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Hospital Shadowing in Spain

Hospital Shadowing in Spain
A six-week program where students shadow doctors to gain professional experience in the medical field. Earn credit, build confidence, and be immersed in a new culture.
Location: 
Spain
Language of Instruction: 
English
Term: 
Summer
Academic Disciplines: 
Pre-Med
Nursing
Health
Community Health
Exercise Science
Program Type: 
Internship
Highlights: 
  • Spend the summer in Spain shadowing doctors four days per week (for 20+ hours) over a 4 or 6 week period
  • Learn first-hand about an international publicly-funded healthcare system
  • Build confidence in a hospital setting through extensive observation of physician to patient contact
  • Gain a competitive edge in graduate school applications, domestic health related internships, and a broadened perspective on the medical vocation
  • Earn KU internship credit for your shadowing experience
  • Experience the rich culture and cuisine of Spain through weekly group excursions and group meals
Program Summary: 

The University of Kansas (KU) has partnered with Atlantis, which focuses on providing AAMC-compliant physician shadowing in an international setting, to offer a 4-6 week Hospital Shadowing Program in Spain. Atlantis Fellows are afforded the opportunity to experience global healthcare by shadowing doctors in a different specialty each week for at least 20 hours per week. This provides an ideal learning opportunity for pre-med and pre-nursing students as well as those interested in clinical health areas such as physiology, developmental biology, exercise science, medical diagnostics, microbiology, neuroscience, physical therapy, and other allied health fields.  Fellows will gain extensive observation experience in a hospital setting, a broadened perspective on the medical vocation, and a comparative lens to examine global healthcare. 

Fellows will shadow four days per week (a min. of five hours daily) from early morning to early afternoon.  Shadowing specialties vary by location and Fellows typically shadow in pairs. Though Fellows can request specialties of interest, surgery and other departments are not guaranteed. Department availability depends on the hospital and doctors’ schedules. 

In addition to shadowing, Fellows will have the opportunity to give back to their community by teaching English to medical professionals or volunteering in other capacities at the hospital for 3-5 hours per week.  

Each Friday of the Fellowship is reserved for an outing with the whole Fellowship group. Past excursions have included hikes, visits to local museums, sporting events, boat tours, beach trips, kayaking and even taking the train to explore another nearby city. Each excursion includes the transportation and one group lunch or dinner and is planned and led by the program’s site manager.

Location: 

Atlantis regularly places students in a variety of locations throughout Spain such as Almansa, Guadalajara, Mallorca, Talavera, Toledo, Zaragoza and many more.The 4-week and 6-week programs offered during the summer 2019 term will take place in Guadalajara and Toledo  respectively. 

Guadalajara is a small city in central Spain with a population of approximately 85,000 people. With a small town vibe that has close proximity to the major metropolis of Madrid, Guadalajara can provide insight into both sides of typical Spanish life. Its close proximity (60 kilmeters) to Madrid provides participants with easy access to travel to other parts of Spain and Europe. 

Toledo is a historic city in Castilla La Mancha region, which sits above the Tagus River and was named a UNESCO heritage site in 1986.

Academic Information: 

AP Fellows will earn credit for their shadowing experience through one of the KU courses listed below.  

BIOL 490
Biology Internship & Practical Applications (1-3 credits)
This course supports the supervised practical experiences in an occupational area of interest. In addition to the work-related activity, students will likely be asked to complete reading and writing assignments, participate in on-line discussions, and create a final summary of internship accomplishments. Hours of credit recorded are based on number of hours at internship site and agreement of instructor. Credit hours will be assigned a letter grade. Repeatable for up to 6 credit hours, provided the internship experiences are different.

HNRS 496
Honors Program - Honors Internship ( 1-3 credits)
Students participate in an internship in an organization related to their professional/career goals. An internship plan is developed by the student in conjunction with the student's academic adviser and an authorized agent of the internship site. Satisfies: U Undesignated elective (U), Honors

HSES 335
Health, Sport, & Exercise Sci - Clincial Field Experience ( 3 credits)
Clinical Field Experience is designed to allow students who plan to pursue clinical careers the opportunity to observe and assist (as appropriate) in the evaluation and/or treatment of patients by licensed clinicians in fields such as medicine, physical therapy, and cardiac rehabilitation. Only one enrollment permitted each semester. A maximum of six hours will apply towards the bachelor's degree, or a maximum of three credit hours will apply towards the bachelor's degree if the student subsequently enrolls in HSES 580 (Internship). Prerequisite: Admittance to the Community Health or Exercise Science undergraduate degree program in HSES.

LA&S 490
Liberal Arts & Sciences - Internship Exploration ( 1-3 credits)
This course provides credit for supervised practical experiences in an occupational area of interest. In addition to the work-related activity, students complete reading and writing assignments, participate in an on-line discussion and create a final portfolio of internship accomplishments. Hours of credit recorded (1-3) are based on number of hours at internship site and agreement of instructor. Credit hours will be assigned a letter grade. Repeatable for up to 5 credit hours, provided the internship experiences are different. Satisfies: Goal 6 Outcome 1 (AE61), U Undesignated elective (U)

Housing: 

Participants will be housed in furnished university residences, hotels, or apartments.  Units are single-gender and typically double-occupancy with shared bathrooms and common spaces.  Towels, linens and internet are provided.  Transportation costs between the program housing and hospital are included as well as airport transfers at the beginning and end of the program. 

A light breakfast is provided from Mon-Fri, as well as four weekly group meals at local restaurants. For most lunches, fellows buy and prepare their own food or stop in a local cafe for an inexpensive sandwich.

Eligibility: 

This program is open to students of all undergraduate levels pursuing a degree in the healthcare fields interested in gaining shadowing (observational only) experience in a hospital setting. 

The vast majority of participants are not fluent in the local language. There could be language barriers in the hospital if you do not know the local language, as in some hospitals more doctors speak better English than in others. For this reason, students are encouraged but not required to have at least a basic understanding of the host country language. If you do not have any understanding of the local language, you are encouraged to study the language as much as possible before the start of their Fellowship.  Please note that higher levels of English are spoken in Greece so students who are concerned about the language barrier are encouraged to consider the Hospital Shadowing in Greece Program.

 

Add Course: 
Language of Instruction: 
English or Spanish
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2021
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
3

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