Fellowship allows AU student to gain experience

John Lee looks out over the horizon.

John Lee, a junior biochemistry major at Anderson University, hopes to one day work as a doctor with the immigrant and refugee populations. He also has an interest in working in the medical field abroad. Fortunately, he found a way to gain international medical experience while also immersing himself in another culture, thanks to the Atlantis Project.

The Atlantis Project is a study abroad program for medical students who want to incorporate both job shadowing in another culture. The project has locations in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Estonia, Argentina, New Zealand, and others. Lee will be joins the Atlantis Project in Spain.

There are many different specialties and departments that students can apply for. The main part of the program will be to shadow 20 hours per week. On weekends, Lee can use his time to attend cultural excursions, teach English, learn Spanish, or enroll in MCAT intensive course. Lee will also use the experience to make connections in the medical field and gain exposure to international healthcare.

“This experience will broaden my understanding of the medical profession,” said Lee. “It will also introduce to me the many different specialties that exist, and I am hoping one will catch my attention.”

Lee credits Dr. Blake Janutolo, his CPS (Center for Public Service) advisor and biology professor, for mentoring him through the application process. He also credits Janutolo and Dr. Stuart Erny for writing his letters of recommendation and encouraging him throughout the application process.

Lee states that he couldn’t have done this without the help of Anderson University. Lee is part of CPS, and after discovering the Atlantis Project, he submitted a proposal, for which the CPS granted funding.


Liam Crays is a sophomore from Indianapolis, IN majoring in Public Relations and is an associate with Fifth Street Communications, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of Communication and Marketing.


Anderson University is a private Christian university in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World ReportColleges of DistinctionThe Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.), Anderson University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business and theology.

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