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Know more about us. About Philotimo Med Abroad.

Our Mission & Vision

The goal of Philotimo is to help grow a more diversified medical workforce by exposing young people to the profession.
Students are participating in multi-simulation exercises to explore hands-on learning experiences accomplishing such started objective mentorship by incorporating the five domains of research skills, clinical knowledge, professional development, technological literacy, and technical skills.

What better way to gain clinical hours than in a country full of myths and legends? Students will shadow in top University Hospitals with well-esteemed physicians and have the opportunity to explore the rich culture that Greece has to offer.

It isn’t easy to get into medical school these days. It is highly competitive, and those individuals who can show their passion for science are the ones who are most likely to truly succeed. You need to ask yourself what it is that you want to gain from your pre-med or pre-nursing clinical experience. There are numerous paths you can take. You can go through the training and become an emergency medical technician, nurse’s aide, or ER tech. There, you will get a good idea of what western medicine is all about in a clean and sterile environment surrounded by the latest expensive scanner and endless supplies of medical equipment.

What if, during your clinical experience you were able to truly make a difference? What if you had the opportunity to shadow a doctor as he or she treated a patient with conditions that most doctors will only read about in a textbook? How valuable would it be to learn from these doctors practicing in what can only be considered the most basic of hospital facilities?

Our Team

Meet our team of passionate dreamers who are responsible for your awesome shadowing experience.

Stavros-Executive Director - Philotimo Med Abroad

Stavros Cid

Founder
& Executive Director

With over 20 years of experience in education and a pioneer in healthcare abroad, Stavros is committed to ensuring student success and implementing educational best practices. He possesses skills in psychology, tourism, and compassionate leadership. Stavros helps students align their intrinsic values and goals with experiential learning opportunities, inspiring them for personal growth and reflective learning. His mission is to enhance academic excellence by augmenting students’ learning experiences. With his passion for travel and educational expertise, Stavros is an ideal resource for students who dream of studying medicine abroad.

Valerie- Director of Medical- Philotimo Med Abroad

Valerie Okrend

Senior Director

For over 20 years, Valerie has worked with medical specialty societies managing education programs for medical students and healthcare professionals. Her passion for study abroad led her to help a large university launch operations in Paris for students and researchers and now brings students to Greece as the Program Director with Philotimo.

Rachel Ianiro

Director of Medical
& Volunteer Programs

Rachel is a Higher Education professional with a decade of experience in Student Services and International Health Programs. As a former Student Success Coach, her passion lies in empowering students to unleash their potential and have a fulfilling college experience. With Rachel’s expertise, students can rest assured that they will receive the support they need to succeed both academically and personally.

Shalin Shah,MD, MPH

Director of Pharmacy
& Medical Programs

Dr. Shah is a Public Health physician who has plenty of experience in educating healthcare providers from multiple disciplines about the benefits of using technology to improve antibiotic stewardship and patient health outcomes in hospitals. He has also trained colleagues and laboratory professionals in the diagnostic space on the advantages of rapid diagnosis of sepsis pathogens through RT-PCR testing and magnetic resonance. Dr. Shah has worked with the CDC and the American Society for Microbiology to study the pharmaco-therapeutics and resistance patterns of S. Aureus, K. Pneumonia, and E. Coli. He currently supports the Klalit health system in Israel and the Royal Brisbane Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, which sponsors investigator-initiated and performance studies.

Shekinah (Shaq) Prewett

Student Exchange Advisor
Medical & Volunteer Programs

 I’m thrilled to start my new role as the Student Exchange Advisor. After having an amazing gap year experience in Australia, I’m eager to help students with every aspect of their internship journey, from preparing to landing their dream placement and beyond. My interest in global education started during my own semester abroad and grew even more while working as a student assistant at the WSU study abroad department. Finally, I finished my academic journey with an internship in Kinesiology in the beautiful city of Valencia, Spain. Let’s create unforgettable memories together! Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need any help.

Philotimo med abroad

Caroline tan

Philotimo Representative

Caroline

A Unique Experience in Greece

We Offer

Philotimo Med Abroad offers a variety of medical and health-related experiential learning opportunities in the form of ‘shadowing’ for those applying to medical school, nursing, pharmacy, and dental programs.

We recognize the competitive nature of admission to the finest schools and therefore believe in helping you by giving you that edge over your competition.

We Provide

An experience that allows you to explore your interests and aptitude for the medical and healthcare field. The chance to discover a diversity of areas with and outside your particular speciality. 

An advantage on exams that test your body of knowledge. Shadowing abroad gives you a unique experience and material statements and interviews.A learning opportunity and cultural experience that you will never forget!
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