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Electives - Humanities and Ethics in Medicine
Medical Spanish - Language and Culture I
Elective Number: (Oasis E18q) 3520
Course Supervisors: Dr. Beatriz Cortabarria
Coordinator: Dr. Marcia Day Childress, 434.924.5974; email@example.com
Duration: 4 weeks
Available: Rotation 5 & Rotation 7
Prerequisite: NO prior knowledge of Spanish is required. Students with some working knowledge of the language should enroll in Medical Spanish - Language & Culture II #3515
Report to: TBA
Time to Report: TBA
Place to Report: Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Office, Barringer 5
Typical day: TBA
Attendance: A student may not take time away during this
Number of students per rotation: 10 students in Rotation 5 & 20 students in Rotation 7
Course Description: The Hispanic population is the largest and fastest-growing minority population in the U.S.—50 million people, according to the 2010 census. This course is designed to help develop basic communicative proficiency in Medical Spanish and intercultural competence to be able to communicate effectively with Spanish-speaking patients in a variety of health care situations in the United States. It combines content-based language instruction with an interactive task-based approach. This course will also touch briefly on the dynamic involved in language-mediated medical encounters.
No prior knowledge of Spanish is required. This course
is intended for students who have never studied
Learning objectives: By the end of four weeks, students are able to
• Have a working knowledge of basic communicative skills and some specialized
Instruction focuses on grammar and vocabulary fundamentals combined with medical terms, medically related phraseology and idioms, language for specific clinical situations (admissions, emergencies, etc.) and health-related cultural information. The course also gives students opportunities to practice applying Spanish in mock medical settings. Cultural studies may include readings, presentations by clinicians working with Spanish-speaking populations, case studies, role-plays, and student-initiated activities and projects. The instructor evaluates students' language proficiency and cultural awareness on the basis of class performance and participation, presentations, and possibly, quizzes or tests.
This course meets for a total of ten hours
per week in the late afternoon/evening
for four weeks.
To the extent possible, especially in
the latter weeks, class is conducted
Some additional class time may be scheduled
to accommodate clinic and/or community
visits and cultural activities. Students
should expect to invest a minimum of
15-20 hours of
their own time
Students purchase the assigned texts
(approximate cost: $160).