Graham works with Atlantis' University Partners to build and expand group programs for their students. He also works with former students to help them continue their involvement with Atlantis by sharing their experience with other students.
What is your favorite travel memory?
I did a program called Coach for College in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam the summer after I graduated from college. I taught biology to middle school students and coached volleyball. I communicated through a translator who was a Vietnamese college student. Seeing Vietnam, meeting the students and working alongside a translator was a fun, challenging and enriching experience.
How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?
Working at Atlantis has been an extraordinary experience. I have primarily learned how to prioritize competing projects and initiatives. We want our programs to lead to better career outcomes for our students and want to both increase their awareness and understanding of different medical specialties as well as the United States' and other countries' health care systems.
What is the best story you've heard from a return student?
I really enjoy reading through our program feedback forms after the programs are completed. This student feedback is inspiring and enriching for us. Our priority is making sure students have an incredible and unique doctor shadowing experience. As far as specific stories, there are too many to name. I am most excited about the students who say that, after our program, they have a much better understanding of whether or not they really want to be a doctor.
If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?
I would go on our Clinical Shadowing program. I am really interested in healthcare practice and policy in the United States and abroad and I think our program is one of the best ways to learn more. I would most look forward to getting to know doctors at our hospital partners. I would also look forward to the on-program cultural excursions and group meals.
What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?
We place a heavy emphasis on hiring and retaining the best people. Our interview and evaluation process for new team members is much longer than other organizations I have worked for or interacted with. When it comes to our programs, I think we are among the best in the world in terms of optimizing the student experience and program quality.
What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?
Focus. Companies need to know who they are and what they want to accomplish, and that requires focus. Too many companies meander about without knowing what their true mission is and what value they are supposed to provide to customers. Atlantis values its identity as an education organization focused on healthcare, and that is one of our greatest strengths.