Spanish for Medical Students
A supplementary course perfect for anyone who needs or desires to learn Spanish in a medical context. Spanish for medical students in Seville is designed to prepare aspiring doctors and nurses with the vocabulary and practice required to interact with Spanish speakers in need of medical assistance.
If you’re unable to speak Spanish and have to deal with a Spanish speaking patient, then it’s likely you’ll have to use an interpreter. This can be costly, inefficient, and creates a barrier in the doctor-patient relationship. Spanish for medical students in Seville is designed to overcome these limitations and teach the necessary skills for students to be able to carry out a patient interview independently.
Who is this course for?
This course is a complementary course to be added to our intensive Spanish courses. It’s specifically meant for doctors, nurses, and those training to work in medicine. However, if you have some other reason for wanting to study this course then you’re more than welcome to.
What areas does this course cover?
This course mainly serves to prepare you for a patient interview in the following areas:
- Patient’s family history and social background.
- The Spanish healthcare system: a description.
- The medical history of the patient.
- Pain: asking questions about different types and places of pain.
- Inflammations and infections.
- Toxicology: the most common symptoms of toxins, questions to be directed at the patient or a third party, as well as preventative measures.
We also cover the systems of the body and the vocabulary and expressions required to describe and discuss related organs, diseases, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments, as well as instructions for how to carry out a medical examination related to the following systems:
- Cardiovascular and respiratory
- Nervous system
Structure of the course
10 lessons per week.
This Spanish for Special Purposes course is directed toward participants working or planning to work in health related fields or other career paths related to health services. It covers basic anatomical vocabulary, and elementary dialogue for treating Hispanic patients. It also deals with notions of health care and the Spanish health care system.
Students enrolled in these programs who successfully complete them, receive a transcript of courses completed directly from Benedictine College.
This transcript can then be issued to the student’s home university. Benedictine College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools as a degree-granting institution.
For more information, students may contact:
– CLIC International House, Mrs. Eva White firstname.lastname@example.org
– Benedictine College, Dr. Daphne McConnell, email@example.com
What is the course about?
This Spanish for Special Purposes course is directed towards the basic Spanish user working in health-related fields or other career paths related to health services. It covers basic anatomical vocabulary, and elementary dialogue for treating Spanish-speaking patients. It also deals with notions of health-care on different skill levels.
- Excellence in language teaching methodology
- High profile teaching team
- Personalized attention and support to students in small-sized classes
- Accessible information and advertising services
- Cosmopolitan and multicultural workforce
Amongst the course goals are:
Improve the student’s Spanish and develop the ability and knowledge necessary for adequate communication with patients, family members and other colleagues in the Spanish language.
Learn medical terms, structures and other subjects that appear daily in medical practice and health-care environments, or with patients and family members.
Gain a working knowledge on medicine, focusing on frequent pathologies and accessible clinical terminology for non-expert users.
An effective needs analysis for the students will be top priority when it comes to establishing the correct methodology. To us, it is as important to develop the students’ communicative skills as it is to bring them closer to their patients’ customs and habits.
Methodology will be based on task-based learning, with an active approach. What’s important is that students interact with each other, cooperate and resolve communicative situations that resemble the health-care environment in which they will have to work. This is why case studies, role plays and simulations, as well as authentic materials will be used as the basis upon which the rest of the classes will be built.
The student will be considered through a triple approach: the student as a social being that needs to achieve something through language; the student as an intercultural speaker that needs to deal with patients in order to effectively communicate with them; and, lastly, the student as an independent learner that needs to develop the skills and strategies needed to resolve on his/her own the communicative situations that may arise.
Not only will we work on the students’ speaking skills, but we will pay special attention to writing skills as well, since the students will be expected to interpret basic Spanish texts and fill out basic documentation.
1. Interest and Participation 20%
2. Sensitivity to the cultural context and creativity 30%
3. Activities and tasks 20%
4. Final exam 30%
Topic: Personal Health
Objectives: General knowledge about health
Contents: Present yourself. Describe the physical and emotional attributes of people.
Means of evaluation: Students speak about themselves in terms of health.
Topic: Public health
Objectives: Learn everything about the Spanish public health system.
Contents: Vocabulary about health and the most wellknown public.
Means of evaluation: Inform everyday users about the public health system.
Topic: Healthcare facilities
Objectives: Giving and asking for appointments.
Contents: Vocabulary about ambulatory medicine. Use of personal pronouns.
Means of evaluation: Set an appointment via phone and internet.
Topic: Prevention campaigns
Objectives: Express obligation and risks.
Contents: Vocabulary about skin problems. Modals of obligations.
Means of evaluation: Promote healthy skin and preventing melanomas.
Topic: The problem with tobacco
Objectives: Give health advice
Contents: Causes and prevention of lung cancer.
Means of evaluation: Organise a campaign to quit smoking.
Topic: Ambulatory medical texts
Objectives: Asking the patient for information regarding his health.
Contents: Vocabulary about physical and emotional health. Structures that express temporality and frequence.
Means of evaluation: Writing a clinical report and giving out prescriptions.
Topic: Health questionnaires
Objectives: Evaluate the patient’s general health.
Contents: Questions most frequently asked to users of medical attention.
Means of evaluation: Elaborate a questionnaire on general health and evaluate the results.
Topic: Emergencies (I)
Objectives: Learn about the procedure when an ambulance is to be called.
Contents: Emergency phone numbers. Vocabulary about grave symptoms and ambulances.
Means of evaluation: Calm an ER patient and speak with the hospital before arriving in an ambulance.
Topic: Emergencies (II)
Objectives: Understand the procedures regarding emergency assistance in hospitals.
Contents: Vocabulary about emergency admissions. Structures to ask for and give out information concerning health status and symptoms.
Means of evaluation: Carry out an emergency admission interview on a patient.
Topic: Maternity and pediatrics
Objectives: Counseling pregnant women
Contents: Advice and prevention for future parents. Vaccination calendar.
Means of evaluation: Counsel a pregnant woman, answering her questions and fears.
Topic: Specialization (I)
Objectives: Acknowledge the most frequent specialists and understanding the most frequently used testing methods.
Contents: Specialized vocabulary on tests and solicited treatment.
Means of evaluation: Send a patient to the correct specialist based on his/her symptoms.
Topic: Specialization (II)
Objectives: Research some of the most frequent illnesses. Understand population graphs.
Contents: Specialized vocabulary on widespread chronic illnesses.
Means of evaluation: Teach colleagues about the current state of research in specific illnesses.
Topic: Surgery rooms
Objectives: How to effectively prepare a patient in a pre-surgery interview.
Contents: Standard protocol. Clauses of cause, consequence, concession and ending clauses.
Means of evaluation: Inform a patient about preparatory procedures before surgery.
Topic: Medical cures
Objectives: How to treat a patient after surgery and his/her post-surgery follow-up.
Contents: Vocabulary about cures and general hospital wards. Care and precautions when caring for wounds.
Means of evaluation: Caring for a patient with a stitch-wound after surgery.
Topic: Job interviews
Objectives: Asking for a job at a clinic.
Contents: Different jobs to develop in a private clinic. Skills and abilities.
Means of evaluation: Pass a job interview.
Topic: International studies
Objectives: Learn about the main institutions and official documents concerning world health
Contents: The World Health Organization and other health institutions. Relevant documentation.
Means of evaluation: Class debate on the efficiency of these institutions and their research on global health systems.
Topic: Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières)
Objectives: Learn about the main unofficial health institutions around the world.
Contents: NGOs dealing with medicine.
Means of evaluation: Present the class with an NGO and discuss its area of influence.
Topic: Medical research
Objectives: Familiarize the student with different studies and medical research.
Contents: Medicine magazines. Medical conferences. Public and private funding.
Means of evaluation: Understand a specialised article and write his/her opinion in a forum.
Topic: The pharmaceutical industry.
Objectives: Learn how prescriptions and over-the-counter medication work.
Contents: Specialised vocabulary on drugs and medication. Payment and copayment in the Social Security system.
Means of evaluation: Debate on generic drugs
Written exam on the 4-week course program.
Dates: 5-30 July, 2021
Timetable: 19:00-20:40 (Central European Summer time. UTC/GMT +2 hours)
Levels: B1, B2, C1 (intermediate to advanced)
Credits: 3 (150$ per credit hour through Benedictine College, Kansas )
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- Dates: 5-30 July, 2021
- Timetable: 19:00-20:40 (Central European Summer time. UTC/GMT +2 hours)
- Lessons: 40
- Levels: B1, B2, C1 (intermediate to advanced)
- Price: 500€
- Credits: 3 (150$ per credit hour through Benedictine College, Kansas )