Bologna is the capital and the largest city of the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy. It is the seventh most populous city in Italy, at the heart of a metropolitan area of about one million people. It boasts one of the oldest and most famous universities in Europe, dating from the 11th century, as well as lavish porticoed walkways and squares, fine historic buildings, and an interesting medieval city center.
This program includes an HMX course and the potential to earn a certificate from Harvard Medical School depending on performance in the course. The HMX course would be taken over several weeks before, during, or after your Atlantis program depending on the space available in HMX cohorts at the time that you enroll in Atlantis. Read more.
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ItalianAlmost all alumni have not spoken the local language.
Bologna is also known for great cuisine, some of the best in Italy – the original home of balsamic vinegar, Parmesan cheese, Parma ham and Bolognese sauce. It’s a perfect location to immerse yourself in the Italian culture while enhancing your experience in the medical field.
Dates & Availability
June 15, 2024 - July 5, 2024 3 weeks
Close to Full
July 6, 2024 - July 26, 2024 3 weeks
You may pay over time, fundraise, consider scholarships, and more. Learn about our significant partial need-based scholarships here.
Participants may transfer to another program or receive a refund up until a predefined amount of time before the start date.
Atlantis programs include ~20h/week of shadowing, housing, some meals, transportation, travel health insurance, and more. Airfare is not included but can be very affordable.
On Program Components
Pre/Post Program Components
The Ospedale Maggiore “Carlo Alberto Pizzardi” belongs to the Azienda Sanitaria Locale (local health authority) of Bologna, together with Ospedale Bellaria “C. A. Pizzardi.” It is the second biggest hospital of the city, with more than 900 beds. The hospital is made up of three, 15-story main buildings as well as several other smaller buildings. Among these, the two biggest are the Maternity Hospital and the Infectious Diseases Department. The newest tower (Building D) even has a heliport on the roof. The Maggiore Hospital has the biggest and most frequented medical laboratory in Italy – one of the most prominent in all of Europe – conducting more than 18 million tests per year.
Atlantis was the perfect opportunity to meet like-minded, driven people who have become my lifelong friends. Atlantis also reminded me why I want to become a doctor and helped fuel my passion for medicine.
Clinical Experience that Stands Out to Schools
Medical schools want 3 things: healthcare exposure, GPA/MCAT, and certain competencies. Uniquely, “360 Shadowing” gives you the best version of the 1st, frees you to focus on the 2nd, and cultivates/shows the 3rd to medical school admissions.
Funding Your Future
The cost of Atlantis isn’t too dissimilar from the cost of many study abroad programs that you may find. And we’re here to help: from our extensive fundraising guide to flexible payment plans and financing options, we make the process simple and easy, allowing you to focus on what really matters.
Bring a Friend
Consider bringing a friend to the same program you’re applying to. Although the vast majority of Atlantis alumni have gone on programs without knowing someone in their cohort, bringing a friend allows your experience to be shared in a unique way, while still allowing you one of the benefits of Atlantis: meeting new pre-health friends from across the country. Consider sharing this idea with your friends.