The new professional life of Stefano Molica, Honorary professor at the University of Hull-York

The new professional life of Stefano Molica, Honorary professor at the University of Hull-York

Hull, a city with a population of over 250,000, is also known in Italy to soccer fans because the local team plays up and down in the Championship, Serie B of England. In fact, the city has another reason to be proud, because it is home to a beautiful and important University together with York, a city that is perhaps the most famous in Italy because the name of the duke and duchess of York is, in fact, given to the second. the prince of England and his wife: that is why he is often mentioned in the rich histories about them. We are in Yorkshire, a county in the north of England on the border with Scotland, with many literary references, two and a half hours by train from London. That English province inhabited by small towns immersed in the countryside, the environment we are used to. Inspector Barnabypreserved in the glory of television.
These Christmas days are not very cold, but the temperature had dropped a lot in recent days, when Stefano Molica – he is the one who informs us about the place and the weather by phone – was in the States for a scientific conference. It was a cold winter’s day in England and on the way back from the US the plane risked not landing due to snow on the small Humberside airfield serving East Yorkshire.

Stefano Molica was a prominent public health figure in Catanzaro.
Everyone knows his commitment to the creation of an integrated model of care activities that characterizes the Ciaccio-De Lellis Hospital, the headquarters of the Onco-Hematological Department named after him. Senator Antonio Alberti. In the middle of 2019, after 40 years of active activity, he retired as director of the Department of Hematology and Oncology of the Pugliese-Ciaccio hospital. Stefano, after some time spent in the position of scientific coordinator of the Department,
he began a new professional life in England. Today he works as a consultant (A counselor is a model that can be compared, even if not completely, to our general practitioner) at the Hematology Department of the Queens Cancer Center of Castle Hill Hospital in Hull and, since August 2022, related to numerous scientific publications published in important international journals., was awarded a five-year academic position of Honorary Professor at Hull-York University Medical School.

We asked Dr. Molica will tell us about his new experience, also with a direct comparison between his two professional lives that show the different way of being of the two health systems., NHS England and NHS Italy.
“It was really a challenge for me – he tells Catanzaroinforma – to work in a health system similar to ours in terms of its universal characteristics and equality but in fact different in its operation. To work in the UK, first of all you need to be registered with the General Council of Doctors (GMC), similar to our own Medical Association, with a national structure. In addition to appropriate English language skills, this body assesses the adequacy of the professional and scientific curriculum of those who intend to practice medicine in the UK. Registering with the GMC as a specialist haematologist allowed me to participate in a call for tenders which makes a total of 100 locum consultant positions available each year in the UK.First contact with the Queen’s Oncology and Hematology Center at Castle Hill Hospital of the College Teaching Hospital University of Hull (referral hospital associated with the University of Hull-York), a modern medical center bu of onco-hematological diseases, dated as early as February 2021. Then, a year later, after completing all the bureaucratic procedures, my new work experience in England began. Finally, in August, the academic recognition of Honorary Professor of Hull-York Medical University arrived”.

Have things changed with the arrival of Brexit, the departure of Great Britain from the European Union?
“After Brexit, in addition to registering with the General Medical Council, it is necessary to obtain an annual visa from the British government. In other words, after the United Kingdom withdraws from the Community system, the procedure to follow is the same as for those who are going to do work in the United States.

The hospital where he works seems to be fully integrated with the university. As you know, speech is very topical in Calabria, especially in Catanzaro.
“Coexistence of two University/Hospital systems is the law in England. Just to give an idea of ​​the reality in which I work, the Queen’s Oncology and Hematology Center is led by hospital statistics and great management skills. James – this is his name – without losing sight of the quality of care procedures, he is always on the hunt for academic figures that can give respect to the structure”.

But are we facing a better model of health care?
“The effectiveness of this system lies in its capacity for medical statistics with academic and clinical value and a greater number of support staff and pharmacists specialized in the sectors of onco-hematological disease than in Italy. It is clear, the qualified profession of our hospitals and professional systems have nothing to envy those of England and our health processes are quite good, but perhaps our system still does not focus on the doctor. Then computers in our country are slowly entering the hospital wards and the relationship with basic medicine is not cared enough. An important part of my current job is to write a detailed letter for each patient visited addressed simultaneously to the general practitioner (General Practitioner, better known by the abbreviation GP) and to the patient. In fact there is a greater interaction of the hospital area and transfer of monitoring activities and control of less aggressive onco-hematological pathologies for GP.

Stefano Molica, if he had to make a comparison between his current and past experiences?
“Certainly I find in this style of active participation many principles that have inspired my professional work. In particular, that idea of ​​the hospital department that was shown to us by Antonio Alberti, the founder of hematology in Calabria. But also the understanding that the way to get better care of health must include, together with doctors, support staff, pharmacists and biologists who get a more important role in the management of very difficult patients such as onco-hematological patients”.

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