At 5 years old she subscribed to «Focus Junior», at 6 she received her first microscope, at 16 she did an internship at the CNR in Lecce. Elisa’s love story with Science started pretty soon. And it’s not surprising that she has chosen to study Medicine and Biomedical Engineering at university. Let’s discover the story of this 19-year old student, now attending the first year of the MEDTEC School.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I'm Elisa, I’m 19 years old and I come from Lecce. I’m attending the first year of the MEDTEC School, a university degree run by Humanitas University in partnership with Politecnico di Milano. I’ve been interested in Science since I was a young girl: at 5 years old, I got a subscription to the scientific magazine «Focus Junior»; at 6, I received my first microscope as a birthday gift. I’ve always thought I would become a doctor: when I was in high-school, in fact, I carried out many scientific activities, such as an internship at the CNR in Lecce.

What’s your degree all about?

It’s a 6-year university course offering to students two academic degrees: a Master’s degree in Medicine and Surgery, and a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering. Along with the traditional subjects taught in Medicine and Surgery, the program also includes Biomedical Engineering subjects, such as Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science. By combining two courses of study, the degree offers a wide range of job opportunities: you can become a “traditional” doctor, a researcher or specialize in the development of bio-medical technologies.

Why have you chosen this path?

First of all, for the subjects included in the program. Then, for the international environment: the course is taught in English and students come from all over the world. Last but not least, because it offers the chance to train in a simulation centre, which is basically a lab that replicates hospital rooms; however, we visit manikins instead of patients. This enables us to have a top-notch training, especially useful if one is interested in working in USA.

What do you love the most about your degree program?

The mixture between the traditional subjects taught in Medicine, and the technological subjects included in Biomedical Engineering degrees. The exams which fascinate me the most are Artificial Intelligence and Healthcare Robotics. I believe that the doctors of the future must know which cutting-edge medical technologies are available out there and how to use them.

What are your future goals?

I would like to carry on studying, maybe attending a Master’s degree in Genetic or Chemical Engineering, and then become a researcher. But I’m just starting my journey, so I could change idea along the way. I’m thinking about working in Milan as it’s for sure the best city to live in Italy, especially job wise.