 090 6505
+39 090 51513
+39 090 711444
SOCIAL PROGRAM

It’s the best social program EVER.
There will be 50 people going wild TOGETHER, needing to relax after a tiring and stressful day in the hospital.
The city of Messina has beautiful beaches and seaside clubs, ancient city center and beautiful museums. Internationally famous places like Taormina or 
the Aeolian islands are really handy (30 minutes away)... that means this will be the best experience of your life.
Last year (2014) our social program was like this:
- International dinner 
- Parties at the residence
- Intercultural activities at the residence
- Mr. and Ms. IFMSA award 
- Party in seaside clubs (1 per week)
- Trip to Aeolian Islands, Taormina, Scilla, Mt. Etna, Alcantara’s river.
- 15th
- Messina citysightseeing
- Aaand much more that you’ll discover once here!
 august Bonfire

MUST SEE
The Cathedral of Messina
The Cathedral of Messina, dedicated to the Assumption. Located in the historic center of Messina, where the prospect with the wide facade and 
bell tower of the Cathedral Square. The origins of the Messina Cathedral date back to Norman Roger I of Sicily and was wanting to the foundation. 
The original structures of the sacred building, down through the centuries, 
have been subject to frequent change. This was almost always due to earthquakes that destroyed the city, in fact, with the 1908 earthquake, the 
building collapsed almost completely. Despite the destruction in the Cathedral of Messina is the monumental building of interest in the City. The structure 
has a tower of particular historic and artistic interest, considered the largest and most complex mechanical clock and astronomical world, as many went to 
the Dome destruction. The bell tower dates back to 1908 and was designedon the designs of the old one. About 90 meters high, shaped like a tower, 
contains a magnificent animated clock that entertains tourists at noon, with statues of historical (as Dina and Clarenza) and animals like the cock and lion 
move accompanied by background music of 'Ave Maria. The church is the first largest in Sicily after Palermo Cathedral.
The Fountain of Neptune
The Fountain of Neptune is a monumental fountain in the city of Messina. 
The original position of the Fountain of Neptune was with his back to the 
sea to symbolize the God Neptune blesses Messina. Today, the Fountain of 
Neptune was moved further north and rotated with the sea. The god Neptune, 
holding his feet chained to the monster Scylla and Charybdis, statues that 
symbolize the strength and morale of the city.
Regional Museum of Messina
The Museum, founded in 1806, developed in thirteen rooms that surround a 
courtyard where they placed various architectural fragments and sculptures 
from the ancient churches and palaces of the city 'before the earthquake 
of 1908. The museum illustrates the figurative culture expressed by the 
city through the centuries (XII-XVIII), paintings by famous artists such as 
Antonello, Girolamo Alibrandi, by Polidoro and Caravaggio, who were the tips 
of emerging artistic culture Messina. Collections. At the core of the collections 
from the Museum have been added after the earthquake of 1908, paintings 
and sculptures that once belonged to damaged buildings and then killed.
Festivities/Festivals
The Vara
La Vara is a 14 meters high structure made topping several statues one on 
another. It is slid on the wet streets, pulled by more than a thousand devotees 
pulling ropes attached to it, each more than 110m long. The Vara moves 
without steering and brakes. Until 1860 all the characters were living. 15th 
August the most important religious festival in Messina and almost every 
“Messinesi” attend to it! By midnight you can move to Cristo Re for enjoying 
the fireworks.
Sanctuary of Madonna di Montalto
Church of Maria SS Annunziata dei Catalani
Teatro Vittorio Emanuele II
Church of San Giuliano
Statue of Our Lady of the Letter
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele III
More infos about Messina and our social program here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/
0B0XtkKO31asEY3JYcnM0QWxmXzQ/edit?usp=sharing
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Please, click on the link shown before and download the amazing pdf we made for introducing to you our bevoled city.
Please, note that friends/boyfriends/girlfriends or relatives cannot be accepted and hosted in our residence. We also have to confirm the incoming student 
that will be hosted in our residence at least 4 weeks before so please, fill in your CC as soon as you receive the CA!
For any other information feel free to write us:
leo.lore@messina.sism.org
incaricato@messina.sism.org
We will create a FB group for the incoming students every year so, please again, check it out and join us! You’ll never regret.