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DeYante
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Atlantis Fellowship in Lisboa, Portugal

I did a 3-week long fellowship in Lisboa, Portugal Summer 2018, and left with an idea of what I finally want to do in medicine. This was a huge leap of faith considering this was my very first time on a plane anywhere, but I wouldn’t change it for the world! On my official first day in the hospital I saw a Tonsillectomy and the insertion of Tympanostomy tubes in the ears of pediatric patients. Over the next few weeks I also saw additional surgical procedures and consultations. I felt I saw more shadowing in Portugal as an undergraduate than in the U.S.
The excursions were amazing, I finally got to explore castles and scenic locations. The castles were beautiful, and the city itself was an architectural marvel. I explored a lot of Portugal alone, and saw some very interesting places. I even became friends with some locals and keep in contact with them today! This trip was a dream come true and educational at the same time. I honestly felt safer walking around in Portugal than back home, and the natives are very nice.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
We frequented a small cafe close to our housing and during my first day there my supervisor suggested I try the “Duck Rice”. I thought of it as the perfect time to see what those cartoons are always talking about with cooking duck. I must say I wasn’t disappointed! Later in the program we went on a group dinner to an outdoorsy African Restaurant and it was my first time trying ”Lamb with Coconut Rice”. The food was again amazing, and I’ve been looking for a restaurant that has both items on the menu since I’ve returned to the United States.
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Cody
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing program and country

I did a 3 week trip to Coimbra Portugal this past summer, and I can say that it is the most valuable and fun experience I have had. The opportunity to see all types of medicine including surgery was astounding. The country is beautiful and exploring the country was breathtaking. This trip allowed me to gain experience medically and culturally which I do not believe I could of received in the US. I recommend this trip to anyone who has even the slightest interest in medicine. I would go on this trip and The Atlantis program over and over if I was able to.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The most surprising thing I saw was an open heart surgery. This was amazing to see in person and the whole process was incredible. The most incredible thing I saw in the country was Sintra Portugal. The colorful castles are a must see for any one in Portugal.
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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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McKenna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Atlantis Fellowship in Portugal

I did a month long fellowship in Coimbra, Portugal this summer and walked away with so many positive memories. I had the chance to see open heart surgery, cataract surgery and many other different kinds of surgeries and consultations. I felt that I saw more than I would ever have the chance to see in the United States without being in medical school. I also walked away with a greater appreciation for traveling the world to learn more about other cultures. I would recommend this fellowship to anyone who wants to learn more about the medical world whether or not medical school is a plan in the future. I personally do not want to go to medical school, but am interested in PT or OT. This experience was so helpful for me to see that everyone has a different path and direction towards their end goal.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve-racking thing for me was watching surgery for the first time, but toward the end of the fellowship I preferred to watch surgeries. The staff at the hospital made me feel so comfortable and reminded me that everyone feels nervous their first time in that kind of environment.
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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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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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April
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An amazing experience

I loved all the people I was with and we spent a lot of time together going to fun places like a national Park and the coast. I learned so much in the hospital and got to see a lot of different specialties and a lot of surgeries. The Atlantis team was so helpful and answered any questions that I had before the fellowship started and made me feel so well prepared to fly to Europe by myself for the first time. I made lots of friends and learned a lot about Croatia and the people that live there. While in the hospital I did something different almost everyday and got to see stuff that helped me to decide what kind of doctor I want to become (surgeon) and help to point me towards a few specialties I maybe interested in. This is also going to be a great addition to my college applications.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I was most worried about flying there by myself but everything turned out okay and I didn’t have any issues.
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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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Amariza
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing!

The fellowship I did in Trieste, Italy was an amazing experience. I got to meet new people from across the US who are instead in the same career path as me. I also got to know a experience a completely different care system than the one in the US. I also got to learn about the culture in Trieste. I would definitely recommend this fellowship! My site manager was really helpful and nice. It was great to see the city through the eyes of a local. I definitely saw things and are places that I would have not see or eaten had it not been for my site manager. This fellowship helped in reaffirming my decision to go into medicine and become a doctor. I was able to shadow different doctors in different types of departments. For example, cardiology, neurology, radiology and general surgery!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The most surprising thing I saw was the culture in Trieste and how different it is from the US.