Health Care for students



Heath care

Foreign students should arrange for a health insurance covering the duration of their study at the Internationa School of Medicine Tor Vergata. The insurance policy can be arranged either in their own home country or in Italy at the beginning of their study.

How to get Health insurance

Foreign students, whose citizenship is from any of the following countries, are automatically enrolled into the Italian Health Care System (S.S.N.):
a) EU citizens and citizens of NORWAY, ICELAND, LICHTENSTEIN and SWITZERLAND temporarily residing in Italy
b)  Citizens of ARGENTINA, AUSTRALIA,BOSNIA-ERZEGOVINA, CAPO VERDE, THE VATICAN, MACEDONIA, MONTENEGRO, MONACO, REPUBLIC OF SAN MARINO, SERBIA, TUNISIA —- countries which have a bilateral agreement for temporary residence in Italy
c) NON-EU citizens with legally residing in Italy
On the other  hand, non-EU students need to find out which local health authority (Azienda Sanitaria Locale or ASL) administers the area where you live. There are three ASL offices ( covering Rome’s metropolitan area. Their official websites usually list a tab called distretti (districts) in their navigation bar or sidebar menu. If you click on that, you’ll get an overview of the areas in Rome covered by the respective ASL offices. To begin the registration process, go to the nearest ASL center and bring along the following documents: a) your ID (e.g. valid passport or travel document); b) fiscal code (codice fiscale); c) residence permit/permesso di soggiorno (or proof that you have applied for one); d) Proof of address (e.g. residence certificate, rental contract, etc.) After filling out the necessary forms, you will receive your health card (tesserino sanitario personale) and be assigned a general practitioner (medico di base). If you are not content with your original GP, you can look for a new family doctor whenever you want. *ASL card is valid from the date that you get it until the end of the year (until December 31st), so it is better to get it in January so it will be valid for one full year. *It costs around 150 euro.

Sexological consultation services

This service is provided to the whole University community.

SeCS Cathedra is a Sexological Consultancy Service provided to all the students and the staff of the University. It is one of the few free services in Italy devoted to sexual problems and relational disorders, which reaches out to an entire academic community. This consultation service was born to respond to challenging distress calls related to sexual, affective, relational problems or others related to sexual orientation or gender identity, to abuses or social stigma related to sexuality and to cultural/ethnic diversity. Moreover, the service prescribes to give special help, when needed, through companies connected to the University, like the Policlinico Tor Vergata or other local help facilities. A multidisciplinary staff made up of sexologists, doctors, and psychologists coordinated by the endocrinologist and andrologist prof. Emmanuele A. Jannini, head of the service and Adjunct professor of Endocrinology and Medical Sexology, will accept consultancy requests.

The service runs every Wednesday, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm, at Tor Vergata’s “CampusX”, on via Passo Lombardo n°341. Take an appoitment via email ( or a phone call (Tuesday and Wednesday from 11:00am to 1:00pm) n. 0672596613.


The University of Rome Tor Vergata is pleased to announce that a basic health care centre is now available for our foreign students and those coming from other Italian regions except Lazium.
This initiative was strongly wanted by our Rector, prof. Giuseppe Novelli, by dr. Giuseppe Colpani, General Director of University of Tor Vergata, Dr. Tiziana Frittelli, General Director of Tor Vergata University
Hospital, Prof. Stefano Marini, President of IMS (International Medical School), Prof. Andrea Magrini, Head of the Department of Occupational Medicine and Prof. Tonino Marsella, Forensic Medicine. The service is
free of charge for all Italian students residing outside Lazium, for all European students who have an ENI card number and for students of any nationality enrolled in the Italian National Health Service (SSN/SSR). Support
will also be given to those students that want to be enrolled in the National/Regional Health Service. Only italian, EU students and non-EU students already enrolled to the italian NHS can be visited.
Examination rooms, located in the Occupational Health Department, will be open on Mondays and Thursdays 14-16 on the second floor of the University Hospital.
This facility is organized on a walk-in basis, without any appointment. Students may obtain the following services:
 A normal medical examination
 ECG and blood pressure check
 Prescriptions (according to the doctor’s examination) of therapies, blood tests, instrumental
investigations, specialist examinations
 Health certificates for gym.
A professional MD and an IMS student about to graduate will be working together in this health facility. The future IMS graduate will help the doctor in case of cultural or linguistic barriers hindering access to primary
care. On the same days and time there will also be a nutritionist to treat eating disorders; customized diets may also be prescribed.
The following medical services will not be available: vaccinations, emergency, surgical medications or diagnostic and surgical procedures.

For any emergency please call 112.

Prevention of Healt Risk

The study of medicine and other health-related fields brings potential risks to health in the course of practical training. During the first year students must follow a course about laboratory and ward risks. Attendance to this course is mandatory. Namely there are risks due to infections, ionizing radiation, exposure to toxic substances (e.g. cytostatic drugs) and injuries. Pregnant students must notify their teachers of their condition. A pregnant student must not be exposed to any increased risk of infection anywhere (foremost in the Departments of Pathology, Microbiology, Forensic Medicine, and Infectious Diseases). She must also avoid a risk of ionizing radiation (X-ray and isotope workplaces). Further, she needs to avoid any manipulation with cytostatic preparations (oncology and numerous other clinical settings). Abiding by work safety rules is COMPULSORY for all students. The faculty policy in this field aims for a thorough prevention and total minimization of health risk in the course of study. Any particular problems related to an individual study plan are dealt with at respective workplaces, a final decision is made by the president.

It must be underlined that all students must undergo a visit at the first year, before starting frequenting labs, and at the third year, before starting frequenting wards. Both visits will be held by our Occupational Medicine section in PTV to ensuse the healthy status of our students. Visits, that consist of a general examination, blood analysis, ECG, audiometry and spyrometry are free for our students.


Art. 1 – Scope

The following articles regulate the attendance for teaching and training purposes and/or professional updates in the Department, the Homogeneous Functional Areas and the Operative Units of the Polyclinic of Tor Vergata- PTV- by:

a) Master’s students of the Medicine and Surgery degree course and the Dentistry and Dentures degree course;

b) Students of the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree courses in the health area;

c) Students of the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree courses in the non-health area connected to the School of Medicine and Surgery;

d) Master’s students, specialisation students, scholarships and PhD students of the health area;

e) Research fellow of the health area;

f) Specialisation students

g) Postdoctoral research fellow

h) Master’s students of the Medicine and Surgery degree course from Erasmus or bilateral agreements;

As for the figures under points d, e, f, g, attendance mainly aims at the fulfilment of their research activities.

Art. 2 – Medicine and Surgery graduate students’ attendance

  1. At the beginning of each academic year, the President of every degree course and the General Director of the PTV, or their delegates, define the number of students admitted in the PTV.
  2. By the beginning of each semester, the President of every degree course informs the health directorate and the concerned Operative Unit managers of the PTV the names of the students admitted to attend classes (read art.4).
  3. Through the Health Directorate, the PTV prepares and delivers the students’ ID card.
  4. The managers of each PTV Operative Unit select with the President of each Degree course a tutor who will be in charge of the students and the duration of their course. Each degree course’s secretary office shall send to the PTV the list of tutors and the schedule of the courses.
  5. Students who do not meet the requirements of the provided professional profile of reference cannot perform the relative internship.


Art. 3 – Students coming from other partner universities

  1. The Director of Studies of the home university sends an admission for attendance request to the President of the degree course who evaluates admissibility based on the number of spots available previously defined in accordance with the Health Directorate of PTV.
  2. The Director of Studies of the home university shall attach to such request the certificate of competency issued by the qualified doctor of the same structure.
  3. The Occupational medicine service of the PTV certifies that safety obligations prescribed by the regulation in force have been fulfilled.

Art. 4 – Training course and tests, medical check-up and name tag

For the purposes under the Legislative Decree n.81/2008, on the Italian Consolidated Act on Workplace Safety, attendants are equated with workers.

If exposed to professionalizing activities (laboratory rotation, ward rotation, etc.) putting health at risk (exposure to chemical or biological agents), the same cautions applying to workers (training obligations on risks, medical surveillance) apply.

In compliance with the provisions under paragraph 2, the attendants shall perform two checks:

a) first check: first year students of the one-cycle, bachelor and master degree of the health area shall mandatorily attend the 12 hours training course for face to face teaching purposes and training on safety and take the Chair of Occupational Medicine’s qualitative exam; a medical check-up is expected during the first year. The medical check-up consists of: anamnestic reconstruction of the vaccination cycle and acquisition of the results of the anti HBV test and Test Mantoux (by the Asl for the course registration); having the qualification and done the medical check-up is mandatory in order to obtain the name tag. The name tag is issued by the Health Directorate for the students of the once-cycle degree course. It is valid for three years for laboratory rotations and rotations in the Polyclinic;

b) Second check: at the beginning of the fourth year, a four-hour training course on recalls with exam is offered; second medical check-up with hematochemical test for the main pathologies requiring a vaccination; renewal of the ID tag for the following three years; student repeating the year shall inform the Health Directorate of the PTV on the additional year of attendance exceeding the normal course of study. When this regulation enters in force, students enrolled in the years following the first one will be put in rehabilitation programme coordinated by the Chair of Occupational Medicine according to the year of enrolment.

As for students coming from national and foreign Universities, provisions for first and fourth-year students apply according to the year of enrolment.

Art. 5 – Personal data regulation

In accordance with the art. 30 of the Legislative decree n. 196/2003 the attendant will be qualified as being “in charge” of personal data processing, acquired by them due to the activities carried out.

The processing must comply with the norms of the Legislative Decree n.196/2003 as well as the prescriptions and instructions given by the Controller or Manager and their security measures.

In order to apply properly the Legislative decree n.196/2003, as well as protecting the patients’ rights, individuals in charge must:

a) Process legally and properly all data they come across when carrying out their activities and maintain absolute secrecy thereof;

b) Perform all data “processing” operations to carry out their activities exclusively;

c) Observe scrupulously all security measures in force, or those indicated by the Controller or Manager;

d) Inform the Manager in a timely manner on every relevant matters regarding “privacy”;

e) Take part in the initiatives introduced by the PTV on the patients’ personal data processing.

Attendants shall not:

a) Create new databases without prior official authorisation by the Manager

b) Transfer personal data recorded electronically or on hard copy without prior official authorization by the Manager;

c) Communicate, disseminate, and use processed personal data or content of the database used without prior official authorisation by the Manager.