Atlantis develops and manages innovative global healthcare educational programs that challenge the next generation of healthcare leaders to step out of their comfort zone and learn a service-first approach to medicine.
Our flagship program is the Clinical Fellowship, which focuses on providing AAMC-compliant physician shadowing in an international setting. These Fellowships take place during winter and summer breaks in cities across Europe and Latin America. Atlantis Fellows are afforded the opportunity to experience global healthcare with a group of other pre-health students, shadowing doctors in a different specialty each week for at least 20 hours per week. The majority of our programs are 3 weeks long and are comprised of 10-15 students. Outside of shadowing, Fellows enjoy weekly cultural excursions, group meals, and the opportunity to discover a new country with other pre-med students from around the U.S. and North America.
How to Apply
Our online application takes about 1 hour to complete. Because the application is program-specific, you will need to begin by choosing the program that most interests you. Our team in Washington D.C. is here to help you choose the best fit! We review applications in the order they’re received and will follow-up to schedule an interview if your application is approved.
Dates and Length
The Atlantis Clinical Fellowship has start dates on Saturdays from May through August for the Summer season, and Saturdays in December through January for the Winter season.
Summer Fellowships are 2 to 8 weeks long and Winter Fellowships are 1.5 to 3 weeks long.
Program costs vary by Fellowship length and location. For all programs, the first payment is a $900 Enrollment Fee, due two weeks after your interview and acceptance. This nonrefundable fee reserves your placement in the program. Once officially registered, you may pay the program fee in full or choose to use a payment plan.
We offer a few very competitive, merit-based scholarships to enrolled Fellows each season. These scholarships range from partial to full funding, and involve a separate application and interview.
Hospital placement: We’ve been partnering with international hospitals for the past decade and take care of organizing the hospital shadowing for each program. Shadowing specialties vary by location and Fellows typically shadow in pairs. Though Fellows can request specialties of interest, surgery and other departments are not guaranteed. Department availability depends on the hospital and doctors’ schedules.
Housing: Hotel or apartment-style housing is provided for the duration of the Fellowship, with Fellows typically sharing rooms. Specific housing amenities vary, but all housing includes basic wifi access and is located in a safe area. Depending on the Fellowship location, the housing-to-hospital commute can take anywhere from 5 minutes to one hour, and may be by walking or public transportation. If needed, the cost of commuting to and from the hospital is covered in your program fees.
Site Managers: Atlantis is headquartered in Washington, DC, but we have an entire team of international staff who work as Regional Directors and Site Managers abroad. Our Site Managers are typically local and bilingual, and go through extensive leadership and safety training to be a part of our staff. They provide 24/7 on-the-ground support from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, and will arrange and lead all group activities (orientation, city walking tours, shadowing coordination, group meals, and excursions.)
Weekly Cultural Excursions: Each Friday of the Fellowship is reserved for an outing with the whole Fellowship group. Past excursions have included hikes, visits to local museums, sporting events, boat tours, beach trips, kayaking and even taking the train to explore another nearby city. Each excursion includes the transportation and one group lunch or dinner and is planned and led by the program’s Site Manager.
Travel Health Insurance: We provide travel health insurance for all of our Fellows regardless of current coverage through a company called iNext. The insurance plan covers medical costs, as well as lost baggage. Because safety is our top priority, we also partner with an emergency evacuation service in the extreme event that an evacuation is required.
Arrival/Departure: We do not do airport pickup in most locations. However, our programs team in Washington, D.C. will thoroughly prepare you for the logistics of planning your travel.
Group Meals: Meals include a daily light breakfast, two dinners out each week (usually Monday and Wednesday), and lunch or dinner on excursion days. Fellows are responsible for all other meals that are not group meals.