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Advanced Spanish for the Medical Profession

This course is designed for fluent Spanish speakers! We will teach medical Spanish vocabulary in a 'no English' setting with an emphasis on speaking. You will learn terminology and structure necessary to complete a history and physical as well as learn how to interact on a personal/cultural level with your Spanish-speaking patients. In addition,you will learn the dynamics of working with and being an interpreter. We are fortunate to have Johannie Resto, director of interpreting services at Vanderbilt, as our course sponsor.

The class meets once a week for one hour and it is expected that students will also pursue interpreting opportunities at community clinics once or twice per month. There is an emphasis on out of class learning through work sheets designed to teach vocabulary such that the majority of class time can be spent speaking. Therewill be a couple of 'check-up' quizzes and the final course assessment comes in the form of a written History and Physical (H&P), preferably of a Spanish speaking patient you have interacted with during the semester. Admittance to this class is contingent on an oral placement 'exam' given by the T.A.'s. Really this is just a check up to ensure fluency among the students so that the course can be taught at this high level.

The composition of this class will be a mix of first and second years. First years that come in fluent are encouraged to use their Spanish during the fall semester (see opportunities in this binder!) and take our course in the spring. From there one can continue to take advantage of the volunteer opportunities found in this book and also consider serving as a teaching assistant in any of the 3 Spanish courses.

For students who come in knowing little Spanish but with the desire to achieve proficiency, with some dedication we believe this is possible. It starts by taking the Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 electives during the first year and then pursuing an international experience over the summer as part of the Emphasis program. While in the Spanish-speaking country of your choice, we highly recommend taking Spanish immersion classes or working with a Spanish tutor. These services are affordable and very effective. When you return from the summer, we recommend you take advantage of the many opportunities to speak Spanish, including possibly serving as a T.A. in the Spanish 1 or Spanish 2 course before enrolling in Spanish 3 in the spring.

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