+ 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 shadowing 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 U.S.
+ 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.
If you ever require evidence of your Atlantis Fellowship please feel free to reach out to us and we can send you a Certificate.
+ Where does my money go?
Please visit this page for a breakdown of what is included in the program fee.
+ Do I need to be fluent in the host country language? Do doctors speak English in the hospital?
The vast majority of our alumni are not fluent in the local language. There could be language barriers in the hospital if you do not know the local language, as in some hospitals more doctors speak better English than in others. For this reason, we encourage but do not require students to have at least a basic or elementary understanding of the host country language. If you do not have any understanding of the local language we encourage Fellows to study that language as much as possible before the start of their Fellowship.
+ 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 laboratory 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.
Check out our Fundraising & Scholarships page for more information on finding low cost flights.
+ What if I want to stay longer in my location, or to travel to other locations 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 recommend 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!