Integrated Healthcare in Palermo, Sicily

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Current first and second year MPharm students are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 20 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


The scope of this DMU Global trip is to visit ISMETT, which is a transplant centre and reference hospital for the entire Mediterranean area, and the RI.MED Foundation, a biotechnology and biomedical research centre affiliated to the hospital.  ISMETT and RI.MED are both located in Palermo, Sicily, and are a partnership between the local University Hospital, Italian National Research Council (CNR) and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

This academic-led trip is aimed at incoming year two MPharm students and the planned activities are mapped against specific modules and learning outcomes for years one and two in the Pharmacy curriculum. As part of the visit to ISMETT, a hospital pharmacist will show the students how medicinal products are safely and legally supplied to patients and explain pharmacy regulatory and professional requirements in Italy. This is an exciting opportunity for the students to interact with hospital pharmacists at ISMETT and understand the challenges faced by clinical healthcare professionals within an international context.

The students will also be able to understand the role of a pharmacist in the management of infectious diseases, inflammation and organ transplants medication.  In addition, by visiting the laboratories of the RI.MED foundation, which supports “bench-to-bedside” research projects, the students will gain knowledge on the most advanced therapies for end-stage vital organ failures and learn the scientific principles involved in the development of medicines used in treating inflammatory disorders and cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.

Cultural activities

Palermo is the charming capital city of Sicily and is well-known for its beautiful architecture, as well as the idyllic coastal resorts that surround the city. Palermo has a multi-layered and complex history, as it has been occupied by almost every European civilization, and has long-term connections with Northern Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean over the last 2000 years.

Activities might include visit to local amenities, including the Sicilian Parliament, arguably considered one of the oldest parliaments in the world, the Teatro Massimo, the third largest Opera theatre in Europe, the historic city with an abundance of medieval and baroque buildings and Mondello, a seaside resort with a beautiful beach. Gastronomy is an integral part of the local culture and the region is renowned for its culinary richness. In 2018, Palermo was Italian Capital of culture and the host city of Manifesta, Europe’s premier itinerant biennial of contemporary art.

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel. The formal activities for this trip finish on Saturday 14 September, however students are free to independently arrange travel and accommodation to stay longer in Sicily
  • Accommodation – The faculty will book accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet Italian immigration requirements. EU nationals will not require a visa to travel to another EU country.

Non-EU nationals will require a visa to travel to Italy and are responsible for obtaining a Schengen visa. Further information related to obtaining a visa can be found here.

The #DMUglobal team can provide visa support letters as required, and proof of enrolment can be obtained from the Student Gateway. You must ensure that you apply for your Schengen visa as soon as you have been formally accepted to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Thursday 12 September 2019
  • Return date: Saturday 14 September 2019
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £250
  • Students will also be required to pay for: Airport transfers and in-country travel (£100), food & drink, city tour (£30), and visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £150
  • Deadline for application: Wednesday 29 May 2019 9am