Heraklion is the capital of the Greek island of Crete, the largest island in Greece. It’s a vibrant port city that has both a modern feel and a fascinating history. There’s a bustling city center, beautiful beaches and historic sites, fountains, buildings and museums. Whether you are looking to shop at the Central Market, take in the sun at Ammoudara Beach, see the night life in Lions Square, or learn about Minoan Civilization and the Greek myth of Theseus at the Palace of Knossos, there’s always something to do in Heraklion.
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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The city of Heraklion is situated near two major Cretan archeological sites from the Minoan era: Knossos Palace and Phaistos Palace. The Palace of Knossos was the most important center of Minoan civilization, and is associated with the Greek myth of Theseus and the minotaur. Phiastos Palace is about 60 kilometers (or 37 miles) outside of Heraklion and overlooks Crete’s tallest mountain.
The city is also home to Koules Fortress, a Venetian fortress with 26 rooms and vaults displaying old cannons and period pieces.
The Ammoudara Beach is a Blue-Flag awarded beach about 5 kilometers (or 3 miles) outside of town that will let you soak up the sun.
Dates & Availability
May 11, 2024 - May 31, 2024 3 weeks
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June 1, 2024 - June 21, 2024 3 weeks
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June 22, 2024 - July 12, 2024 3 weeks
July 13, 2024 - August 2, 2024 3 weeks
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August 3, 2024 - August 16, 2024 2 weeks
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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.
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The General University Hospital of Heraklion
The General University Hospital of Heraklion, also known as the University Hospital of Heraklion (PAGNI), is a major hospital in Crete with 750 beds, located about 5 miles from Heraklion. Opened in 1989, the university hospital was constructed to improve secondary and tertiary care services. It serves as a teaching hospital for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Crete. The hospital plays a crucial role in medical education, research, and healthcare services for the region. The hospital boasts that “a wide variety of surgical procedures, including [transplants] and the most up-to-date laparoscopic techniques, are performed in its operating rooms” and that it is “in the forefront in implementing management information systems.”
It was the best experience of my life. I remember standing in the OR and saying to myself “I don’t care how long it takes, how hard it will be or how much money it will cost. I’m going to become a doctor.” I have told all my friends that are pre-med that they need to do this. Not only did I have an amazing time in the hospital but I also made friends that will last a lifetime.
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.