Degree course: 
Corso di First cycle degree in Dental Hygiene
Academic year when starting the degree: 
Academic year in which the course will be held: 
First Semester
Standard lectures hours: 

A good general knowledge acquired by the media and literary texts.

Final Examination: 

A written multiple choice test (10/20 questions about the whole course-contents) is eventually submitted. The test shows the reached level of theoretical knowledge, of ethics-applying skills and of other competences in medical humanities.

oral examination

The exam consists in an oral exam aiming to define the knowledge and comprehension (20%), application skills of theory (25%), autonomous judgement (20%), communication skills (15%) and learning ability (20%). The mark is expressed in thirtieths.

Voto Finale

The Course tries to promote the competence of the students in some medical humanities. In details as follows:

Training the students for a coherent ethical reasoning in biomedical contexts of research, practice and work; fostering the personal skills in perceiving a moral dilemma, in justifying an individual evaluation and in dealing with a disagreement inside the staff; implementing the competences in narrative ethics.

Providing the theoretical basis of psychology for professional practice

The course objective is to make the student conscious of the importance of the relationship between health professional and patient.

Definition of biomedical ethics; bioethics at the beginning and end of life; ethical issues in the research, in the clinical practice (truth telling, confidentiality, consent and so on), in the public health care (justice, vaccination, organ transplantation, animal rights, and so on) [for details, see the index of the suggested handbooks]. Teaching methodology: theoretical lessons; group debate; interpretation of emotional responses; applying principles to narrative plots.

PROGRAM SUMMARY OF THE COURSE (list of topics) -Definition of psychology: -The Cognitive functions; -Intelligence; -Emotions; -Personality; Communication; -Helping Relationship
COMPLETE PROGRAMME OF THE COURSE (explanation of the topic covered in the program summary):
-Psychology: definition, origins, orientation, method; the psychology in training of healthcare worker
-The cognitive functions: consciousness and surveillance, attention, perception, memory, learning, thought, language
-Motivation: pulsing theory; cognitive theory, motivations systems
-Emotions: emotions theory
-Personality: explanation, treatment, psychodynamic theory, cognitive development, attachment, coping strategy
-Communication, helping relationship


The course will address key forensic issues in the light of the doctor-patient relationship. In individual subjects will try to highlight the significance of the rule so as to enable the student to its application in clinical practice.
In particular the frontal lessons are focused on the following topics:
1. Informed consent
2. Privacy
3. Organ transplantation
4. Research
5. Scope of medicine
7. Abortion
8. In vitro fertilisation
9. Euthanasia
10. Overtreatment
11. Legal report

P.M. Cattorini, Bioetica.Metodo ed elementi di base per affrontare problemi clinici, Elsevier, Milano, 4th ed. , 2011; P.M. Cattorini, Bioetica e cinema, FrancoAngeli, Milano, 2° ed. 2006; T.L. Beauchamp – J.F. Childress, Principles of Biomedical Ethics, Oxford Univ. Press, last edition; G.Boniolo-P.Maugeri, Eds., Etica alle frontiere della biomedicina Milano, Mondadori, 2014; D. Neri, La bioetica in laboratorio, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2005. A written multiple choice test is eventually submitted.

PSYCHOLOGY:David G. Myers Psicologia generale Un’introduzione al pensiero critico e all’indagine scientifica. Ed Zanichelli

Mario Tavani, Mario Picozzi, Gabriella Salvati, Manuale di deontologia medica, Giuffrè Editore, 2007.
Mario Picozzi, Il Trapianto di organi. M. Picozzi - Ed. Franco Angeli
Mario Picozzi, Fino a quando? La rinuncia ai trattamenti sanitari, San Paolo Editore, 2012.

By following the introductory exposition by the professor, and by dealing with concrete situational problems, cognitive knowledge, emotional discernment, communicating competence and ethics-applying skills are fostered and trained. Theories, principles, ways of reasoning, logical rules, linguistic ambiguities, styles of behaviour and moral questions are presented, commented and analyzed in a pluralistic manner. Relevant key words and issues will be debated and interdisciplinary professional dilemmas will be criticized and evaluated.
Narrative texts, especially motion pictures, will involve the group in the emotional heart of complex cases, outline the social imaginary, help the expression of individual insights and feelings, prepare a mature staff decision.

PSYCHOLOGY: slides as educational material.

LEGAL MED.:The course consists in 12 hours of lectures (1 CFU). The lectures are supported by the projection of PPT slides. The minimum attendance frequency required is 75% of

Email Address:
Reception Hours: for more information and individual consultation in “Padiglione Antonini”, via Rossi 9, Varese, the student is invited to preliminarily contact the Professor at his email address.

PSYCHOLOGY:by email appointment with prof. Morresi.

LEGAL MED.The Professor is available for further clarification and doubts only by appointment, after an e-mail request. The Professor answers only e-mail signed and coming from the