I am third year psychology, behavioral and cognitive neuroscience major at the University of Florida. I am currently involved in research and I actively volunteer in local nursing homes. I also maintain leadership positions for Gators March for Babies (March of Dimes) and in my sorority. Last summer, I attended a three week fellowship with Atlantis in Budapest, Hungary. I originally chose Budapest because of my family’s roots in Eastern Europe. Once I arrived in the Hungary, I fell in love. Hungary is such a vibrant and beautiful country filled with years of history and it is flourishing in the post-communistic era. While I was in Hungary, I was able to learn so much about their culture, and medicine, of course! The surgeries I was able to see were amazing and I was thrilled to learn about another country’s healthcare system. Hungary operates under a universal healthcare system and I found learning about this invaluable, as the United States’s healthcare system seems to be in a state of flux. Spending three weeks in Hungary last summer was an amazing experience and I hope to return again soon.
My fellowship at Attikon Hospital in Athens, Greece went above and beyond my expectations for this program. I loved that Attikon Hospital was a teaching hospital because we were not only given the opportunity to interact and learn from doctors, surgeons and nurses but we also learned from the Greek medical students and residents. Many of the doctors and surgeons were also professors so they were passionate about sharing knowledge, teaching, explaining test results and talking to us during surgery. The medical staff was [mostly] bi-lingual, welcoming, approachable and willing to teach and answer questions. I also loved having the residents and medical students shadowing along-side with me in the operation room because they were able to talk me through a surgery when the head surgeon was in deep focus. I was blessed to have my fellowship at Attikon as I was able to learn from amazing doctors and gain insight about the Greek educational system by the medical students and residents.
For my fellowship, I went to Mallorca, Spain. The trip was unbelievable and I would go again in a heartbeat. While there I had a great time exploring the country and trying new things, but what really made the trip that amazing was the reason I was there: the medicine. I got to shadow over 4 different specialties and I saw things I didn’t dream of seeing until after an MD. I watched multiple hip replacements and knee replacements, saw a cataract surgery, and a hysterectomy, just to name a few surgeries. I also was exposed to a different branch of medicine, rheumatology, that I didn’t even know existed until I was shadowing it! What amazed me most was how modern and advanced the hospital was. Some procedures they were doing weren’t even in the US yet, that’s how new they were! It was definitely an incredibly rewarding experience and I would highly recommend anyone interested in medicine to enroll!