Atlantis Project Programs
Shadow doctors 20+ hours/week in Hungary through the Atlantis Fellowship. 1-8 week Fellowships during winter, spring, or summer breaks.
Shadow doctors 20+ hours/week in Lithuania through the Atlantis Fellowship. 1-8 week Fellowships during winter, spring, or summer breaks.
Shadow doctors 20+ hours/week in Ecuador through the Atlantis Fellowship. 1-8 week Fellowships during winter, spring, or summer breaks.
Shadow doctors 20+ hours/week in Estonia through the Atlantis Fellowship. 1-8 week Fellowships during winter, spring, or summer breaks.
Shadow doctors 20+ hours/week in Portugal through the Atlantis Fellowship. 1-8 week Fellowships during winter, spring, or summer breaks.
Atlantis Project Reviews
A taste of medicine
Submitted by Miata Smith - University of Delaware | March 10, 2017
A fellowship with the Atlantis Project is the best of both worlds. You are able to travel and explore a new country while also gaining invaluable hours shadowing at the local hospital. The program coordinators serve as great resource to you throughout the trip, from recommending a great spot to try local cuisine or assisting with navigating the hospital.
My AP experience helped me solidify my lifelong pursuit of a career in medicine. Wherever you go in the world, you have to study and prepare for at least 8 years to become a doctor of medicine. It is not easy, and that’s the point. The opportunity to have experienced different medical specialties up close, and being treated like a medical student was amazing! The doctors explained things to me as if I would be doing the procedures or diagnosing a patient the next day. Communicating with the doctors in this way, brought me to the realization that what I am doing and learning today, will benefit my patients in the years to come. If I am serious about becoming a doctor, I need to start acting like it now! How I engage in my studies, develop my leadership skills, and what I feed my mind outside of the academic realm is all going to be imperative as it pertains to what kind of doctor I will become. I ascertained what my future career will be as I walked into the hospital everyday for three weeks, I recognized that I could do this for the rest of my life. Studying abroad is one of the most impactful learning experiences of my life. My Atlantis Project experience allowed me to renew my focus, solidify my goals, gain valuable life lessons, think differently from new perspectives, sparked new interests in me, and facilitated countless cultural experiences.
An unforgettable winter experience fit for any pre-med
Submitted by Katarina - Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi | February 26, 2017
I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Guadalajara, Spain this past winter vacation. Traveling abroad as a pre-med is always difficult, because most study abroad programs do not have classes that pertain to the typical pre-med's classes. However, the Atlantis Project was an opportunity for me to justify traveling abroad by getting the chance to shadow various doctors in multiple specialties. The Atlantis Project also offers programs all throughout the year (Winter, Spring Break, Summer). This is great for someone like me, who has limited availability to take an international trip.
While in Guadalajara, we spent our mornings shadowing physicians of all departments of the hospital. I had the opportunity to shadow in maxillofacial, obstetrics, and general surgery. I was shadowed during multiple surgeries, procedures, and got to see my first natural birth. The physicians at the hospital were so kind and welcoming, even despite the slight language barrier. Most physicians spoke in English with me, and when the physician knew minimal English, I had the chance to practice my Spanish. Our shadowing experience was very well coordinated and helped make our short time in Spain worth-while.
Aside from the numerous hours spent shadowing, I had the chance to experience the culture by exploring the town we were staying in. I met some locals, ate delicious food, and visited some of the most beautiful historical sites. On most nights, the Atlantis Project provided us with dinner at a local restaurant. Each dinner was very well-planned with multiple courses. The food was definitely one of my favorite parts of the trip.
During our program, we also traveled to Toledo, Spain to take a tour of the city. I got to see some of the most beautiful landmarks and try some of the best pastries in Spain. The only thing I would change about my Atlantis Project experience is the length. If I could do it over again, I would have opted for a longer program, because I truly enjoyed it and wanted to spend more time in the beautiful country of Spain. If you are a pre-med student with an interest in traveling while at the same time developing your knowledge about medicine and international healthcare, the Atlantis Project is the program for you!
Best Summer Experience!
Submitted by Claudio Franc - Southeastern Louisiana University | February 25, 2017
This past summer I was accepted to the Atlantis Project and I travelled to Spain and shadowed in Toledo for three weeks and the experience was unforgettable! From the moment the plane touched down until it was time to pack our bags and get to the airport, the AP staff was there helping us out at every step of the way. They were all super helpful and they wanted us to get the most of the program.
I personally shadowed three different specialties over the three weeks (ICU, Pulmonology, and Oncology) and I even had the opportunity to observe two different surgeries (defibrillator placement, cataracts removal). Every day in the hospitals offered something new and interesting!
A typical day was waking up at 7am, breakfast, and arriving at the hospital by bus or on foot for 8am. Then we spent the day shadowing our individual department from 8am-2pm. After that the day was ours to do whatever we saw fit whether it was shopping, eating, exercising, sightseeing, etc. Breakfast was always complimentary in the hostel and four dinners a week were provided for by the AP. The weekends were spent on excursions where we went kayaking, hiking, and exploring some ancient cities and their monuments. The nightlife was also fantastic and it was a great way to relax after a long week at work! I also quickly became great friends with the other students in my group and to this day I still reminisce on all of the memories and good times we've had - reunions to come!
If you have a free summer, want to learn more about medicine, and have a itch to travel I strongly suggest you apply! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity!
Submitted by Sidney Brimhall - Arizona State University | November 14, 2016
The Atlantis Project fellowship was honestly one of the best experiences of my life. Right when you land you are immediately greeted with a smiling face by one of the site coordinators. From there you'e always on the go! In Greece we got to experience two different hospitals in the duration of 3 weeks. Everyday you get to rotate through different specialities and really get to be involved in what is going on in the hospitals. My favorite memory from the hospital aspect was getting to watch a neuro surgery during the second week! I boast about it to this day to people that I talk to! Not only do you get to have a crazy time seeing so many aspects of the medical field, but you also get to dive into the country's culture. Twice a week all the fellows and site coordinators get together to go on excursions that entail a lot of the history of that country. There's so many meals you get to experience with your other fellows, as well as, some "down time." We had a lot of fun exploring the Greek night life during the weekends and just getting to experience the country as a whole. I could talk hours about how great this program is! I honestly believe anyone who is interested in medicine should really experience this program!
Time of your life
Submitted by Ashley Tejada - University of California Merced | November 04, 2016
The Atlantis Project isn't just a program that allows you to choose from an immense amount of specialties to shadow, but it also gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture of Spain. The Atlantis Project took us to places we would've never found on our own and most importantly, our safety was always a priority. The coordinators were also extremely professional and helpful! They showed us Spain like no other study abroad program would while still focusing on the medicine and our future careers as health professionals. I had the chance to network with two medical students, one going to Stanford and the other going to Harvard. They gave us a lot of helpful advice and we even got a chance to meet with them one-on-one. I've completed a substantial amount of programs, but this program is by far my favorite. I encourage everyone to apply!