Atlantis (Pre-Health Summer)

Program Reviews

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Irene
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Barbastro Shadowing Experience with Atlantis

I loved shadowing in Spain with Atlantis. I was given the opportunity to interact with such intelligent and welcoming doctors. I felt comfortable asking any and all questions that I had, and because of this I was able to enjoy my experience within the hospital to the fullest. However Atlantis is more than the opportunities it offers within the hospital. I was also able to experience the culture of a region of the country I had never been to. The adventures I went on with my peers made for memories I will never forget. I learned so much and I would definitely recommend shadowing with Atlantis to anyone with even the slightest interest in medicine.

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Victoria
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

2022 Valladolid

I attended an Atlantis program in Valladolid, Spain this past summer (2022). My 3 week program consisted of shadowing at Rio Hortega University Hospital various specialties such as OBGYN, General Surgery, and Cardiology. The program makes sure to set you up with doctors who are able to explain everything in English. I was fortunate enough to know the native language, but do not worry if you don't! During your program, you will have a site manager who orients you around your program's city. Your tuition includes very nice housing, nice meals, breakfast groceries, tours, excursions and more. I went without knowing anybody in my group and we all became very good friends instantly! We still talk to this day and visit each other :) The opportunity is definitely one considering and I cannot recommend it more! I mean international shadowing? It sounds amazing by itself! Plus all the extras Atlantis has to offer :)

Pros
  • Shadowing experience after pandemic
  • International
  • Global health/Diversity
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Cassandra
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Glimpse of a Career in Medicine

Applying for Atlantis was a decision I made in order to discover if I truly wanted to pursue a career in medicine, as I was still on the fence going into my junior year of college. The Atlantis experience confirmed my commitment to a medical career and so much more: I established relationships with several surgeons, doctors, and residents who can now write letters of recommendation for me and have been great resources for discovering more opportunities abroad related to medicine. Additionally, you meet fellow pre-med students who will undoubtedly become lifelong friends. My housing was great, single bedroom and bathroom. As an independent women, I felt comfortable and safe exploring my city Pavia, Italy, and Pavia is also centrally located so that free weekends I was able to travel to Switzerland and other places in Italy, such as Cinque Terre and Rome. I could not recommend Atlantis enough for both the career/professional aspects and the unique cultural experience.

Pros
  • Explore Different Specialties
  • Network with Doctors
  • Visit new places/immerse into new culture
Cons
  • Pre-departure information and response from the Enrollment Team
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Tori
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

A life-changing experience

I traveled to Genoa, Italy the summer of 2022. I am a pre-med student and wanted the study abroad experience but wasn't able to fit it into my academic schedule. I found Atlantis through my Pre-health advisor. It was a great way to experience a new culture, while getting shadowing hours and medical experience. I saw such cool things in the operating room that I would've never even imagined that I would be able to see before Med school. I got to be independent in this program, living in an apartment with 3 other girls, but at the same time had structure to my weekdays with the hospital schedule. On the weekends I was able to travel to Florence one weekend and Cinque Terra the other. Truly an amazing time that I'll never forget.

Pros
  • independent living accomodations
  • freedom on weekends
  • hospital shadowing experience
Cons
  • money spent
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Irene
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Shadowing in Spain with Atlantis

I loved shadowing in Spain with Atlantis. I was given the opportunity to interact with such intelligent and welcoming doctors. I felt comfortable asking any and all questions that I had, and because of this I was able to enjoy my experience within the hospital to the fullest. However Atlantis is more than the opportunities it offers within the hospital. I was also able to experience the culture of a region of the country I had never been to. The adventures I went on with my peers made for memories I will never forget.

Pros
  • Meeting doctors and students on your same track.
  • Learning about different specialties within the hospital.
  • Building your resume.
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Laila
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Sibenik, Croatia

I was so fortunate to be able to travel to Croatia with Atlantis. This trip absolutely made my summer, I was able to visit a beautiful country and get memorable lifetime experiences with a wonderful group of students with similar interests as me. When we shadowed in the hospital, the doctors were so kind and open to questions and they made sure to allow us to see as many things as possible in our short amount of time there. Outside of the hospital, our host was so kind! She really took care of our every needs and took us on fun excursions. Lastly, Sibenik is such a safe city, traveling alone as a woman is always scary but everyone in my group was so wonderful to hang with and the city felt super safe. I would recommend this trip, 10/10 experience! Thank you Atlantis!

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Memorable
  • Beautiful
Cons
  • Homesick
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Julia
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Summer Atlantis Shadowing Abroad: Calatayud, Spain

I absolutely loved my shadowing experience in Calatayud, Spain. I am a pre-PA student and shadowed in OBGYN and general surgery. I was able to observe and ask many questions regarding OBGYN procedures, and I was even able to scrub in and be present for a variety of surgeries from a partial hip replacement to hernia surgeries. It was very interesting to compare the US healthcare system to another nation. I also really enjoyed all the medical professionals I worked with, and we communicated very well because they spoke incredible English. I had a great time getting to know the different students on the trip and connected with my site manager. I would recommend Atlantis to anyone pre-health.

Pros
  • Meeting other pre-health students from around the country.
  • Able to shadow different specialties you're interested in.
  • There are more opportunities of procedures to observe than in the US
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Chloe
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Atlantis Shadow Abroad - Calatayud, Spain

Throughout my one-week shadow abroad experience in Calatayud, Spain, I was able to shadow doctors in the Orthopedics and OBGYN specialties. I was able to stand and watch an orthopedics surgery and got to watch various ultrasounds and OBGYN procedures. I was also able to participate in group excursions and group dinners with other students on the trip. It was a wonderful experience to get to shadow doctors while also exploring other parts of the world. It was interesting to compare the healthcare systems of Spain to the healthcare in the United States.

Pros
  • Shadowing various different specialties
  • Exploring a new city and guided excursions from site leaders
  • Building a community and making friends with other pre-med students
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Kevin
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Atlantis Program in Barcelona

This was my first time traveling to Spain, and I absolutely loved it! My group instantly bonded, and Atlantis provided both excursions and spectacular meals at restaurants around Barcelona, which had some of the best architecture I have ever seen. Our residency was also located in the heart of Barcelona! Every night, we were able to explore another part of Barcelona. This program confirmed that I want to become a physician. If you are considering traveling to Barcelona and want to shadow physicians, I highly recommend it!

Pros
  • Excursions
  • Accommodations
  • Networking
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Paulina
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Review of Spain Study Abroad

I believe my experience in Spain was amazing. I was able to meet so many great people on the trip. I was able to connect with students like me and learn from their medical and research experiences. I was able to travel with them and make life-lasting memories. I also had amazing site managers who I learned so much from. They were able to expose me to the culture and answer any questions that I had. Apart from the traveling experience from which I got to see and experience many new things, eat good food, and learn about the country; the shadowing experience was incredible as well. The doctors who I was able to shadow were so nice and so open to teaching. They answered all of my questions and let me stand right next to the OR table. I truly believe this was the most information I was exposed to and was able to learn in a short time span. I believe the trip was planned in a really great and efficient way. I liked how Atlantis incorporated traveling and sightseeing time with shadowing hours. I also really liked how we were able to pick the specialties that we wanted to shadow. I am so grateful for my trip to Spain and hope to travel with Atlantis again and gain more shadowing hours in another country!

Pros
  • Amazing shadowing experience
  • Amazing excursions
  • Great group of people
Cons
  • Too short
  • Expensive