The Doctors in Italy Fellowship Program is a physician-led medical internship experience open to pre-med students from all over the World. Explore the possibilities of your career in healthcare and experience the Italy-based study abroad opportunity you’ve been dreaming of. A team of outstanding English-speaking physicians, passionate about their work, will help you understand what it means to be a doctor, while you also explore the beauty of Rome and immerse yourself in Italian culture.
The medical shadowing program you've been dreaming of
What to expect
A medical shadowing program that will boost your chances to be accepted in the best Medical Schools.
A unique international experience that will enrich you as a person, making memories that will last a lifetime.
A chance to experience a different healthcare model, and to prove to yourself that you really want to be a doctor.
Meet fellow pre-med students
Our 2018 Fellows were students from Cornell University, Gettysburg College, Ithaca College, Knox College, Saint Mary’s College, Southeastern University, Tennessee Technological University, and University of Maryland.
You will share the experience with pre-med students from other American Universities, building friendships that last a lifetime.
What our fellows are saying about the program
University of Maryland
I observed hepatologists making rounds for patients that were suffering from liver failure. Many had big bellies due to ascites and edema. Seeing these patients led me to the feeling that I really want to be helping patients that are facing extreme, life-threatening conditions. In my personal statements I talked about this a lot and it has been tremendously helpful. If you are applying to medical school it helps if you can make yourself unique and not many pre-meds are looking into having this experience shadowing abroad so it can really help, especially in the interviews. Since I came back from Italy, I’ve been doing so well in my classes too. I feel so motivated!
I was able to assist on the draining of a cyst, which was really cool, and also on a biopsy. Shadowing at the hospital was amazing. I’m pretty set on becoming an orthopedic so I got to shadow the top orthopedic surgeon. I saw 4 hip replacements, some knee replacements, a torn ligament in the shoulder and I was right behind him so I got to really see everything. I didn’t know what to expect as the program was brand new, but I jumped into it. Our apartment was super clean and central, the day trips were amazing and everything is so beautiful. I mean, when do you get to see a hip replacement and a knee replacement every day, seeing all the metal parts and the bones and ligaments and all.
We got to shadow at a very big University hospital, very up to date technologically. I got to shadow an abdominal surgery where the liver was being removed, it was impressive. What can I say, I love Rome, and medicine is so interesting. I had a great time! We met people from all over the world, watched world championship soccer games with fans from the country of the team while eating great food, learned how to make pasta, which was really amazing as well, especially for me as I’m a terrible cook. I got to see a lot at the hospital and discover more about medicine and surgery. Now I know I want to do more of it, it’s definitely something I love.
It was honestly the experience of a lifetime. I got to shadow a cardiologist, dermatologist, an OB-GYN, endocrinologist, and so many other doctors. The doctors were very kind and would always explain to us what was going on. After shadowing we would go and tour some amazing place like the Vatican Museum, the Colosseum, the Pantheon. I would honestly recommend this experience to ANYONE because who doesn’t want to shadow doctors in Rome and learn from them? Additionally it helped me narrow down what field I want to go into, cause I knew I wanted to do medicine but I didn’t know what it took to be in each field. It was just an amazing experience and I made friends and memories that will last a lifetime.
Every pre-med has a story, what is yours?
Gain experience, test your committment, discover areas of medicine you had never heard of, be fascinated by the work of competent doctors, log everything and then discuss it with fellow shadowing students. Add pages to your personal story.
Develop skills that no classroom can match
Learn from experience by gaining exposure to a wide variety of specialties. Develop empathy and cross cultural competence through mindful observation. Learn the importance of observing and listening, rather than assuming, and overcome the instinc of stereotyping. Become a better healthcare professional, and make a meaningful contribution to society.
Create a compelling narrative and earn admission to top medical schools
Admission to Medical School is becoming ever more competitive and selecting committees are looking for someone who has done more than just taking all the mandatory science courses. What makes the difference is often having gone the extra mile, with deep-dives where you engage in learning with passion. Being able to support your statements with personal accounts will make a big difference.
Increase your academic focus and research opportunities
Clinical experience is such an important part of your pre-med training, and not only for medical school admission. It’s an occasion to build the foundations of your future as a physician and explore fields you are drawn to. Shadow multiple doctors, learn about their stories, build your network and create opportunities for learning and research.
Discover one of the most beautiful cities in the world
The mesmerizing beauty of Rome at sunset would be reason enough to hop on a plane today. Add to the equation that you’ll have the time to see from within, not on a short trip as a tourist. You’ll have the expert guidance of local staff and a chance to feel at home.
Immerse yourself in ancient history
With its deep roots that date back to the cradle of Western civilization, the Roman Empire has left enough of its ancient structures for us to feel the connection with the fathers of our modern culture, law, politics, religion, society. Even if archaeology is not in your major, you can’t help but stand in awe in front of this heritage.
Interact with the world beyond your boarders
Experience life in a European Capital, observe the differences and similarities with what you are used to. Meet people from all over the world, discover local customs, and discover yourself and your own heritage in the process. You’ll come out of this experience with a deeper understanding of your values and an open mind, seeking for more opportunities for personal growth.
Get out of your comfort zone, make memories, make friends
This dive in Roman culture with new friends sharing a common goal is guaranteed to make memories that last a lifetime. Social life in Rome will take you outdoors, on rooftops and gardens in warm summer nights. It will feed you with food that you’ve never dreamt of. It will make you walk like you’ve never walked before – just to see that other spot that ended up being your favorite. It will make you laugh and sleep like a baby at the end of yet another unforgettable day.
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What patients say about us
- Cindy-Wynne Kolding
I recommend Doctors in Italy without hesitation. Everyone at the clinic goes above and beyond to provide excellent, professional and compassionate care at whatever level needed, even after clinic hours through their online options. As well, they helped me immensely with English translations and communications when Specialists needed to be consulted outside the clinic. A special and warm thanks to my physician Dr. Watanabe, simply a wonderful doctor and person.
- Jessie-Lynn van Egmond
Amazing! On holiday in Rome and got very sick. Doctor came by on a Saturday, really fast reply (within minutes), doctor was there within hours, really helpful cause my phone didn't work and customer service helped me with getting payment back from my insurance after visit. Recommend!
- Jonathan Agwe
Doctors in Italy just recently won a contract to provide private medical services to the staff of the United Nation's International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Rome. I have personally benefited from these guys - a group of very savvy, knowledgeable, caring doctors looking after their patients with dedication and love. They do so in Italian and in impeccable English. One of their 5-star surgeons - Dr. Massimo Pezzatini, Specialist in general, digestive, and laparoscopic surgery - put a team together recently and recused my life through a four-in-one surgical jamboree. I am alive today by God's Grace, Favors, and Healing Mercies to me through the Doctors in Italy. I unreservedly recommend anyone seeking a God-touched modern medical diagnosis and treatment to contact these guys. They are a 5-Star Medical Team - Doctors in Italy.
- Vaida Nyirenda
After months of visiting non English speaking Gynaecologists, I ended up at Doctors in Italy. The reception was very welcoming and the waiting period is minimum.I was attended by Dr Maria Luisa Gasparri. She was very helpfully kind and patient with me. Her service was splendid and I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone
- Lisa Winterfeldt
I visited Dr Maria Luisa Gasparri at Doctors in Italy and she was very helpful during the visit and also after. She even helped set me up at a local hospital with an English speaking doctor to save money and was available by phone for all of my questions. She was lovely and I would recommend her to anyone.
- Isabelle Shively
I had a wonderful experience with Dr Watanabe after coming down with bronchitis and an asthma relapse while on a business trip in Rome. Dr Watanabe was extremely kind and patient, working with me to figure out a treatment plan. I was unsure about going to the doctor at all given that it was such a short trip, but I am happy I did!
- Julie Rubin
So happy to have found Doctors in Italy. Their response was quick, their location convenient, and the care was excellent. They even followed up a day later to see how we were doing. (And all in English.) A great resource for travelers.
- Ann Macoul
I cannot say enough good things about Doctors in Italy and Dr. Maria Luisa Gasparri! I went in for a routine test, everyone spoke English, and it was very easy to make an appointment. Dr. Gasparri was very professional, answered all of my questions and made me feel very comfortable. She also went above and beyond by checking in with me after my appointment and letting me know that my clinical chart would be emailed to me. I'm extremely grateful to Maria and all of the staff at Doctors in Italy. Thank you!
- Cynthia Hunt
I really had a great experience because i was not feeling well and i just sent an email and was able to get in the next day to see the doctor. She was very kind and listened to my concerns. The whole experience was very nice. The reception was very nice as well. They are also very good at responding to my questions.
- Jacqueline Kirby
I highly recommend using this office if you are struggling with health issues and need immediate care. Dr. Maria Luisa Garparri is a very pro-active and thorough doctor. The office and staff are extremely kind and responsive in providing care.
- Michael Cook
It may seem strange to say that it "was my pleasure" to be served by Doctors in Italy this week but it was. Anytime you are far away from home is the wrong time to need medical care since nothing seems familiar. From the moment I arrived at DinI my concerns began to ease. The staff was cheerful, bright and welcoming. I arrived by appointment and was in to see a physician in five minutes. Dr. Luotto came across as competent and caring, as though I was the only thing she had to deal with that day. Her diagnosis was thorough and right on. With hours of beginning my prescribed medications I could tell I was on the mend. I have every confidence they treat anyone who visits them with equal attention and kindness. Do not think twice about using their services.