How do you think the Atlantis Fellowship influenced or impacted your acceptance?
I think my Fellowship influenced my acceptance in a positive way. The admissions committee saw that I had shadowed not only doctors, but doctors outside of America. My interviewer really focused on that and drew parallels between my experience and opportunities I could have at St. Georges. I remember that he looked at me and said: “Oh you’ll definitely like these programs we have, because you seem like that kind of person.”
The official white coat ceremony at St. George’s University School of Medicine!
Now, as an international student, I realize that experiencing medicine abroad also helped me expand my view of medicine beyond the United States. I resonated with many of the medical students and residents I met in Spain. Because they study medicine from the start in university, they were around my age, if not a bit older, and we were really able to connect. And I did use some of my experiences in my application.
I don’t know if St. George’s or any other school I applied to looked at my Atlantis Fellowship and thought: “She’s definitely a good candidate.” But when I was able to verbalize my thoughts and experiences to them, they realized what I had gotten out of it. And I’ll just say here that as a future medical student, you need to show true interest during your Fellowship. There were people in my group who wanted to get out of the hospital at 3 o’clock on the dot because they were tired. But if your doctor wants you to stay until 4, stay.
Finally, Atlantis helped me become aware of what I like and don’t like. After my rotations in the hospital — internal medicine, general surgery, neurosurgery and OB/GYN — I knew I definitely was not going to become a gynecologist. And that’s important to know.