Pre-med Shadowing Programs

About Atlantis

Atlantis is a leading global healthcare education organization that designs and facilitates short-term experiential learning opportunities for pre-health students in distinguished hospitals throughout Europe. The programs are developed to support students exploring their health professions journey within a global context.

Atlantis has facilitated over 100,000 hours of observation-only student shadowing programs, in leading hospitals, all of which are compliant with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)’s guidance for pre-health students.

Gateway International Group is supporting Atlantis to develop institutional partnerships for pre-health students who wish to study abroad.

Observe physicians with a 1-1 or 2-1 ratio

1–10 weeks over academic breaks (winter and summer)

Multiple specialties (1 per week)

Clean group housing, several meals, insurance, excursions & more

Some programs are multi-country

Atlantis integrates a 360 Shadowing model.

Why Atlantis?

Global experiential learning designed for pre-health students.

Students in an Atlantis program will shadow* physicians based in international hospitals and will be exposed to a variety of medical specialties, including surgery. Students will immerse themselves in a cross-cultural setting, learn about healthcare systems, rotate in different clinical departments weekly, and receive close mentorship from physicians. All ofthis provides students with an up-close and diverse view of medicine and hospital practices.

These programs are observational only, in accordance with the Association of American Medical Colleges (“AAMC”) and Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (“GAPS”) guidelines ensuring that clinical hands-on skills are not practiced. In partnership with the Forum on Education Abroad, in 2018 Atlantis co-authored the Guidelines for Undergraduate Health-Related Experiences Abroad. In compliance with these guidelines, we ensure our programs are ethical and prioritize patient safety.

Atlantis utilizes local on-site managers to oversee program activities and verify completion of hospital shadowing hours. The hospital-based experiential programs offered by Atlantis provide far greater depth, breadth, quantity of hours, and intercultural perspective than is typically offered to undergraduate students.

*Shadowing is an observational learning experience where students follow a doctor/team during the course of hospital rounds. This technique is considered to be an excellent way for students to determine if a career in medicine is right for them. Additionally, this type of experience is often required as a component of an application to medical school.

Atlantis Hospital Partners and Programs

Hospital participation in Atlantis programs is approved by national and state governments to ensure compliance, in each
country, with requirements for clinical observer students.

Furthermore, hospitals and preceptor physicians undergo rigorous vetting that includes English fluency for meaningful oversight and supervision.

Summer and winter programs are currently offered at leading hospitals in the following countries:

Watch Video: The Atlantis Experience

Atlantis ensures that students build upon most of the 15 AAMC competencies which medical schools use to assess student applications

FACT: 93% of Atlantis alumni report progress on these AAMC competencies on which medical schools assess applicants. Learn more how Atlantis helps your students with these competencies.

Explore a Partnership with Atlantis!

Contact Atlantis Director of Institutional Relations, Lindsey Kline, by filling out the form below to set up a virtual meeting and learn more about the Atlantis program.

More Resources

Questions for Gateway International Group
Shanaz Sulejmanovic, Gateway Affiliate

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Undergraduates participate in our programs either by directly enrolling with us or by participating in a partnership program we build with their university.
In order for a student to shadow physicians as a clinical observer in an international hospital, Atlantis works with ministries of health and provincial level health authorities for approval. After approval, Atlantis interviews and screens physicians who are both interested in having students shadow them and have a proficient level of English language. These agreements are renewed based on hospital and national/provincial guidelines.

Please refer to our learning competencies for students who have completed our programs.

Yes, we have on-site managers at every location who will be facilitating the experience for students.

We keep our student to supervisor ratio small, between 1-1 or 2-1 so students have the highest quality learning environment.
Universities do not pay to partner with Atlantis. Either the institution or the students will pay program fees for student participation in an Atlantis Program.
These experiences give students a global and cross-cultural perspective as well as allow students to reflect and think comparatively about their own healthcare system.

Students can work on a service-research project with leaders in the management and administration of
healthcare organizations abroad. Projects are determined by the host organization and we work with the
university, host organization, and the student to create a custom service research project. View some of our
student’s past service-research projects.

Mark Beirn


An experienced global researcher and administrator, Mark Beirn brings a critical approach to risk management, factoring structural racism and identity-based violence into his rubric for supporting equitable global mobility.

Specialization Areas:

– Global Risk Management
– Education Abroad
– Diversity, Equity, Inclusion in International Education
– Health and Safety
– Curriculum Development


Stephen Appiah-Padi​


Stephen Appiah-Padi is an international educator with several years of teaching and administrative experience in both 4 and 2-year HEIs. An experienced global education practitioner-scholar, with a demonstrated history of success in the field.

Dr. Appiah-Padi has a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada in Educational Policy & Administration with a specialization in International/Intercultural Education.

At Northwestern College, he provided oversight in the administration of education abroad and international student services. In Lansing, Michigan, he first oversaw diversity and intercultural education at Lansing Community College, and later created the Center for International and Intercultural Education (CIIE) which merged intercultural engagement and international education programs of the institution, and he became its first director. Additionally, Dr. Appiah-Padi taught a course, “Diversity in the American Workplace”, to undergraduate management students of the College. In his current position, he provides leadership and vision in advancing strategic internationalization initiatives, including international partnerships and study abroad programs at Bucknell University.

Dr Appiah-Padi has created and facilitated several workshops for faculty and staff development in higher education and in business organizations. He has presented at several national and international conferences. In NAFSA, among several volunteer leadership positions, he has served as Dean of the Fundamentals of Intercultural Communication Workshop, the Leadership Development Committee member, Chair of the Africa Special Interest Group, and a Fellow of the Global Fellowship Program for mentoring emerging leaders of internationalization in African HEIs. He currently serves as a member of the NAFSA Board of Directors.

Specialization Areas:

– Education Abroad
– International education leadership development
– Intercultural education and engagement
– International partnerships and linkages

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Rosa Almoguera


Dr. Rosa Almoguera has worked as an international educator for over twenty years. She was trained as a Hispanic Philologist at the Universidad Complutense, in Madrid, and did her M.A. at the University of Pennsylvania. Her Ph.D., from Universidad Complutense included a field study and edition of written balladry “Romancero”. During many years Rosa combined teaching and her role as a senior administrator at the Fundación Ortega-Marañón in Toledo, Spain. At the Foundation, Rosa directed and, in many cases created, programs for the University of Minnesota, Notre Dame, Princeton, Ohio State, Arcadia, and the University of Chicago. She has also been a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota, University of Portland, and Interamericana de Puerto Rico.

Beginning in 2016, Rosa works as an international education consultant for both public and private European and US higher education institutions. Rosa has been successful in developing new partnerships and programs, as well as helping improve already existing ones.

Rosa is a member of Forum and NAFSA and has presented with higher education professionals on innovative academic and research programming, STEM in study abroad and Nationalism in Europe. Rosa is currently completing the final Professional Certification from the Forum on Education Abroad.

Specialization Areas:

– Student services
– Education abroad programming
– Institutional partnerships
– Education and training