Madeira is known for its volcanic landscapes, high cliffs and pebbly beaches, and for having springtime temperatures year round. Right in the middle of the Atlantic, it is actually closer to the African coast than to the Portuguese coast. It has a unique fauna and flora that varies according to the microclimates of each region, and a history that is intertwined with that of the maritime discoveries.
Apart from the Madeira cake, Madeira wine and the Madeiran Cristiano Ronaldo, Madeira is also famous for being a touristic spot year round, offering endless options for outdoor activities. The name Madeira refers to the autonomous region as a whole (it is a part of Portugal but has political and administrative autonomy), but also of the archipelago, formed by 4 islands, and of its main island.
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PortugueseAlmost all alumni have not spoken the local language.
Funchal is the capital city of Madeira and the sixth largest city in Portugal. Its name literally means “place/plantation of fennel”, but nowadays it is a lively city that perfectly captures the nature that surrounds it, 600 years of history, amazing culinary, and an incredible culture.
From many parts of cities you can have breathtaking views, with its crooked little streets that go down the mountains and the blue ocean.
The east part of the city, traditionally the fishermen neighborhood, is where you will find the Mercado dos Lavradores, a huge and full of life market with the best homegrown vegetables, fresh fish, and wonderfully scented flowers.
Dates & Availability
May 11, 2024 - May 31, 2024 3 weeks
Close to Full
June 1, 2024 - June 21, 2024 3 weeks
Close to Full
June 22, 2024 - July 12, 2024 3 weeks
July 13, 2024 - August 2, 2024 3 weeks
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
Hospital Nélio Mendonça is the main hospital of all Madeiran healthcare system (SESARAM). It is a public hospital that serves the population of the whole island, has 33 specialities and 505 beds. In January, 2023 it completed 50 years.
I have no doubt that I will forever remember this experience. Outside of the enriched clinical component, I learned a great deal about myself while immersed in a culture so different from the one I have grown accustomed to.
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.