Wesley College Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) student, Austin Luna, participated in the Atlantis Project, a pre-med fellowship abroad in Portugal for three weeks earlier this summer.
The Atlantis Project is a pre-med summer abroad shadowing program held in European and South American hospitals. They began in 2007 and are located in Washington, D.C. Their alumni hail from more than 200 American universities.
Students spend more than 20 hours a week shadowing doctors in the hospital and rotating specialties. This allows students to get a better understanding of the day-to-day responsibilities of a physician, including: consultations with patients, procedures, paperwork, meetings with the hospital board of directors, and staff meetings. When students are not shadowing, they can participate in weekly excursions to explore the host country and engage in community volunteering opportunities.
Luna is a NSF S-STEM Cannon Scholar and biology major at Wesley, while also minoring in chemistry and pre-med. He is currently participating in a summer internship at A.I DuPont Nemours Children’s Hospital, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), and the Delaware IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (DE-INBRE) grant number P20GM103446.
“I would have to say that this was quite the experience being able to shadow doctors abroad and see the difference between the hospitals and how they work with the patients,” said Luna. “It was interesting to learn about their healthcare and how it differs from the U.S.”