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Electives - Global Health
Remote Site Language Program (RSLP)
Elective Number: 1313 (International)
Rotation Supervisors: Dr. David Burt
Designated signer: Penny Carlisle (924-8488); firstname.lastname@example.org
Prerequisites: Interested students may contact Drs. David Burt or Meg Keeley for more information. After a short conversation, an application form is completed. During this timeframe, students may research appropriate language schools or can pick from a list of UVA-approved schools. Once the application is complete a final interview is scheduled. Plans and logistics are then firmly established. At least a month prior to beginning the rotation complete the Elective requirements on the Forms page.
Available: All Rotations
Duration: 4 weeks minimum; 6 weeks maximum
Time to Report: TBA
Place to Report: TBA
Typical day: 8:00 am - 1:00 - 3:00 pm - flexible and dependent upon site placement, scheduled activities, etc.
Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.
Number of students per rotation: 8-10
Course Description: Spanish language proficiency is an important skill set for US healthcare providers. Latino population groups comprise the largest US minority yet the US healthcare system, in many areas, remains severely underequipped with Spanish-fluent individuals, particularly physicians. Clearly, Spanish language skills are of value to all physicians.
However the rapid acquisition of and/or improvement of existing Spanish skills can be difficult, particularly within a standard medical school curriculum. Furthermore, it is difficult to learn Spanish in the English-only environment of most US medical schools. Intensive Spanish language immersion is a very effective and proven method for learning Spanish yet is costly and difficult to accomplish within the United States.
To address this, the Remote-Site Language Program (RSLP) has been developed
to provide fourth-year medical students a carefully developed yet flexible
structure designed to utilize Spanish language immersion schools located within
several select Latin American countries. This remote-site language school attendance
is attached to a pre-departure orientation and preparation process; this allows
students to be flexible in their time of attendance and placement within a
particular country, but provides for reliable standardization of preparation
Structural components of the RSLP are as follows:
RSLP Preparation cycle: When the student is 3-4 months out from departure,
they will commence with a flexible pre-departure curriculum that includes online
Spanish lessons, etc. (On-line Spanish immersion lessons available as part
of the pre-departure process). Once students have arrived in-country, they
will be expected to maintain adequate contact with the elective supervisor
and with their in-country site liaison. Upon return to the US, students meet
with Dr. Burt for an exit interview, and will complete other minimal requirements,
including a SOM required write-up. Students will also be assessed on their
Spanish language progression during the program and will be asked to provide
feedback on the program and their specific site.