+ WHAT IS A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN ATLANTIS FELLOW LIKE?
Atlantis Fellows should expect about five hours per day and four days per week in the hospital on average (with some possible variations across sites), some days being longer and some shorter. The most typical schedule lasts from the morning to the early afternoon. Fellows rotate through different clinical areas in our partner hospitals, with each rotation lasting one week. Although we will ask Fellows for their preferences as to which departments or hospital specialties they are interested in shadowing, we cannot guarantee a rotation in any given department.
+ WHAT AREAS OF HEALTHCARE MAY I OBSERVE IN THE HOSPITALS?
All our partner hospitals, from the smallest to the largest, offer a large array of medical departments to observe. Note that some specialties may not be available to Atlantis Fellows due to privacy restrictions, but there do tend to be less restrictions abroad than in the United States.
+ WHAT ARE STUDENTS PERMITTED TO DO WHILE INTERNING IN THE HOSPITALS?
Students in the Atlantis Project are strictly observing in their time in the hospitals. We are committed to adhering to AAMC guidelines for pre-health students participating in a clinical experience abroad. See official AAMC guidelines. Though our students may see more than they would typically in a U.S. hospital, we expect that they refrain from doing anything which would not be permitted in the US.
+ CAN I RECEIVE COURSE CREDIT FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE ATLANTIS PROJECT?
In the past we have not offered credit. However, several past Fellows have received credit from their universities for the healthcare experience they gained in European hospitals. Students that wish to obtain course credit through their Atlantis Fellowship should reach out to their academic advisors or other contacts at their respective universities.
+ WHERE DOES MY MONEY GO?
The Atlantis Project fees go towards two things. First, it covers long-term development costs like USA full-time staffing, pre-departure preparation, program promotion, our USA offices, and preparation and development of hospital sites. Second, the fees go toward on-program costs like site staffing, housing, food, group excursions, insurance, etc. About 50% of your funds go toward long-term development and 50% are dedicated to on-program costs, on average. In addition, fees ensure long-term relationships with host communities by supporting programs which benefit local communities and provide Fellows a chance to give back. Keep in mind that we do not pay hospitals or governments to operate our program, nor do they pay us. For more information, please visit the Dates & Program Fee page.
+ DO I NEED TO BE FLUENT IN THE HOST COUNTRY LANGUAGE? DO DOCTORS SPEAK ENGLISH IN THE HOSPITAL?
You do not need to be fluent, but please be aware that there could be language barriers in the hospital if you do not know the local language. In some hospitals more doctors speak good English and in some hospitals, fewer will. For this reason, we encourage but do not require students to have at least a basic or elementary understanding of the host country language.
+ IN ADDITION TO SHADOWING, MAY I HAVE RESEARCHING AND VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES ON THE SIDE?
We offer an English-language tutoring program or other volunteering component in many sites. These volunteer programs allow Atlantis Fellows to give back to the hospital staff in their site by teaching/tutoring English skills, providing a helping hand around the hospital, or volunteering in specific wards. In 2017, we are building in opportunities for medical humanities research, but this will be independent projects that are not related to labratory or biological sciences.
+ HOW MUCH WILL FLIGHTS COST?
You should expect that the flight cost should be in the $700-$1400 range from most places in the US/Canada. If accepted, our team will give you general tips for finding flights. In most cases, flights should not cost more than $1300 roundtrip regardless of program location. We suggest you do research on flying from various US/Canadian cities and look at various departure dates, as you may want to take advantage of traveling before and after your program. We often find that students who are inexperienced with purchasing flights will perform a quick search and find expensive flights ($1500+), thinking this is the normal cost when in reality it is not.
+ WHAT IF I WANT TO STAY LONGER IN MY LOCATION, OR TO TRAVEL TO OTHER LOCATIONS IN EUROPE AFTERWARD?
That is fine. Fellows often independently or in groups make arrangements to travel before or after their session. A large share of past Fellows have traveled after the conclusion of their session. However, housing will not be provided prior to the first day of your program or after the last day of your program, and you will therefore need to make your own travel arrangements.
+ WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE?
The weather varies entirely by region and season, so we require that you research the climate in your host country for your program dates before you depart. Remember that if you are traveling to the Southern Hemisphere that the seasons will be opposite from what they are in the Northern Hemisphere!