Shadow Doctors 20+ Hours/Week in Spain

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Glass Palace Madrid
Glass Palace Madrid
Student and doctor in scrubs
Student and doctor in scrubs
Students holding homemade Spanish food
Students holding homemade Spanish food
Students and hospital staff in scrubs
Students and hospital staff in scrubs

About

Shadow doctors 20+ hours/week in Europe or Latin America through the Atlantis program: 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 program abroad to understand healthcare in a global context, and embark on weekly excursions to experience Spanish 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.

Questions & Answers

Reviews

98%
based on 22 reviews
  • Growth 9.9
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.8
  • Housing 8.9
  • Safety 9.9
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Madison
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life changing

Atlantis has been an amazing experience. I went to Valladolid, Spain. I learned so much in my two weeks in Spain with Atlantis and got opportunities I would not have gotten where I am from until later in my schooling. I would really recommend it. The first week went slow because you are getting used to a new city and culture, but when it come to the second week it goes super fast and by the end your sad it went by so fast. I created relationships with people all over the States and even got really close to my doctors. There were sad goodbyes on the last day from everyone, the doctors, fellows, and site manager. I choose to take advantage of my time in Europe and I traveled before my fellowship and I stayed a week after. Would really recommend this experience to perspective medical students.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve racking moment was the train stations in Europe. But once you understand them they are a breeze.
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Jesus
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Ferrol, Spain

Beautiful city, beautiful nature, wonderful food, wonderful hospital staff, the Atlantis program in Ferrol had it all! From the beaches to the forest to the restaurants and to the hospital, there was not one thing flawed! When going to Ferrol do not forget your sun screen, hiking boots, and appetite for sea food. The beach at Doninos was the most beautiful beach I have ever seen. The hike in Las Fragas was extraordinary. The food in Ferrol was so delicious, my favorite by far were the zamburinas at the resturant, La Cantina. Zamburinas can only be found in the coast of north western Spain, the region known as Galcia, which makes the eating of these zamburinas a must for any sea food lover. If I ever get the chance to travel to Spain again, I will most definitely have to stop by Galicia!

What would you improve about this program?
I just wished I had all the knowledge about Spain that I do now so that I could have enjoyed my experience to an extent greater than I could have with out the knowledge.
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Hannah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Zaragoza, Spain

I went to Zaragoza Spain, it is the 5th largest city in Spain and it is the capitol of the Aragón region. It was a life changing experience! The city had a big city feel without an overwhelming amount of people. The local people were incredibly friendly, the hospital staff were also incredibly friendly as well and super helpful. Being in such close contact with patients and techniques in the health care system that you wouldn’t see in the states has really opened my horizons to how medical care is given around the world. I still keep in touch with some of the doctors I shadowed! Getting around was super simple with the tram system, everything was about a 5-10 min walk. Our site manager Maria was amazing she handled any stressful situations with ease and easily became our best friend. I highly recommend this trip!

What would you improve about this program?
The housing could have been better, we stayed in a dorm. Air conditioning was spotty but there was great WiFi and the staff was super helpful if you needed help on how to get around or where you could find things.
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Rachel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Atlantis Pontevedra

I did the shadowing program for 4 weeks in Pontevedra, Spain and it was truly life-changing. We were treated practically like residents in the hospital and got to see the surgeries up close and personal, treated like locals in the city, living right by the major plaza, and each of us felt like we built incredible friendships. The excursions were breathtaking and my site manager is one of the best people I’ve met in my life. I recommend this program to anybody, even if they’re unsure they want to do medical school because the experience is incredible and it will tell you for sure if it’s what you want to do. I came in wanting to be an obstetrician and during my obstetrics round, I confirmed that it is exactly what I want to do. I know many people with similar experiences or some who thought they wanted one thing but now they want another. Truly spectacular experience.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would have napped less because there were some days I could have seen more, but instead napped.
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Chloe
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Atlantis Fellowship in Spain

The Atlantis Fellowship is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Not only are you able to shadow intelligent and outstanding doctors, but you are able to immerse yourself in a new culture that teaches as much as it does enlighten you. I am so glad I took a new step toward my medical career and went with the Atlantis Fellowship. The doctors are kind, encouraging, and genuinely care about your learning experience. I was able to see many operations and the doctor-patient interaction that is held in Spain. I plan to take some tips from these doctors as they were very reassuring and kind to their patients. The activities outside of the program left me speechless such as Park Guell, the Sagrada Familia, and Paddle boarding. I was also able to travel to Costa Brava for a weekend adventure and I have never seen such clear water. The program offers a lot of opportunities that I wouldn't give up for anything.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I believe the most nerve-racking moments were spent in the hospital. It was scary not fluently speaking the doctors language. I felt alone and petrified that these intelligent superiors may find me to be a bother because we cannot fluently interact with each other. This was the complete opposite of the reactions I received from the doctors. They were warming and wanted nothing more than for me to learn from their day-to-day lives. We would use common words and when our English and Spanish did not match up, signs or Google Translate was utilized. I loved the experience of working through a language barrier.
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Keren
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Atlantis Fellowship - Barbastro, Spain

This fellowship was absolutely life-changing. It really affirmed my love for medicine and the future success I will have in my medical career. If you know you have a passion for medicine, or even if you aren't sure, Atlantis Fellowship will answer any concerns and questions so you leave knowing what you want to do with your career! During this fellowship, I was able to shadow surgeries while being in the OR with the surgeons performing the procedures and I was treated with respect as physicians were eager to teach so that I could actually learn while observing. The content I observed during this fellowship simply could not have been done in the United States, through the consults, to the Emergency Department, to the Operating Rooms, the obeservations were incredible and life-changing to witness.

What would you improve about this program?
The financial aid assistance was not that helpful. They only give a portion out and don't assist much with outside help. This fellowship is worth it, don't get me wrong, but it is also a financial burden.
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Alicia Abigail
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Atlantis Fellowship in Spain!

It was awesome and a unique experience! All the doctors are kind and very helpful. You get to see a lot of stuff especially in te surgery area, it was amazing! It’s a little different than in the US and sometimes there is a language barrier but all the staff try their best to help you out and to explain everything to you. Besides shadowing, you have the opportunity to visit the city and to travel to other cities. You go in a group to a near city and spend the day there. You have also free time in which you’re free to go wherever you want as is another city, etc for a whole weekend! There is also group dinners and activities in the city which really helps you to connect with other fellows. This experience was more than I expected. It was awesome!

What would you improve about this program?
I wish it was longer so I could stay more in each department
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Ashley
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Experience of my Life

Going on this fellowship was the best experience of my life. I went to Vigo, Spain for four weeks. I was able to see several different specialties that I've always dreamed of seeing and got to see what it was like to work for a public healthcare system. I specifically saw anesthesiology, vascular surgery, obstetrics and emergency medicine. If I could recommend this to everyone, I would! This experience is especially helpful for those on a premedical track in their undergraduate years. Even if you are unsure about what path you would like to take in the medical field, this experience exposes you to different options such as nursing, technicians and administrative jobs in the hospital. I wouldn't trade this experience for the world as it affirmed my interests in medicine and has pushed me to work harder in the classes I will be taking in the future.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
The most unfamiliar thing that I ate was octopus! In Vigo, Spain seafood is a very popular delicacy and I am so lucky to have been able to experience it.
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Angelica
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Calatayud

I was in Calatayud. It was the best experience I could have ever wished for! All the food was super affordable and delicious. I learned so much and truly loved every moment of the entire experience.
Everyone at the hospital, Hospital Ernest Lluch, was super nice and always tried to explain everything to us. They always made an effort to make the experience for us the best one possible.
Our cite manager was the best we could have ever wished for. Super kind and resourceful. She always did her best to ensure we had the best experience. She was considerate of our food preferences and suggestions for future fellows.
Our hotel was super comfortable and very clean. All the staff there was very kind and had the best restaurant in the whole town.

What would you improve about this program?
Everything was great, don't need to improve anything.
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Shivangi
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Atlantis Fellowship in Teruel, Spain

I loved the Atlantis fellowship because it gave me the opportunity to combine my interests in healthcare with my Spanish major to get a global perspective on some of the aspects of the healthcare system, and also allowed me to make connections through language and cultural immersion. I was able to learn so much from many of the hospital staff including the nurses and doctors, as well as more administrative people within staff. Atlantis gives a lot of independence within the program, and it is truly what you make of it. I was able to see a birth within the labor and delivery department and also some really interesting surgeries within General and Orthopedic surgery. I was also able to see doctors outside of consultations and surgeries, such as when they have meetings before going on rounds, and also during their breaks for breakfast, and it was really nice that I got to see them during their busy and relaxed days to get a better feel for how mixed their day-to-day work life is. Through the fellowship, I also volunteered at the local language school, and it was really fulfilling to have conversations with residents of Teruel in both English and Spanish. The weekend trip to Albarracin and Valencia was also a lot of fun and gave us a break from the week of hospital shadowing. Through this fellowship, I met some lifelong friends, and we still keep in touch after the fellowship, and they really made this experience one that I'll never forget!

What would you improve about this program?
I think Atlantis could improve their pre-fellowship guidance. Once accepted into the program, the logistical information is not as clear as it could be, especially considering that it is a big commitment to go abroad for a few weeks. During the fellowship itself, everything went really smoothly especially with the help of our site manager, but before the fellowship, there were still a lot of details, especially regarding travel, that could have been made clearer.
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Malak
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing experience

The Atlantis Fellowship is a life changing experience for students interested in a health major to explore the medical world. It not only gives a person the chance to shadow doctors, see impressive procedures in different specialties very closely, and make lifelong connections, but it also gives a student the chance to see a new culture and how it influences healthcare. I really enjoyed this experience and had so much fun !! I met some amazing people. The site manager was very nice and helpful. She was always available. In the hospital, the stuff and the doctors were very nice and welcoming. They were happy to have us with them and they want to share their knowledge with us. The big majority speaks very good English ( young students and residents are fluent). And for those who didn’t really master English, they did all what they can to help us understand. But most importantly, in Atlantis Fellowship, you get to see surgeries very closely which is amazing. I definetely recommande this experience to anyone interested in medschool.

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Jad
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Shadowing in Mallorca, Spain

I completed my shadowing in a hospital in Inca, Mallorca.
It was a very beneficial and inspiring experience.
I shadowed in the department of internal medicine during my first week and in the department of gastroenterology during the second week of the program.
I gained a lot of experience during the shadowing hours, where I completed around 40 hours of rounds, clinic hours, endoscopy and colonoscopy procedures, and surgeries.
The program opened my eyes into the world of healthcare and triggered my passion too become the best doctor I can be.
I was able to form many professional relations with hospital staff, and made friends with the Fellows that were in the same program with me. I also learned a lot about the culture of Mallorca during the weekly excursions.
The program is highly recommended for all pre-health students, and especially for people who are not sure if they want to pursue this job.

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Alexandria
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Atlantis Fellowship Program

My experience was unique as it allowed me to be exposed to medicine. Specifically, I was able to shadow doctors in various departments such as dermatology and neurology for up to 20 hours per week in a beautiful location, namely, Sant Cugat, Spain. In addition, I was able to network tremendously, learn more about myself, and the Spanish culture. Being in Spain with a group was amazing because it allowed me to connect with others that hold similar interests regarding the medical field. Even after the trip, I keep in contact with most of them through the use of social media.

What would you improve about this program?
Communicating location information correctly.
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Mikayla
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

What an Experience

The Atlantis program was by far one of the most amazing experiences I have ever been apart of. Visiting another country and standing side by side to the lead surgeons truly reminded me why I love medicine. I never would have gotten the same shadowing experience here in the United States. My favorite memories from my trip was the surgeries I got to see standing a foot away and the small trips we went on as a group!

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Nichole
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My first time abroad

I was able to speak to doctors that ended up helping me beyond my expectations. This one Anesthesiologist I was shadowing knew doctors in the town I am from and gave me their numbers to shadow them when I got back from Spain. This was the first time I travelled and my site manager made me feel very safe. This was a relief to me because it relieved my stress and made me feel more comfortable with my time abroad. She would immediately answer all of our texts no matter what she was doing or what time it was. If anyone had the smallest problem for example, with the hotel room, she would not waste time in talking to the hotel staff and get all situations resolved. Many of us stayed in contact with her and maintain the friendship. She planned amazing excursions and would take us to the hospital everyday which made me feel very safe. The only thing I regret is not going on more excursions because the others did not want to and I did not want to go alone. I would highly recommend choosing a town close to a major city like Madrid or Barcelona to experience the touristy sites.

What would you improve about this program?
They can assure better housing with the amount that it costs to go. I for one had a wonderful hotel and site manager but other people I spoke to ended up getting homes that did not have AC and they brought mites back into their home.

Location

Location:
Spain
Currency:
Euro
Weather:
Jan-Mar
61 F / 31 F
Apr-Jun
82 F / 43 F
Jul-Sep
90 F / 57 F
Oct-Dec
68 F / 37 F
Airports:
Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas
( MAD )
Barcelona–El Prat
( BCN )
Palma De Mallorca
( PMI )

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About Atlantis

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...