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Merit Scholar Profiles: Ria Shah

 
 

PROGRAM: 

Pontevedra, Spain

UNDERGRADUATE:

Johns Hopkins class of 2018

MAJOR:

Economics

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:

Alexander Hamilton Society JHU Chapter, Nourish International JHU Chapter, Member of the Women's Pre-Health Leadership Society

why did you decide to do the atlantis project?

The Atlantis Project presents such a unique opportunity to explore healthcare and also see a very different part of the world. I knew it would be an experience that I could learn a lot from, both in experiencing time at-length in a clinical setting and at the level of getting to know the healthcare system as a whole in an entirely new country.

HOW IS THE ATLANTIS PROJECT UNIQUE?

When you're a pre-medicine or pre-health student, there are a ton of medically-related opportunities. I've found that traveling and expanding your perspective is one of the best ways to grow as a person. So in presenting an exceptional pre-medical fellowship combined with immersing yourself in a new culture and setting, AP really gives you the best of both worlds.

DESCRIBE THE ATLANTIS PROJECT IN THREE WORDS:

Adventurous. Exciting. Thought-provoking.

What was your favorite experience as a fellow?

Waking up in the morning to know I'd have a full day at the Hospital, rotating within a specialty, and getting to speak Spanish in order to learn from the doctors, and only to spend the evening trying brand new foods with some incredible friends you've just made. The entirety of the program was my favorite part - hard to find a dull moment.

WHAT WAS THE MOST MEANINGFUL ASPECT OF YOUR TIME SHADOWING?

One of the most meaningful parts of AP's program, on top of getting a first-hand look at the clinical setting and finding mentorship in the doctors, was meeting, interacting and getting to know the local people of Pontevedra through fostering conversation within the hospital. From seeing the physical effects of an infectious disease to being a fly-on-the-wall in an operating room, you see just how much of an impact the clinical environment has on the resulting well-being of a patient. It's something that I'm now able to carry with me today as a source of perspective and motivation as I chase my own path.

what are your post-grad plans?

I plan to take a gap-year then go to medical school. 

HOW HAS THE ATLANTIS PROJECT HELPED EQUIP YOU FOR THE FUTURE?

It has strengthened my breadth of experiences in a clinical setting and helped me better understand the parts of medicine I want to focus most on.