“For me, it was a great pleasure to dress Tito in his white coat and to welcome Yoonjin to our campus together with him - said Professor Ignazio Marino, Executive Vice President for Jefferson International Innovative Strategic Ventures - They are two brilliant students enrolled in the Triple Degree Programme that Cattolica and Jefferson conceived and launched in 2019. In 2027, they will be certified to practice Medicine in Europe, UK and the USA. It is a great joy to be able to tutor such motivated global medical students”.
Yoonjin Nam and Tito Gianni are enrolled in the Triple Degree Programme, which, in its final form, grants concurrent degrees in Medicine and Surgery from Thomas Jefferson University, the Licentiate Degree in Medicine and Surgery from Università Cattolica and the Master of Science, College of Population Health, from TJU.
"Studying medicine at the Sydney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University for me means embracing new avenues of study, in an education system such as the one in the United States that strongly supports practice and cooperation among students. Moreover, being here in Philadelphia means a greater openness to innovation, and this is what I most look forward to experiencing,” Tito Gianni commented on the sidelines of the ceremony. “It was exciting to be invested as an SKMC student, in other words, the White Coat Ceremony. I could choose to have Professor Ignazio Marino help me put on my white coat, making me feel even more welcome in my new academic study community. On top of that, the Hippocratic Oath made me even more aware that we are at the service of everyone, literally everyone. Having solemnly read it together with all the other students during the ceremony is significant of our chosen career path. By studying medicine, we chose to care for the suffering and listen to them patiently: this humanistic approach does not reduce the effort to clinical excellence, but on the contrary gives it strength and substance. Together with Professor Marino, I also strongly felt the support of my first home, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, through the reassuring presence of Professor Gambassi, president of the Medicine and Surgery degree programme”.
"It was a great honour to be invited to take part in the ceremony as one of the professors of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, proudly wearing my white coat," said Professor Giovanni Gambassi, President of the Degree Programme in Medicine and Surgery at Università Cattolica. "As always, it was a ceremony that was very much felt by the students and their families, very emotional and true, with its load of enthusiasm, fears and hopes.”
"The participation of two of our students," continued Gambassi, "is proof to the fact that the double degree project, so strongly supported by our University, was indeed visionary, but it was also concretely attractive to our most valuable young people. Suffice it to say that the number of students at Cattolica next year will already far exceed initial expectations, for a true training of excellence: during their studies, our students can amalgamate the best of the two different didactic-educational approaches, get to know two different healthcare systems, and deal with a dimension of health and the medical profession on a global basis”.