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Over 100 Italian Medical Students Participate in 5th Annual Mazzotti Conference

Buffalo, New York – August 6, 2014 – This summer, D'Youville College has been home to international visitors from Italy. In July and August a total of 107 Italian medical students participated in the Fifth Annual Professor Giovanni Mazzotti Italian-American Conference on Human Anatomy, Research and Healthcare Professions.

The medical students spend over 100 hours in the gross anatomy laboratory at DYC, over their three-week stay on campus. This facet of medical education is not currently offered in Italian medical universities. Italian medical students only learn gross anatomy, dissection from books, models and demonstrations, as there is not an established donor program in their country.

The students are from Italian medical schools in Rome, Florence, Pisa, Milan, Bologna and Salerno and they represent the top students in terms of knowledge and ability to understand English in an academic setting. They take practical and written examinations before and after the Mazzotti conference.

During their stay in Buffalo, the students also tour medical facilities in the area and sightsee in Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Toronto, and other areas of interest.

The Mazzotti conference is organized by the Math and Natural Sciences Department at D’Youville and was created in 2010 by Drs. Marion P. Olivieri, chair of the Math and Natural Sciences Department and Mary Hurley, professor of biology. Since its founding, a total 400 students have participated in the conference.

On August 5, Winging It! Buffalo Style on CW23 WNLO invited Dr. Olivieri and two conference participants, Giulia Rovero from the University of Florence and Nicola Pizza, from the University of Bologna, to share their experiences.

"In Italy the approach is more theoretical." says Nicola Pizza, a student from the University of Bologna.

"I think [the conference] is a wonderful opportunity for Italian medical students because we don't have similar programs in Italy," says Giulia Rovero from the University of Florence.

D'Youville is offering an exchange program in Italy in October for medical professionals to earn 36 CME hours. For more information about this program, email