Ciudad Real - Spain - 2016
Amherst College class of 2019
Track and Field, International Students Association, Charles Drew Health Professions Society
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE ATLANTIS FELLOWSHIP?
The opportunity to shadow doctors in a European country greatly appealed to me. As an international student from Ghana, I value the subtle differences in approach that doctors, depending on the country in which they are trained, use to achieve a common result: alleviating illness and improving the quality of lives.
HOW IS ATLANTIS UNIQUE?
In an increasingly globalized world, having first-hand experience with the subtleties of healthcare in different parts of the world is vital to a future health professional. Atlantis exposes Fellows to these nuances in healthcare approaches, and in effect helps aspiring health professionals gain a global perspective on healthcare.
DESCRIBE ATLANTIS IN THREE WORDS:
A transformative experience.
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE EXPERIENCE AS AN ATLANTIS FELLOW?
Experiencing the city and culture of Ciudad Real was an experience that is etched in my memory. As I practiced my very elementary Spanish with the locals and discussed various health-related issues with the doctors I shadowed, I was reminded of the uniqueness of human life. I was also reminded of the role of a health professional in society: to preserve and improve the quality of human life.
WHAT WAS THE MOST MEANINGFUL ASPECT OF YOUR TIME SHADOWING?
My discussions with doctors about their relations with patients was most meaningful to me. Our discussions highlighted a trend I had spotted when I shadowed doctors in Ghana: that the core of healthcare is about alleviating illness and improving the quality of life. My conversations with doctors in Ciudad Real underscored the importance of treating patients not just as cases, but as people.
HOW HAS ATLANTIS HELPED EQUIP YOU FOR THE FUTURE?
The Atlantis Fellowship has given me a broader perspective on the field of healthcare. The program has also brought wonderful people into my life. The Fellows that I shadowed, explored, and conversed with impressed me with their passion for healthcare. The program has also taught me to be a lifelong leader, and the importance of fostering a curiousity that will help prepare me for my future in the medical field.