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Guiding Best Practice 26 August Aug 2019 0710 26 August 2019

The future of medicine is here: the new "doctor-engineer"

Medicine is keeping up with the times: in the future doctors will also be engineers. Here is the new degree born from the collaboration between Humanitas University and Polytechnic of Milan

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An expert in precision medicine, but also in artificial intelligence, big data and neurobotics. You could call them doctor-engineers and it's definitely one of the jobs of the future. Especially now that a new course has been created, from a partnership between Humanitas University and the Politecnico di Milano, which integrates the skills of the surgeon with those of the biomedical engineer. It's called Medtec School and, according to the organizers, it's one of a kind in the world.

The goal is to train doctors who know how to understand and manage the advanced technologies that will be increasingly in use in the operating room and in the wards, in order to offer patients more precise, innovative and above all personalized care. Internet of things, big data analysis, telemedicine will increasingly become part of the daily life of the medical profession. And now blockchain is also being used in the departments. In short, technologies have changed medicine. Doctors are no longer just what they used to be, and their training also needs to make progress, including in terms of reducing health care costs.

In the future, technology will be increasingly supportive of medical personnel to relieve them of all those functions that can be transferred to data, devices, new production techniques such as 3D printing, thus enhancing the essential human component of the job and the doctor-patient relationship

Ferruccio Resta, rector of the Politecnico di Milano

The new degree course will be held in English, with a six-year training course. There are only 50 available seats each year. The test to select the first students will be held on September 6, 2019. And at the end of the course, graduates will also be able to ask the Politecnico di Milano for a three-year degree in Biomedical Engineering.

“In the future, technology will be increasingly supportive of medical personnel, to relieve them of all those functions that can be transferred to data, devices, new production techniques such as 3D printing, thus enhancing the essential human component of the job and the relationship with the patient,” Ferruccio Resta, rector of the Politecnico di Milano, explained at the presentation of the course. A leap into the future, predicting those professional figures that the market will increasingly require. “The future of medicine has already begun,” is the Humanitas University’s slogan.

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