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DYC Students Enjoy Unique Opportunity to Study Art and Medicine in Italy

DYC Students Enjoy Unique Opportunity to Study Art and Medicine in Italy

Buffalo, New York – May 15, 2014 – D'Youville College launched its second annual 'History of Medicine and Art' study abroad program on May 11, when 12 DYC students left for a two-week trip to Italy, where they will be involved in an interdisciplinary study of healthcare, art and science as it relates to Italy and the Italian Renaissance.

The History of Medicine and Art course was created by Dr. Sandra Zecchi of the University of Florence and designed especially for DYC students. Through this course, students interested in the Italian culture, history, art and medicine have the opportunity to explore these relationships in venues that bring the topics to life, including medical libraries, botanical gardens, art museums, military medicine facilities, hospitals and scientific laboratories.

Mr. Todd Stevens, director of the D’Youville Gross Anatomy Lab, is accompanying the students during their two-week trip. Other faculty include Dr. Edward Weiss, Professor of Dietetics, who will incorporate information on the Mediterranean diet, Drs. Marion Pace Olivieri, chair Math and Natural Sciences Department and Mary Eder Hurley, professor of biology.

Other faculty for the study abroad program are from the University of Florence and their partnering institutions. The students will also learn from experts from Florence's Museum La Specola, the Institute for the History of Health Care, the Academy of Fine Arts, the Botanical Gardens, the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals, the Italian Army and the Museum Galileo Galilei.

Students will explore the history of art and medicine starting from the Middle Ages, through the great “revolution in healthcare” in Florence during the golden centuries of the Renaissance through modern-day healthcare. Classes take place in various venues, including the Villa La Quiete, University of Florence and the Botanical Gardens of Florence.

"D'Youville offers this program because we are interested in increasing the study abroad experiences for our students," said Dr. Olivieri. "We've had 37 participants over the last two years for this program."

  • A group of D'Youville students on a weekend excursion to Rome
  • The Arno River in the Tuscany region of Italy.
  • Professor Sandra Zecchi with DYC students sharing an ancient anatomy book.
  • DYC students examining historical anatomy specimens
  • DYC students examining historical anatomy specimens
  • Medical students who attended the Giovanni Mazzotti Anatomy Conference at DYC in July 2013. Twelve of the students pictured here students are hosting the DYC students during their course in Florence.

Italian Medical Students Come to Buffalo

Every summer since 2010, students from several Italian medical schools have travelled to Buffalo for the for the annual Giovanni Mazzotti Anatomy Conference held at D'Youville College in July.

The students are from Italian medical schools in Bologna, Florence, Pisa, Milan, and Salerno and they represent the top students in terms of knowledge and ability to understand English in an academic setting. They were required to take an "entrance examination" to attend the D'Youville conference.

"We are very fortunate that the oldest medical schools in the world responsible for much of the world's anatomy knowledge entrusts D'Youville with their students," said Dr. Olivieri. "They have repaid us with this one of a kind History of Medicine program made specifically for our students."

The conference is organized by the Math and Natural Sciences Department at D'Youville and was created in 2010 by Drs. Olivieri and Hurley.

Dr. Zecchi, has recently developed a shorter, one week program of the Art of Medicine, directed at medical doctors and other health professionals, that carries with it 36 AMA PRA category one CME credits.

This program will be first offered this October, in Florence. Inquiries about this program can be sent to

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Blog posting about the May 2014 Florence trip by Kristen,'19


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