"I think the connections with the physicians is what really helped me [determine my vocational calling]...they were extremely helpful and open to any questions I had. Getting that chance to be right next to the patient and being inside [the Operating Room], it's a lot of behind the scenes information that you don't get in the US."
-Kevin Turner, Atlantis Fellow 2017
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Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal. Located on the coast, Lisbon has traditionally been a large hub for international trade across the Atlantic Ocean and is one of the most important ports in Europe. As the city pre-dates even Rome, it is the oldest city in Western Europe and continues to grow both in size and influence every year. Lisbon sports many styles of architecture featuring millennium-old buildings and is sure to inspire with rich historical significance and beautiful cityscapes.
Budapest is the capital and largest city of Hungary. The city is a combination of Buda and Pest, separated by the river Danube. Originally settled in the first century, Budapest is rich with historic significance and has an extensive World Heritage Site. Many elements of the city are ranked in the top 3 of the European Union, the best of which may be it's citing as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. A 2016 Fellow said "The group of friends I made and the life-changing experiences throughout the trip I had with them made this trip better than I could've expected."
Zagreb is the capital of Croatia, located in the northwest of the country, along the Sava river, at the southern slopes of the Medvednica mountain. In the last official census of 2011 the population of the City of Zagreb was 792,875, making Zagreb the biggest metropolitan area in Croatia, and the only one with a population of over one million. Zagreb is a city with a rich history dating from the Roman Times to the present day. The transport connections, concentration of industry, scientific, and research institutions and industrial tradition underlie its leading economic position in Croatia. Zagreb is therefore a city known for its diverse economy, high quality of living, museums, sporting, and entertainment events and its main branches of economy are high-tech industries and the service sector.
Thessaloniki is a vibrant gem along the Thermaic Gulf of the Aegean Sea. Serving as the capital of Macedonia and with over 1 million inhabitants, the city is not only regarded as the cultural and entertainment capital of northern Greece, but also the cultural capital of the country. Founded in 315BC by Cassander of Macedon, its history spans some 3,000 years; preserving relics of its Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman past and of its formerly dominant Jewish population. Many of its Byzantine churches, and a whole district of the city in particular, are included in UNESCO's World Heritage list. Large avenues, parks and squares, old houses, neoclassical buildings, stand side by side with modern dwellings which makes a walk through any section of the city an interesting journey.
With Mount Olympus, the residence of the twelve ancient gods, being visible from different parts of the city, this place has many stories to tell. Its nickname is Symprotévousa, literally "the co-capital", a reference to its historical status as the Symvasilévousa or "co-reigning" city of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire, alongside Constantinople. Symbolically, it remained the same in the modern Greek state, but this became literal over the years and a funny quarrel continues between Athenians and Thessalonikians about which city is the best. Here is an opportunity for you to discover who is right!
Montevideo is the capital of Uruguay and is a coastal city on the Atlantic Ocean near Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is recognized for having the highest quality of life of any city in Latin America, and is described as a vibrant, eclectic place with a rich cultural life with a thriving tech center and entrepreneurial culture. The hospital, Hospital Maciel, was one of the first hospitals in Uruguay and will provide Fellows with a unique perspective on South American medicine.
Viana do Castelo is a mid-sized city on the northwest coast of Portugal. It is a beautiful port city that is rich with history, as it was an important entry-point for Portuguese explorers as early as the 13th century.
Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain and the capital of the independent community of Catalonia. The largest city on the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona has incredible beaches and a laid-back culture. Barcelona is broken up into multiple districts that each have their own exciting and unique flare. The city is full of famous architecture by Antoni Gaudi including the Sagrada Familia. Additionally, Barcelona was home to artist Pablo Picasso and now has a museum dedicated solely to his work. Barcelona is an incredible opportunity for Fellows to have an exciting medical experience and learn about medicine in one of the world's most beautiful cities.
Burgos is the capital of the northern region of Castile in Spain. With a population of about 180,000, this city is rich in historical Spanish landmarks, such as the Cathedral of Burgos, a large number of other elaborate churches, palaces, and other medieval style architecture. The size of the city and its central location in northern Spain allows for it to have its own airport and well communicated high speed train station, making it a great spot for tourists to immerse themselves in Spanish culture while also being able to easily travel to other destinations in Spain and Europe.
Madrid, the capital of Spain, is located on a plateau in the middle of the country. Historically and culturally rich, Madrid abounds with world-class art museums, parks and gardens, and incredible architecture, including the impressive Plaza Mayor. Stunning sights, sounds, tastes, and experiences await those who come to the city. In addition to beautiful buildings and art, Madrid boasts a thriving football culture with nearby stadiums. The third largest city in the European Union after London and Berlin, Madrid is a bustling metropolis with plenty to enjoy, and a metro system to facilitate exploration. Madrid offers Fellows the opportunity to gain valuable medical understanding through shadowing in a vibrant city that will enrich their appreciation for the world.
Zaragoza is the capital of the Aragon region of Northwest Spain, and is Spain's 5th largest city. The city is famous for its folklore, gastronomy, and architectural landmarks. Due to developed transportation and proximity to other major cities (as well as the French border), it is hard to get bored here! A 2016 Fellow from Zaragoza says "This was the best and most incredible opportunity I have ever been given in the pre-medical field. I have made lifelong friends, secured a future in medicine, and I had an eye-opening experience about healthcare systems abroad."