Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays are days of shadowing at the hospital. Wednesdays are days of excursions. Tuesday, May 22nd, was the first day in the hospital and I got the wonderful opportunity to shadow a gynecologist named Ana. We had conversations in English and some in Spanish. She showed me around the maternity hospital and introduced me to the other doctors that worked in the same department as her (she made sure she let them know I was American). Once her patients showed up, we both entered the room and she began the process of the exam by looking at the babies. Checking their heat beat, and making sure everything was okay and working accordingly. The first day of shadowing was not that intense. The shadowing primarily focused on after birth, but Ana ensured me the next time would be much more informative and involved.
Wednesday May 23rd the Atlantis Project site managers took all the fellows on a excursion hike to see a wonderful view of Zaragoza. We also went site seeing to experience the beautiful culture of Zaragoza.
Week one was an overall success and I cannot wait to do more shadowing and learn more about Zaragoza.
On May 21st, I arrived at Charlotte International Airport also known as CLT to get on my flight to Spain. I made it to the airport in enough time to get through customs (which was a headache in itself), stop by the currency exchange were I changed my American money into Euros, and grab something to eat. As I anxiously waited at my gate for my flight to start boarding, I contacted all of my friends and family to let them know I was boarding soon and I would let them know when I arrived in Spain.
As I got on the plane, I began to feel it was all so surreal and remembering all the things that I had to do and the people that helped me get to this point. I know that with out God this blessing of studying aboard would have not come true and I thank him for that. Once I got on the plane and got settled in my seat I said my prayers and was ready for take off. During the flight they provided dinner that was not so pleasing to my appetite, but it was food and I was hungry (lol). Dinner consisted of chicken in a light brown gravy, rice, a roll, Swiss cheese with crackers, a small salad, caramel brownie and water. After the meal I was sleep for the rest of the flight.
8 hours and 30 mins later I arrived in Madrid, Spain, I picked up my luggage and headed to the bus station. It was hard to read the signs because a lot of them were in Spanish. I used the little Spanish I knew to get to the bus station successfully. I slept the entire three hour bus rise to the Zaragoza bus station. From there, I took a 10 minute taxi to my hotel, Hotel Horus. When entering the taxi, I asked the driver "if he knew where Hotel Horus is and he responded “Si”. That's when it actually hit me!!! "I'm in Spain!!
I walked into the hotel and was greeted by my Atlantis Project site manager and the owner of the hotel. They got me settled into my room and went over a few house rules, give me specifics about breakfast and other important information. Shortly after that I had the wonderful chance to meet all of the other participants of this once-in a lifetime 3 -week program.
Getting here was a little challenging, but I am so excited to see what Day 1 of the shadowing through the Atlantis Project has to offer.
I am a senior, Biology major, at Bennett College. Summer 2017 I am participating in the Atlantis Project Fellowship. The Atlantis Project Fellowship is a 3 to 8 week pre-medical international fellowship program for students who plan to apply and complete medical school. This program allows students to spend 20+ hours per week shadowing doctors in multiple specialties in hospitals abroad in Europe and south America. I chose to study in Spain