AIDM (Associazione Italiana Donne Medico) is a scientific association among medical women. It was founded in 1921 with the aim of promoting women’s and children’s health at a time in history when the condition of women was burdened with strong discrimination. Since its founding, AIDM’s activities have been directed toward the study of health and socio-health issues involving the community and women in particular: among these, particular efforts have been made to investigate domestic violence, the effect of domestic work on their physical and mental health, the effects of menopause on women’s quality of life, prevention of female cancers, contraception, and problems related to adolescent sexuality. In an updated and modern version of the association, the purpose of AIDM is to promote an interdisciplinary approach across medical areas that also takes into account differences arising from sex and gender. AIDM is organized into 62 provincial sections with 2032 members.
Parma University Hospital is a highly specialized multi-specialty hospital that offers citizens a comprehensive framework of diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitation services: it has 1,067 beds, has 4,616 employees, 149 of whom are university staff in agreement. The hub & spoke system in Italian health services is an organizational model characterized by the concentration of high-complexity care in centers of excellence (“hub” centers) supported by a network of services (“spoke” centers) that are responsible for selecting patients and sending them to referral centers when a certain threshold of clinical-assistance severity is exceeded.
The University of Parma has a thousand-year history; it is public, multidisciplinary and internationally oriented, focusing on areas that are qualitatively relevant to the attractiveness and sustainability of the education offered. The University pays particular attention to the reception and inclusion of students, also through the services offered and the opportunities developed in close collaboration with other local institutions, to the entry of its graduates into the world of work and to sustainable development issues, in accordance with the University’s mission. By carrying out its teaching and scientific activities with persistent attention to the instances of the social, productive and entrepreneurial fabric, both national and international, University of Parma constantly strives for innovation and improvement. UniPR in numbers: more than 32,000 students, 960 among teaching staff and researchers, 888 members of the technical administrative staff. It comprisese 98 degree courses, 111 postgraduate courses, 11 hubs throughout the city.