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Doctors in Italy Fellowship

Why choose Doctors in Italy Fellowship?

Imagine shadowing doctors and other healthcare experts in some of Italy's most prestigious government and private healthcare institutions, all while expanding your knowledge and contributing to the global community.

With the Doctors in Italy Fellowship Program, your aspirations for a fulfilling and impactful career in healthcare can become a reality.

By participating in this program, you can develop skills in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, which are essential for future leaders in healthcare.


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Yes, I recommend this program

Doctors in Italy experience

I loved my two week shadowing rotation in Rome with Doctors in Italy.
The hospital was very nice, with a lot of technology. I had the opportunity to be present in many types of surgeries such as cardiovascular bypass, mammoplasty, septumplasty, etc. Everything was very interesting and I learned a lot about the Italian healthcare system.
Accommodation was very nice, with a great location.
I recommend this experience a lot!
Academically and culturally very enriching.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I would advise them to not be shy and to ask the questions or doubts they may have. Try to talk not only to the doctors or the surgeons but also to the nurses and the rest of the personnel they usually are more open if you show interest and you can learn a lot from them.

I would also advise them to immerse themselves in the Italian culture, one of the beautiful things about rotating in a different country is that you get to know the culture, the food, and the people. Italy is a beautiful country with a lot of history, art, and great food, so seize the opportunity to enrich yourself not only academically but also culturally.
  • Hospital experience
  • A lot of culture (art, history, food)
  • Excellent accomodation
  • Hospital is far from accomodation
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One of my favorite experiences thus far was traveling to Rome. I was with a great group of women who I’ve made as friends and we got to learn a great deal on our pre-vet internship. I will say that if you are an experienced vet tech you may not learn a ton of new information but you will have the advantage of being able to be hands on them when opportunities present! Rome itself was beautiful! The architecture, the food, the gelato, and the clublife. As an American I didn’t struggle with communicating and navigated the bus system well with our group leader. I will also add that as a black woman I experienced excessive staring from tourists and natives that eventually became annoying. Other than that I felt safe and supported on this internship and recommended the pre-med to a friend! Be wary of the persistent walking in the heat—it’s thousands of steps a day not only for the vet sanctuaries in the countryside hills but Rome itself. I’d say upwards to 10k steps a day or over 2 days.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The flight. It was my first time flying internationally by myself so I was fortunate to find a group member on the same flight. I would recommend for students in a group chat to coordinate group flights to make the airport experience less nerve racking. Getting off the plane in Rome and trying to find you group leader can be a little chaotic with other tourists looking for their tour guides so you have to be very observant. Having a friend helps and I know another woman in my group had her parents tag along on the plane with her to make sure she was safe.
  • Great hands on experience
  • Amazing sight seeing
  • Great group of women
  • Tons of walking
  • Excessive stating that the white women in my group didn’t experience
  • Structure was a little haphazard. Some days our schedule would get cancelled at the last minute so we lost time at the vet clinics
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Great shadowing and friends

My experience shadowing abroad in Bologna, Italy for 5 weeks was incredible. We got to see several different specialties such as dermatology, cardiology, oncology, etc. After shadowing for about six hours in the morning, we would go out to group meals or activities, like cooking classes, where we got to be fully immersed in the Italian culture. On Fridays, we went on group excursions outside of Bologna to other Italian cities like Ferrara, Modena, and Parma where we got to see different parts of Italy and learn even more. On the weekends, my other fellows and I would plan our own trips to different cities, such as Venice and Florence, and spend time having fun together. Overall, the experience not only helped me gain exposure to the medical field by allowing me to gain 100 clinical shadowing hours but also fostered lasting friendships and lifetime memories.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
One of the most surprising things we did was climb the Asinelli Tower. It was about 500 steps up to the top of the tower which stands over 300 feet tall. The views at the top of the tower and the funny memories my group made were definitely worth the climb.
  • Clinical Shadowing Experience
  • Cultural Excursions
  • Great Fellows
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Life-Changing Experience

Life-changing and unforgettable was my fellowship time in Ferrara. I got to roam around and take in the beauty of Italy in addition to shadowing at St. Anna Hospital in Ferrara. Both inside and outside the hospital, people were usually kind and entertaining. All things considered, it was enlightening as it enabled me to learn about Italian culture and history as well as identify the medical disciplines that most interested me. I shadowed in gynecology, neurology, surgery, cardiology and others! Would suggest without hesitation.

What was your funniest moment?
When we used to go dine each Monday and Wednesday with the fellows. Hands down the best nights of my life!Our supervisor Beatrice used to tell us stories over dinner that I will never forget.
  • Lovely city (Ferrara)
  • Amazing team
  • Interesting shadowing
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Lauren Ivy
Yes, I recommend this program

The BEST summer experience!!

I absolutely adored my time in Genoa with Doctors in Italy. The city managers and accommodations were phenomenal! I even tested positive for asymptomatic COVID-19 upon arrival and the staff at Shadow Doctors in Italy and our hotel were so helpful and caring. They made sure that I was well taken care of and even reimbursed me for the meals I had delivered while in quarantine!
Our hotel was within a short walking distance of the bus we needed to take to the hospital each day and to the city's train station.
Each rotation we shadowed had at least one doctor who spoke English proficiently and was willing to take on and guide a student for the day. Because we had a smaller shadowing group, we were even able to choose what specialties we wished to shadow each day. Each rotation, I was met with friendly and helpful faces who were happy to meet us and teach us more about their work. I always felt welcome and accepted by all.
The city managers, Denise and Matteo, were so helpful! They showed us around the hospital as well as the city. We had such a great time with them, and they were always a phone call or text away if we needed them. Our group excursions with them on Wednesday and Friday nights were so fun!
After shadowing and on the weekends, we were free to travel on our own! We received great advice from Denise and Matteo on where to visit, shop, and eat. During my time in Italy, I was even able to travel to Rome for the weekend before returning to shadowing on Monday morning.
Overall, I miss my time in the Doctors in Italy program immensely, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in entering into the healthcare profession!

  • Amazing experience to add to your resume!
  • Great exposure to various healthcare specialties and the differences between the structure of US and Italian healthcare systems
  • Lots of free time to travel and explore a new country!


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