Handbook> Electives > Humanities and Ethics in Medicine > Medical Spanish

Electives - Humanities and Ethics in Medicine

Medical Spanish - Language & Culture II

Elective Number: (Oasis E18n) 3515

Course Supervisors: Dr. Beatriz Cortabarria

Designated Signer: Dr. Marcia Day Childress, 434.924.5974; woolf@virginia.edu

Available: Rotation 12

Prerequisite: Students must have prior knowledge of Spanish from high school or college coursework or fairly extensive field service.

Time to Report: TBA

Place to Report: Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities office, Barringer 5

Attendance: A student may not take time away during this rotation.

• Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact Student Affairs and the Instructor and make arrangements to make up for the absence.

Number of students per rotation: Minimum of 4, Maximum of 25

Course Description: This course is designed to help develop communicative proficiency and intercultural competence to be able to communicate effectively with Spanish-speaking patients in a variety of health care situations in the United States. The course combines targeted language instruction with authentic medical material provided by the clinical interviews presented in the book to help students build on the language skills and cultural knowledge acquired in the Medical Spanish I course or through prior learning.

Additional readings and films, selected for their medical and/or cultural interest, will give students an opportunity to experience the language and culture close up.

Students learn to communicate clearly and effectively in Spanish in order to carry out successfully everyday communicative tasks (e.g. greeting, describing, giving instructions and recommendations, narrating events in the present and in the past, and hypothesizing).

Learning objectives: By the end of four weeks, students are able to:

• Interview and manage a patient in the clinical setting using Spanish
• Take a history and perform a physical exam in Spanish
• Recognize common pitfalls when speaking Spanish
• Appreciate some health concerns of Spanish-speaking populations, especially as these are expressed and influenced by social, cultural and spiritual beliefs

Students entering the course must have at least a basic working knowledge of conversational Spanish and are strongly encouraged to refresh their knowledge using audiotapes in the weeks leading up to the course. Instruction does not dwell on grammar and vocabulary fundamentals but, rather, adds medical terms, medically related phraseology and idioms, language for specific clinical situations (admissions, emergencies, etc.), and health-related cultural information to students' working knowledge of Spanish. The course also gives students opportunities to practice Spanish in mock medical settings. Cultural studies include readings, guest presentations, case studies, role-plays, and student-initiated activities and projects. The instructor will evaluate 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. Typical schedule is Monday through Thursday. Class is fast-paced and it is mostly conducted in Spanish. 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 each week in language practice and reviews. Students purchase the assigned texts (approximate cost: $160).