Last summer, I attended The Atlantis Fellowship for a three week program in Budapest, Hungary. I originally chose Budapest because of my family’s roots in Eastern Europe. Hungary is a vibrant and beautiful country filled with years of history and is flourishing in the post-communistic era. I was able to learn so much about their culture and medicine! The surgeries I was able to see were amazing and I was thrilled to learn about another healthcare system. Hungary operates under a universal healthcare system and I found learning about this invaluable, as the United States’s healthcare system is a contrast. 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 was blessed to have my fellowship at Attikon as I was able to learn and gain insight into the Greek healthcare system.
I was a Fellow on The Atlantis Fellowship in Mallorca, Spain. The trip was unbelievable and I would go again in a heartbeat. While there I had a great time exploring the country, but what really made the trip that amazing was the medicine. I was able 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!