I. Fellowship Details

Am I eligible to apply for an Atlantis Fellowship? >

For our Clinical Shadowing Fellowships, you must be at least 18 years old when your Fellowship starts, and attending or recently graduated from a university in the U.S., Puerto Rico, or Canada. We look for candidates who are professional, mature, and passionate about pursuing a career in healthcare. If you are in High School and at least 16 years old, check out our Medical Immersion Fellowship for High Schoolers interested in medicine.

What is a typical day for an Atlantis Fellow like? >

Though the daily schedule varies by program, most Atlantis Fellows shadow five hours per day, Monday through Thursday, beginning at 8 or 9 am. After shadowing, Fellows enjoy free time at their housing, time in the city, or a group dinner. Fridays are excursion days, and weekends are free to rest, explore the city, or travel!

What areas of healthcare will I be able to observe in the hospital? >

Department options vary according to availability and Fellowship location. Our team tries their best to assign you according to your department preference, but we’re not able to guarantee that you’ll be able to shadow in your requested specialties. Regardless of department preferences, we encourage you to talk to your Program Coordinator about what you hope to get out of your shadowing experience!

What are students permitted to do while shadowing in the hospital? >

We are committed to following AAMC guidelines for pre-health students participating in a clinical experience abroad. Because of this, shadowing is observation only, and Fellows are not allowed to have any direct or indirect contact with patients, regardless of a Fellow’s past experiences or certifications.

What should I wear in the hospital? >

You are expected to dress in business casual attire with a white lab coat while in the hospital. The white lab coat should be below your waist in length, and it is acceptable to have your name or school insignia on or above the breast pocket. Please refer to the Fellow Handbook for a more detailed description of business casual expectations.

What happens if I get sick while abroad? >

As a Fellow, you will be covered by Atlantis-provided health insurance while abroad. If you get sick, you should immediately inform your Site Manager and seek medical attention from the hospital if necessary. Please know that you will be expected to pay for all treatments and costs out of pocket, but you can submit a claim afterwards to be reimbursed.

What will I be able to do during free time? >

Your free time can be used in many ways, including sightseeing, relaxing on a beach or local natural area, exploring the city, resting up from the busy week, traveling, and more. We recommend researching your host country before your Fellowship begins to find sites and attractions you might want to visit. Your Site Manager will be a great resource for you when abroad, and they can tell you about the customs and schedules in your host city. During the weekends, you are also free travel to other cities, or even countries, if you’ve ensured that you have the right visa requirements.

Can I receive course credit for participating in an Atlantis Fellowship? >

Though Atlantis does not provide direct credit, students who wish to obtain course credit can reach out to their academic advisor or internship coordinator to see if an Atlantis Fellowship would fulfill any of their coursework requirements. All Fellows receive a Certificate of Completion following the submission of their Post-Program Feedback form, which serves as evidence of the program’s completion. We are also happy to provide any additional documentation required for having your Atlantis Fellowship count as a credit-bearing course.

How is this different than a normal shadowing experience or study abroad program? >

As a program that unites many aspects of a shadowing and study abroad experience, we emphasize education within the hospital setting, prioritizing shadowing experience and learning “outside of the classroom” (with the exception of our MCAT programs). Weekly excursions supplement hospital experiences through opportunities for deeper cultural exploration. While we want our students to enjoy their experiences abroad, we also expect each student to bring a readiness to learn and an extreme level of professionalism both inside and outside of the hospital.


II. Finances

Where does my money go? >

Fees go toward maintaining our staffing, partner development and retention, promotion costs, and administrative costs. The rest covers program costs such as housing, excursions, site staff recruitment and training, travel insurance, liability insurance, meals, excursions, and more.

Do I have to buy my own flights? How much will flights cost? >

Yes, you are responsible for securing our own travel to and from the Fellowship. The flight cost to Europe or South America should range from $700-$1400 from most places in the US/Canada, and our team will give general tips for finding flights to Registered Fellows. In most cases, flights should not cost more than $1300 round-trip regardless of program location. We encourage Fellows to research flying from various US/Canadian cities and to look at various departure dates, as you may want to take advantage of traveling before and after your program.

Do you offer any aid or scholarships? >

Yes, Atlantis has merit-based scholarships that are available to enrolled Fellows, and there is a limited amount of need-based financial aid available to applicants. Financial aid is awarded on a case-by-case basis and has a separate application from our standard Fellowship application


III. Travel

What if I want to stay longer in my location, or to travel to other locations afterward? >

You are welcome to travel before and/or after your Fellowship, and many Fellows do. However, please know that housing will not be provided before the first day of your program or after the last day of your program: if you do travel beyond your program dates you will need to make your own travel arrangements.

What is the weather like? >

The weather varies by region and season, so we recommend that you research the climate in your host country for your program dates before you depart. Remember that if you are traveling to the Southern Hemisphere that the seasons will be opposite from what they are in the Northern Hemisphere!

What will my housing be like? >

Most students live in hotel or apartment-style housing and share a room with other students on their same Fellowship. Please know that housing in Europe and South America tends to be smaller and usually does not have air conditioning. Talk to your Admissions Coordinator for any questions about your specific housing!