Saronno is in Lombardy, Italy, in the northern industrial zone. It is best known throughout the world for its Amaretti biscuits and Amaretto liquor. It’s a lively city with a deep historical heritage and has many buildings with beautiful architecture, including the pilgrimage church of the Madonna dei Miracoli which has a 154 foot high bell tower. Saronno is just 25 kilometers (or 15 miles) from Milan providing a great gateway to see other cities in Italy.
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ItalianAlmost all alumni have not spoken the local language.
Of course you’ll want to try amaretti biscuits in their town of origin, but you also don’t want to miss the history and beauty in the area.
The church of the Madonna dei Miracoli was built in 1547 after a icon of the Maddona of Mirarcles was found in a small abandoned chapel. It has a 154 foot high bell tower, and both the sanctuary and bell tower are adorned with beautiful works of art.
The Church of St. Francis of Assisi is the oldest church in Saronno and has medieval origins. It has a long history that required radical changes and restorations.
Dates & Availability
May 11, 2024 - May 31, 2024 3 weeks
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June 1, 2024 - June 21, 2024 3 weeks
June 22, 2024 - July 12, 2024 3 weeks
July 13, 2024 - August 2, 2024 3 weeks
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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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Ospedale di Circolo, Saronno
Ospedale di Circolo is the largest hospital in Varese with 262 beds and is recognized as a hospital of national importance and high specialization. Since 1975 it has been home to the second faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Pavia, which, since 1998, has been an integral part of the new University of Insubria. The hospital has existed for 800 years. The earliest settlement dates back to 1173 in the hills of Bosto in a religious community dedicated to helping the poor and mentally ill. In the ‘400, it was a military hospital and later the Hospital of St. John the Evangelist. In the ‘500, it was the Hospital of the Poor, in the center of the village, then merged into Civic or Places united, until 1848, when Varese could get 93 beds for hospitalization. In 1929, the hospital settled in its present location: the park of the villa of the tenor Francesco Tamagno.
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.