Reviews by University Administrators and Faculty
I could not have been more impressed with the Atlantis Project, and their staff. I have never before witnessed host hospitals so excited to be working with pre-med students. The quality, combination of experiences, and intention of the program is so evident...Atlantis Project comes with my highest recommendation, and I look forward to a long working relationship and many student group trips in the future.
Healthcare Programs Director
Eastern Oregon University
I visited the Atlantis Project in June, and we traveled to three sites near Madrid, including Zaragoza and Toledo. I think my favorite from a tourist perspective was Toledo, and I also like the housing there for students. From a clinical perspective, I liked Zaragoza, as the doctors there were very accommodating, and it was large with lots of medical specialties. Madrid was also interesting, being a large capital city, and the central point for students when they arrive for their orientation, which was very well planned.
If students can afford it, I highly recommend this experience. There were better opportunities for clinical observations than in many parts of the US. Doctors there are used to having medical students observe patients and procedures during the school year, and during the summer the pre-meds can take their place. And many doctors seemed to welcome the opportunity to have conversations with the US pre-meds. They see it as part of their educational responsibility, and also as a chance to learn about our health system in the US. And of course our students learn about the Spanish medical system, which is more socialized. And they also get to practice speaking Spanish, which I think is a huge asset for any future doctor in many parts of the US, including CA and TX. So I would highly recommend this experience to any pre-med students.
Career Services Center
UC San Diego
I recently traveled to Spain at the invitation of the Atlantis Project. As the Pre-Health Counselor for my university I caution my students to practice the observation based shadowing guidelines recommended by the AAMC especially when travelling overseas. During the trip we talked to physicians and fellows who knew that because this was an Atlantis Project sponsored trip, they were expected to follow these guidelines and were very excited about the opportunity to work and learn together.
"Through partnership with AP, we were able to offer a customized program for BYU students in Guadalajara, Spain in 2016. Eleven students participated in the program and the program turned out to be a fantastic academic, pre-professional, and cultural experience for these students. Throughout the program development process, Eike Gundersen and other AP staff were very responsive, helpful, and flexible in helping us shape a program that would best fit our needs and interests. Once students were on site in Spain, students were in the professional and caring hands of an on-site coordinator and other staff in Spain. I am excited to be working with AP in developing and delivering programs for our students in the upcoming year in Spain and Portugal."
Randy M. Page, PhD
Professor and Director of Global Health
Brigham Young University
After visiting a few of the sites, and speaking with students, administrators, and participating physicians, I’m very comfortable recommending Atlantis Project to our students. They are very aware of, and follow, ethical guidelines, which is important for any program our students may choose to go on. It’s a flexible, mutually beneficial way for students to get shadowing experience at the same time as learning about a healthcare system different from their own.
Christine Richmond, M.Ed.
Academic Advisor, Pre-Health Advisor
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
University of Florida
"The opportunities the Atlantis Project has created for our students at the University of Arizona are amazing. With almost 9,000 Pre-Health students, we have a tremendous need for programming and AP has created a niche for these students to not only study abroad, but gain experience shadowing in European hospitals. The students were provided an incredible experience this first summer in Toledo and Zaragoza and we look forward to sending more students on AP programs in the future."
Katie Van Wyk
Study Abroad Coordinater
University of Arizona
I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Spain [...] the staff of AP made sure that we saw sites, staff and students involved with the program. They made sure that we had ample opportunity to ask questions and to get honest answers. It was reassuring to see how well the experiences are organized, and details are attended to so that students can feel safe, comfortable and welcomed. The hospital site visits were quite helpful as well, and it was clear that students are placed in settings that provide valuable experiences.
Don Batisky, MD
Executive Director, Pre-Health Mentoring Office
"Working with the Atlantis Project and creating our first customized short-term program for our Pre-med students was very rewarding for me and my students. AP staff is very detailed orientated and will make this process as smooth as possible. From our first planning meetings during the summer to our pre-departure orientation in December, all our concerns and questions were met, and our students had clear understanding of what to expect as part of the fellowship program. I am happy with our partnership and I look forward to more ideas and ways to give our pre-med students opportunities to experience hospital shadowing in their field."
Maria J Richart
Associate Director for International Outreach
Rochester Institute of Technology
"As a faculty director, I accompanied 7 of our students to the Azores Islands January 2015. Atlantis Project was great to work with and was very professional. ‘[...]” The hospital was small, so the students had the opportunity to work closely with the healthcare providers. “[...]”. Overall, it was a great experience."
Don Lehman, EdD.
Dept. Medical Laboratory Sciences
Health Profession Advisor
Center for Premedical and Health Professional Studies
University of Delaware
“I had the opportunity to visit the AP sites in Toledo and A Coruna “[....]”. From the moment I stepped on the ground in Spain, the on-site and support coordinators made me feel welcome with personal tours of the AP facilities and highlights of the cities. The undergraduate students spoke highly of the AP and hospital staff, and the overall intensity of the program. Atlantis Fellows are able to shadow and observe many medical specialties that U.S. hospitals reserve for medical students only. The hospital doctors, residents, nurses and administration were impressed with the work-ethic of the Atlantis Fellows and appreciated their willingness to help with conversational English in the afternoons. Overall, I would highly recommend this program to any students considering medical school or another health-related profession.”
Director of Global Education
Lebanon Valley College
During a recent visit to Atlantis Project sites in Spain, I had the opportunity to visit several clinical locations where students shadow. The clinical facilities were impressive but more impressive was the dedication to teaching that I observed among the clinical staff. Every clinician who spoke with our group of advisors saw as his mission the teaching and mentoring of students in the health professions and their interactions with the students showed us they really meant this. Students participating in the Atlantis Fellowship told us (the visiting advisors) how much they were learning from their shadowing, how the mentors took the time to explain procedures and to answer questions, and how much they appreciated the opportunity to learn about health care provision in a system that is different from that in the US. This is a high quality shadowing opportunity that adheres strictly to the AAMC guidelines and provides students with different experiences than they are likely to have in the US.
The program is well-organized and well-staffed, with sufficient resources to accommodate student needs. The housing which we saw was safe and comfortable, in central locations convenient to transportation and to the shadowing sites. Students can also take advantage of the weekly cultural activities and excursions, unique to the various shadowing locations, offered in conjunction with the program.
Karen A. Palin, PhD
Department of Biology
Bates College, Lewiston, Maine
I was very impressed with how enthusiastic everyone is about the students and the program. The doctors, hospital administration and the AP staff are very passionate about students having great experiences. The Atlantis Project is one of the best experiential programs I have seen.
"As the Center for Premedical and Health Profession Study’s Academic Program Manager, I had the opportunity to partner with the Atlantis Project staff in developing the first group experience and institutional partnership. “[...]” The Atlantis Project staff is terrific to work with in the program development process, and very accommodating to the University of Delaware’s Institute for Global Studies policies and procedures. I’m looking forward to creating an MOU with the Atlantis Project and continuing our new tradition for many years to come!"
Kathryn Goldman, MA
Center for Premedical and Health Profession Studies
University of Delaware