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Saira Alex

PROGRAM: 

Barcelona, Spain - Summer 2017

CURRENT EDUCATION:

University of Texas at Dallas, matriculating into Baylor Medical School in Fall 2018 with a scholarship

UNDERGRADUATE:

University of Texas at Dallas Class of 2018

MAJOR:

Neuroscience

HONORS:

Member of Phi Kappa Phi, recipient of the Memorial Hermann Hospital Academic Scholarship

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:

Molecular Neuroscience Research, Indian Classical Dance at Sreepadam School of Arts, President of UTD Molding Doctors

HOW IS ATLANTIS UNIQUE?

Atlantis underlines the social components involved in healthcare, and I returned back home with a greater appreciation for Spain and universal healthcare. Additionally, the fellowship allows you to nurture lasting relationships with your physician mentors and colleagues.

DESCRIBE ATLANTIS IN THREE WORDS:

Educational. Memorable. Influential

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE EXPERIENCE AS AN ATLANTIS FELLOW?

My favorite experience was watching orthopedic surgeries. I don't think I'll ever forget the enthusiastic surgeon using mallets and drills during the knee replacement surgery. Or maybe, it was unexpectedly falling in love with the orthopedic specialty. Or maybe, it was making lifelong friends and admiring the Sagrada Familia with them. It really is hard to choose just one favorite experience.

WHAT WAS THE MOST MEANINGFUL ASPECT OF YOUR TIME SHADOWING?

My most meaningful experience was shadowing the chief neurologist. Observing his style of practicing medicine made me realize the importance of being a humble educator. Patients were thankful for the time he took to explain the procedures--to resolve their doubts, and that is something I hope to emphasize in my future practice.

HOW HAS ATLANTIS HELPED EQUIP YOU FOR THE FUTURE?

Atlantis has given me an in-depth exposure to the areas of healthcare where I lacked understanding. I'm also thankful for improving my Spanish communication abilities during those three weeks abroad. A command for the Spanish language aids in serving the patient population of Texas.

 Barcelona, Spain - taken during a summer program

Barcelona, Spain - taken during a summer program