Internship in Greece Shadow Doctors 20+ Hours/Week

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Greek Acropolis
Greek Acropolis
Group meal in Athens
Group meal in Athens
Fellowship Group in Athens
Fellowship Group in Athens
Greek Amphitheater
Greek Amphitheater
Student by bay in Greece
Student by bay in Greece
Greek Cove
Greek Cove
Greek Cultural Excursion
Greek Cultural Excursion

About

Shadow doctors 20+ hours/week in Greece through the Atlantis Fellowship: 1.5-8 week programs during winter or summer breaks.

Atlantis (formerly known as the Atlantis Project) has been providing university students in healthcare-related fields with the opportunity to gain clinical experience in hospitals in Europe and Latin America since 2007. We are committed to the safety of our students, and are constantly working to maximize the educational value of our programs.

Highlights
  • Rotate through different specialties to gain exposure to various medical practices and procedures.
  • Join our programs to make the most of your winter or summer - no need to take time off during your semesters!
  • Immerse yourself in a fellowship abroad to understand healthcare in a global context, and embark on weekly excursions to experience Greek culture, sights, and food.
  • Join a network of accomplished Atlantis Alumni and doctors from around the world.
  • We also have programs to help students prepare for the MCAT.

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Reviews

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based on 16 reviews
  • Growth 9.7
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 9.9
  • Housing 9.6
  • Safety 9.8
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roger
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Thessaloniki Fellowship

Had a great time, it was overall an awesome trip. The food was great. There were lots of attraction, historical sites, and places to go. The city is right near the water, so there are great views. The weather was also really great, it was hot all the time. people in the city all spoke english and were really friendly. The hospital shadowing aspect of the program was also really cool. The doctors were all friendly and eager to interact with us. We got opportunities to go to different departments of the hospital and observe many types of surgeries. The shadowing wasn't too long either, so once we finished, we were free for the rest of the day. Our site manager was really amazing and very helpful. We went on group excursions twice, which were also cool

What would you improve about this program?
really nothing. I have no complaints about the experience
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Kailyn
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Shadowing in Athens, Greece!!

I signed up for this program with a little prior shadowing experience and a fuzzy head about what I wanted to do in the future. My past experiences were primarily academic or research based and the little shadowing I did prior had pushed me away from pursuing a career in medicine. This experience completely turned that around. The ability to shadow in numerous departments as well as interact on a more personal level with the hospital staff showed me a different side of medicine and convinced me that working in a hospital is where I want to be. Its a much different experience than you get shadowing in the United States, not only are the health care institutions vastly different but so is the culture. And, on top of all that professional growth, you get to travel around Europe. I made some amazing memories with the most amazing group of girls. It's the perfect mix of work and play.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Honestly, there aren't any negatives or big mistakes from this experience. If I did this all again, I would choose the longer program because that was the hardest part for me. I completely fell in love with the country, its people (and food!!), and I don't think 3 weeks was enough.
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Bri
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Atlantis is a great opportunity and you should take it!

I have attended two Atlantis Fellowships now and have absolutely loved both of them. In the summer of 2018 I went to Székesfehérvár, Hungary for 4 weeks and gained 90 shadowing hours in the hospital there. I also got to experience the city and culture through our free time and weekly excursions. I was then given the opportunity to attend a Senior Fellowship in Thessaloniki, Greece during the summer of 2019 which was another amazing experience with Atlantis. I attended this fellowship for three weeks and gained 60+ shadowing hours in various specialties. One of the amazing things about this fellowship is that not only are you able to gain shadowing experience and grow academically, but you are also able to travel on the weekends and explore the city you are living in during the afternoons. Atlantis also has weekly excursions planned to show everyone the highlights of the city or country in which you are staying. I honestly think any pre med who can take advantage of this program should. It has been one of the highlights of my time in college and my summers!!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I got to observe a heart surgery and a neurosurgery while on my fellowship in Thessaloniki, Greece and that was by far the coolest thing I have ever seen. Talk about a high...why would anyone do drugs when you can see something like that?! WOW
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Christianne
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A once in a lifetime global medicine shadowing experience

Shadowing physicians in a global health care setting was such an invaluable experience that has shaped and will continue to shape the kind of physician that I hope to someday be.
I have never travelled outside of the US before, and yet Atlantis prepared me so well for this fellowship that I felt no anxiety whatsoever about traveling alone in a foreign country. My Site Manager made it so that I always felt safe and so that I also got the most of my experience, both in the hospital and during excursions/exploring the city.
I learned so much of value while shadowing in the hospital. There is so much about global medicine that you can only experience; that you can’t be taught without firsthand experience. In Greece, I had the opportunity to see medicine practiced in manners both similar and different to that in the US, and it forced me to consider the pros and cons of both our healthcare systems. Furthermore, with the vast number of hours of shadowing you obtain, not only is it good for your resume, but it gives you a chance to decide if a career in medicine is really the right path for you. The shadowing isn’t easy; the language barrier and often long hours on your feet can be exhausting, but the life-changing learning experience is a reward well worth it.
This program isn’t just an opportunity to explore global medicine. It’s an opportunity to explore a new country through weekly excursions and group dinners and to make meaningful lifetime friendships with fellow pre-meds. It is an experience that you will reflect on for the rest of your life and will shape your future career in medicine.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice to future travelers in this program is to make sure you get the most of your experience in the hospital. What I mean by that is that it can be very difficult shadowing in a hospital that speaks an unfamiliar language and has different protocols and rules than what you may be used to in the US. So although you maybe be uncomfortable, seize every opportunity. Ask questions and don’t be afraid to talk to your Site Manager if you don’t feel like you are being given the best opportunity to learn. Most physicians and nurses are eager to teach, as long as you show interest and professionalism.
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Victoria
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Atlantis Fellowship is an amazing experience!!

I just completed my fellowship with Atlantis and it was one of the best experiences of my life! I was able to shadow in on some interesting surgeries and meet some amazing people. I loved getting to know the other fellows as well as the Atlantis staff and hospital staff during the three weeks I was in Thessaloniki! The site managers on this trip did everything in their power to make our experience incredible! I really enjoyed getting to live like a local in the city center in Thessaloniki; it is a beautiful place and the people are so nice! I definitely recommend it! In addition to a great hospital experience, we got to go on some really cool excursions and see some incredible places! I also enjoyed having the weekends free to travel! It was great being able to see more of the country on my own time! Overall, this was a really great experience!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If I did this fellowship over, I would make a bigger effort to learn more Greek before coming here. While many people spoke English in and outside of the hospital, there was definitely still a language barrier. I believe I would have appreciated the hospital experience more than I already did if I would have been able to understand everything the doctors and nurses were saying in the OR. However, most of the doctors and nurses did a great job at explaining things in English as they went along for us!
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Quyen
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Atlantis Review

At the beginning I was very skeptical. Really all the way until my very first day of shadowing I was nervous about the program. It was pretty expensive to be honest and it toon a lot of time and energy to prepare for the program. So I was worried that at the end of it all it wouldn’t be worth it. It was my first time ever traveling alone and out of the country. The first day of shadowing really opened my eyes to see how beautiful it can be when science and care really come together. Not only are Atlantis staff really helpful but also the doctors and nurses in the hospital. On days where it was slow and I felt like I wasn’t getting the most out of it, I could go to anyone and ask to change that and they would. I would do it all again if I could. It was such a beautiful experience and so worth everything I put into it. You meet such amazing people along the way and make incredible connections. There are sometimes where you light not click with everyone either in your group or out, but it builds your social skills and your team building skills which is so important for the field of medicine. After just a week you become known in the hospital if you do it all right and you have people who ask you to come to their departments. The hours seem long on paper but my four weeks flew by and I feel like I still didn’t see and learn everything I could have. Atlantis has a lot to offer if you take the time to make the most of your time overseas.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I was most surprised by how excited the doctors and nurses were to teach. Even if you didn’t know something or asked an excessive amount of questions they always answered and wanted to give you more and do more for you. It’s harder in the states to have this kind of attitude in the medical field but in my experience in Greece, every day was filled with so much conversation and knowledge.
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Olivia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Atlantis-Thessaloniki

If you are looking for a great pre-medical experience and would also love to go abroad, I highly recommend this program. From shadowing, scrubbing in, and helping doctors you will gain so much knowledge and interest in medicine. Atlantis provides opportunities that you would not find in the USA and you will also meet the most amazing doctors, directors, and friends.

Greek food is amazing and the directors kept us well fed. We are supposed to buy our own groceries but our meals were so large I had enough left-overs for both lunch and dinner the next day! I literally did not buy groceries once in the whole month I was there.

Thessaloniki is a busier city right on the seaside. It is beautiful in its own way and close to many amazing things. During my stay, I was able to fly to Athens for a weekend, visit Mt. Olympus, Meteora, and many beaches. The only things I didn't like were: the constant smell of cigarettes (this is lessened in Athens), garbage in the port, and graffiti everywhere. If you are looking for a faster-paced city with mountainous views right on the ocean, Thessaloniki is the place for you.

What was your funniest moment?
Red hair is RARE. Pictures were taken of me everyday.
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Lexie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Experience

The Atlantis Fellowship was a unique opportunity to shadow and learn about the healthcare system of another country while in undergrad. I was extremely impressed by the staff and how helpful they were to make sure each fellow had the best experience. I was able to shadow in many specialties and view 18 surgeries in the OR! Outside of the hospital, I was able to tour Athens and several Greek islands. I highly recommend this for any serious pre-med students who also love to travel and learn about other cultures. Although I originally did not know anyone else going on this fellowship, I easily made friends with all of the fellows! I know that I have made life long connections with both the doctors in Greece and the future doctors that were on the trip.

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Jazzmen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Atlantis!

Atlantis does such an amazing job at making sure all fellows are happy, comfortable, and getting the most out of shadowing! It was amazing getting to be in foreign hospitals for three weeks, you really learn so much and it’s truly a once in a lifetime experience! Site managers are extremely helpful and the Doctors truly want to teach! They are so knowledgeable and kind. It’s such an honor to be able to have learned from such amazing doctors. The opportunity to see various specialties was my favorite part because I was able to view different aspects of medicine and how each department operates. The residents are so helpful and kind! They all want you to feel welcome and comfortable and it’s great to know you aren’t a burden or in the Doctors way.

What would you improve about this program?
Program was amazing they have just about perfected it I have zero negatives!
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Audrey
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Most amazing experience of my life

The Atlantis Program is a very safe, fun, and exciting way to travel and get experience shadowing for pre-med students. It is the ultimate opportunity for undergraduate students to gain essential experience for applying to medical school and for personal growth in general. The site managers were amazing, the pre-departure information was very helpful, and the Atlantis post enrollment team was very very helpful throughout the entire pre-departure process. The food and atmosphere was phenomenal, and I would go back in a heartbeat. I would highly recommend this program to any undergraduate/ pre-med student, or anyone looking to travel abroad and gain valuable experience while doing so. The people I met were amazing, and it was for sure a life-changing experience.

What would you improve about this program?
There is nothing specific that this program needs to improve. Everything was pretty perfect.
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Talley
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Shadow Abroad for the Experience of a Lifetime

I traveled to Athens, Greece for a 3 week medical fellowship through Atlantis. I knew none of my fellows, and traveled for the first time by myself. I was so scared about this experience, but it changed my life!! I got to shadow multiple specialities and be in the operating rooms for actual surgeries. I shadowed departments like Radiation Oncology, Robotics, E.N.T., Cardiologist, EchoCardiology, and so many more. Also, I was able to watch one of the best Robotic surgeons preform a major gastrectomy. My site manager went to the doctor with me when I got sick and was always so helpful and accessible. I made so many new friendships with my amazing fellows. We traveled together on the weekends and have each others social media to keep up with each other now.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would only change the fact that I did not reach out to my fellows before I got there. I feel like it would've been better to kind of know them before.
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Allan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Atlantis Fellowship in Athens Greece - 1.5 Weeks

I would definitely recommend Atlantis because of the amazing opportunities provided both inside and outside of the hospital at which the fellows are shadowing. Within the hospital I personally had the opportunity to shadow a variety of doctors, in a variety of specialties, observing a plethora of different surgeries/consultations, as well as to develop personal relationships with the medical professionals, which does not come as easily/naturally back home. Outside of the hospital, I gained a better understanding of a different countries medical system, got to experience differing cultures, learned to adapt/grow in a different environment, and established friendships with a group of like-minded, motivate, pre-medical students that I know will last a lifetime.

What would you improve about this program?
I wish that more dates were offered! Other than that, I thought that the Atlantis Fellowship was run professionally and effectively, which made the idea of traveling to a different country comfortable and so much fun!
Madison
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Atlantis shadowing in Greece

I had an amazing time shadowing in Greece. I learned more than i thought I would and I saw more than I thought I would. Doing this program validated my love for medicine and helped me realize that it is what I want to do for the rest of my life. When I arrived in Greece, I wasn’t quite sure of what I was expecting, but I know by the end of the trip, this program far exceeded those expectations and then some. I would recommend this to everyone.

What would you improve about this program?
I didn’t find many improvements.
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Jessika
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Atlantis, Patras , Greece

We got to shadow doctors and stand right over their shoulders as they performed surgeries. The doctors were also so helpful and ready to teach us. We would shadow about 5-6 hours a day and then we would go and experience the area around us and learn more about the culture. It was amazing!
From about 8am to 2pm we would see various surgeries from brain to blood vessel to ortho. There were many options. After that, we would eat the food of the area and go to the places that made Patras, Greece famous. The experiences were unforgettable.

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Candace
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Thessaloniki, Greece

Finding this fellowship was so easy! After wasting hours googling for the perfect fellowship, I was scrolling through Instagram and came across this gem! This fellowship allowed me to be certain about my career path. I have found a passion for nursing like no other. I have gained so much knowledge despite cultural and language barriers - a testimony to the ability to care/provide information for others.

What would you improve about this program?
Better awareness of hospital professional.

Location

Location:
Greece
Currency:
Euro
Weather:
Jan-Mar
61 F / 27 F
Apr-Jun
88 F / 41 F
Jul-Sep
91 F / 54 F
Oct-Dec
75 F / 30 F
Airports:
Athens
( ATH )
Heraklion
( HER )
Thessaloniki
( SKG )

If pastitsio and gyros aren't enough of a reason for you to go to Greece; then the stunningly blue waters, the medieval cities, and picturesque white houses with blue roofs should do the trick. Every island has a different vibe and will be well suited for a variety of travelers.

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Atlantis (formerly known as the Atlantis Project) was founded in 2007, and our mission is to equip future healthcare leaders to pursue their callings passionately. Since then, our programs have expanded to include global hospital partners across...