Enrolling in the Faculty of Medicine at Università Cattolica means joining a training and research project that the University has been pursuing for over sixty years. A project that trains doctors and professionals to combine expertise, competence and human sensitivity enabling them to take care of others with compassion and dedication, because - as Pope Benedict XVI said - "caring is not a profession but a mission - «caring is not a profession but a mission ». The Faculty was instituted upon the initiative of the founder of the University, Father Agostino Gemelli, and was inaugurated in Rome by Pope Pius XI, who bequeathed the Istituto Giuseppe Toniolo di Studi Superiori with the ownership of the land upon which the first university buildings were erected. It opened its doors to students in 1961 and the connected Policlinico has been operational since 1964.
History and future of Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli IRCCS
«In representing Father Gemelli's dream we have inherited a great responsibility and, for over 50 years, we have borne witness to that splendid and exciting relationship between science and, our added value, faith: because here we learn not only to treat diseases but, above all, to care for the sick».
Rocco Bellantone, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery