Atlantis Project - good undergraduate experience?

deanne

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Hey guys,

I am interested in applying for a fellowship with the Atlantis Project. Has anyone had any experiences with the Atlantic Project? If so:
  • where did you go, and for how long
  • what did you do on your trip
  • what insights did you gain from your trip
  • did it help for med school admissions (in interviews for example)
Any responses would be greatly appreciated.
 

Doctor-S

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Hey guys,

I am interested in applying for a fellowship with the Atlantis Project. Has anyone had any experiences with the Atlantic Project? If so
  • did it help for med school admissions (in interviews for example)
Any responses would be greatly appreciated.
First, welcome to SDN.

In general, "paying to shadow" a physician in a foreign country will not impress most adcoms because students can shadow physicians for free in the USA. Instead, it will probably be viewed as a global vacation. Just saying.

Additional note: as a medical student, you can apply for opportunities to travel to other countries to provide aid and assistance. Ditto for many other programs (dentistry, veterinary medicine, nursing, optometry, podiatry, etc.).
 
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To be MD

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Hey guys,

I am interested in applying for a fellowship with the Atlantis Project. Has anyone had any experiences with the Atlantic Project? If so:
  • where did you go, and for how long
  • what did you do on your trip
  • what insights did you gain from your trip
  • did it help for med school admissions (in interviews for example)
Any responses would be greatly appreciated.

- I went to Italy, near Venice. It was just for a winter break trip (<2 weeks).
- I focused all my energy on shadowing in a specific specialty (e.g., neurology). We woke up at about 6am, ate breakfast as a group, and then headed to the hospital at 8 am. By 9 (or earlier), we were shadowing... and we stayed in the hospital for at least 5 hours. I was exhausted at the end of my days, but there were some students who got along extremely well with the doctors and shadowed for 9h+ days. Additionally, we went on excursions and there was some hospital volunteering too.
- As far as insights are concerned, I found out exactly how a better healthcare system than the US's operates. I saw echos, EKGs, and consults up close in the room. While I was a fly on the wall during pt. interactions, the residents explained to me exactly what they were doing to patients and why. The AP is shadowing. You do not do medical procedures, and they strictly abide by AAMC guidelines.
- Shadowing isn't a huge positive or negative for med school admissions or for interviews. While I did have a more informed answer for the benefits of socialized medicine (caution: I'm liberal a.f.), I also know that you can have a billion shadowing hours, and you won't get into medical school without a mountain of clinical exposure and solid stats (MCAT & GPA) to demonstrate that you take the profession seriously and that you know what you're getting into. What helped me was that I had a clearly formed picture as to what life in my specialty looks like. Vascular surgery is vascular surgery in the developed world, whether you're in Hungary or Hawaii. That picture was incredibly encouraging and truly helpful.
 
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