"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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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.
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!
The Balearic Islands are an archipelago, or island group, of Spain in the western Mediterranean Sea, near the eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula. Although multiple minor islands make up this beautiful area, the four largest islands are Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. The Balearic Islands are known for their high quality cuisine. Such cuisine features pastry, cheese, wine, sobrassada (local pork sausage) and seafood, with Lobster stew from Menorca being one of their most well-sought after dishes, attracting even King Juan Carlos I to the islands. The Balearic Islands have high pride in their sports, as Tennis player Rafael Nadal, winner of 16 Grand Slam single titles, and former world no. 1 tennis player Carlos Moyá are both from Majorca.
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.
Ferrol is a coastal city in northwest Spain in the region of Galicia. It is located in an historic harbor that is has been an integral part of the Spanish Navy for centuries, and the castle of San Felipe is located at the entrance to the harbor. A 2016 Fellow from Ferrol says "The program struck a very good balance between challenging and eye-opening shadowing in the hospital and experiencing the cultural eccentricities of our site. I was able to both grow closer to medicine and improve my language skills, while expanding my perspective on both."
Guadalajara is a small city in central Spain. With a small town vibe that has close proximity to the major metropolis of Madrid, Guadalajara can provide insight into both sides of typical Spanish life. A 2016 Fellow from Guadalajara says "it was an amazing experience to be able to learn more about the specialities and learn from actual doctors and seeing surgeries!"
With its origin dating back to pre-Roman times, Huesca has played a significant role throughout Spain's history. Huesca is a mid-sized city in northeastern Spain and is the capital of the province of the same name. Huesca is known for its festivals (such as the San Lorenzo festival), its close proximity to the beautiful Sierra de Guara mountains, its Gothic style Huesca Cathedral, and the ancient ruins of the Castle of Montearagón Monastery. Fellows will be delighted to experience a historical city, founded upon centuries of tradition, that is active and bustling with a creative, modern twist on long-standing values and practices.
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.
Ponferrada is a small city in northwest Spain in the León region near Galicia. The city was populated in pre-Roman times and has a diverse historical background. It is now recognized for its 12th century castle and is surrounded by beautiful geography. A 2016 Fellow from Ponferrada says "I found it extremely great, it was an amazing mix between the hospital experience and living abroad."
Talavera de la Reina is a small city located near the iconic city of Toledo and is south of Madrid. Rich with history, the origins of the city date back to the Roman Empire. Talavera is now recognized by its castle built by Muslims in the 8th century and unique display of pottery throughout the city. A 2016 Fellow says "Developing a relationship with one of the doctors was one of the best parts of this trip. My Talavera group became my family in these three weeks and I will be forever grateful for that!"