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DYC Students To Travel to Italy to Study History of Medicine and Art

Buffalo, New York – April 5, 2013 – More than 20 D’Youville students from various academic majors will will travel to Florence, Italy on May 3 as part of an exchange program between the University of Florence and DYC.

“Last summer professors from the Florence campus attended our annual Giovanni Mazzotti Italian-American Conference on Human Anatomy, Research and Healthcare Professions at D'Youville and were inspired to prepare an excellent itinerary for our students as part of an exchange program,” says Dr. Marion Pace Olivieri, chair and professor of the Math and Natural Sciences Department, who helped organize the program.

Titled “History of Medicine and Art in Florence” the 15 day program will provide 30 hours of didactic activities, lessons and conferences in English, meetings with Italian students, a visit to a typical Tuscan farm belonging to the Florentine Church and accommodations.

The students, ranging in age from 18 to 47 will be in Florence from May 3 through 18 and their itinerary includes many of the outstanding museums as part of their studies of the history of anatomical drawings, anatomy, wax models, botany, the Medici family, forensic anthropology and military medicine.

While in Italy, they will visit the Uffizi, the Medici Library, Museo Galileo, Farmacia of Santa Maria Novella and one of the first botanical gardens in the world, Orto Botanico.

D’Youville students in the group are majoring in business, history, physician assistant, dietetics, math and natural sciences, health services administration and physical therapy. A number of students who are military veterans are also participating in the program.

“This will be a unique opportunity to really experience the culture in Italy with friends of D’Youville who will personally take our students to key places and supervise their studies,” says Olivieri. “They are so excited about going and I hope this will encourage them to take a study abroad semester after their introduction to Italy.”

In addition to Dr. Olivieri, Dr. Mary Hurley, professor of biology and Todd Stevens, adjunct professor and gross anatomy laboratory instructor, will accompany the students to Italy.

The annual Mazzotti Conference was created and organized in 2010 by Drs. Olivieri and Hurley.

This summer, more than 70 Italian medical students are expected to attend the fourth annual Mazzotti Conference held on the D’Youville campus. This year there will be two separate conferences running from July 2 through August 8.


Dr. Marion Olivieri at 716-829-7647 or