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Video: Typical Day of an Atlantis Fellow


Why the Atlantis Fellowship?

Shadow doctors. Medicine is a vocation. In order to more fully understand that vocation before committing to medical school, pre-med students should be exposed to the practice of medicine as often as possible. By participating in an Atlantis Fellowship, students spend roughly 100 hours shadowing doctors in multiple specialties in hospitals abroad. This high level of medical exposure affords students the opportunity to view medicine in action and guides them in their decision to continue to pursue medicine as a vocation.

Stand out on your application. Medical schools naturally prefer to accept students who have demonstrated a devotion to the medical field as well as an understanding of what life as a physician entails. One of the best ways that students can demonstrate this devotion and understanding is to shadow doctors. In addition to providing the shadowing experience that proves a commitment to the profession, the Atlantis Fellowship helps students improve their med school applications through extra opportunities such as volunteering, medical humanities research, and MCAT and AMCAS prep.

Learn abroad. Atlantis Fellows live and learn in new locations, growing in their understanding of other cultures. Through experiencing the differences between U.S. and international healthcare, Fellows distinguish the areas of overlap in these healthcare systems, clarifying the essential elements of medicine and the physician’s role. Finally, as most Atlantis Fellowship programs are hosted at government-run hospitals, students see firsthand the pros and cons of government-run healthcare and are prepared to participate effectively in the debate surrounding the role of government in U.S. healthcare.

Shadow over break. Atlantis Fellowships run during winter and summer university breaks so that Fellows do not miss important pre-requisite classes that are a part of their major. 

In the Hospital

The core of your Fellowship experience is spent at a foreign hospital shadowing various doctors in a variety of departments. Time spent in the hospital may vary daily, but our Fellows typically spend 20+ hours per week, depending on the activity level of the hospital. We encourage students to come for at least four weeks to have a well-rounded experience in different areas of the hospital.

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 generally lasting one week (though this can and does vary).  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.

It is important to note that, unlike other global healthcare experiences, Atlantis Fellowships are in developed countries where hospitals and healthcare practice standards are comparable to those of the United States. Fellows often have the opportunity to observe more specialties than they would in the United States. We are firmly committed to adhering to the AAMC guidelines for pre-med students participating in a clinical experience abroad, which limit such experiences to observation only. 

Housing & Meals

Housing is provided for students and varies widely by location. In the past, students have stayed in university dorms, local hotels or apartments. Fellows should expect to share a room with other students of the same gender. Specific details about your housing location will usually not be determined until a month before your program start date.

A light breakfast is provided by the Atlantis Project every day of the week, as well as three group dinners at local restaurants during the week and one meal during the weekly excursion. For most lunches, students buy and prepare their own food or stop in a local cafe. We cannot always accommodate special dietary needs for your group meals.  In general, special diets are more difficult to follow overseas. 

Transportation & Excursions

The Atlantis Fellowship provides transportation for certain aspects of the program, including daily transport to and from the hospital and transport to all out-of-site Atlantis Fellowship excursions, with some exceptions. Many of our Fellows plan personal travel on weekends, which our program fee does not cover.

One of the best things about traveling is experiencing the cuisine, immersing yourself in the culture and history and exploring the breath-taking natural beauty of your host country. The Atlantis Fellowship incorporates all of these things into the program schedule. Depending on your location and program dates, excursions may include hiking, beach trips, attending local festivals, visiting historical sites, national parks and more!

Excursion Photos

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