Milan is the capital city of the Lombardy region of Italy and is Italy’s second most populous metropolitan area. It is a global hub for the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, research, and last but not least, healthcare. Milan was first settled in the year 400 and was an important center for trade throughout the Middle Ages and into modern times.
Being such a fast-paced metropolis with a mix of modern and traditional architecture, packed with art, fashion, history and delicious food, it’s no surprise that Milano is one of the most visited cities in Italy.
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.
While parts of Milan were destroyed during World War II and now feature modern buildings like 32-story Pirelli Tower, you can still find many historical gems such as the Duomo (Italian for Cathedral) and La Scala opera house. It is also in Milan that travelers can admire one of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous paintings, The Last Supper.
In addition to the architecture and history, for those interested in shopping, art or fashion, Milan has Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Italy’s oldest shopping mall, as well as many galleries and designer stores.
Dates & Availability
May 11, 2024 - May 31, 2024 3 weeks
June 1, 2024 - June 21, 2024 3 weeks
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
The Milan region has long been recognized as a beacon for healthcare. Currently, our hospital partner in Milan is the Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, a top public hospital in Milan focused on cancer care. Within this hospital and this broad field, there are many sub-specialties, and a variety of work. Many (perhaps most) Atlantis participants shadowing in this hospital do *not* have a primary interest in oncology. A primary focus on oncology is not required for participation in this program.
It was an incredible experience from start to finish. I learned tons and gained valuable experience in a hospital. Not just that, I made incredible friendships along the way.
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.