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The second Transnational Educational Initiative (TEI) Summer Camp will be hosted by University of Bologna in the summer of 2020. Students from member universities of the Global Alliance of Medical Excellence (GAME) are invited to join the programme to find answers to these questions:

  • What are the possible uses of artificial intelligence in medicine?

  • How can I apply artificial intelligence to my learning?

  • What are the ethical issues in using artificial intelligence?

THEME:          Artificial intelligence in Medicine and Medical Education: Hype or Hope?

DATE:             20 July 2020 (Monday) to 24 July 2020 (Friday)

LOCATION:    University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy

Upon completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify areas where artificial intelligence is already used in medicine and predict its future usage in medical practice, also as a tool to develop one’s own career

  • Discuss how to apply artificial intelligence to one’s own medical learning and training

  • Critically appraise present dilemmas and uncertainties through ethical thinking



The long-term goal of this Summer School is to create a network of motivated medical students and teachers within the GAME Alliance to promote ethical thinking and application of AI in everyday medical practice and medical learning. Thus, AI may become an invaluable opportunity to future doctors.


Throughout history, technology has always characterized the human species towards the creation of a techno-human environment where human beings and machines work together. Today, because of the growing importance and pervasiveness of artificial intelligence (AI), entirely new questions arise on this techno-human interaction. For AI proponents, it is more important than ever to frame human-machine relationships in a way that puts humans first and benefits people. This requires ethical thinking.

This Summer Camp will gather motivated students with some experience in any form of AI to discuss the current and future uses of artificial intelligence in medicine, from diagnosis and imaging to designing new treatments and disease monitoring, taking advantage of an international panel of teachers. Another key aspect will be to share experiences on new applications of AI to medical learning.

Students and teachers sharing their current experience with AI will learn a new method of dealing with uncertainty in medicine and will have a unique opportunity to shape their mission as physicians in the new techno-human world.


  • Interactive small group discussions led by students and facilitated by faculty

  • Special lectures and sharing by faculty members from the University of Bologna and other GAME Universities

  • Cultural excursions and tours 

Before attending the meeting, all participants are requested to prepare a 5-min TED-like talk to present their current experience with artificial intelligence in medicine and relevant emerging questions in one of these areas:

1. potential application of AI in health practice as they see it;

2. if and when AI should be included in curriculum;

3. ethical considerations.

It is essential that participants attend the entire week. Thus, it is highly recommended that participants make their plans to arrive on Sunday, July 19th and leave on Saturday, July 25th, 2020. Accommodation will be provided and is included in the fee.


  • 2-3 motivated medical students from each of the 9 GAME universities, with some experience on any aspect of artificial intelligence

  • Medical students from second to fourth-year will be given priority


Fees: € 500 per student (includes accommodation and social tours)

How to apply: Students interested in the programme should contact the person responsible at their university for details.

Successful applicants will receive final confirmation by e-mail by the end of February 2020.





































History: 1088 is recognized as the year when free teaching began in Bologna, independently from the ecclesiastic schools. This makes the University of Bologna the oldest European University. In the following centuries, its fame spread throughout Europe and many foreign scholars came to study in Bologna, including Thomas BecketErasmus of Rotterdam and Nicolaus Copernicus. The 17th century was a key period for medicine in Bologna: it coincides with the teaching of Marcello Malpighi, who was called to Bologna as a lecturer in the theory of extraordinary medicine, passing to ordinary medicine in 1660. The University of Bologna admitted women teachers right from the 12th century. The opening to female scholars became clear in the 18th century: the new ideas of Enlightenment were changing old prejudices as Europe was debating the issue of women's culture. Among the most famous women, we may remember Laura Bassi (physics), Maria Gaetana Agnesi (mathematics) and Anna Morandi (anatomist, one of the pre-eminent creators of accurate wax models of tissues and organs). In the 18th century, the University fostered scientific and technological developments: Luigi Galvani was one of the founders of modern electrotechnical studies.

Present: over the last few decades, all teaching and training systems in Europe and elsewhere have initiated a reform and innovation process in order to adapt to increasingly complex changes in society and to address the major challenge of raising the educational levels of citizens. This started in 1999 with the so-called Bologna Process, aimed at ensuring comparability in the standards and quality of higher-education qualifications: the ministers from 29 European countries met in Bologna to sign an important agreement, the Declaration of Bologna, which marked the official start of this process. The main objective of the Bologna Process is to create a European Higher Education Area and promote the European higher-education system around the world, to increase international competitiveness. Today, the Bologna Process has grown to include the much larger European Higher Education Area (EHEA) with 48 European countries plus the European Commission and numerous consultative members and partners.

Focus on students: students are the focus of the teaching and learning projects of the University of Bologna and are the main players in learning processes. Students are not seen as users, but as people who build and co-build their own curriculum of studies and learning. Learning is not limited to the disciplines covered by the degree programme, but also involves acquiring strategic and transferable skills and knowledge: this is of crucial importance for developing one’s own potential and the resources to build future career opportunities.

Within this framework, the Summer Camp on “Artificial Intelligence in Medicine and Medical Education: Hype or Hope?” aims at creating a network of motivated medical students and teachers within the GAME Alliance to promote ethical thinking and application of AI in everyday medical practice and medical learning.

  • Professor Pietro Cortelli, Dean of the School of Medicine, University of Bologna

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The city of Bologna preserves the traces of past civilisations and the character of medieval splendour. Avidly visited by the Romantic writers and celebrated for the arts and culinary excellence, Bologna is animated by a cosmopolitan culture enriched by the presence of the University.

Beneath the cellars of many old Bolognese houses dating from the medieval period, the foundations of the Roman city, dating back to the second century BC are found. In some houses, the traces of even earlier habitations dating from the Iron Age may be discovered. In the sixth century BC, Bologna was one of the most important Etruscan cities of the Po valley area and was known as Felsina. In the third century BC, the Romans came to the city and changed its name to Bononia.

Bologna is unusual for the consistency of the urban structure within its medieval walls, which were built in the fourteenth century. This urban structure is still intact and dominates, even visually, the single architectural works of art. In Florence and in Rome, the individual buildings are more important than the layout of the cities, whereas in Bologna the reverse is true. Here, even the most beautiful Renaissance and Baroque palaces are part of the medieval city plan, which extends like the spokes of a wheel from the heart of the city (marked by the two leaning towers, Asinelli and Garisenda). Apart from the medieval towers, we should mention the complex of five churches called Santo Stefano and the imposing basilica of San Petronio, which dominates the main square of the city, where the medieval and Renaissance Town Hall is also to be seen. Despite the demolition carried out in the nineteenth century and the destruction caused during the last world war, the urban structure of Bologna has maintained both its integrity and its charm.

Bologna is an ideal place to host the Summer Camp on AI: students will enjoy the charm of a glorious past by visiting some of the historical buildings, but also realize that Bologna is a modern city and a true innovation tank.