Shadow Doctors 20+ Hours/Week in Spain

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

About

Shadowing experiences for adventurous pre-med students. Shadow 60+ hours in Spain, Italy, Greece, and more for 3–6 weeks.

Atlantis 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

9.77 Rating
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.