Medical Shadowing International Internship

Medical Shadowing International Internship

Interested in a health-related field and looking to gain hands-on experience before graduation? This medical shadowing international internship is the perfect blend between internship and study abroad! Expect to shadow European doctors for 30+ hours while living abroad for 10 days! All participants will also earn 1 credit of PHP 3988 Professional Shadowing. This opportunity is open to all majors across all years!

Fall/Winter 2019 Trip

Location: Barcelona/Tarragona, Spain

Dates: December 12th – 22nd, 2019

Class: PHP 3988 Professional Shadowing (1 credit) during Fall 2019 B session

Instructor: Lauren Albaum

Who can participate: Any current FSC student in good academic standing

Cost: $4,700*

*This trip is also eligible for junior journey funds. Students using Junior Journey funds for this Internship opportunity will only be required to pay $2,500.

Additional Details

Students will have the opportunity to shadow various physicians and specialties at Hospital de Sant Pau i Santa Tecla in Tarragona, Spain. Prior to departure, students will rank their top shadowing preferences and will be matched with physicians based on this ranking system. Each student should expect to rotate through two different hospital specialties. In addition to the 5 days of shadowing, select shadowing opportunities will be required in US hospitals prior to departure. This will provide an opportunity for students to compare and contrast US and international healthcare systems. All students will receive 1 credits for PHP 3988 Professional Shadowing.

During the trip, the weekdays will consist mainly of hospital shadowing and evening class (2 days). Three weekend days are built into the trip, one of which will be a full-day excursion to Barcelona. The other two weekend days are free days for students to reflect on their experiences and explore Tarragona, Spain with their peers.

Residence: We will be staying in a hotel or apartment in Tarragona, Spain. Expect double occupancy rooms.

Meals: Breakfast will be provided each morning in the residence. As a group, we will also participate in multiple group dinners and at least 1 group lunch. Students will be provided a per diem for all other lunches and dinners.

Due to the nature of this trip, this internship is limited to 10 students and all interested students must be approved by Lauren Albaum. Please contact Lauren Albaum at for more information.

Cost Includes

  • Round-trip flight & baggage fees
  • Round-trip transportation to the airport from FSC
  • In-country transportation
  • Hotel/Apartment accommodations (double occupancy)- will include WiFi
  • Travel insurance
  • Cell phone to use in Spain (domestic calls only)
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner each day
  • A full-day excursion in Barcelona
  • 5 days of hospital shadowing
  • Amazing fun & adventures!

Tentative Itinerary

Approximately 5-6 in-person PHP 3988 class times will take place leading up to trip departure between October 11th and December 12th

Thursday, 12/12

  • Leave from Orlando in afternoon

Friday, 12/13

  • Arrive to Barcelona in morning, travel to residence Tarragona
  • Group lunch/Meet on-site host/unpack
  • Welcome tapas group dinner

Saturday, 12/14

  • Full-day excursion to Barcelona

Sunday, 12/15

  • Free Day

Monday, 12/16

  • 8am – 3pm: Hospital orientation & shadowing
  • 5pm – 6:30pm: Class (led by Professor Albaum)

Tuesday, 12/17

  • 8am – 3pm: Hospital shadowing

Wednesday, 12/18

  • 8am – 3pm: Hospital shadowing
  • 5pm – 6:30pm: Class (led by Professor Albaum)

Thursday, 12/19

  • 8am – 3pm: Hospital shadowing

Friday, 12/20

  • 8am – 3pm: Hospital shadowing
  • Group dinner (tentative)

Saturday, 12/21

  • Free Day
  • Evening: group dinner

Sunday, 12/22

  • Morning: Travel to Barcelona
  • Flight from Barcelona to Orlando