Who We Are & What We Do
Atlantis is the global leader in healthcare experiential education in and surrounding the college years. We have run programs for almost 15 years, and Atlantis alumni, after participating in Atlantis and graduating from college, have gone on to attend almost all medical schools in the U.S. We operate short-term programs (1-10 weeks) over school breaks, aimed at U.S. undergraduates, and taking place primarily in the U.S. and Europe. Medical schools want 3 things: healthcare exposure, GPA/MCAT, and certain competencies; Atlantis gives students the best version of the 1st, frees them to focus on the 2nd, and cultivates/shows the 3rd to medical school admissions committees.
Some of Our University & Hospital Partners
We design custom group programs for universities, exposing students to a wide range of world-class hospital environments. However, pre-health students from any university can apply to Atlantis.
We help build a world where healthcare professionals love their jobs and their patients can sense that.
We do this via programs that (a) help put the right people in healthcare and (b) help these people thrive in their field.
Being the Leader Should Mean Being an Innovator
Atlantis is the global leader in healthcare experiential education in and surrounding the college years. And with that comes the responsibility to innovate. The following are all innovations spearheaded by Atlantis in our programs: our 360 Shadowing methodology, our European shadowing focus, our Service-Research Projects model, our Uniqueness Projects approach, our partnership with Uplift for financing, the inclusion in some of our programs of a pre-med Harvard Medical School HMX course which brings with it the potential to earn a certificate from Harvard Medical School, and the topics we have presented at academic conferences, specifically about innovation on healthcare experiential education (see here and here, for example). These innovations ultimately better enable our programs to fulfill our mission: to help build a world where doctors love their jobs and their patients can sense that.
Meet The People Who Make Atlantis Possible
Medical Schools Want Three Things, And Atlantis Addresses Each of Them
As mentioned above, medical schools want 3 things: healthcare exposure, GPA/MCAT, and certain competencies; Atlantis gives students the best version of the 1st, frees them to focus on the 2nd, and cultivates/shows the 3rd to medical school admissions committees. You can read more about why Atlantis works in our “Why” page.
Our Alumni Enter Great Medical Schools
- Atlantis '17
- U. of Arizona '18
- Duke MD '23
- Atlantis '17
- Yale '19
- UCSF MD '23
- Atlantis '17
- Brown '13
- Columbia MD '23
- Atlantis '16
- Amherst '19
- Columbia MD '24
- Atlantis '16
- Notre Dame '17
- Case Western MD '21
- Atlantis '16
- UMD College Park '17
- Michigan MPH '21 + MD '22
- Atlantis '17
- Stanford '19
- Mayo Clinic MD '24
- Atlantis '16
- NC State '15
- UNC Chapel Hill MD '22
- Atlantis '17
- UM-Ann Arbor '18
- Kimmel MD '23
I was impressed by the organization of the program and the enthusiastic welcome from the hospitals and physicians. Atlantis is run in an extremely ethical manner, and it is clear that the students have the opportunity to benefit enormously from their experiences. Atlantis provides an ethical and safe opportunity for students to explore their interests in medicine, and to experience health care systems that are different from those in the United States.
Pre-health advisors are constantly looking for valuable opportunities to share with our students and this is hands-down one to recommend. As we become a more global society, it is important that students experience global medicine.
I could not have been more impressed with Atlantis, and their staff. I have never before witnessed host hospitals so excited to be working with pre-med students. The quality, combination of experiences, and intention of the program is so evident…Atlantis comes with my highest recommendation, and I look forward to a long working relationship and many student group trips in the future.
Our university had a fantastic experience with Atlantis in Lisbon, Portugal. Our 11 students were able to shadow some major surgeries at their hospital and could easily spend hours talking about their experiences. All of the Atlantis staff were very welcome and helpful, especially our on-site manager—he was always there to lead us around and to troubleshoot. We will definitely be reaching out to Atlantis for future clinical experiences!
I visited Atlantis in June, and we traveled to three sites near Madrid, including Zaragoza and Toledo. I think my favorite from a tourist perspective was Toledo, and I also like the housing there for students. From a clinical perspective, I liked Zaragoza, as the doctors there were very accommodating, and it was large with lots of medical specialties. Madrid was also interesting, being a large capital city, and the central point for students when they arrive for their orientation, which was very well planned.
Working with Atlantis and creating our first customized short-term program for our Pre-med students was very rewarding for me and my students. Atlantis staff is very detail oriented and will make this process as smooth as possible…I am happy with our partnership and I look forward to more ideas and ways to give our pre-med students opportunities to experience hospital shadowing in their field.
The opportunities Atlantis has created for our students at the University of Arizona are amazing. With almost 9,000 Pre-Health students, we have a tremendous need for programming and Atlantis has created a niche for these students to not only study abroad, but gain experience shadowing in European hospitals. The students were provided an incredible experience this first summer in Toledo and Zaragoza and we look forward to sending more students on Atlantis programs in the future.
The program is well-organized and well-staffed, with sufficient resources to accommodate student needs. The housing which we saw was safe and comfortable, in central locations convenient to transportation and to the shadowing sites. Students can also take advantage of the weekly cultural activities and excursions, unique to the various shadowing locations, offered in conjunction with the program.
MD With Years Of Experience Advising Elite Pre-meds Explains Atlantis
A Leader in Pre-Health Education
Atlantis has presented at several conferences, including the 2021 annual meeting of the ASPPH, one of the top healthcare academic conferences in the world.
Atlantis has also presented at several regional pre-health advisor conferences, including NEAAHP 2021.
Atlantis Connect Conference
In 2018, Atlantis hosted the Atlantis Connect Conference at the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C. Over 100 medical school staff & faculty, hospital administrators, physicians, and others from the U.S. and Europe shared ideas on how to make cross-border collaboration more effective in healthcare.
- Dr. Onyinye D. Balogun, Weill Cornell Medicine
- Dr. Ranieri Guerra, World Health Organization
- Dr. Yukari Manabe, Johns Hopkins University
- John Rother, National Coalition on Health Care
- Stefano Lami, Science Counselor, Embassy of Italy
More On (Non-Shadowing) Service-Research Projects
Unlike our shadowing programs, which focus on observing healthcare professionals across multiple specialties inside a hospital, Atlantis Service-Research Projects are an opportunity to learn full-time from an Atlantis Project Leader, inside an elite healthcare organization, in a real project with members of management and administration, while performing a highly impactful service – a unique mix.
Very Few Future Doctors Have Been Exposed to Universal Healthcare Systems
When you think of the set of high-resource countries in the world (the US, the European countries, Canada, Australia, and some Asian countries), that world is divided between countries with a mostly private system (notably the US), and countries with universal healthcare and single-payer systems (all of Europe and several other countries). These are very different approaches, each with its pros and cons. And yet future healthcare leaders in the US have only been exposed to one of these two main types. They won’t know what’s lacking in that system, nor will they fully appreciate its qualities.
Click To Read More About This Topic: An Analogy
An analogy to this situation (where a future doctor will only see one system) is this: imagine you are a patient, and your doctor, who is qualified and you trust, urges you to undergo very serious and life-threatening surgery. You’d very seriously consider the merits of this opinion, but suppose there was one main alternative surgery type that many, many other people in your situation follow, and strongly believe in, even though your doctor disagrees and recommends against it. You’d probably want to seek a second opinion first–maybe one that would let you understand that alternative with its perhaps many pros and cons.
Leaving our analogy and returning to the world of healthcare education: just as with the analogy, future US healthcare leaders, who will shape how health is delivered in the US, need to understand the other one obvious alternative to their system and see its many pros and its many cons. They’ll be better able to both appreciate and value the US system’s strengths and work to improve its weaknesses.
This is important and it is very much lacking. For instance, look up the websites of medical schools in the US; of the little you’ll see about international activity, you’ll see most of it is focused on the developing world and with a mindset of helping and not learning. This is a missed opportunity, as several medical education leaders have told us, since it means that future US doctors won’t understand the one general alternative to their system. We’re working hard at Atlantis to change this, ensuring that future doctors can see both sides, and help build systems that are truly the best possible. We believe both systems have pros and cons, and each side can benefit from understanding the other.
Connecting Global Healthcare
With over 100 hospital partners in several countries, Atlantis builds cross-border bridges for the healthcare professionals of tomorrow. Each line on the chart represents a real Atlantis alum’s home city and state on one end, and a destination Atlantis country on the other. This is for a sample of Atlantis alumni. Note that Atlantis runs many (usually small) programs in several locations in each country, and note that this map does not represent all countries where Atlantis programs are run. Nevertheless, the map shows the amount of bridge-building that is taking place. This has always been important, but it is even more important after the recent global pandemic and its need for alignment and strong international relationships in healthcare.
Alumni Keep Contributing After Atlantis
Here’s an example of an Atlantis alumna (Siobana N., Atlantis ‘19, Emory University ‘21), who worked independently on research with a healthcare entity in Europe. Siobana met Dr. Gasparri, one of the principal authors of the paper, while shadowing in the Breast Surgery field in Milan. This article was published on New Frontiers in Breast Surgical Oncology.
Alumni Also Partake in Elite Research in The U.S
For example, Victoria Haak, Atlantis alumna, did work, separate from Atlantis, as a cancer researcher at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.
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Compare A Typical Applicant With an Atlantis Alum
Med Interview Impact
The medical school interview is one of the most important steps towards acceptance. Performance in interviews varies widely, and two candidates with equally strong applications on paper can perform very differently. Compare an Atlantis alum with a typical pre-med side by side on their medical school interview.
Atlantis Alumni Have
What Med Schools Want
Net Promoter Score For Atlantis Compared
With Recognizable Brands
Net Promoter Score (NPS) is a measure taken from asking customers or alumni how likely they are to recommend a product or service to a friend. The score ranges from -100 to 100, with 0 being neutral and anything positive being good. This chart does not intend to claim that Atlantis is a better organization or that it is somehow doing a better job than these other companies. These are all far larger organizations that are impressive and do a lot of good things. However, Atlantis has been narrowly focused for 15 years, has become the leader in its field, and the NPS reflects this leadership. We are including this chart to provide a comparison point to brands and products most pre-meds are familiar with.